RxSkinCenter blog night time skin care tips
If you want to enjoy glowing, radiant skin every day you need to start your skincare routine at night! Getting enough restful sleep is not only important for your mind and body, but your your skin health as well. As you sleep your body's cellular repair functions go into overdrive, regenerating and healing skin damage as you rest. You can optimize the work your body already does overnight with an easy, simple skincare routine before you go to bed. 

Step One: Wash away the day

You've probably heard it before, but cleansing your skin before bed is absolutely essential to a successful skincare regimen. Our skin is exposed to pollutants, dirt, and grime throughout the day even when we don't realize it. Not to mention if you wear makeup, sleeping in your makeup can cause buildup of oils and bacteria which can lead to acne and premature aging. 
Use a cleanser that fits your skin type nightly. If you have oily skin it is especially important to break up and wash away excess oils at night to maintain balanced skin. If you have dry skin use a gentle, hydrating cleanser to avoid disrupting the skin barrier before you sleep. Sensitive skin types should use a wash with the fewest ingredients possible to avoid causing irritation. 

Step Two: Tone and Hydrate

This next step can vary from skin type to skin type, but can play a huge role in the effectiveness of your skin care routine for night or day time. Using a mask, toner, or serum before applying moisturizer can treat and remedy specific issues unique to your skin.  

Normal Skin

Even if you don't suffer from redness, oiliness, dryness, or sensitivity your skin may still have issues such as fine lines or discoloration that you wish to address. Use a treatment mask and/or liquid toner nightly before moisturizing to address your skin's needs. 

Oily Skin

Oily, acne prone skin should never skip the toner! After cleansing use a toner you like, and follow that with retinoid or acne treatment as needed. This will promote speedy healing of any blemishes as well as ensure your skin's oil balance remain in check for a clear, balanced complexion when you awaken.  

Dry Skin

If you find your skin already dry by evening time, lock in extra moisture by using a hydrating serum and/or an overnight mask. Using a moisture-boosting serum is like giving your skin a glass of water before bed, and the extra hydration will ensure you awake to a glowing complexion.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin or consistently experience flaking and dryness, the mask if your best friend! A hydrating mask followed by a gentle mist or non-astringent lotion (toner) can ensure your skin remains balanced, hydrated, and free from unwanted redness.

Step Three: Lock in Moisture for the Night

After cleansing and treating specific concerns, it's time to apply your overnight facial and body moisturizers. Night time moisturizers are generally heavier, more rich formulas that stay on the skin while you sleep, preventing moisture loss and optimizing the skin's barrier function for maximum skin recovery. 

Normal Skin

If you have normal skin without excess dryness, oil, or sensitivity you have a plethora of options for a night time moisturizer. Whatever your preference, look for night creams that contain retinol, peptides, and Vitamins A and/or C to maximize your skin's regenerative abilities and prevent night time moisture loss. 

Oily Skin

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, use your best judgement regarding night time moisturizers. Be sure to choose a very lightweight moisturizer, and depending on how your skin feels after applying pro-retinol or acne treatment, you may find some nights your skin is ok without an additional moisturizer. 

Dry Skin

For dry skin, if you used a heavy hydrating mask or a very effective hydrating serum you may also skip the night cream. However you may prefer to use a moisturizer for an extra layer of protection against dryness, or as needed during harsh weather or after in-clinic procedures that may cause excessive dryness. 

Sensitive Skin

After using a mask and gentle mist, choose a calming moisturizer to protect skin while you sleep. The proper moisturizer will protect your skin from potential irritants and ensure your complexion remains balanced and hydrated the next day. 

Step Four: Don't Forget the Eyes

Regardless of your skin type, you can give your complexion an extra boost every night or several times a week by using a skin-appropriate eye cream. Eye creams are designed specifically for use around the sensitive and delicate eye areas, and usually address many issues including lines and wrinkles, discoloration, and puffiness. Awaken with refreshed, bright eyes every morning!