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Overnight Skin Care

Sometimes at the end of a long day, it can feel easy to just skip the skin care and hop into bed. Although it may feel alright, there are many reasons why you should fight the urge and do your skin care. Even if it’s as simple as cleansing, eye cream, and an overnight skin treatment. That’s three quick steps closer to healthy skin.

Before applying nighttime skin care, especially formulas with active ingredients, it is imperative to properly and thoroughly cleanse the skin first. Put down those Neutrogena makeup wipes!

If you’re wearing makeup, try using an oil cleanser first. One of my favorites is the Drunk Elephant Slaai cleanser, it feels like butter. This will break down and dissolve any makeup you have on. Follow up with a regular cleanser to cleanse the skin. This is way more effective than a makeup wipe and doesn’t take that much longer. Your skin will thank you and overtime your texture will thank you, too.

Now that your skin is so fresh and so clean, it’s time to give back and nourish. Eye creams are always important! There’s so many that treat various concerns, but my personal all time favorite is the Biossance Squalane + Peptide eye gel. It’s very lightweight and absorbs well.

Time to let our treatments do the work. I love overnight products because they deliver ingredients while we sleep, which is when our skin does the most repair. To start, let’s talk about Lactic Acid, Retinol, and Vitamin C.

There are many products with these ingredients, but for now I’ll start with one each. Find these products on

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment.

Lactic acid helps exfoliate and also helps drive hydration deeper into the skin. It’s typically the best exfoliating acid for sensitive skin. This ingredient works well for treating dullness and dehydration. I love cocktailing this with my Drunk Elephant F-balm Waterfacial mask for extra hydration.

Drunk Elephant F-balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask. Electrolytes and coconut help deliver antioxidants to tired and dehydrated skin. This mask is great for applying on top of serums and other night time treatment. It’s good to have a treatment that’s only for hydration in your routine for alternating with more intense products. Your skin needs downtime, too!

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask. I chose this one because it contains other ingredients to balance out the harshness of retinol. Retinol is great for the skin because it improves cell turnover, skin texture and uneven skin tone. However, sometimes it can cause dryness and irritation. This sleeping mask contains avocado which is nourishing to the skin. It also contains Polyhydroxy acid (PHA) to gently exfoliate.

Youth to the People Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask. This formula is very rich and hydrating, full of antioxidants and contains vitamin C. Typically, vitamin C would be used in the daytime to help protect your skin from free radicals. In this case, the vitamin c and other antioxidants are restoring your skin from environmental damage it has experienced throughout the day. This is works for dryness, dullness and uneven skin tone.

These overnight treatments are not meant to be used every single night, but you can alternate them with other nighttime products or moisturizers. Always make sure to wear an SPF during the day, as most active ingredients in skin care don’t interact well with the sun!

If you have any skin care questions or concerns, feel free to email me at

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