At night, you're allowed to be as extra as you want with your skincare routine. It's the time to indulge in all your favorite masks, serums, and creams without worrying about looking too shiny—you'll just be going to sleep, after all. But aside from your treat-yourself steps, do you have the essential products in an ideal night time skincare routine? To find out, we present to you the "perfect" evening regimen, according to plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn:
Step 1: Cleanser
"If you [cleanse your skin once a day], do it at night not in the morning," the doctor says. This step will get rid of all the buildup on your skin like makeup, dirt, sweat, and pollution, which you need to remove to let your pores "breathe." Dr. Anthony recommends using a foaming cleanser if you have oilier skin and a gentle, hydrating cleanser if you have a dry skin type.
Step 2: Toner
Toner establishes the pH of your skin, bringing it down to a slightly acidic pH to relax it after cleansing. You can skip this if you don't feel like you need it, but some find this to be a relaxing step that can also be quite hydrating.
Step 3: Retinol/Growth Factor/Peptide Cream
"Retinol is my first choice for anti-aging," the plastic surgeon shares. "[It] is scientifically shown to reduce the aging process, exfoliate the skin, thicken the dermis—there's so much science behind the benefits of retinol." However, if you have sensitive skin and retinol is too irritating for you, he suggests trying either a growth factor product or something that is peptide-based for anti-aging. The former is effective yet can be quite pricey, while peptide products are affordable and do the job, but they aren't as potent as the other two.
Step 4: Eye Cream
To keep fine lines at bay, don't forget your eye cream. Dr. Anthony recommends using a retinol-based eye cream to help prevent and solve texture issues, but make sure that the product doesn't have too much retinol in it or tretinoin to avoid irritating the thin skin around your eyes.
Step 5: Moisturizer
For the final step, finish off with a moisturizer that suits your skin type. According to the doctor, moisturizer is "more for how your skin feels than for anti-aging." If you think that your skin is moisturized enough after step four, you can stop there. But if you need extra plumpness, go slather on that cream.
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