Coming back home at evening with a full face of makeup, smudged eyeliner, and smeared lipstick can be dreadful to look at. One of the major reasons why we have breakouts the next morning is because we forgot to cleanse our face properly the previous night.
It is important to take care of your skin all the time. Not to just use a random makeup remover and then go sleep, but, to follow a routine to make sure no makeup residues are left behind. Sleeping with makeup on can be terrifying for your skin.
Step 1 – Remove
The first step to perfect a nighttime skincare routine is to remove your makeup. If you aren’t wearing any makeup then you can skip to the next step.
Makeup can clog your pores if you sleep in it which is why it is always advised to remove it properly by using makeup cleaning wipes, cleansing water, and even oil. My favorite way to remove makeup is to use coconut oil on a cotton pad; it effectively removes makeup without being too harsh on the skin. Removing thick eye makeup and eyeliner can be stressing but using wipes such as Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes and Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes can help the process.
Also, wearing eye makeup to sleep can be dangerous too and keeping mascara on your eyelashes for too long can cause them to thin or even break out.
Avoid harsh rubbing, scrubbing and violently tugging your skin while removing makeup as this can cause early sag and wrinkles.
Step 2 – Cleanse
A gentle cleansing face wash or a water-based cleanser is recommended to remove any bacteria, leftover makeup and extra sebum (oil) produced throughout the day. Ensure every inch of dirt or bacteria has been washed off from your face before proceeding to the next step.
What is the best water based cleanser for my skin type?
- For dry skin: CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash
- For oily skin: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
- For sensitive skin: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser
- For acne-prone skin: ZENMED Complete Acne Kit with Facial Cleansing Gel
- For combination skin: All Natural Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser
Step 3 – Toner
The next step of every nighttime skincare routine should be applying toner on your skin immediately after you have cleaned it. Don’t wait for too long or moisture will pick up on your skin. A good toner can help control the pH levels of your skin and it can avoid acne too. A toner will also help remove excess oil and dirt that has been left behind.
It can be very beneficial for someone with acne-prone skin. Simply dip in two cotton pads in your desired toner and gently dab/rub it on your skin.
- Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner
- Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner
- Neutrogena Oil- and Alcohol-Free Facial Toner
Step 4 – Spot Treatment (Optional)
There are many spot treatments available in the beauty market. These creams/products can help you get rid of spots, zits, blackheads, and pimples. Merging these products in your nighttime skincare routine can really be effective and powerful while you’re asleep. Wake up with a blemish-free skin!
Step 5 – Serum
Depending on your skin type and color, use a nighttime serum to lock in all the moisture. Facial serums are made up of lightweight moisturizing ingredients which go deep inside your skin. They aren’t thick compared to creams and lotions but they are effective in doing their job.
Serums are great for brightening your skin, getting rid of acne, making pores less visible and overall giving you a glowing look. Serums can be applied before using your moisturizer and incorporating it in your nighttime skincare routine can be beneficial.
Even basic drugstore serums can deliver active moisturizing ingredients to your skin.
- TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum for Face,
- InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid
- ToLB Anti Aging Serum Combo Pack
Step 6 – Eye cream
The area under/around your eye is very gentle and sensitive therefore it is really important to incorporate eye creams or thick eye moisturizers to your nighttime skincare routine. As wrinkles can easily appear there, it’s recommended to apply anti-aging eye creams before you sleep.
Step 7 – Moisturizer
A moisturizer or a night cream can be helpful to seal in all the ingredients you have applied before this step. Night creams are thicker and they contain more moisture compared to day time creams.
A moisturizer can help in boosting collagen, blood circulation, finer skin texture, and fewer wrinkles.
Step 8 – Face oil (Optional)
Dry and sensitive skin can be benefitted from using a face oil. This is the final step to a perfect nighttime skincare routine and it’s recommended to use a face/skin oil at the end.
A face oil will help your skin to maintain its moisture and if you living in low humid or cold areas then it can be used to provide that extra moisture your skin is lacking.
Some oils like bio oil or coconut oil can help your skin to heal from any damage such as acne scarring or hyperpigmentation.
Recommended face oils:
- Jojoba Oil by Leven Rose
- TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum
- Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
What is a good skincare routine and why is it important to have a good skincare routine?
A good skincare routine is the one that doesn’t break out. If any product in your skincare routine makes your skin purge or breakout then switch it with something else. It is important to have a good skincare routine for the betterment of your skin. It will help slow down the process of aging and also it will protect your skin from the sun and other skin issues.
How often should you change your skincare routine?
Stick to a skincare routine that works for you. Products take time to show an effect on your skin so wait at least 14 days before switching to another product.
When to steam face in skincare routine?
You can steam your face after the third step (toner) and you can apply your favorite mask or your spot treatments afterward. Steaming can be beneficial for opening your pores and this can help products to dissolve in better.
What age should you start a skincare routine?
Take precaution before any damage is done. Many women ignore their skin until it starts to sag and wrinkles began to appear. It is recommended to start a skincare routine once you have started menstruating.
It is never too late to start caring about your skin!