Deep cleansing and nourishing are essential to your PM skincare routine. A morning routine is all about prepping your skin for the day, but a good night time skincare routine is all about restoration and rejuvenation. You can use a PM skincare routine to slow down the aging of your skin and help it repair itself. You might also want to use products that cause photosensitivity at night (like retinol). As your skin heals mostly while you sleep, they won’t only work double-time, but you’ll also be able to get the benefits without worrying about sun exposure.
A good nighttime skincare routine all comes down to 4 simple steps:
Cleanse, Tone, Nourish, and Moisturize.
Makeup Removers & Cleansers
You can use your regular daytime cleanser at night, but you will have better results if you use a cleanser designed to remove impurities. You need to use an effective cleanser to remove dirt and oil from your face; if you don’t, they will remain on your skin throughout the night. There are foaming and non-foaming cleanser options depending on your preferences. I prefer foaming cleansers (extra foam, please!) but that’s because, in general, I tend toward the extra-ness of everything.
Check out these products that will refresh your skin while you sleep:
I love everything about e.l.f., the price point being my second favorite thing about the brand. The packaging is minimal, yet upscale, which is another plus. But the fact that I can head into Target and grab e.l.f products while picking up cinnamon bread, toilet paper, oat milk, and a piñata is what keeps me coming back.
I’m embarrassed to admit this in public, but I legit thought the product was pronounced “A Roz,” and now that I know it’s supposed to be a play on the word “erase”…. I think my pronunciation is better. Anyway. This gentle cleanser is packed with wild melon seed oil, Vitamin E, virgin marula oil, and mongongo oil. The resulting formulation gently removes makeup without stripping your skin.
If La Roche-Posay is the middle child of skincare, then Cetaphil is the cousin you can’t wait to see at family reunions: sure you don’t talk often, but you always get along like gangbusters when you do. This cleanser gets top marks for being both affordable and effective.
Ok, so the packaging is sorta crazy (the wording on the bottles reads like a manifesto), but the juice inside just works. I take a travel size bottle with me when we go on vacation and use it for ‘erry thang: body wash, face wash, and laundry soap. I’ve been known to fill the bathroom sink in the hotel with water, squirt a bit of the soap in it, then use the diluted mixture to wipe down surfaces that need a bit of a refresh. (I’m looking in your direction, sad hotel by the Louisville airport.)
The Ordinary shook up the skincare landscape when the brand introduced premium ingredients at ordinary prices. This one has glycolic acid, amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng, and Tasmanian pepperberry. To paraphrase Rose Nylund, I wasn’t aware that pepperberries had nationalities, but I’m sure there’s something special about the Tasmanian kind in The Ordinary’s formula.
This toner is from Paula’s Choice, a brand that’s dedicated to creating products without unnecessary ingredients. This particular one delivers on the promise, by adding powerhouse ingredients like hyaluronic acid yet remaining fragrance-free.
Right before bed is the perfect time to add nourishing products to your skincare routine. These products can help improve the health and appearance of your skin. While you’re formulating your nighttime routine, consider adding an eye cream to the mix. Creams for the eye area are specially formulated to deliver targeted results. They usually provide more hydration and nourishment than any moisturizer, which can make your eyes look younger and more vibrant. Dab the cream around your eyes rather than rubbing it in, to avoid pulling the skin (which encourages wrinkles).
Finish your nighttime routine by treating your skin with an effective moisturizer that will work to repair your skin. If you have oily skin, you might be able to get away with using a richer moisturizer at night.
This water gel feels light and airy as you apply it. I keep mine in the fridge during the summer months for an extra cooling effect.
The first time I saw the name of this product, I thought it was ‘Toblerone,’ like the candy, and I was 100% in for a candy/skincare collab. Sadly, this isn’t the case, and that’s ok. This moisturizer can keep your skin moisturized for up to 48 hours, and that’s a decent compromise.
Don’t want to pick and choose from the above products? Gotcha covered. Try these kits that have what you need in one handy bundle:
Skincare powerhouse Sunday Riley comes through with a night routine with retinoids, lactic acid, and hyaluronic acid.
TBH I forgot I even had this device until I started writing this article. Then I remembered how much I love using the sonic device to remove all the gunk from my pores, so I wasted 45 minutes looking for it. I still can’t find it, so light a candle and say a prayer because no one will sleep at my house tonight until I find my GUGUG. It’s that good.
What’s your nighttime skin care routine look like? Gonna try out any of the products on this list? Share your favorites in the comments below!
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