Everyone needs some time to recharge. The same goes for our skin. Bedtime is the perfect time for our skin to rejuvenate and refresh, so a proper nighttime ritual is vital. No, seriously, we’re talking non-negotiable. The thing is, not all of us have the same skin types or issues, so finding one perfect formula for nighttime skin care is impossible. We understand this, so we came up with three different routines to treat three separate skin types. Sweet dreams!
Step 1. Double cleanse with a foaming or gel-based cleanser specifically formulated for your skin type. Hand wash your face the first time, using gentle circular motions. For the second wash, use a cleansing brush like Clarisonic Mia 2.
Step 2. Apply a purifying toner to rid the skin of excess impurities or dirt. Go with solutions like Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner that will cleanse the skin without drying it out.
Step 3. Use a retinol serum. These powerful potions help minimize pores and normalize skin cell production. Try SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0.
Step 4. Apply an oil-free moisturizer. This is super important and should never be skipped. There are many who think that those with oily or acne-prone skin don’t do well with added moisture. Not true. Your skin can actually produce even more oil if it gets dehydrated and doesn’t have balanced moisture levels. So make friends with a hydrating cream like The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment and make it your nighttime ritual!
Step 4. Before the serum is completely absorbed into the skin, apply moisturizer to seal the deal and keep your skin healthy and hydrated throughout the evening.
Step 1. If you have indecisive skin that gets oily in some place (T-zone, nose and chin) and dry in others, you are a candidate for combination skin. For this skin type, it’s best to go with a cleanser like L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser that will clean your complexion without stripping it of essential oils and nutrients or irritating it.
Step 2. For combo skin, toner is a non-negotiable as it can deliver an extra boost of skin-balancing and repairing properties. It can also prep your skin for serums and other targeted treatments, and they can help keep your T-zone in tip-top shape. We love Lancôme Absolue Premium BX.
Step 4. When juggling both oily and dry skin issues, it’s important to use a moisturizer (like La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light) that can perform a balancing act. Go for an oil-free product that will keep your skin hydrated, sans greasy residue.
Which of these regimens is your skin’s ideal nighttime companion? Tell us in the comments below!