There’s more to a nighttime skincare regime than Wash, Dry, Moisturize. It may seem like a lot of steps, but washing and applying products in the right order can ensure your skin absorbs the products properly so you reap the maximum benefits.
- Remove makeup: Whether you prefer mascara and a dab of lip balm, or you rock a full-face glam each day, removing your makeup is the first step to a clean face with a gentle makeup remover. Our fave is actually all-natural coconut oil—it gently dissolves even the toughest eye makeup.
- Cleanse: If you’re thinking, “Wait, didn't I just clean my skin?” You did. Sort of. Taking this second step to wash your face, you ensure all traces of makeup and remover (or oil) are washed away.
Recommended: Charcoal & Green Tea Facial Cleanser
Recommended: Witch Hazel & Lavender Facial Toner
- Apply Serum: If you’re not familiar with serums, here’s a brief definition. Serums are essentially lightweight moisturizers that can more easily deliver a specific ingredient (for instance Hyaluronic Acid or AHAs). And at night, our skin is the most receptive to repair and rebuilding. This is the best time to apply a serum to help promote skin-cellular renewal and hydration.
- Moisturize: After washing, toning and serums, a final application of moisturizer is a must. Think of it as the icing on a cake. It gives your skin an extra layer of love and care. Because a moisturizer is generally a thicker product, applying at the end of your routine ensures the rest of your routine has a chance to absorb into your skin.
Recommended: Bergamot Facial Moisturizer
You can continue your skincare routine even while you sleep. According to this article from Good Housekeeping, switching to a silk pillowcase may help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. A fun sleep mask is optional. ;)