Your essential nighttime routine for your best skin yet

6 steps you should be taking before you hit the hay

Beauty Crew Editor / July 01 2016

When it comes to busy days leading into late nights, there is no temptation greater than crawling into bed after just a quick cleanse with a makeup wipe. 

But if clear, radiant, and younger-looking skin is your goal, then there’s nothing more important than taking the time to work through a solid nighttime routine that’ll cleanse, treat and nourish your skin.


Remove your makeup

Use a makeup remover or wipes to effectively and efficiently remove the majority of your day’s makeup.
Try: Garnier Moisture Match Start A Fresh Makeup Remover Wipes


Thoroughly cleanse your skin

Your makeup removal step will not have sufficiently removed the dirt, oil, and impurities that have built up during the day, so it’s essential to cleanse away any toxins that can lead to ageing, congestion or lack of radiance.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Range
“It is important to remove particles like impurities and pollutants that have accumulated on skin during the full day by cleansing in the evening in order to avoid further damage to your skin.”
Dr. Nadine Pernodet
Estée Lauder Companies
Vice President Skin Biology and BioActives Research & Development

To up the ante on your nighttime routine, wash your face with a cleanser specifically formulated for nighttime use. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing range has been formulated to not only thoroughly cleanse and remove makeup and impurities without compromising the skin’s natural protection layer, but it also revitalises and nourishes, while prepping it to get the most out of the rest of your night products. Opt for the Micro Cleansing Foam formula if you have normal to combination skin, or opt for the Micro Cleansing Balm instead if you have normal to dry skin.

TOP TIP: Turn your evening cleanse into a luxurious ritual by treating yourself to a facial massage while cleansing with Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm


Pick your treatment

We all have different skin issues, whether that’s dehydration, dullness, congestion, or ageing, so here’s where you can use a treatment to suit your concerns. 

If you’re looking to inject serious moisture in your skin, try an essence like Jurlique Activating Water Essence, and if you’d like to refine the texture of your skin, a toner with glycolic acid or salicylic acid can help exfoliate your skin for a smoother, softer finish. 

You can also look into boosters to increase the effectiveness of your serum and moisturiser and help deal with particular concerns.



This is a can’t-miss step, as a serum delivers a concentrated dose of powerful ingredients (including actives) for targeted results. 

While you sleep, your cells work their hardest to repair, restore and regenerate after a day of fighting external aggressors, so it’s important not to skip this step. Choose a serum that works with your skin’s own natural nighttime repair processes to help fake eight hours when you really got six.
Try: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II


Night moisturiser

Richer than your morning cream and free of sunscreens, your night cream will help deliver the hydration and nourishment your skin needs. Don’t worry about the texture feeling heavier than your day cream – its job is to nourish and hydrate.
Try: L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Night


Eye cream

From puffiness and dark circles to fine lines and crow’s feet, using an eye cream before bed will help target the delicate skin around your eyes to help them look firmer, brighter and more youthful.
Try: NIVEA Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

NIVEA Q10 eye cream

Main image credit: @carolynmurphy

Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.