5 Nighttime Skin Care Mistakes to Avoid

Did you know your skin is most active at night? Nighttime is when your skin regenerates itself and “de-stresses” from the pollution, dirt, and oil that it has been exposed to during the day. A nighttime skin routine is a must for those serious about maintaining healthy skin. 

And while some of us think that we’re doing it right, there are a few sneaky culprits that could be sabotaging your skin without you knowing it. 

In your bedroom 

It’s time to crawl into bed. You crank the heater, or the AC depending on the month, and climb into your warm, comfy, bacteria-infested bed. Wait, what? Well, it’s true. 

Your sheets could be causing some skin issues if they’re not washed enough. And even if you climb into bed only after you shower, you still sweat at night, some drool may have escaped onto the pillow, and overall bacteria builds up over time. Pillowcases can be filled with dust, allergens, bacteria, and skin cell build-up. Not quite an ideal place to put your freshly cleansed face. Make sure to wash your pillowcases and sheets at least once a week.  

Another skin wrecker is your room temperature. When we blast either the AC or the heater the moisture in the air is zapped. Adding in a humidifier can drastically improve your skin’s moisture barrier and prevent transepidermal water loss. That’s just a fancy term for moisture that escapes from the lower level of the skin to the surface level and then evaporates. 

Booze before snooze, you’re going to lose. 

I’m no Dr. Suess, but you get the idea. Research has shown that alcohol before bed definitively decreases your quality of sleep. Poorer sleep has severe effects on your skin in the long run and alcohol, in general, is dehydrating. That’s not to say that an occasional glass of wine or cocktail is going to derail your skin health, but imbibing too frequently before bed can have an overall negative effect. Keep the bedtime vino to a minimum. 

Long, hot showers 

There is nothing better than a piping hot shower after a long stressful day, but if it’s too hot, you’re risking drying out your skin too much. The combination of too hot water and body washes (most which contain foaming agents that strip away the natural oils from your skin) can create an overall dry, itchy, and tight feeling on your skin, face and body alike. 

Not washing face

We should all know and respect the first commandment of skincare. Thou shalt wash thy face at night. Makeup and debris, oil, pollution, germs, and anything else you’ve encountered during the day come into contact with your skin. Washing the day away is key to optimal skin health and preventing acne, irritation, and other issues. If not, you’re setting yourself up for bacteria and dead skin cells accumulation and a host of problems that come with it. 

Using the wrong products

If your nighttime and daytime routine is the same, you’re not getting the most out of your routine as you can, or you’re just using the wrong products for the wrong time of day! Your moisturizer in the morning should have some SPF in it and is not suitable for night use.  Certain anti-aging products such as retinol should be used at night. This powerful anti-aging ingredient is photo-sensitive, meaning that it will break down into the sun and become less effective. Additionally, using repairing and nourishing ingredients at night work best as your skin is already in a repairing mode. 


At night your skin is replenishing and using heavier moisturizers and serums is the perfect time to boost your skin’s moisture barrier and nourish it. And the added bonus of wearing heavier products at night is that you don’t have to spend the day with a heavy or slightly greasy face. 

Making some tweaks to your nighttime routine can carry you far in your skincare journey. They are easy swaps for better skin. 

References: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-alcohol-affects-quality-and-quantity-sleep

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