Things To Do Before Starting a Nightly Skincare Routine

Each night before bed, it is essential to wash off any makeup that you are wearing along with pollutants that accumulate on your face throughout the day. It can be easy to skip taking care of your skin at night, especially when you are tired and want to sleep. However, there are many benefits related to keeping your skin clean and moisturized. Here are some things to do before starting a nightly skincare routine.

Establish Your Steps

According to, it typically takes around two months to form a habit, so it is essential to establish specific steps for your nightly skincare routine and stick to them as much as possible. Some steps of this nightly ritual might include:

  • Removing makeup, including foundation, lipstick, eyeliner and mascara, with a soft cloth and a product containing micellar water or an oil-based liquid
  • Cleansing the face with a gentle soap or face wash along with warm water, which prepares the skin to absorb the products used in the skincare routine
  • Applying a face serum targeted to your specific skincare concerns, whether that includes hydration, uneven tone, or something else
  • Treating the sensitive skin around the eyes with a separate cream made especially for this area 
  • Applying a moisturizer, which will work with the skin overnight to make your complexion appear fresher and dewier 

There are several steps to this process, which may seem intimidating at first. However, with practice, most routines eventually become easier and quicker to complete. It is a good idea to do these steps in order so that each product can work the way it is supposed to.

Know How To Fit the Routine With Other Skincare

If you plan on having a nightly skincare system, make sure that it works with the other things you do to your skin throughout the day. For example, washing the face too often can strip away natural oils on the skin that provide moisture and protection, so limit washing to one or two times per day in addition to the nightly steps.

Along with taking good care of your skin, practice habits that benefit you as a whole, such as eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep. All of these things directly benefit the skin as well.

Get Familiar With Ingredients

The ingredients you use on your face depend on many factors, including your budget and skincare goals. As an overview, these are some types of skincare products along with some common ingredients they may contain.

Makeup Removers

Most makeup removers have either oil or water as their number one ingredient, and which one works best for you depends on your skin type. Those with dry skin generally prefer an oil-based formula, while people with oily skin usually opt for a water-based formula. Micellar water makeup removers are unique in that they sort of act as both an oil-based and a water-based solution.


Cleansers may contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycerin, vitamin C, and various exfoliants. Again, your chosen ingredients should be guided by your skincare goals.


Serums often contain many of the same ingredients found in cleansers but with higher concentrations. Hyaluronic acid provides moisture to dry skin, while vitamin C use can result in a healthier-looking complexion.


Moisturizers can be made from a wide variety of ingredients, from those found in serums to components that can be found around the house, such as aloe, coconut oil, avocado oil and honey.

Finding which skincare ingredients work best for you can take a bit of trial and error. However, the more you learn, the less likely you are to waste money by purchasing a product that is not at all suitable for your skin.

Putting Everything Together

Use this information to formulate a skincare routine that works for your skin type, budget and schedule. Remember that you can always make adjustments to your routine down the road if needed.