Sure, you know the basics; always take off your makeup and wash your face before bed. You may even apply a little eye cream before you drift off to sleep, but are you really making the most of your nighttime skincare routine?
When you sleep, your body goes into “repair mode”, repairing any damage from stress or the environment, sending oxygen and essential nutrients to your skin, and eliminating toxins. This makes night the perfect time to work with your skin’s natural repair functions so that you can wake up with gorgeous skin.
When the sun goes down is also the safest time to use products with stronger ingredients, such a peels or retinol-based products, since you don’t have to worry about the ingredients reacting with the sun or causing sensitivity. Find out how to create the perfect nighttime routine below!
Step 1: Remove your makeup. We like to use a separate eye makeup remover. Leaving on your eye makeup (especially waterproof mascaras or liners) can lead to itchy eyes or puffiness in the morning, so it’s imperative to properly remove it. Try: Elemis White Flowers Bi-Phase Eye Make Up Remover, a bi-phase remover that will gently remove all traces of eye and lip makeup.
Step 2: Cleanse. Now it’s time to take off any foundation, sunscreen, dust, or anything else that your skin has gathered during the day. For easy, thorough cleansing, we love using the Foreo Luna, a silicone facial cleansing device that uses T-sonic pulsations to effectively remove makeup, dirt, dead skin cells and oil, leaving us with soft, clean skin. Try: Dr. Dennis Gross All-In-One Facial Cleanser with Toner, a gentle cleanser for all skin types that cleanses and tones in one step.
Step 3: Apply your treatments. Applying your treatment products after cleansing will help them absorb better, for maximum benefits. Vitamin A, or retinol, is one of the most researched anti-aging ingredients and has been proven to improve collagen production and stimulate the production of healthy skin cells. Vitamin A can be very effective when dealing with issues ranging from acne, to wrinkles and sun damage. Try: SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Cream, an anti-aging cream that will erase the signs of aging and protect against further damage, leaving you with smoother, tighter, brighter skin.
Step 4: Apply your Moisturizer. After letting your retinol treatment absorb (about 10-30 minutes), gently pat on a hydrating night cream to lock in moisture and strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Unless you have very dry or aging skin, a little goes a long with when it comes to rich night cream. Try: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra All Night Repair And Moisture Cream, which contains omega fatty acids to soften and smooth your skin, and a ceramide triple complex to visibly minimize lines.
Step 5: Apply an eye cream. Many women forget about applying eye cream, but this tiny step can make a big difference in the long run. Keep crow’s feet and sagging skin at bay with a tightening and smoothing eye cream. Remember to gently tap the cream on using your ring finger, to avoid tugging at your skin. Try: Lierac Premium Eyes, a velvet-textured cream that fights wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles in one go.