These Ingredients Should Only be Used at Night
There are certain skin-care routine rules that should be followed at all times: take off your makeup, don’t forget eye cream, wear sunscreen and reserve certain ingredients for nighttime. The latter may not be the most obvious, but it’s definitely important, which is why we recommend curating separate skin-care routines for morning and night, as there are different products meant for use at different times of the day. If you aren’t sure which products to reallocate to your nighttime regimen, we have you covered. Here are the four beauty products you’ll want to save for before bed.
Retinoids are a form of vitamin A that are known for their ability to address a wide range of skin concerns from acne blemishes to signs of aging. The reason you’ll need to hold out on using a retinoid product until you’re inside for the duration of the day is pretty simple: retinoids can cause sun sensitivity and increase your likelihood of burning. Because your skin can still be sensitive in the morning, you’ll want to be extra diligent with sun protection measures. It’s important to always apply SPF during the daytime. We recommend the La Roche-Posay Adapalene Gel or the CeraVe Renewing Retinol Serum.
AHAs and BHAs
AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids, are organic acids that can help reduce rough skin texture and improve the appearance of fine lines, while BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, can help to remove pore-clogging dead skin cell build up. That being said, they can result in increased sensitivity to the sun. And while we recommend incorporating the exfoliants into your nighttime routine, it’s best to avoid layering AHAs and BHAs with retinoids. Alternate between the two or consult with a dermatologist. Looking to try some out? We recommend the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum or The Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution.
While day creams are typically lightweight and may be formulated with SPF, night creams tend to be thicker and provide a boost of moisture. We love applying Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream. Coating your complexion with major moisture during the day can end up giving your skin a greasy look. You’ll still want to moisturize in the morning, but switch to a lighter weight formula that’s packed with SPF.
Considering you most likely aren’t catching most of your z’s during the day, sleep masks should very obviously only be used during the PM hours. They help recharge your skin while it’s in recovery mode so you can wake up feeling refreshed, hydrating and glowy. Our favorite? Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask. Just make sure to rinse it off in the morning.