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A good nighttime skincare routine is just as important as a daytime skincare routine. Unfortunately, many people overlook the importance of nighttime skin care, but overnight skin care is invaluable when it comes to moisturizing your skin and keeping it youthful, radiant, smooth, and supple for as long as possible.
In this guide, we’ll briefly explain why a nighttime skincare routine is so important, before taking a look at an example nighttime skin care routine you can start to follow in order to help your skin look and feel the best it can be.
So, why is nighttime skin care so important? Well, during the day, your skin gets exposed to many different elements and changing conditions, from different air temperatures and weather to pollutants in the air and the sun's harmful UV rays.
All of that takes a toll, and by the end of the day, your skin may have clogged pores and a lot of dirt and grime upon it. Plus, if you wear makeup, there's even more risk of your pores being clogged up with oils and other substances.
That's a lot for your skin to deal with, and it uses the night time as its moment to repair and rejuvenate, dealing with those daily damages and building new cells. However, if you leave your skin dirty, grimy, and clogged up before bed, it won’t be able to repair effectively.
This is why nighttime skin care is so powerful and valuable. It helps to free your skin up for relaxation, rejuvenation, and repair, letting you wake up in the morning with skin that looks and feels fresh and ready to face a new day.
The “how” of your nighttime skincare routine is just as important as the “when”. That is, the order of your nighttime skincare routine matters a lot and it’s important to make sure you are applying the right cleansers and products in the right order to promote repairing and healing. Here’s our recommendation from the Gunthy-Renker experts on nighttime skincare routine order:1. Remove Makeup
First, you need to get rid of your makeup. As mentioned above, makeup can clog pores and may trap dirt and pollutants on your skin, making it harder for the skin to breathe and also making repairs and new cell regeneration more difficult.
You can use gentle makeup removing products or cleansers to get rid of makeup, and make sure to focus on your whole face, without leaving any makeup traces behind.2. Cleanser
If you haven’t done so already in the first step, you’ll next need to cleanse your face and neck. During the day, a lot of dirt can build up on your skin, including bacteria and pollutants, as well as excess oils that your skin produces to protect itself.
Cleansing is therefore a key step to get rid of all of that dirt and grime, and it’ll also help to remove any little bits of makeup that you might not have dealt with in the first step.
The next part of our overnight skin care routine is to apply toner. Toner is a key skin care product that is packed full of essential vitamins and minerals to soothe and heal your skin, like vitamins A, B, and C.
Toners are really effective at nourishing the skin and giving it the key nutrients it needs to repair effectively, and it’s strongly recommended to use toner in your nighttime skin care routine, as the skin is more receptive to these kinds of ingredients and can make better use of them in the evening.4. Treatments
Next, you’ll want to apply any special treatments to soothe and heal your skin and deal with specific problems you might have, such as crepey skin, dry and weak patches, sagging skin, or wrinkles and fine lines.
Crepe Erase treatments like the Advanced Body Repair Treatment and Restorative Facial Treatment are perfect to use to heal, repair, and tone your skin, promoting firmness and tightness to fight the signs of aging. You can save money by buying treatment bundles, like the Ultra 2-Step Essentials or Ultra 5-Piece Body & Face System.
The skin below and around the eyes tend to be quite delicate and is easily affected by issues like aging and sun exposure. This is why many people tend to notice bags under their eyes, puffiness, or wrinkles and fine lines in this particular area.
So, a key part of any nighttime skin care routine should also include Eye Cream. The right eye cream helps to nourish and soothe the thin skin around the eyes, and your skin uses the nighttime to absorb as many nutrients from eye cream as it can, helping to prevent puffiness or dark rings in the morning.6. Moisturize
One of the final steps of your nighttime skin care routine should be to apply a moisturizer, and this is one step you should never overlook or ignore. Moisturizers such as our Overnight Facial Plumping Treatment are so crucial to overall skin health, especially for nighttime skin care.
As explained earlier on, the skin tends to be more active nighttime in terms of healing and repairing, and it needs as much hydration as possible to build new cells and repair damages. Moisturizers can give your skin the healthy hydration and nutrients it requires.7. Mask
Finally, let’s talk about masks. First, it’s important to note that you don’t need to use a face mask every single night. Instead, you should use them just a few times a week, at most.
Masks have many positive effects and can provide some additional hydration and healthy nutrients for your skin to go along with the treatments, toners, and moisturizers you applied earlier on. They can also help to seal in the benefits from those previous products, making them even more effective and promoting extra absorption.
As you can see, nighttime skin care is something that everyone needs to take seriously if they want to enjoy radiant, beautiful, and healthy skin for as long as possible. This routine is a great way to get started, and you’ll get the best results if you use good quality products throughout your routine. Check out the full Crepe Erase range to find the right treatments for your nighttime routine.