Let’s face it: Your morning skin-care routine can (and often does) turn into a race against the clock. So why not let your products do the heavy lifting for you while you sleep—instead of rushing through a complicated a.m. process? We asked Annie Chiu, M.D., a dermatologist based in Manhattan Beach, California, what her favorite skin-care tips are for achieving overnight radiance.
1. Use a One-Step Makeup Remover
Sleeping in cosmetics is a surefire way to clog your pores and boost free radicals, which speed up the aging process. To promote glowy, clean skin that is super-receptive to the products you apply in the morning, Chiu says to look for a two-in-one product. “Cleansers that remove makeup and clean the skin at the same time are great shortcuts to reduce beauty regimen time,” she says. Try Olay 2-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths ($9.59, drugstore.com) or Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser ($23, ulta.com).
2. Exfoliate With Glycolic Acid
Sloughing off the top layer of dead skin cells gives you extra radiance, says Chiu. But exfoliating daily with conventional grainy exfoliators can be really harsh on skin, confusing the oil glands and actually making your face oilier. Instead, Chiu recommends trying glycolic acid, which is gentler. “Before big events, use a product like Exuviance Performance Peel ($75, ulta.com), which has a blend of glycolic, mandelic acid, and gluconolactone to plump up fine lines, give the skin radiance, and allow makeup to go on a smooth canvas the next day,” she says.
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3. Try A Night Oil
To get a boost of radiance overnight with just one drop of product, night oils may be your best friend. They penetrate into the skin better than other products, providing a great vehicle for active ingredients. Chiu recommends using a night oil a few times a week to give your complexion an extra boost. Try her favorite: Tata Harper’s Beautifying Face Oil ($48, tataharperskincare.com).
4. …Or a Multitasking Face Cream
Love the luxurious feeling of slathering on a super-hydrating cream at night? To boost glow while you sleep, Chiu recommends applying a multitasking face cream that not only hydrates, but also exfoliates. She says to look for one that contails polyhydroxy acids like gluconolactone and lactobionic acids. Apply a thick layer before bed, and cleanse it off in the morning for a radiant finish. Chiu recommends NeoStrata Bionic Face Cream ($54, neostrata.com).
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5. Put On a Sleep Mask
“Overnight masks are a great way to treat your skin and give it extra attention,” says Chiu. “The skin undergoes more cellular repair during sleep and can be more receptive to products at this time.” She recommends using an overnight mask a few times a week in lieu of going through your usual nighttime regimen. Simply cleanse, slather on a layer of the mask, and go to sleep. She recommends trying Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask ($25, origins.com) because it contains avocado oil, which hydrates and provides a boost of antioxidants.
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