Four ways to upgrade your evening skincare routine

Dreaming of plumper, brighter or more deeply hydrated skin? A tweak to your nightly routine could have a big impact.

Overnight, your skin is booked and busy. While you sleep, it’s working to replenish and repair from exposure to UV rays, pollutants and stress, which can contribute to dry texture, a dull appearance, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. And it could use some help! Adding one of these four superstar ingredients to your nighttime skincare routine can help maximize results, whether you want to increase hydration, boost brightening or help plump and firm your complexion while you sleep. Good night, indeed.

For brightening: AHAs
A mix of four alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) go to work in Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Solution to help remove dead skin cells and reveal a clearer, brighter complexion. The liquid exfoliant also features cica and niacinamide to replenish skin as it resurfaces, which makes it gentle enough for daily use. Add this to your nighttime routine after cleansing and before applying a serum or moisturizer.

For hydration: Hyaluronic acid
If you want to put an end to parched skin, you’ll want to make sure hyaluronic acid is front and centre in your evening skincare routine. The hero ingredient in Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, hyaluronic acid (aka HA) is a powerful hydrator that can hold a thousand times its weight in water. In this oil-free formula, it helps skin maintain hydration for 72 hours, so your complexion remains dewy long after you rise. The best-selling serum also helps strengthen the skin barrier while reducing lines, wrinkles and the look of pores.

For smoothing: Retinol
If you want to address multiple signs of aging with one ingredient — dry, rough texture, deep wrinkles and lack of firmness — look no further than retinol. Formulated to make the most of the potent anti-ager, StriVectin Advanced Retinol Nightly Renewal Moisturizer contains a powerful blend of retinol and retinal along with NIA-114TM (a patented form of niacin that’s clinically shown to enhance the ef¬ficacy of retinol) and ginger root extract to strengthen and soothe skin. Bonus: While some retinol products can be harsh, this one promises to be gentle enough for you to jump into nightly use right away.

For plumping: Peptides
A targeted treatment for all manner of facial lines — think wrinkles across the forehead, under the eyes and around the lips — Vichy Liftactiv Supreme H.A. Wrinkle Filler makes it easy to put plumping peptides to work where they’re needed most. Within a lightweight formula, peptides are mixed with 1.5% pure hyaluronic acid, Vitamin Cg (an antioxidant that helps protect against future damage) and mineral-rich Vichy volcanic water for a combo shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by 60% after six weeks of use. Before you apply your night cream, press two to three drops directly where needed.

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