Best Nighttime Skincare Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin

As the years go by, you may notice notice how your skin has changed and continues to change. Some changes are good, like acne that has finally cleared up! But some changes are not so desirable, like certain expression lines that are there all the time… regardless of your expression.

Even if you haven’t followed a meticulous skincare regimen from a young age, it’s never too late to start. Keeping your skin healthy doesn’t require expensive, specialized treatment. Great skincare actually starts right in your own bathroom.

Nighttime skin care routines differ between everyone and comprise of various, carefully selected skincare products, each which serves a particular purpose. The catch is that these products need to be applied in a very specific way in order for them to be as effective as possible.

What most people do not realize is that these components need to be layered in a certain order to ensure that each is properly absorbed into the skin. By following this step by step guide, you will begin to experience maximum benefit from all your products and in the end, value for your money.  

Step 1: Cleanse your face

Cleansing your face in the morning helps remove any oil that’s built up overnight but using a gentle cleanser at night might be even more important. As the day progresses, pores can get filled with bacteria, dead skin cells, sebum, and makeup. This is how pimples form and breakouts happen!

Washing your face with a gentle cleanser is an important part of your nighttime skincare routine. Doing so will help to clean out your pores and make your skin more receptive to the skincare products that follow.

  • Makeup remover can be a helpful step to include even before cleansing, especially with waterproof makeup. Often, a cleanser alone is not enough to clear your skin of makeup.

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Step 2: Exfoliate your skin

Exfoliation helps remove what your cleanser missed, notably the dead skin cells that gather in your pores. The result is a softer, fresh layer of skin.  

Regular exfoliation will go a long way in reducing the appearance of blemishes and red spots that pimples leave behind. *Note that these red marks aren’t scars; they do go away over time. You must remember, however, that daily scrubbing can be harmful to your skin. Doing so interferes with the skin’s protective barrier and causes redness and inflammation. Minimize the trauma to your skin by exfoliating only a few times a week, using a gentle face scrub, and exfoliate with gentle circular motions.

Step 3: Apply any medicated skincare products

After exfoliation, go ahead to apply any prescription products you may have. This includes topical acne medication such as retinoid creams and benzoyl peroxide, and other treatment creams, This will allow maximum absorption into your skin and help them work more effectively. If you have no prescription creams in your skincare routine, you can go ahead to apply a treated face mask of your choice, or skip this step. A soothing mask, in particular, will help to cool and calm your skin after the exfoliation.

Step 4: Apply a serum

Serums have become very popular in the past few years. Adding the right brightening or anti-aging serum to your nighttime skincare routine can dramatically improve the look and feel of your skin. There are different kinds of serums and many brands available. Applying serum onto your freshly cleaned and treated skin  allows the treatment to penetrate into the deeper layers and deliver the desired results.

Step 5: Apply some eye cream

Just like serums, eye creams vary in their function and are available from a number of different brands. Some creams are designed to reduce under-eye hyper-pigmentation, some reduce under-eye puffiness, and others are formulated to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. The skin around the eyes tends to be much thinner than the surrounding skin and more prone to developing fine lines. For this reason, it is prudent to take extra care of this skin so as to maintain a youthful and vibrant appearance.

Step 6: Moisturize your face

Moisturizer is a must-have in any skin care regimen and should always be the last part of your nighttime skincare routine. Before going to bed, apply a layer of your favorite moisturizer over your face and massage it gently into your skin. Moisturizing lotion locks in hydration all through the night so that you can wake up with fresh, glowing skin.  

*Skincare Tip*

Your pores are most receptive to cleansing and treatment when they’re open. The easiest way to open them is with heat; namely, steam. Heat softens any debris in your pores and the steam is a clean way to make you sweat, which naturally pushes that debris out and makes cleansing easier and more efficient.

Your Skin is Unique

Skincare doesn’t come in a one-size-fits-all package. Over the years, through acne, dryness, sunburn, visits with the dermatologist*, and even more, you’ve gotten to know your skin better than anyone else. If you’ve found that any of these steps don’t work for you skin, don’t hesitate to adjust them and make your nighttime skincare routine unique to your needs.

For those who find this step-by-step guide a bit difficult to recall, you can get away with applying your products in order of consistency from lightest to heaviest. More often than not, this general principle will closely match the recommended sequence.

*if you’re concerned about the condition of your skin and home-remedies haven’t worked, it’s important to visit a dermatologist so they can determine what is the most effective treatment.