Establishing a nighttime skincare routine before going to bed, is the best way to indulge yourself. What’s more relaxing & unwinding than pampering yourself after a long tiring day?.
According to dermatologists, the night is the best time to smother yourselves with all those superhero nutrients, active ingredients & anti-oxidants. As skin cells regenerate & repair while you’re sleeping! They call it ‘ Beauty Sleep’ for a reason, you see?
While the basic steps i.e, Cleanse, treat & moisturize remain the same, there are minor differences. You can add more steps in your night-time skincare, like eye creams & acne-spot treatments according to your requirements, but it’s better to keep your routine simple & basic so that you can follow it regularly.
5 Basic steps in your Nighttime skincare
- Hydrate with Toners
- Eye creams
- Treatment (Rx, acne-spot, exfoliation, Serums)
- Moisturize/Night creams
Nighttime skincare routine for everyone:
The first step of your nighttime skincare routine is to cleanse your skin & get rid of those impurities just as we talked about in our daytime skincare routine.
You can use a gentle cleanser but if you’re wearing make-up, then you first need to remove that make-up. Going to bed without removing your make-up is a huge sin in the Skincare regime. You can either choose an oil cleanser, or you can go one step forward & opt for double cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser after you’ve cleansed your make-up. This step helps in getting rid of any lingering product or residue out of your pores.
2. Hydrate your skin with toner:
The second step is to hydrate your skin with toner. Toners are the un-celebrated heroes of the skincare regime; most people are unaware of its benefits. They refresh, hydrate your skin & and also rebalance skin pH. They also cleanse the skin of any excess oil or leftover residue.
Tap a little amount on your face after cleansing your skin & you’ll feel the difference. They instantly give your skin a glow & improve your overall mood.
3. Eye Cream:
Eye creams are totally optional in your nighttime skincare regime. According to some skincare experts, they’re totally bogus & easily replaced with a moisturizer/night cream.
However, if you want to address under-eye dark circles & crow’s feet you may use an eye cream before adding in any treatment so that it can also protect the delicate skin in that area from potent ingredients in those products.
4. Treatment (Rx, acne-spot, exfoliation, Serums):
As the skin cells are busy working overnight in repairing & regenerating themselves, nighttime is the best time to add any specific treatment in your nighttime skincare routine i.e,
- Prescription retinoid cream for acne( acne-spot treatment)
- Exfoliating treatment ( like AHA’s or BHA’s)
- Anti-aging night serums
The skin could get some extra help from all the biologically active ingredients & extra nutrients that night serums have to offer.
However, keep it simple & avoid layering too many products on top of each other. If you’re using acne-spot treatment one day, skip exfoliation & so on. Moreover, if you’re regularly using the preventive treatment for acne i.e, exfoliants (twice or thrice a week), you’ll hardly need to use an acne spot treatment. On some nights, you can just cleanse, moisturize & go to bed.
Most useful nutrients to look for in nighttime skincare routine treatments/ serums:
Both are chemical exfoliants & both reduce inflammation & hence, acne.
AHA’s for dry skin:
Alpha hydroxy acids ( Lactic acid & Glycolic acid) are naturally occurring chemical compounds, they are water-soluble. So, they brighten the skin by exfoliating dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. They also help in collagen production, making skin smoother, reducing fine lines & wrinkles.
BHA’s for oily, acne-prone skin:
Beta hydroxy acids( Salicylic acid) are oil-soluble so they can penetrate deeper into the skin & remove oil & dead skin cells from the pores. Hence, they are ideal for people with oily skin.
Retinols are one of the most commonly used ingredients in the nighttime skincare routine these days, because of their highly anticipated anti-aging properties.
They are derived from Vitamin A, an over-the-counter version of retinoids. Small molecules that constitute retinol, penetrate deep through the epidermis into the middle layer i.e dermis. Inside the dermis, they neutralize the free radicals & accelerate the production of collagen & elastin. That’s how they achieve their anti-aging properties by reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
Anyone can use retinol after you’ve hit your 30’s. But it really becomes important as you start aging & once you’ve hit your 40’s, you should definitely start using it.
Most women are interested in using retinol in their nighttime skincare routine, but they usually don’t know how to start using it. You can start from the lowest potency and a very small amount once or twice a week. If your skin tolerates it, gradually take it to apply thrice a week or on alternate days.
5. Moisturize with Night Creams :
The last step of the nighttime skincare routine is to lock in all those products & moisture. And seal the skin with a suitable moisturizer/ night cream.
You can also use the same moisturizer you’re using during the day. But, adding a thicker night cream gives your skin some extra hydration & softness. This way, when you wake up the next day, your skin looks radiant & glowy and feels super soft.
You can also add face oil to your nighttime skincare routine if you need an extra boost of moisture.
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