Your night skincare routine is mega important. And while there isn't a one-size-fits-all routine, there is a foundational regimen that everyone should have in place. We went to the experts to see what they recommend for a basic night skincare routine. Keep reading to see their tips.
Step 1: Remove Your Makeup
Sleeping in your makeup is a cardinal skincare sin, and usually, a cleanser isn't enough to remove everything. Experts recommend starting your nighttime routine with a gentle makeup remover.
Step 2: Use a Gentle Cleanser
No matter your skin type, a gentle cleanser that won't strip your skin of natural oil and disrupt your skin's microbiome (read: cause irritation) is essential.
Step 3: Toner
Toner is probably the most divisive of all skincare steps: People either swear by it, or they think it's totally useless. Experts recommend using toner, as it helps calibrate the skin—it helps balances pH levels, moisture levels (especially those who are prone to being on the oilier side).
Step 4: Treatment
This step is where you can customize the routine tailored to your skin concerns. Whether that's a serum or prescription product. This is also where you put any spot treatments on. If your skin isn't too sensitive, try a derm-prescribed retinoid product. You could also use a brightening serum or hydrating serum, depending on the needs of your skin.
Step 5: Eye Cream
Eye creams aren't totally bogus—when used as a form of preventative care, they're beneficial because they provide the thin skin around your eyes with a targeted treatment.
Step 6: Moisturize
Use a skin barrier–repairing moisturizer to help rejuvenate the health of the skin. In other words, choose something hydrating that won't clog your pores. Use products that contain hyaluronic acid because it helps your skin retain moisture.