A Simple Nighttime Anti-Aging Routine to Follow
Toners, serums, and moisturizers, oh my! When it comes to anti-aging, there are so many products out there on the market. It can be hard to navigate and, before you know it, you’re lost in a sea of retinol and glycolic acid. The good news? You don’t need dozens of products to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, you can obtain—and maintain!—youthful-looking skin with a simple, four-step evening routine.
WHY YOU NEED AN EVENING SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Did you know that it’s during deep sleep that your skin repairs itself? “When we go to bed, there are these golden hours of sleep between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.,” says Cara Chamberlain, AVP of Lancôme Learning. “That’s the most precious moment that you need to get a deep sleep and it’s been proven, scientifically, that your skin is repairing itself at night.” By partaking in an evening skin care routine, you can help drive that repair in the right direction. After all, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. To that end, we’re sharing a simple anti-aging evening routine featuring some of our favorite Lancôme products below!
STEP ONE: REMOVE EYE MAKEUP
The first step in any skin care routine—anti-aging or not—is to rid the skin of the day’s makeup. First up? That stubborn, hard-to-remove waterproof mascara. Tackle it with ease thanks to cult-favorite Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover. The bi-phase formula is made up of two layers: the lipid layer works to break down waterproof eye makeup while the water layer conditions the skin without leaving behind a residue. Shake the bottle to mix the two layers together and remove all of your eye makeup gently and effectively with the pampered feeling your eye contour deserves!
STEP TWO: REMOVE FACE MAKEUP
With your eye makeup under control, it’s time to remove the makeup on the rest of your face while cleansing your skin at the same time. Reach for Lancôme’s Miel-En-Mousse Foaming Cleansing Makeup Remover. The honey-textured formula—with acacia honey—transforms into a velvety foam upon contact with water to help remove impurities, dirt, and makeup off your skin’s surface. The result? Skin that feels clean and comfortable.
STEP THREE: APPLY AN ANTI-AGING SERUM
This innovation from Génifique, Lancôme’s number one serum, features an advanced self-loading dropper that can deliver the perfect dose of serum for smoother, more radiant skin you can see and feel. Visible results, day and night? Yes, please! With continued use, skin looks smoother, more supple and more luminous. After eight weeks, expect to see 10 key signs of youthful-looking skin dramatically improve. Best of all, you can (and should!) apply this serum during your morning routine as well. Just don’t forget to extend the love down to your neck.
STEP FOUR: APPLY A RADIANCE-BOOSTING SHEET MASK
Boost your skin before shut-eye with the brand’s newly-launched Hydrogel Melting Mask. The comforting mask—which contains the same amount of bifidus extract found in one full bottle of Advanced Génifique serum—is made of a hydrogel matrix that releases its ingredients by melting into the skin for instant youthful radiance. Upon removing the mask, “you'll see that your skin looks instantly glowing, plumped up, and a lot smoother looking," Chamberlain says. "And you can get that in as little as 10 minutes." To drink up the full benefits before sleep, Chamberlain recommends leaving the mask on for up to 30 minutes as the last step in your evening routine.