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How important is a nighttime skincare routine? Short answer: VERY!

Your nighttime skincare routine actually serves a completely different function than your morning routine. Each morning, you are prepping your skin to protect itself from any free radicals that you’ll encounter throughout the day, including your makeup, air pollution, dirt, bacteria and more.  A gentle cleanser, toner and moisturizer with SPF should do the trick!

Before you go to bed, your main goal is to make sure your skin is completely clean and help it repair itself overnight. It’s super important to use the right products, but when it’s late and your bed is calling your name, it’s so easy to “forget” to give your skin some TLC.

We’ve simplified the process to just the absolute essentials, so your skin will get the attention it needs every night in just 5 minutes!

Step 1: Double Cleanser

Always remember to start with a makeup remover! Your makeup not only clogs your pores, but throughout the day, it collects lots of bacteria and dirt. Our Chamomile & Green Tea Makeup Remover has a unique gel consistency and is gentle enough for all skin types.

Follow with a cleanser that suits your skin type. For those with dry skin, we recommend an oil-based cleanser like our best-selling ADE Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser (this one can actually double as a makeup remover). If you have oily skin to normal skin, we recommend our Clarifying Facial Wash.

Step 2: Toner

Use a cotton ball to wipe our Aloe Vera Toner all over your face and neck. Toners will remove every last trace of dirt, makeup and other impurities. Add our Clarifying Herbal Astringent to your routine if you need to dry out excess oil.

Step 3: Serum

Rub a few drops of your favorite serum for some anti-aging benefits. Our Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Cellagen Renewal Serum are great for all skin types and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!

Step 4: Moisturizer

Finish off with your favorite moisturizer! Our Perfect Hydration Oil-Free Moisturizer is the best lightweight lotion for oily and combination skin types. Fragrance Free Almond-Aloe is a mediumweight moisturizer for all skin types, or try our Apricot Night Cream if you have very dry skin.

Extras

Once or twice a week, you can also add in an exfoliator like our Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub and a chemical peel like our Papaya-Glycolic Radiant Skin Masque. Using an exfoliator will slough off any dead skin cells that are building up on your skin’s surface, and reveal smoother, brighter skin.

(If you have ultra-sensitive skin, try several of the products above in their Fragrance Free versions!)

Bonus tip: Switch out your pillowcase every week. Your pillow collects tons of dead skin cells and bacteria each night, so switching out your pillowcase frequently is an absolute must!

Grown daughter kisses her mother on the cheek in a cafe.It’s pretty often that we’re reminded Mom was right. About (mostly) everything. To celebrate Mother’s Day, we’re sharing our five favorite beauty tips from Mom that were probably annoying at some point but are now—let’s face it—total truth. Thanks, moms!

1) Never go to sleep with makeup on

Makeup holds onto dirt and pollution. Not only does wearing it to bed contribute to breakouts and early aging, it stains our sheets! A gentle eye makeup remover like Chamomile & Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover does the hard work without irritating skin or sacrificing lashes, leaving nothing behind but room for pores to breathe.

2) Schedule time for “me” time

When we take the time to practice self-care, we can actually return to our work with an improved focus. Whatever it is that mentally or physically slows you down—journaling, meditating, flowing through a few sun salutations, or soaking in the tub with our Papaya Glycolic Radiant Skin Masque on—do that thing daily. That way, it becomes part of a routine, not a luxury or something to squeeze into your schedule.

3) Don’t wash your hair every day

Washing hair daily can actually strip locks of their natural oils, leading to dry, brittle strands—especially for coarse or curly hair types and processed hair. Try washing every other day or every three days. (This is where that wide-brimmed hat doubles in function!) To further strengthen and nourish hair, follow up after washing with a deep conditioning treatment like Olive & Avocado Hair Masque.

4) Have fun in the sun, but protect your skin

From lathering us in sunblock when we were kiddos to donning their fabulous wide-brimmed hats, moms know best. Sun damage is a significant precursor of skin cancer, not to mention a contributor of premature aging. For an everyday moisturizer with added SPF boost, our Almond-Aloe Moisturizer with SPF 15 is just the thing to hydrate the face and help protect it from UVB and UVA rays—without any harmful chemicals.

5) Get plenty of rest

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! Our skin cells turn over most rapidly at night, peaking around 2 am. The sooner we get to sleep at night, the faster our skin cells regenerate so skin can repair itself. Easier said than done, right? We try to be realistic. So thankfully, for mornings after long nights, there’s Azulene Eye Cream to combat puffiness and stubborn dark circles.