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Reader Question: What's a good nighttime skin-care routine to do when in quarantine?
According to dermatologist Rita Linker, your skin-care routine doesn't require a whole lot of bells and whistles to get the job done. "Cleanser first, retinol, eye cream, then moisturizer... that's my go-to nighttime routine," she says. So you can rest assured that a long and complex skin-care routine isn't always a necessity.
If you're looking for a pared-down night routine to get the job done quickly, here are the essentials I've been sticking to.
A gentle cleanser containing squalene, hyaluronic acid, and/or glycerine is always a must in my skin-care routine because I want to get rid of excess makeup and dirt without drying myself out. My current favorite, It Cosmetics's Confidence In a Cleanser, adds extra plumpness with collagen and ceramides.
Using a toner with exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids is the no. 1 way I keep my skin free of excess oil that can pimples acne and dead skin cells that cause dullness — my two biggest quarantine-related skin issues. There's a permanent spot on my bathroom shelf for my all-time favorite, Ole Henriksen's Glow 2OH Dark Spot Toner, which contains glycolic and lactic acid for a consistent glow.
Products with retinol are a huge help when you're trying to prevent fine lines, so it's remained a key step in my nighttime skin-care routine. Perricone MD's High Potency Growth Factor Firming & Lifting Serum contains a hefty dose of retinol plus niacinamide for brightness.
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