Mid-Summer Night’s Dream: Essential Steps for Nighttime Skincare

There’s a reason why they call it beauty sleep: nighttime is the optimal time for the skin to rejuvenate itself and the only period when the body is fully relaxed.

A good bedtime skincare routine can help reduce the sun’s harmful effects in those critical overnight hours when the majority of skin repair takes place. With that in mind, let’s help you take your beauty sleep to the next level.

Learn which ingredients are essential for nighttime skin care, with SkinCeuticals recommendations for each step.



Nighttime cleansing is an essential part of a healthy skincare routine. As you sleep, your skin repairs itself from the day’s exposure to pollutants, dirt, and makeup. Cleansing removes these impurities, allowing your skin to breathe and function optimally. Choose a cleanser suited to your skin type for best results and gently massage it into your face.



Thick, nourishing creams and heavy oils can raise your temperature at night – not ideal in a heat wave! Make sure the textures of your P.M. routine products include weightless serums and gel-based, oil-free hydrators.



When it comes to picking the right ingredients, some skincare ingredients are simply more effective at night. For example, sunlight deactivates many vitamin A-derived ingredients. Retinol is one of the most effective overnight ingredients as it helps accelerate cell turnover, increase collagen production, improve pore size and texture, and treat acne.

Other notable ingredients include glycolic acid, which stimulates cell turnover and aids in producing elastin and collagen, along with lactic acid, which loosens the bond between dead skin cells to reduce dark spots. Add brightening products to control hyperpigmentation triggered by hotter summer months and increased sun exposure.

Overnight treatments are more concentrated and contain more active ingredients than their daytime counterparts. Antioxidants like vitamin C also stimulate collagen production while brightening the skin.



Brush Your Teeth First – Do your skincare routine after brushing your teeth before bed, as you want to make sure you’re scrubbing away any lingering toothpaste residue first and not letting it set in with all your serums and creams.

Wait for Products to Absorb – Allow your skincare products to fully absorb into your skin before lying down in bed, to help prevent any transfer of product onto your bedding. Try making skincare a part of your relaxation routine earlier in the evening, pairing your application process with a cup of herbal tea or a “sleepy girl mocktail” for sleep.

Don’t Neglect Your Neck – This part of your body can often be forgotten! Try extending your products down through this area, or try a targeted product like SkinCeuticals Tri-Peptide-R Neck Repair. Taking proper care of your neck, chest, and décolletage will help keep them looking youthful and healthy for years to come.



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