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If you don’t currently have a nighttime skincare routine, you’re really missing out. Nighttime skincare routines don’t just cleanse your face after a long day — they’re the perfect opportunity to use powerful skincare products. In this guide, we discuss the benefits of a nighttime skincare routine and explain what 3-step skincare routine you should be following at night.
Benefits of a Nighttime Skincare Routine
First of all, a nighttime skincare routine ensures that your face is clean and fresh for a full night of sleep. A double cleanse will remove makeup, sunscreen and other cosmetic products that can block your pores or transfer to your pillow while you sleep. It will also remove dirt, sweat, pollutants, debris and other potential irritants that can dull your complexion or cause blemishes.
Nighttime is also the best time of day to use certain powerhouse actives like exfoliants and retinol. These ingredients can make your face more sensitive to the sun, which is why it’s a good idea to use them at night, before you go to bed. That way you can let these products get to work while you sleep in a cool, dark room, so you don’t have to worry about sun exposure. Then you can wash them off in the morning and go about your day with a newly glowing complexion.
Your cells also repair and multiply at night while you sleep, which is another compelling reason to have a nighttime skincare routine. If you want to take advantage of that, then applying skincare products before you go to sleep will help to supercharge your results, support overall skin health and address pigmentation issues such as white sun spots on the skin.
Having a nighttime skincare routine is also key for keeping your face hydrated and moisturized. Your oil levels peak at midday and drop off during the night while you sleep. If you don’t have a nighttime skincare routine or skip applying a moisturizer before you go to bed, then you will probably wake up to a dry, dull complexion.
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Steps of a Nighttime Skincare Routine
Ready to put together a nighttime skincare routine? Here are the steps you should consider incorporating:
If you wear cosmetics or waterproof sunscreen, then remove that first with a makeup remover or makeup wipes. This ensures that you have a cleaner canvas to work with and that your other skincare products can get into the skin.
The first step of the Lancer Method 3-step skincare routine, exfoliating prepares your skin for cleansing and helps smooth out your complexion. We recommend using our exfoliating scrubs after removing your makeup but before cleansing your face for optimal results.
Next, use a cleaner to remove any remaining sweat, dirt and debris from your face. Massage the cleanser all over your damp face for about 60 seconds, being careful to keep your eyes closed so that you don’t get any product in them. Rinse your face off with lukewarm water and careful pat dry.
Masks are optional, but they can elevate your skin routine. Most of our masks are designed to be applied after cleansing your face, and then washed off after 10-15 minutes. Choose a mask based on whatever you feel your skin needs that day, whether it is hydrating or brightening.
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Serums are the most powerful and effective products in any skincare routine. While we don’t include them as part of the base 3-step Lancer Method skincare routine, we highly recommend adding one to your nighttime routine to get the benefit we talked about in the previous section. Grab one of our night treatments for the face to start seeing a difference in your skin!
A moisturizer is the last step of a 3-step skincare routine, and they are essential for slowing moisture while you sleep. We recommend choosing a thicker moisturizer than you wear during the daytime since oil production slows down at night.
Eye creams are also optional, but they really do benefit the delicate skin around your eye area. Look for a thick, hydrating eye cream that will provide the moisture that you need to soothe eye bags and creases while you sleep.
If you’re ready to start realizing the benefits of a nighttime skincare routine, grab one of the Lancer Method skincare travel kits! These kits provide a convenient way to try out a curated nighttime skincare routine. We also offer value kits of the full-size products if you’re ready to commit.