Basic Nightly Skincare Routine

If you want to have happy and healthy skin, then it is essential that you take good care of it! But a good skincare routine doesn’t have to be hard and complicated or take a long time. If you follow this basic nightly skincare routine, your skin will be at its best in minutes!

Basic Nightly Skincare Routine

Did you know that your skin renews itself faster while you sleep? So if you go to bed with a dirty face, then your skin can’t work its magic! Even if you don’t wear makeup, you still need to wash your face EVERY night! Your skin collects oil, sweat, dirt, dust, grime, and pollutants throughout the day. Regardless of whether you wear makeup or not, your skin is still by the end of the day! It’s crucial that you do at least a simple skincare routine nightly if you want healthy skin.

When it comes to skincare, there are a lot of products and techniques out there! But if you want to keep things simple, then stick to these steps:

  • Cleanse (first and second cleanse)
  • Tone
  • Moisturize

That’s it! When you keep things simple, you’re more likely to do it! Following those simple steps will help you have healthy and happy skin.

Basic Nightly Skincare Routine

If you have more time, then you can add in more products like exfoliator, serum, retinol, mask, and eye products. Follow these steps to get glass skin!


After a full day of makeup-wearing, the first thing you want to do in your nightly skincare routine is remove your makeup or the other buildup! You want a fresh face to clean. Just like a hair stylist will tell you that it’s important to wash your hair twice each time you wash your hair, as an aesthetician I’m telling you that you need to double cleanse your face. The first cleanse will remove the makeup and buildup and the second cleanse will really clean your face.

For your first cleanse, use an oil cleanser to wash your face. An oil cleanser will help remove your makeup and clean your pores. Rub in circular motions making sure to clean the nooks and crannies of your face. Be gentle but thorough. Remove the cleanser and your product buildup with a clean microfiber cloth (use a new one each day!).

Next, cleanse your face again! You can use the same oil cleanser or you can use a gel cleanser. Gently rub the cleanser into your face and rinse with the microfiber cloth.


This step is often neglected in the skin care routine, but it shouldn’t be! Toning helps restore your skin’s natural pH level, reduces redness, refreshes, and acts as a second cleansing process.

There are 3 ways you can apply toner:

  • Spritz your face directly with toner and let it air dry.
  • Take a cotton pad and spray it a few times with your toner. Then gently rub your face with the cotton pad, making sure to get your whole face.
  • Spray your hands with toner and pat it onto your face.

Learn more about toner!


This step is so refreshing! Take a moisturizer and apply it to your face. Dab some of the product all over your face and rub it in thoroughly. Make sure to be gentle under your eyes because this skin is very sensitive.

Nightly Skin Care Routine

As part of the moisturizing step, you can also use a specific cream for under your eyes. Learn how the right eye cream can help turn back time!

You may also want to consider adding in these steps to your skincare routine as you get great at doing the basics and want to see better results:

And that’s it! By doing this nightly skincare routine, your skin will be happy and healthy! Your skin works hard to renew itself at night while you sleep so by doing these simple steps, you are allowing it to be more productive! Skincare doesn’t have to be overwhelming, it just has to be basic and you’re good to go!

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Basic Nightly Skin Care Routine

About the Author

JoEllen is a licensed aesthetician, certified makeup artist, and certified John Maxwell coach, speaker, and trainer. She works with women helping them look and feel confident. She loves teaching women simple beauty techniques so they can feel empowered to try it at home. Her motto is that when you look and feel good, you do good!

Basic Nightly Skin Care Routine

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Basic Nightly Skincare Routine