As a dermatologist, I know that my nighttime skin care routine is crucial to maintaining a healthy and radiant complexion. It is also a key step to prevent skin aging and correct skin problems. My nighttime routine is a great skincare multi-tasking opportunity that happens while I sleep, and I’m serious about maximizing it.
The essence of my nighttime routine has remained the same for over 30 years. At 62, I can look back and say the products have evolved but the concepts of my nighttime routine have not. I will share my current routine, and at the end of this article you can see how it has worked for me over the years.
First, I clean my face and neck.
I make sure to remove all makeup, dirt, residue and product residue.
I wash with my balanced pH Extremely gentle foaming cleanser, warm water, and a Clarisonic brush (they’re no longer available and when I break I’ll get a Foreo).
Next, I scan with Rose water shrinks pores naturally To remove any leftover product, soothe my skin with organic witch hazel and rose hydrosol, while hydrating with glycerin and hyaluronic acid.
I call this product duo mine Zen Skin Cleansing – and for me it is!
After washing my face, I know my skin is super clean and ready to fully absorb the important products that I apply my next layer. – Dr. Bailey
Next, I layer products to deeply hydrate, brighten, fight age spots, and stimulate collagen regeneration while I sleep.
I apply the strongest serum to refresh my skin overnight.
Its Instant brightening multi-action serum with fractional hyaluronic acid technology that stratifies the layers of my skin. Together with sodium PCA (part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor), these high-tech moisturizers work to retain water and prevent dull, dehydrated skin when I wake up. The serum also contains the antioxidant glutathione that protects hyaluronic acid so it can work effectively. Fractionated hyaluronic acid also helps deliver the ingredients in my subsequent products deeper into the skin. If you only had to choose one serum for skin care, this is it. I also apply it in AM.
I apply a retinoid to stimulate collagen regeneration and brighten the skin.
Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream is what I use most nights. It is made with the most advanced and stable retinol technology. Combined with the polyphenol antioxidants in green tea, this technology combats irritation common to other retinoids like Retin A (which I still occasionally use in place of my Retinol Cream) while providing Provides proven retinoid benefits such as:
- stimulates collagen synthesis,
- slow down collagen depletion,
- combats age spots and pigmentation problems, and
- skin lightening for glowing skin.
Almost every dermatologist nighttime routine I know includes retinoids because we know how important they are in preventing skin aging. – Dr. Bailey
I apply retinol with glycolic acid!
Yes, they can be used together and the benefits are compounding. I apply mine Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle 15% Night Cream as often as possible because professional facial creams containing glycolic acid (10% or higher with an acidic pH below 4) have been shown to have anti-aging properties. Surname:
- stimulates collagen synthesis by a different mechanism than retinol,
- increased epidermal thickness,
- combats age spots and pigmentation problems, and
stimulates the skin’s production of hyaluronic acid in the deeper skin layers for a dewy glow.
My sensitive skin can tolerate this combination at least 3 nights a week for all but the skin around my nose and cheeks where my skin is always sensitive. Glycolic acid can be irritating and at the first sign of irritation I swap out glycolic acid for a simple deep moisturizer.
I apply a deep moisturizer for my skin care at night.
I mix mine Daily face cream for dry to normal skin with a few drops of mine Omega Rich Face Oil and apply this around my nose and on my cheeks every night. On nights when I don’t use glycolic acid, I apply this over my Retinol.
My skin loves organic botanicals that are gentle in Omega Rich Fortifying Oil including borage, sea buckthorn, argan, pomegranate and others. They add ceramides, squalane, aloe and glycerin in my Daily Face Cream.
I hydrate my lips, hands and feet before bed to keep them soft all day.
I go through my entire nighttime skincare routine and it takes less than 5 minutes. In the morning, my skin is soft and bright, even at 62+!
Dermatologist Nighttime skincare routine for mature skin
I’ve been making changes to this routine since I was 28 years old. Now I have mature skin at 60+. You can see my age in the photos to the right (I was over 40 in 1999).
This series of images was posted in my office to show what is possible with cosmetic skin care and dermatology. I know that my nighttime skincare routine can take most of the credit. It has helped me combat the skin problems of a fair-skinned and seborrheic woman who enjoys being outdoors. This means I fight age spots and collagen depletion caused by both sun and age on an inherently sensitive skin.
My routine works great. I also know from my parents and grandparents that my skin naturally wants to be dry, rough, thin, wrinkled and covered with age spots. I’m not giving in. My grandma doesn’t have this amazing technology to help keep her skin healthy, young and radiant as she ages. She took care of her skin as best she could with cold cream and a sun hat which was all that was available back then. Today I have more powerful options.
My grandmother and I both love gardening and being outdoors as much as we can in the California sun. At 62, my fair skin looks much different than hers. I know how lucky I am and I am grateful that modern skin care science can go back in time with nature when it comes to our skin. – Dermatologist Cynthia Bailey