The Skincare Order For My Nighttime Routine

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I’ve been talking to a lot of my friends lately about how I’ve been wanting to share some of the information about skincare that I have come across over the last few years. So here I am, giving it a go and diving into the research that I have done.  In my opinion, understanding the correct skincare order can be confusing, and even more confusing is finding a great skincare routine for your specific skin. Most of us aren’t trained estheticians. We are everyday women who want to take care of our skin. The number of beauty products available to us is endless, but then add the fact that we have to know the correct order in which the products are to be applied. 

I’ve done a deep dive over the last few years into the correct skincare order including what, how, and when to use different beauty products.

It turns out some products can only be used at nighttime, some products cannot be used in the same routine together, and some products should be used every day while others should be used with caution. Maybe all of this sounds like standard practice to applying anything on your face and proceeding with caution, but it’s important to know that BEFORE applying which I didn’t before my research. But here’s the deal, I am offering the details from the research that I did and the results that I found. You have to apply this to asking the correct questions for your own research and your own skin. I hope this post is a helpful guide from one lady to another trying to keep her skin healthy and age gracefully. 

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How do I know the skincare order that I should do for my specific skin type?

I have combination skin that used to be dry because I started taking my skincare routine more seriously. If you have dry skin, I recommend using a quality moisturizer if you’re truly wanting to get rid of your dry skin. I invested in a great moisturizer and it saved the day for my skin where I started seeing immediate results. More on the one I bought later. 

Why should you cleanse your face at night?

Because you collect dirt and debris from walking around in the world! If I’ve been at home all day and haven’t been outside somewhere in public, I typically wash my face with warm water and skip a cleanser, but this is very rare. I think it’s best to remove all dirt and give your skin a fresh slate to fall asleep with instead of letting particles settle overnight. 

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The Skincare Order For My Nighttime Routine

REMOVE MAKEUP - I always start by removing any makeup that I have worn that day. If I didn’t apply any makeup, I skip this step, but if I used even a little bit of makeup I want that stuff cleaned out of my pores. 

CLEANSER - I follow up with a cleanser using a soft cloth to be gentle on my skin along with warm water. Coldwater won’t necessarily kill any bacteria, so I prefer a warm cloth to be sure. It also feels like being at a spa when they give you a hot towel. I gently press it onto my face in various spots before gently wiping it away. 

EXFOLIATOR OR MASK - I only use an exfoliator or mask a few times a month, but I want to get more in the habit of using them. I have been wanting to try the Jetlag Mask by Summer Fridays, so if you have, please leave a comment below and tell me how you’re liking it! 

HYALURONIC ACID - This is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin to help bind water to collagen, locking it into the skin to make it plumper and dewier. It keeps the skin hydrated and well-lubricated. I LOVE this stuff and use it everyday morning and night, but it’s important to know the correct way to use it. Hyaluronic acid works with water to lock it into the skin, which means that it has to be applied to a damp face. If applied to a dry face it could actually pull the moisture from your skin and have a reverse effect. It’s meant to be pressed into the skin, not rubbed. In other words, dab it into your pores on damp skin!

EYE CREAM - This is the stage when I use eye cream. Our eyes are sensitive, especially the area surrounding our eyes, so I gently apply a cream specific to my eyes. I am looking for a new one and have my eye on a few that I want to try, but I recommend having some sort of eye cream in your nighttime routine!

SPOT TREATMENTS - I personally don’t use spot treatments anymore, but this is the time in the skincare order that I would apply them and allow them to settle in a bit just before applying my moisturizer. 

MOISTURIZER - One of the most necessary products in a skincare routine. A quality moisturize will give your face the moisture that it needs to settle in and soak it up overnight. Moisture gives your skin something to drink so to speak, which is essential when considering products to help anti-age. Keeping your skin well-hydrated from the inside out is key!

RETINOL - There is a lot of debate over this product and a lot of different opinions on whether you should use it at all. The Retinol on the shelves typically has a low dosage, but you should be cautious and use it at your own discretion for your skin.  I wanted to try it and see how I felt about it for my own skin. Retinol is an anti-aging substance that comes from Vitamin A. When it is used on the skin, it is known to promote healthy cell turnover and prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin which creates skin elasticity. It’s an anti-aging serum to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, there is no magic serum that prevents wrinkles without a catch. You have to follow the direction on the bottle very closely and ONLY use it at nighttime. It is strongly recommended to always use sunscreen during the day if you use Retinol in your skincare routine. You should be wearing facial sunscreen regardless, but especially if you use this product in your skincare routine at all. 

FACE OIL- I used face oil to help add extra moisture to my skin when I was treating my dry skin. It worked and my skin doesn’t need the added oil, but I keep some on hand when I want the luxurious rich feeling of it on my skin. Oils made for the face are not known to clog your pores! 

ICE ROLLER - If I'm feeling extra one night, I will ice roll my face at the end of my routine. This is the last step in the skincare order because the ice roller helps to set all of the products that you just applied. You can read more of the benefits of ice rolling here! 

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Hello! I’m Kaytee. This is my space to share everything I'm interested in from skincare, casual style, healthy living, to everyday life. I'm a mama in my 30s looking to live a carefree life with my family and have fun together.


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