Sleeping in your makeup is a cardinal skincare sin, and usually, a cleanser isn't enough to remove everything. recommends starting your nighttime routine with a gentle makeup remover.
No matter your skin type, a gentle cleanser that won't strip your skin of natural oil and disrupt your skin's microbiome (read: cause irritation) is essential, says Carl Thornfeldt, MD, practicing dermatologist and founder of the skincare line
Toner is probably the most divisive of all skincare steps: People either swear by it, or they think it's totally useless. Rafaeloff, for what it's worth, is on the positive side of the great toner debate. "I recommend using toner, as it helps calibrate the skin—it helps balances pH levels, moisture levels (especially those who are prone to being on the oilier side)," she explains.
This step is where you can customiz tailored to your skin concerns, says Thornfeldt, whether that's a serum or prescription product. This is also where you put any spot treatments on. If your skin isn't too sensitive, try a derm-prescribed retinoid product. You could also use a brightening serum or hydrating serum, depending on the needs of your skin.
Last up: recommends a "skin barrier–repairing moisturizer to help rejuvenate the health of the skin." In other words, choose something hydrating that won't clog your pores. We're fans of products that contain hyaluronic acid because it helps your skin retain moisture.
If you have the time and like to indulge, consider applying a mask once or twice a week after cleansing and before your other nighttime routine steps.nsider using a hydrating mask, or if your skin is oily, use a clay mask. There's a mask out there for about every skin concern.