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Whether it’s a swipe of lotion or a multistep process, most women develop tried-and-true nighttime beauty routines over the years. Just how specific? We asked a few of our editors to share their before-bed beauty rituals:
Robin Sayers, Executive Editor, Martha Stewart Weddings
“I have three levels of commitment, depending on how I’m feeling. When I’m exhausted, I just use a wipe. It’s not ideal, but it’s so easy and speedy and definitely better than plopping into bed without doing anything. When I’m semi-ambitious, I’ll remove my mascara with a smaller eye-makeup remover wipe, wash the rest of my face with a mild cleansing milk, then apply a moisturizer all over my face and neck. When I’m in full-on Type-A mode, I’ll remove my eye makeup, then use my beloved electronic cleansing brush, followed by a toner, then an eye cream, a retinol (only every other night), plus night cream.”
Olessa Pindak, Health and Beauty Editor, Whole Living
“First I remove my mascara and liner with a gentle eye-makeup remover. Then I wash my face with a creamy cleanser and give myself a little facial massage, which helps me relax and does good things for my skin by stimulating circulation. Depending on the night, I’ll sometimes put on a moisturizing or detoxifying mask while I’m brushing my teeth. After I rinse that off, I put on eye cream and a lot of moisturizer so my skin is dewy. I always sleep with a soft, silk eye mask — I like how it makes the room dark, even when I’m traveling and can’t control the light.”
Sarah Smith, Senior Associate Beauty Editor, Martha Stewart Weddings
“I switch it up every night, but lately I wash my face with a gentle cleansing oil to take off makeup and the day’s oils and dirt. Then, I sweep a glycolic acid pad all over my face and neck to smooth out the texture and take off that top layer so my treatment products (next up!) penetrate better. Then I go back and forth so my skin doesn’t freak out: one night I’ll apply a thin layer of old school cold cream, the next night I’ll use a gentle retinol product to help smooth out fine lines.”
What’s your bedtime skin-care ritual?