7 Tips for a Great Nightly Skincare Routine ...

One important step to flawless skin is a consistent nightly skincare routine. Your skin along with your brain and body create the most changes and development during sleep and overnight. They don't call it "beauty sleep" for nothing! This is why you need to find a routine that works best for you and your skin type. Here are some tips for an effective nightly skincare routine.

1. Cleanser

Every nightly skincare routine should begin with an effective cleanser. If you have acne prone skin, go for a gentle cleanser containing salicylic acid, which is an ingredient that helps to fight acne. If you have oily skin, opt for oil-free cleansers. If you have dry skin, look for products that are made for dry skin specifically. When you are experimenting with different products, unless they are really damaging your skin, try to work with them for about a month or so. Changing your products too often may confuse and damage your skin more than actually help it. This is coming out of experience!

2. Exfoliator

Exfoliating your skin is important in order to remove dead skin cells and dry skin off your face. Exfoliators normally have the small beads in them and look like cleansers, or you can also create a DIY exfoliator. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, generally exfoliate your skin anywhere from every other day to once a week.

3. Toner

Toning your skin will restore the pH balance in your face. Some toners contain the ingredient salicylic acid for acne prone skin. Beware of toners with high alcohol ingredients if you have sensitive skin! This damaged my skin for over a week. I like to stick to gentle toners or ones with salicylic acid to treat acne.

4. Night Moisturizer

A good night moisturizer should include vitamins and other natural ingredients to hydrate the skin and keep it healthy and smooth. Make sure your moisturizer penetrates into your skin. You want your skin to absorb it, yet not dry out. It also doesn't need to contain any SPF since it is nighttime and you won't encounter any sun exposure.

5. Eye Cream

I have dark under eye circles, large pores and fine lines under my eyes. Ever since I began using an eye cream day and night compared to just a moisturizer, I've seen a major difference. My pores have shrunk, my dark circles lightened, and my fine lines are smoothing out! Your eye area consists of the thinnest skin on your body. Make sure to hydrate your eyes day and night by applying an eye cream.

6. Lip Balm

Don't forget your lips! Your lips need hydration and exfoliating just as your face does, especially if your lips tend to be dry! Another tip, if you always find your lipstick creasing and looking dry, try applying a lip balm before any lip products. You should be applying a balm regularly! Fun fact: Licking your lips doesn't actually hydrate, but rather dries them out even more!

7. Spot Treatment

The best time to treat a pimple or zit is overnight. Most spot treatments containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid work great. The best on the market, and my personal favorite, is Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion. Your pimple will vanish by morning time!

I hope these tips for a great nightly skincare routine help you! Remember to stay consistent and keep your routine up. Don't neglect your morning skincare routine either! It may take time and some trial and error, but will be worth it once you start seeing results. What are some musts for your nightly skincare routine?

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