Night and Day
Any evening routine must first undo the damage done throughout the day. Remove makeup first with an oilbased product, then get rid of remaining dirt and grime with a heavy-duty cleanser. Then, slough off dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliant. “Exfoliants remove the top layer of skin so reparative night products can penetrate the skin more effectively,” says Trattner.
It’s also important to use retinols and retinoids at night, when they don’t have to compete with makeup and environmental stressors. “To avoid dryness and redness, cleanse skin about 20 minutes before applying a retinoid cream. Damp skin increases risk of sensitivity,” says Sobel. “Twenty minutes later, apply your moisturizer.” Or start out slowly by mixing a dot of retinols into your moisturizer. When choosing a nighttime moisturizer, look for heavier creams and oils with anti-inflammatory, soothing ingredients like white tea and chamomile.
After focusing on your face, don’t forget the rest of your body. “People will spend fortunes on face products, but they will completely forget about their skin on the rest of their body,” says Trattner. She suggests exfoliating your entire body with a loofah to increase circulation and glow, and to apply a therapeutic hair and scalp oil before bed. “Oil left in the hair or scalp for 6 to 8 hours can do stressed scalps and hair a world of good. Patients will notice softer hair and healthier scalps after shampooing oils out of their hair in the morning,” says Trattner. Finally, get a good night’s sleep! The more you sleep, the more time your body has to work on creating new skin cells, so all the treatments and ingredients you feed your body can work effectively.
1. Sadick Dermatology Group PM Reversal Serum ($48; sephora.com) visibly enhances collagen growth with stabilized retinols and AHAs.
2. AHAVA Gentle Body Scrub ($20; ahavaus .com) sloughs off dead skin cells on all your limbs to amp up the glow.
3. Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Seed Oil ($14; aubrey-organics .com) softens overprocessed hair and eases a dry scalp overnight.
4. Nature By Canus All Natural Facial Scrub With Goat’s Milk ($16; drugstore.com) cleans and exfoliates gently to enhance the absorption of nighttime treatments.
5. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($26 for 6.7 ounces or $13 for 2.3 ounces; dhccare .com) is a water-soluble cleanser formulated with olive oil and vitamin E to help remove all traces of dirt and makeup.
6. bareMinerals Deep Cleansing Foam ($20; bareescentuals.com) uses avocado and grapeseed oils to moisturize and cleanse, and is sulfate-free.