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My Nighttime Skincare Routine

Creating the perfect skincare routine can take time and it will most likely be a lot of trial and error.  I personally enjoy trying out new skincare products. I am always looking to switch up products in my nighttime skincare routine if I see a benefit!  Knowing your skin type is a huge component to selecting the right products.  Also, just because something works for someone else, doesn’t mean that it will work with your skin type.

Skincare is the #1 thing I like to invest in when it comes to beauty products.  I wish I had started a skincare routine or at least consciously started taking better care of my skin at an earlier age.  In high school and college, I used cheap beauty/skincare products and truthfully did not take the best care of my skin. I am ashamed to admit that back in those days, I went to sleep without taking my makeup off most nights… EEEK!  Needless to say, I always had breakouts and my complexion was not that great.  I now take my makeup off every single night and go through the below routine and my skin is very thankful.

I’m obviously not a dermatologist or skincare expert by any means, but I have found that the below routine + products work for me so I wanted to share my nighttime skincare routine with you guys!

1. / 2. Remove Makeup & Wash Face

If I wore makeup, I will use a makeup remover wipe to get most of the makeup off of my face (avoiding my lashes, as I don’t want to rub/rip them). Now, ya can’t just use a makeup remover wipe and call it a night. A wipe is not going to get 100% of the makeup off of your face and out of your pores.  Makeup remover wipes are not meant to clean your face, they are simply meant to remove makeup.  It is SO important to wash your face after you remove your makeup. Honestly, I should really stop using the wipes altogether and use a makeup removing cleanser, but this is what I currently do so…

After I wipe off the majority of my makeup, I use this Clean & Clear cleanser to wash my face. I’ve been using this cleanser for years and I love it. It’s gentle, hydrating and affordable.

3. Peel / Exfoliate

Facial peels have many skin benefits such as the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. They also build-up collagen, shrink pores, brighten skin and clear your complexion.  Peeling actually speeds up the skin’s exfoliation process by using acids which results in a more uniform complexion.  I use the Dr. Dennis Gross Universal Daily Peels and although they are a bit pricey, they are AMAZING.  These are labeled as ‘daily peels,’ but I use a peel about every other night.  These are my absolute favorite and #1 recommended skincare product!  I definitely notice a [positive] difference in my skin when I am using these.

4. Facial Serum

Facial serums differ from facial oils in that serums are meant to target specific skincare concerns, while oils are primarily meant to moisturize. There are so many different types of facial serums out there, all with different skin benefits. You can really customize this step to your skincare needs.  On nights that I don’t use a peel, I will use a serum with similar benefits such as the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum.  This serum targets fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, dullness and uneven texture.  Another serum that I use both in the morning and evening is this Versed Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum for a little Vitamin C.

5. Facial Oil

After using a peel or serum, I always use rosehip oil.  Rosehip oil is packed with vitamins A and C and provides many skin benefits such as brightening and firming skin.  It is also great for healing acne scars and sun spots. It is extremely moisturizing and perfect to add into your skincare routine during the dry winter months.  I also find it to be very soothing/calming to put on my face before I go to bed.  Even though this is an oil, it does not make your skin oily or greasy.  The oil absorbs into your skin like any lotion or serum and just a drop or two goes a long way.

6. Eye Cream

You guys know I love and swear by my Tarte eye cream!  I’ve shared it quite a bit over on my Instagram.  It is so important to add an eye cream into your skincare routine to keep the delicate skin around your eyes hydrated and looking bright. I use eye cream in the morning and night to keep my under eyes moisturized 24/7.

7. Night Cream / Moisturizer

In my 10 Target Beauty Essentials post, I briefly talked about how I switch up my nighttime moisturizer depending on the season.  In the warmer/more humid months, I use CervaVe’s PM Moisturizing Lotion which is fairly lightweight.  During the colder/dryer months, I use CeraVe’s Skin Renewing Night Cream because it’s a thicker consistency and it provides extra hydration.

8. Cooling Eye Balm

I don’t use eye balm every single night, but if I’ve had an especially stressful day and my eyes and/or face is tired (yeah, that’s a thing), I will swipe my TULA eye balm under my eyes because it provides an amazing instant cooling sensation.  This feels SO good around my eyes after a long day.  This eye balm is super hydrating + I love wearing it during the day to brighten up my under-eyes.

9. Satin Pillowcases

I am adding this as the final step in my nighttime skincare routine because my skin is the main reason I started using satin pillowcases years ago.  Satin and silk pillowcases are good for you skin (and hair!), as they help prevent fine lines and wrinkles and they allow your skin to breathe more than cotton pillowcases which is beneficial to your overall complexion.

* Face Mask

Additionally, about once a week, I will put on a face mask at night and skip a few of the above steps (peel, serum, oil, moisturizer…) depending on what type of mask it is. If it is a hydrating facial sheet mask where you do not wash your face after the mask, I will typically not add extra moisturizer to my face. My favorite masks are the Sephora Collection sheet masks.

I hope you found my nighttime skincare routine informative + helpful 🙂 I’d love to hear some of your skincare tips, tricks and fave products in the comments below!


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  • Tara Greenfield

    I use and swear by Rodan+fields products! I’ve been using their products for over 4 years now and my skin has never looked better!! This is coming from a girl who never washed her face at night 😳

    • Crystal June

      Hey Tara! I’ve used Rodan+Fields products before and they are great! Whew, I feel like a lot of ladies used to not wash their face at night #college …so glad I am better educated on skincare now! x, Crystal

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