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Your Simple 5-Step Nighttime Skin Care Routine For The New Year

Keep it simple with fewer steps and more effective ingredients.
January 12, 2021
Is it just us or is there no better feeling than looking in the mirror in the morning and having a healthy, hydrated and glowing face looking back at you? Well, it takes dedication to doing the right things before you hit the hay to get you that coveted healthy skin. We take pride in our nighttime skin care routine not only for its ability to tackle our specific skin care concerns (say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles), but also for the moment of self-care it awards. It’s important to note, though, that your nighttime skin care regimen should be different from your morning one to include a thorough cleanse and active ingredients that could make your skin sensitive to the sun during the day. Not sure where or how to start this year? We’ve got you covered below with an easy nighttime skin care routine that all skin types can enjoy.
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Step 1. Double Cleanse 

While 2021’s skinimalism trend had many of us on our minimal makeup kick, there were still opportunities to embrace putting on a full face of glam. Either way, double cleansing can still be a helpful and effective technique to getting you the skin that you want to sport year-round. Whether you’re wearing makeup or not, sweat and dirt accumulate on the skin so it’s important to first remove any surface level impurities with cleansing oil, makeup wipes or micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types

Then, follow up with a cleanser for a deeper and more effective cleanse. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser because not only does it gently exfoliate the skin without stripping necessary moisture, but it also promotes radiance. The creamy formula is great for all skin types — including mature skin — as it helps to unveil a smoother, brighter and more refined looking complexion. 

Step 2. Address Your Specific Skin Concerns

After you’ve cleaned your skin, it’s important to target specific skin concerns with a concentrated serum. For example, if you struggle with dryness, try applying a hydrating serum like the L’Oréal Paris Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which can give you an extra boost of hydration before your nighttime moisturizer. Another great serum that all skin types can use is the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 0.3% Pure Retinol Serum. It works to reduce the appearance of signs of aging while also combating the notorious drying effects of retinol thanks to the moisturizing glycerin and hyaluronic acid in the formula. With continued use your skin will appear smoother, brighter and more even.

Need even more facial serum recommendations? Take your pick from the following to treat your skin to effective ingredients while you get your beauty rest.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Midnight Serum is formulated with a proprietary complex that helps your skin reveal new cells for a smoother, more radiant complexion. 

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum helps to boost radiance and neutralize free radicals that threaten the youthful look of the skin. It can also be used in the morning before your go-to daytime moisturizer. 

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum is a must-have if you want to visibly reduce dark spots and even your skin tone, while also playing defense against wrinkles.

Step 3. Apply Eye Cream

The skin surrounding our eyes is very thin, making it more susceptible to early signs of aging, which is why it’s important to use a formula specifically made for this gentle area. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives with 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid, 1% Caffeine Eye Serum for its ability to target multiple skin concerns at once, including dark circles, puffiness and crow’s feet and fine lines. 

Step 4. Moisturize

Finally, it’s time to give your skin the moisture it deserves by applying a nighttime moisturizer. When choosing a night cream, don’t be afraid to look for a rich consistency to replenish your skin with moisture overnight or a formula with actives. 

One of our favorites is the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Cooling Night Moisturizer. It has a luxuriously soft consistency that’s very hydrating and cooling so it’s also very refreshing. Over time, the formula works to improve the look of radiance and loss of firmness through gentle exfoliation. 

We also love the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask for its powerful formula containing hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and Pro-Retinol — the trifecta of proven anti-aging ingredients. Another night cream that deeply moisturizes while it targets wrinkles and evens tone is the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Pressed Night Moisturizer with Retinol + Niacinamide. With a complex of soothing ingredients, it’s the perfect retinol cream for those easing into retinol use for the first time. 

Step 5. Tuck Your Hair Away

Believe it or not, how you wrap your hair at night (or not) can have an effect on your skin care routine. The last thing you want is to go through these effective steps only to undo all the work with hair product buildup. Hair oil and serums that you put on your strands shouldn’t end up on your complexion overnight, mixing and mingling with the good ingredients you applied and essentially making them ineffective. If you’re prone to waking up with hair all over your face, try putting it up and away from your face at night.

Next: Why Your Nighttime Skin Care Routine Is So Important


Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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