Your night-time skincare routine is incredibly important. Using the right products can help to boost your skin’s natural overnight regeneration process, so you can wake up to hydrated and glowing skin in the morning.
Below, we take you through the ideal night-time skincare routine, starting from cleansing all the way through to an overnight face mask.
Cleanse and tone
The first step in your nighttime skincare routine should be to cleanse away the dirt and excess oils of the day. If you’ve worn makeup, you should use a gentle makeup remover to take away any product. You can then follow this with a gentle cleanser to take away any remaining excess oils.
Cleansing will help to clear away dirt so your skin is ready to absorb the nutrients in your skincare products. After cleansing, you should use toner. This removes any remaining dirt and grime and helps to balance your skin. You should look to use an alcohol-free toner so it doesn’t dry out your skin.
Serums and oils
After using toner, your skin will be at its optimum to absorb nourishing ingredients. This is the best time to use a serum or oils designed to target any particular skincare concerns that you want to combat. So, if you have dry skin, you could use a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid. If you have an anti-aging or retinol serum, you could also use this after toning. A serum with peptides can be especially effective overnight to help repair the skin.
It’s usually best to use one type of serum at a time. Mixing some ingredients can dilute them so they’re ineffective or could cause a reaction and irritate the skin. Sticking to one type of serum at night prevents this. You could then use a different type of serum in your morning routine if you wish.
Next, you should use eye cream. For your nighttime eye cream, you could benefit from using a richer formula than you might use during the day. This will help to deeply moisturize the delicate under-eye area, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Peptides, caffeine, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide are all effective ingredients to look for in your overnight eye cream. You could alternatively use an overnight eye mask to help reduce the appearance of dark circles while you sleep.
When you apply your eye cream or eye mask, you should use the tip of your ring finger and gently pat the product into your under-eye area and take care not to tug or pull.
Your next step is to moisturize the rest of your face. Like with your eye cream, your nighttime face cream can be a richer formula than you might use in the daytime. This can help to nourish your skin overnight, working as you sleep to rejuvenate the skin and repair the skin’s barrier.
A moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin will pull in moisture from the air and lock it into the top layers of the skin. You could also look for a moisturizer that has anti-aging properties, to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as you sleep. Niacinamide and squalene can help to repair the skin’s natural barrier, which also helps to lock in moisture and keep skin looking healthy.
Finish with an overnight mask
The final step in your nighttime skincare routine is to use an overnight mask. This adds an extra layer of nourishment and can even be used in place of your moisturizer. You should look for an overnight mask that targets the skincare concerns that you need. An overnight mask that contains glycerin and botanical oils will help to nourish and hydrate the skin, so you wake up to plump and radiant skin.