nighttime-skincareBefore bed, you wash your face, then clean your skin with an astringent, then add night cream and eye cream. Good. Done. Right? Wrong. Did you know that putting on products in the wrong order can actually effect how they perform? The general rule to follow is to go from thin to thick. That’s just one of the tools that will help your nighttime routine have you radiant in the morning.

Here are the right steps for maximum perfection.

  1. Cleanser. While it’s easy to just use a makeup remover cloth, which just skims the service. A cleanser removed buildup of dirt and oil. Use the makeup remover if you must, and then the cleanser. The beauty experts suggest exfoliating for a thorough cleanse at least once a week.
  2. Toner. Many people skip this step. It’s actually one of the most important in the evening because it gets rid of any impurities on your skin and acts as a second defense against dirt and grease. This is an especially good product for people with oily skin.
  3. Serum. Use a skin serum with Vitamin C as an ingredient. It has been shown to stimulate new collagen in the skin. Some people use multiple serums for different areas of the skin – wrinkles, crow’s feet, neck. Remember layering here, and apply the ones with the thinnest consistency first.
  4. Night Cream or Moisturizer. Apply this soon after other face products because moisturizers and night creams lock in moisture and hydration. And should you use a moisturizer or night cream? Skin repairs itself in the nighttime hours, which is why night creams are heavier since their absorption rate can work over the course of 8 hours.
  5. Eye Cream. This should be applied in the morning and at night, beauty experts advise. And don’t skip eye cream. Consistency is the key to maintaining eyelids and the skin around the eyes.

As with any products, everyone’s different, so finding what works for you is the icing on the cake for optimal beauty effect.