Your Ultimate Evening Skincare Regimen

October 30th, 2010

Skin Care Routine including Cleanser

So you’ve decided to make a go of putting your best face forward. What better way to get perfect skin than by starting with the ultimate evening skincare regimen? Follow the steps below and your skin will be glowing in no time.

1) Cleanser
Skin can’t look its best if its bogged down with the dirt and grime of the day. Whether you live in a big city like New York and walk everywhere or you get from point A to point B in your car, the day’s distressing events will end up taking their toll. Always cleanse before bedtime—even if you’re just using cleansing wipes—so all that nasty gunk goes away.

2) Toner
Looking to tighten your pores, decrease fine lines and increase circulation? That’s where toner comes in handy. While the efficacy and necessity of toner is one of skincare’s greatest debates, I think it definitely helps to use one at least a few times a week. Toner gives an even more thorough cleansing than just using a cleanser would—look for spray toners, which also leave behind a refreshing mist.

3) Eye Cream
Did you know that the eye area is the first to show signs of aging—and I mean in your 20s or early 30s? Pretty scary. It’s so important to find a good eye cream that fights wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles … all those pesky problems that, overlooked (pardon the pun) can cause serious damage later on. Less than a dime-sized amount is needed for each eye—delicately pat it from the inner to outer corners each evening.

4) Moisturizer
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I can’t stress this point enough. Whatever your skin type, this step is so, SO important in your skincare regimen. Moisturizer works to do just that—add moisture back into the skin. I recommend different moisturizers for different seasons, or for different times of day—a nighttime moisturizer can be heavier, especially in the winter, as it’s working to repair the damage of the day while skin is at rest.

5) Scrubs and Masks
Equally important for maintaining clear, glowing skin are scrubs and masks. These should be utilized more sparingly—think 2-3 times a week for a scrub, once a week for a mask. Scrubs work to slough off all those nasty dead skin cells, bringing out your clear complexion. Masks work to clarify the skin, bringing out all the grime and grease from within your pores.

Guest Writer: Beauty blogger Jamie Allison Sanders got her start in the beauty world at age 4, playing the Youngest Royal Child in The King and I. Discover her love of all things beauty at The Beauty of Life.