Regardless of what you got up to the night before, it’s almost impossible to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 7 a.m. without a proper skincare routine. Sure, a nice cold eye gel and a little bit of concealer can do wonders, but instead of relying on makeup the next morning, why not prevent tired eyes and dull skin before it’s even a problem? Here, 8 nighttime skincare steps for looking wide awake before you’ve even had your beauty rest.
Step 1: Cleanse
Opt for a micellar or gel cleanser come night, as they clean the skin without leaving behind a residue, thus allowing the following products in your routine to work their magic.
Glossier | Milky Jelly Cleanser | $18
Step 2: Apply Retinol
Switch your daytime Vitamin C serum for a nighttime serum with retinoids that both exfoliates and speeds up cell recovery while you sleep.
Kypris | Moonlight Catalyst | $72
Step 3: Moisturize
Swap out your daytime cream with SPF for a super hydrating shea butter cream with anti-aging properties.
Aurelia | Probiotic Skincare | $85
Step 4: Lift + Sculpt
Don’t give your face the chance to act out. Detox and de-puff with your favorite face-firming tool just before bed.
Georgia Louise | Rose Quartz Lift + Sculpt Butterfly Stone | $75
Step 5: Use Vitamin C
Save the caffeinated eye gels for the morning, and use a vitamin C cream that both firms and brightens the under eye area at night.
Tarte | Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment | $38
Step 6: Hydrate
A matte chap stick might be adequate for daytime use, but a thick balm that locks in moisture will work wonders all night long.
Lano Lips | Lano 101 Ointment | $19
Step 7: Spot Treat
Fight off unruly pimples with a salicylic acid formula that works over night.
Mario Badescu | Drying Lotion | $17
Step 8: Get Some Zzz’s
Swap out your regular old pillowcase for this silk version that ensures crease-free hair and skin upon waking.
Slip | Silk Pillowcase Standard/Queen | $79