I feel like a nighttime skincare routine is so important but while there isn’t a one-size-fits-all routine, I definitely think there are some steps everyone should follow. Here are the steps I follow for my nighttime skincare routine and a few tips.
Step 1, removing my makeup
Sleeping in your makeup is so bad for your skin and a cleanser isn’t enough to remove everything. My first step is using water or oil-based cleanser. I like Clinique’s Take The Day Off Makeup Remover or micellar water like Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.
Step 2, cleanser
A gentle cleanser to wash away any access makeup residue. If you don’t wear makeup in your day to day you can always skip step one and go straight to step two. I rotate between three different cleansers depending on sales, my top three are First Aid Beauty frothy face wash, Phiosphy’s Purity Made Simple and The Body Shop’s Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil.
Step 3, toner
When it comes to toner people usually swear by it or think they’re totally useless, I personally swear by toner. It can take a little experimenting to find the one that’s right for your skin, I’ve tried many from Mario Bedescu. My current favorite that I’m using is Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Lavender Toner, I also really like Skin&Co Truffle Therapy Face Toner.
Step 4, eye cream
It’s definitely best to get into an eye cream when you are young as a preventative step. The skin around our eyes is thin and can be a telltale sign of aging, I personally got into adding eye cream regularly into my routine a little later than I probably should have so am also working to try to reverse the dark circles I’ve accumulated from late nights in college to late nights as a mom. My go-to eye cream is Orgins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff, which I go into more detail about in my blog post – my first voxbox.
Step 5, moisturize
Moisturizing every day can reduce the chance of developing problems such as access dryness or oiliness. Both extremes can be harmful to skin and can cause common skin problems like acne. At night time I like to use a thicker night cream such as Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream or Clinique Dramatically Different iD. Sometimes ill grab for my simple fix all moisturizer which is the Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty.
Step 6, lip treatment
I think lip balms are great all day long but before bed, I like to use a lip mask. Currently, I’m loving Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask in original. Which for how little of the product you need is such an affordable luxury product. Bite Beauty’s Agave+ Nighttime Lip Therapy is another great option.
Optional face mask
If you like to indulge in a little self-care and find yourself with the time, applying a face mask once or twice a week can be a great additional step. I’d do this after cleansing and before the rest of my routine. You have different mask types for combating different skincare needs. Here’s a link to my blog about my favorite face masks – Face Mask Favorites
Skincare is so important for fighting age and for a base to makeup. Lots of makeup professionals will tell you if you have the extra money to put it into skincare before the makeup products themselves. A great base is going to allow you to apply lots of different makeup products and they will look better on a great canvas rather than buying expensive makeup products in hopes it’ll hide problem areas on your skin.
Don’t forget to drink water, its something our bodies need and can make such a difference to our skin and health. This is something I have to remind myself often.
What are some skincare products you swear by? Do you have any tips, tricks, or things you do differently for your nighttime skincare routine?