10 Tips for a Great Nighttime Skin Routine

by Eileen Bailey Health Writer

We all know we should wash our face at night and remove any makeup before going to bed. But did you know your nighttime routine can affect how your skin looks the next day?

Woman in the middle of washing her face


This is a given, but sometimes it is easy to simply fall into bed without taking the time to clear away the dirt and grime of the day. For those with oily skin, use a cleanser with salicylic or glycolic acid.

Women removing makeup

Remove all makeup

Cleansing alone does not always remove all your makeup. Try using a small amount of petroleum jelly (Vaseline)—about the size of a pea-- or olive oil, and smooth it across your eyelids and through your lashes. Then use a cotton pad to wipe the makeup off.

Woman keeping her face fresh


You should exfoliate only two or three times a week; more often can dry your skin.

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Apply a toner

Use a toner that is specifically made for your skin type. For example, those with dry or normal skin shouldn’t use toners that contain alcohol or it can irritate or dry your skin. Toners help to remove any extra makeup and cleanser still on your face.

Woman applying lotion


Moisturizing your face should always come after a cleansing. When you wash your face, you wash away essential oils and moisturizing your skin helps replenish it. If you have oily skin, make sure you are using a moisturizer that is water based and meant for your skin type. Take an extra couple minutes and use a deep moisturizer on the extra dry areas of your body, such as elbows, knees, heels and hands and feet.

Woman sleeping

Switch to silk pillowcases

Your facial skin can be tugged and pulled, depending on the position you sleep in and how much you move around in your sleep. Silk pillowcases don’t pull on your skin.

Woman sleeping on her back

Sleep on your back

Pushing your face into your pillow can contribute to wrinkles and creases. Try sleeping on your back instead.


Use a humidifier

Keeping moisture in the air will help prevent your skin from drying out. Make sure to fill the humidifier each night so it doesn’t run out of water.

Sleeping well

Get a good night’s sleep

Bedtime skin routines are great and can make you look better in the morning, but getting a good night of sleep is essential to great looking skin.

Brushing hair

Don’t forget your hair

For those with dry hair, use a nighttime moisturizer or conditioner. And, don’t sleep with a ponytail; this increases hair breakage.

Eileen Bailey
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Eileen Bailey

Eileen Bailey is an award-winning author of six books on health and parenting topics and freelance writer specializing in health topics including ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer. Her wish is to provide readers with relevant and practical information on health conditions to help them make informed decisions regarding their health care.