10 Nighttime Skincare Tips That Make A Big Difference

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Updated 11/23/21. Your body needs beauty sleep and so does your skin! In this post, I’ll share my 10 best nighttime skincare tips. These will give you maximum results so you look fresh, well-rested, and radiant when you wake up in the morning.

10 Nighttime Skincare Tips for Your Best Beauty Sleep

1. Wash Your Face Every Single Night

Let’s start off with a very basic (but also very important) nighttime skincare tip, which is to make sure you’re washing your face each and every night. Touching your face all day long, without intentionally doing so, makes your face one of the dirtiest parts of your body. Yet, believe it or not, I still hear from so many people who say they don’t wash their face consistently at night.

Washing your face can reduce the spread of blemish-causing bacteria, provide a fresh palette for nighttime skincare products so they can work most effectively, and lead to brighter, clearer-looking skin come morning. I certainly understand that it takes effort and discipline to complete your nighttime skincare routine, especially when you’re exhausted after a long day. However, it’s so important to do so. It’s skincare 101.

2. Wash Your Face Earlier in the Evening

Did you know your skin has a circadian rhythm? It acts differently in the daytime than it does at night. Let me explain. In the daytime, your skin produces more sebum, creating a natural film to protect itself from environmental aggressors. It also has improved moisture retention.

If daytime is all about defense, nighttime is all about offense. At night, when your skin isn’t dealing with as many environmental aggressors, its barrier starts to become more permeable. Skin cells begin growing and dividing at a higher rate, and DNA repair kicks in. We used to think these repair processes only occurred during sleep, but we now know that they actually kick in earlier, as soon as the sun goes down! This may mean it’s beneficial to complete your nighttime skincare routine earlier in the evening rather than waiting until right before your head hits the pillow.

The other benefit of completing your nighttime skincare routine earlier in the evening is that you won’t be as tired. In other words, you might be more likely to spend the time and effort that’s necessary to complete your full routine. I know it can be tempting to skip steps when you’re ready for bed!

3. Never Skip Moisturizer

Some people skip using moisturizers at night to let their skin “breathe” while they sleep. This is a false assumption. The skin doesn’t have a respiratory system—there is no “breathing” happening at all. So, avoiding moisturizers doesn’t offer any benefit to the skin. In fact, when your face is bare, the skin’s moisture can easily evaporate, resulting in dry skin cell build-up. This can make the skin look dull and tired and it can even contribute to breakouts (read more about the science behind breakouts).

It’s important to use a moisturizer suited for your skin type because, as I said before, the skin’s permeability increases at night. This allows the active ingredients of a moisturizer to absorb even deeper within the skin, which will benefit your skin cells greatly.

4. Use Skincare Products with Active Ingredients

During the day, your skin requires ingredients that can protect it from environmental aggressors, such as vitamin C and sunscreen. At night, when your skin is at rest, I recommend using products with active ingredients aimed at supporting the skin’s natural repair processes. I personally use the Firm + Repair Overnight Serum. It’s loaded with active ingredients like peptides, algae extract, and fruit extracts, which can improve visible firmness, enhance barrier function, and more. If you’re looking to smooth the skin and make enlarged pores, fine lines, and crepiness less noticeable over time, then using a well-formulated retinol product is the way to go. For quick surface smoothing, exfoliating acid serums are best.

5. Change Your Pillowcases Frequently

If you sleep on a dirty pillowcase, you could be reintroducing oil and blemish-causing bacteria to your skin while you sleep. This is why it’s important to sleep on a fresh, clean pillowcase every night, especially for people with breakout-prone skin. You can always flip over the pillowcase and get an extra night’s use. Check out how I sleep on my pillow to avoid premature wrinkles.

6. Sleep With Your Head Elevated

Keep your head elevated by sleeping on two pillows to reduce under-eye puffiness. This helps to reduce fluid retention in the eye area so you’re less puffy in the morning. If you’re prone to morning puffiness like I am, you’ll also want to drink a lot of water throughout the day and evening and avoid high-sodium foods at night. When you wake up in the morning, dab on a refreshing eye cream, like the Renée Rouleau Vitamin C Eye Brightener.

7. Use Baby Washcloths for a More Gentle Cleansing Experience

Did you know you should always wipe your skin with a washcloth after cleansing to make sure you’re properly removing makeup? Cleansing lotions dissolve makeup as they’re massaged over the skin, and some of it is washed away when you rinse, but it’s the actual wiping action from a washcloth or sponge that transfers it off the skin. Regular washcloths can be too aggressive on the skin, so instead, opt for a more gentle baby washcloth. (Check out 8 common cleansing mistakes.)

8. Don’t Apply Eye Cream Too Close to Your Eyes

Avoid applying eye cream too close to your lash line. Every time you blink, your eyelashes can lift microscopic amounts of product off the skin. This product is later deposited into the eyes. Anything that enters the eyes can be an obvious irritant and cause unnecessary puffiness. The same goes for heavy eye creams that contain oils. These oils can migrate into your eyes and cause puffiness, too. As for an eye cream that I DO recommend, it’s the Renée Rouleau Total Eye Repair Creme. It nourishes the delicate under-eye area without unnecessary heaviness or greasiness.

9. Avoid Using Greasy Hand Cream If You’re Prone to Clogged Pores

Many people apply hand cream right before bed. If you sleep on your side with your hands on your face, the cream can get into the skin and clog your pores, resulting in little bumps that can eventually lead to full-blown breakouts. If you think this might be happening to you, try sleeping with cotton gloves or just wear hand cream during the day.

10. Sleep 7-8 Hours Each Night

There is no doubt that getting enough sleep can make a world of difference in your body and your skin. As for the latter, a lack of sleep can make the skin appear dull and tired. That’s because, during the day, you’re in a vertical position and gravity pushes blood and fluid downwards, away from the face. Seven or eight hours of a good night’s sleep will help to balance it out due to the flat, horizontal nature of the body. Also, lack of sleep and increased stress can aggravate all kinds of skin conditions, including breakouts, eczema, and psoriasis. (Check out my favorite trick for glowing skin.)

Next, sleeping in your makeup might not be so bad—IF you follow this one tip!

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  1. Sounds interesting, thanks for being given useful information.

    Posted By: Meera  | 

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  2. for those that suffer “hand cream acne”- if you don’t want to sleep with cotton gloves on, just put your hands under your pillow! I figured this out years and years ago! and I also figured it didn’t make sense to sleep on my hard hand when I’d invested in a pillow… lol

    Posted By: Rita  | 

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  3. Renee,

    I was shocked at 47%… It’s only some 3 minutes! Now you have to do the job – fantastic effort! – that their parents didn’t do when these women were in their formative years.

    Posted By: Vera  | 

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