While we sleep, our skin repairs and rejuvenates itself. Oxygen flow increases to the skin and you also have an opportunity to treat your skin so it looks great when you wake-up. You can treat skin care issues like pigmentation and acne at night, and of course moisturizing your skin is a must before going to sleep.
First of all, start off with a clean slate. Removing your makeup and cleansing your skin is the first, and the most important, step in your nighttime skin care routine.
After you have removed your makeup, it is time to wash your face. Which cleanser you use depends on your skin type and the weather outside. During the winter even people with oily skin might want to use a milder cleanser instead of a foaming, anti-acne one. Check in with your skin. Your face should never feel squeaky clean after cleansing.
Once your face is clean it’s time to exfoliate. How often you exfoliate depends on which exfoliation product you are using and your skin type. Exfoliation is the key to beautiful, smooth, even-toned skin. You need to get rid of the build up of dead skin cells in order to help your skin function properly and look its best.
After exfoliation you have a chance to treat specific skin care issues such as acne or dark spots. Figure out exactly which skin issues are bothering you and find a product that will address those problems. After cleansing your face, exfoliating, and treating it (if necessary), it’s time to apply a moisturizer. During the winter you will probably want a creamier and thicker moisturizer, while during the summer a gel moisturizer may be enough. Some night creams come with added ingredients that are anti-aging or brightening.
If you have the time and like to indulge, consider applying a skin care mask once a week after cleansing and before your other nighttime routine steps. If your skin is on the dry side, consider using a hydrating mask once a week. Or if your skin is oily, use a clay mask once a week.
Using eye cream is also an optional nightly step. If you have specific concerns about your eye area, then using an eye cream each night is important.