Wake Up with Better Skin: The Best Products to Add to Your Nighttime Routine
Incorporate them into your regimen and your face will glow in the morning.
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It's no secret that the skincare sphere is full of the latest and greatest products to add to your routine. Many of these products, such as new-age sunscreens and foundation that doubles as skincare, are designed for daytime use. In a way, this makes a lot of sense, because we're exposed to stressors, like UV rays, free radicals, and pollution, during the day. But healing and regeneration happen at night, which means it's just as important to pay attention to our evening regimens, especially as we age.
The products you apply to your face at night, if chosen with care, can work overtime while you sleep to reinvigorate and revitalize your complexion. The trick? Stock your nighttime routine with anti-aging workhorses that plump and hydrate while gradually erasing dark spots and fine lines. As for what to look for in a product? Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, retinol, alpha hydroxy acids (including lactic and glycolic acid), and beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic acid) all help do the job, either by actively exfoliating the skin or nourishing it. And when you commit to using these effective formulations, you can look forward to fresher-looking skin come morning. Consider it prep work: Your daytime routine should soak in and protect that much better when you're taking great care of your skin overnight, too.
But sourcing these anti-aging nighttime skincare products can feel like work—which is where we come in. We rounded up several tried-and-true, science-backed products, from serums and creams to overnight masks, to integrate into your evening regimen. Smooth these on, and it's safe to say your face will be in good hands while you get your beauty sleep.
This overnight face cream is packed with actives, like Pro-Retinol A and the brand's signature Stimuplex, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for firmer-looking skin. It's also extremely hydrating—so it offers the best of both worlds.
Shop Now: L'Oréal Paris "Revitalift" Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Night Cream, $17.99, ulta.com.
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Our stress hormone levels decrease as we sleep—something that this feather-light serum capitalizes on. A rich antioxidant blend mitigates irritation, supports the skin's natural defenses against UV rays, tones, and calms. Hyaluronic acid—this brand's claim to fame—delivers maximum moisture.
Shop Now: Dr. Barbara Sturm Night Serum, $310, bloomingdales.com.
Applying this wild rose and vitamin C concoction will diminish the appearance of dark spots and uneven texture, so you can look forward to bright, radiant skin each morning.
Shop Now: Korres Wild Rose Night-Brightening Sleeping Facial, $48, dermstore.com.
This clean nighttime serum has been a cult-favorite for years. And for good reason: It's packed with AHAs and BHAs, including glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids. Together, these acids gently and effectively exfoliate dead skin cells to diminish dullness and reveal the brighter, smoother skin underneath.
Shop Now: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum, $90, sephora.com.
Did you know that makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's best-selling makeup brand also sells superior skincare? This night cream is formulated with stem cell extract and time-released retinol to decrease those visible signs of aging, vitamin E to reduce inflammation, and red algae marigel, castor seed, and olus oils to hydrate and smooth your complexion.
Shop Now: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream, $145, www.nordstrom.com.
Nighttime skincare comes in many forms. Here, we have a supplement designed to increase cellular turnover, boost hydration, refine texture, and improve your sleep while you sleep. Just keep in mind that these supplements (like all supplements) take time to work their magic: Give them six weeks before writing them off.
Shop Now: HUM Mighty Night Overnight Renewal Supplement, $40, dermstore.com.
Oils can be tricky for daytime use, which is why this CBD-packed night oil is perfect for your routine. Its 300 milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD, prickly pear oil, and moringa oil soothe and hydrate stressed-out skin. Together, these ingredients tackle a myriad of ailments, from adult acne and rosacea to fine lines.
Shop Now: Prima "Night Magic" Intensive CBD Face Oil, $88, prima.com.
Made with 2.2% encapsulated retinol to deliver every anti-aging benefit under the sun (think diminished fine lines, reduced scarring, and evened tone), this serum works without triggering redness or irritation. Plus, it contains lactic acid, which sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal softer, smoother skin.
Shop Now: Shani Darden Retinol Reform, $88, shanidarden.com.