Step One: Wash away the day
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!