“Always, always, always thoroughly remove the day’s buildup of makeup, sunscreen, and sebum from your face before going to bed,” says Christine Choi Kim, MD, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, California. Not doing so can lead to breakouts, dullness, and even eyelash breakage from leftover mascara. Unlikely to hit the sink before hitting the hay? Leave a pack of no-rinse cleansing wipes beside your bed, so that you can easily swipe before you sleep. Here’s what people with great skin always do before bed.
Use the ultimate anti-ager
“Retinoids are every dermatologist’s secret weapon,” says Dr. Kim. “They have anti-acne and anti-aging properties and have rigorous scientific research to support these claims.” The one downside to the vitamin-A derivatives, which speed exfoliation to rev radiance and boost production of skin-smoothing collagen, is that they can be drying and cause irritation. To minimize side effects, Dr. Kim recommends starting with an over-the-counter product that contains retinol, a mild form of the ingredient, to get your skin acclimated. Once you can tolerate retinol every night without irritation, ask your doctor about switching to a prescription form like Renova.