These insider secrets of skin doctors fight signs of aging overnight so you can rise and shine with glowing skin.
“Always, always, always thoroughly remove the day’s buildup of makeup, sunscreen, and sebum from your face before going to bed,” says Christine Choi Kim, MD, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, California. Not doing so can lead to breakouts, dullness, and even eyelash breakage from leftover mascara. Unlikely to hit the sink before hitting the hay? Leave a package of no-rinse cleansing wipes beside your bed so you can easily swipe before you sleep. Here’s what people with great skin always do before bed.
Use the ultimate anti-ager
“Retinoids are every dermatologist’s secret weapon,” says Dr. Kim. “They have anti- acne and anti-aging properties and have rigorous scientific research to support these claims.” The one downside to these vitamin-A derivatives, which speed exfoliation to rev radiance and boost production of skin-smoothing collagen, is that they can be drying and cause irritation. To minimize side effects, Dr. Kim recommends starting with an over-the-counter product that contains retinol, a mild form of the ingredient, to get your skin acclimated. Once you can tolerate retinol every night without irritation, ask your doctor about switching to a prescription form like Renova.
Opt for a mega-moisturizer
The latest beauty trend, the sleep mask, is worth using if you want to wake up to a more radiant complexion, says Dr. Kim. Designed to be applied before bed, these products (available for under $ 20 at the drugstore) are super-concentrated but much lighter than traditional night creams, so you can wear them without messing up your hair and pillowcase. To maximize your sleep mask’s benefits, wear it over your anti-aging cream to help it penetrate better. Read more anti-aging secrets that dermatologists don’t always share.