Nighttime Skin Care Guide

Despite the business of our daily lives, taking a moment for self-care is essential. Your nighttime routine is a perfect opportunity to pamper your skin and prepare your skin surface for a night of rest and rejuvenation. Establishing a customized night skincare routine is essential for promoting skin health, repairing damage, and maximizing the benefits of your beauty sleep. Here’s a comprehensive nighttime skincare guide that will leave your skin refreshed, revitalized, and ready to face a new day.

Step 1: Gentle Cleansing & Makeup Removal

Your night skin routine should always begin with removing any makeup worn during the day. Removing makeup before cleansing allows for the cleanser to penetrate deeper into your pores and cleanse more thoroughly. Before you can apply any additional skin products to the skin surface, it’s important to start with a clean surface. For this step, you can choose a gentle cleanser or cleansing oil that suits your skin type. This step not only cleanses the skin, but also prepares your skin to absorb the following products you'll be applying next. 

Here are some of our recommendations for a gentle cleanser:

Alastin Skincare Gentle Cleanser

Epionce Skin Care Milky Lotion Cleanser

PCA Skin Creamy Cleanser


Step 2: Exfoliation (2-3 times a week)

Exfoliation is an important part of any skin routine. Although exfoliation is best to do at night, you shouldn't exfoliate your skin every night- two to three times a week is sufficient. Exfoliating at night helps remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote cellular turnover. You can opt for a chemical exfoliant or a physical exfoliant, depending on your skin type and personal preferences. 

Here’s some of our favorite exfoliating products:


NeoCutis Exfoliating Cleanser


Revision Skin Care Pumpkin Enzyme Mask 

Chemical and physical:

Alastin Skin Care ReSurfacing Skin Polish 

Step 3: Toner

After cleansing and exfoliating, you may apply a toner to maximize the results of your nighttime skin care routine. Toners offer many benefits, such as improving skin texture, minimizing pores, and balancing the skin’s pH levels, often improving redness and irritation. Opt for a gentle, alcohol-free toner to avoid over-drying the skin surface.

Shop our favorite toners:

Revision Skincare Soothing Facial Rinse 

PCA Skin Hydrating Toner

Epionce Skincare Purifying Toner

Step 4: Hydration Boost with a Serum

Use a targeted serum packed with potent ingredients that address your specific skincare concerns. Serums are concentrated with active ingredients that penetrate deeply into the skin. In regards to the order of application, it’s usually recommended to apply thinner products first and thicker products later. Because serums usually have a thinner consistency, you should apply them before your thicker products, like a moisturizer. Whether it's hydration, anti-aging, or brightening, a serum delivers concentrated benefits. Common serums include hyaluronic acid for hydration, vitamin C for brightening, and retinol for anti-aging.

Here are some of our favorite serums:

Alastin Skincare HA Immerse Serum

Alastin Skincare C-Radical Defense Serum

Epionce Skincare Intense Defense Serum

Step 5: Nourishing Eye Cream

The delicate skin around the eyes deserves extra attention. At night, it’s important to apply a nourishing eye cream to target fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. Gently tap the eye product into your skin using a single finger to avoid unnecessary tugging or pulling on the sensitive eye area.

Here are our top picks for eye creams: 

NeoCutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream

Alastin Skincare Restorative Eye Treatment

Step 6: Moisturize for Intense Hydration

Seal in all the benefits of the applied products with a rich moisturizer. Choose a formula that suits your skin type – whether it's a lightweight gel for oily skin or a creamy moisturizer for dry skin, your skin needs something to help retain its moisture for a healthy skin barrier. Night creams are often more hydrating and may contain ingredients for repair and renewal. Massage the moisturizer onto your face and neck to lock in hydration. Hydrated skin is happy skin!

Shop a few of our favorite nighttime moisturizers and creams:

Elta MD PM Therapy:

Revision Skin Care DEJ Night:

Epionce Skincare Intensive Nourishing Cream:

Bonus Tips:

-Ensure your pillowcases are clean to avoid any transfer of dirt or bacteria onto your skin during the night.

-If you have long hair, consider tying it back or using a silk or satin hair wrap to prevent hair products from transferring onto your face.

-Treat your skin to an overnight mask for an extra boost of hydration and repair. This step is particularly beneficial for those seeking a more intensive treatment.

Our facial mask favorites:

PCA Skin Hydrating Mask:

Epionce Skincare Enriched Firming Mask:

Embrace Your Beauty Sleep with Night Skin Guide

A consistent nighttime skincare routine is a gift you give to your skin every day. Stick to your nighttime routine, and over time, you'll likely notice improvements in your skin's texture, tone, and overall health. With the right products and a little dedication, you can unlock the secret to radiant, healthy-looking skin. So, embrace your beauty sleep and wake up to a glowing complexion each morning by using this nighttime skin guide!


Written by: Camryn Winterland