You’re exhausted, and all you really want to do is collapse into bed. It won’t hurt to skip washing your face just this once, right? Not so fast!
While skipping one nightly face-washing may not ruin your skin, you’re missing an opportunity. A plethora of metabolic processes occur as you get your needed shuteye, and your nightly skincare routine is a great opportunity to target problem areas. Moisturizing and zapping acne are just two examples of the good things that can be happening while you relax.
Kick off your routine by giving your face a proper washing to remove makeup and other buildup. The best method is using a gentle, automatic cleansing brush and a mild face cleanser with lukewarm water to remove oil, dirt and makeup. Cease usage of the cleansing brush if you notice any adverse effects, and stick to hypoallergenic and fragrance-free products if you have sensitive skin.
Use a soothing mask
A good facial mask helps the skin absorb your remaining products. Choose from a variety of masks, from those that open clogged pores to those that help smooth out fine lines in the skin. This step isn’t mandatory, but it will help open your pores and can give you a calming, relaxed feeling.
Topical retinoid creams can even the skin tone, minimize clogged pores and provide anti-aging effects. Once you’ve cleansed thoroughly, gently pat your skin dry and apply a small bit of retinoid cream over your skin. Avoid the eye area, creases of your nose and mouth corners.
Slather on the moisturizer
Next, apply a thick layer of moisturizer over your entire face and neck. Nighttime moisturizers tend to be heavier than those meant for daytime and may feel greasier, but they leave your skin extremely soft.
Apply eye cream — gently!
Eye cream hydrates and protects the delicate skin around your eyes and it can decrease puffiness and help ward off wrinkles. Be gentle with your application, and avoid getting cream in your eyes.
Finally, for maximum skin rejuvenation, get plenty of rest!