By Patricia Reynoso
While Your Skin Sleeps
Does this scenario ring true? You've had a long day and an even longer evening, and the last thing you want to do is stand over the sink and wash your face. But -- surprise, surprise -- you absolutely must remove the makeup, oils, and other buildup that can clog pores. Make the process simpler with pre-moistened cleansing wipes, such as Pond's Dramatic Results Age-Defying Cleansing Towelettes, $5.99.
As you're snoozing soundly your skin is losing moisture, so reverse the trend with a nighttime moisturizer. (Concerned about breakouts? Then try an oil-free version, which still delivers hydrating benefits.) Thanks to the moisturizer's ability to plump up the cells on the uppermost layer of the skin, you'll wake up with a fresher complexion that looks less lined.
Tackle Special Skin Needs
Support your skin's natural repair work with overnight creams and serums that target fine lines, wrinkles, or uneven pigmentation. Nighttime is also ideal for treating specific conditions, such as breakouts (dab an overnight acne buster such as AMBI Even & Clear Acne Clearing Treatment, $9.99, on any problem spots), as you wouldn't top them with makeup as you would during the day. And don't forget your eyes; this delicate area especially benefits from a moisture boost. We like Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse Eye Cream, $19.99.
Setting the ideal bedtime scenario -- making the room as dark as possible, clearing any clutter, and spritzing a calming spray into the air -- helps ease you into a perfect beauty sleep.