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What is the Ideal Skincare Nighttime Regimen

You’re probably used to washing your face twice a day, but as you grow up, have a job, kids and other responsibilities, you may find yourself short on time. So if you can only find time to do a full skincare regimen once a day, make sure it’s at night. Because the best thing you can do before bed is to take off your makeup.

Step 1: Cleanse

It’s best to do a double cleanse to remove all of your makeup and clean your skin. Your first step removes the surface makeup and the second cleanse gets into your pores. Use a cleanser that is formulated for your skin type, oily, dry, etc. Then use a brush for a deeper clean. When you are in your teens and even into your 20s a gel formula for acne is best. As you age, you may find these formulas too harsh so switch to a heavier, cream cleanser.

Step 2: Tone

Use an alcohol-free toner, like witch hazel, to lift any lingering impurities from your skin. Some people find a toner to be too harsh, so if you have sensitive skin, you can skip this step. Or do it less frequently.

Step 3: Layer Products

Just like in the morning, layer your products in order of viscosity for maximum penetration. Your first product should be a serum. Look for a serum with hyaluronic acid, which can help prevent wrinkles. Serums with vitamins may also help to reverse damage and prevent new damage. If you have hyperpigmentation (sun spots) and other sun damage, look for products with retinols — which are available with and without a prescription.

Follow up the serum with a moisturizer. As you age, you’ll likely want to look for heavier formulas. For some people, a lightweight gel formulation may be all you need.

Finish off with a treatment. A nighttime treatment is usually an eye cream, applied to protect the delicate eye area from signs of aging. Be careful to apply gently to avoid pulling the skin and causing dark circles and creating further damage.

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