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5 Products That'll Instantly Upgrade Your Nighttime Skin Care Routine

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When it comes to skin care I like to say "nighttime is the best time!" It's the time for us to strip away the day: all the makeup, sweat, dirt, oil, pollution, yes — but also, stress!

Unlike my daytime skin care routine, which I approach with the mindset of "How can I make myself look dewy and glowing like a K-pop superstar?" the gameplan for the nighttime routine is more "How can I fix this hot mess?"

Therefore, my nighttime skin care routine is built on products that can repair and nourish my skin (... but also may be too extra for me to be seen in public with them). Think heavy creams that are too thick and shiny, hydrating masks that need to be worn for hours and super strong active ingredients that will cause sensitivity when exposed to sunlight. Take advantage of the hours (and anonymity) of the night for some heavy-lifting skin care.

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Naturium Topical Acids, $20

Naturium, an affordable and ingredient focused skin care line, just released an entire line of repairing and exfoliating acids. And as we mostly know, acids — and exfoliation — can lead to sun sensitivity, and that's why these topical acids are great to try at night without the worry of the effects of those UV rays.

My two favorites from the Topical Acid collection are the Naturium Azelaic Topical Acid 10% and Naturium Mandelic Topical Acid 12%. Azelaic acid helps minimize skin imperfections like redness, dullness and discoloration, and helps control sebum production. The Mandelic Topical Acid 12% exfoliates skin to target dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

These are both great for brighter and younger looking skin.

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Without a doubt the screen time we've been exposed to has increased exponentially. We're soaking in blue light from our screens and it's damaging our skin (blue light exposure can cause color changes, inflammation, and photo-aging).

SeneGence's just-launched Digital Age Defense Serum is here to reverse that damage! Featuring the latest advances in skin care to help protect against blue light, SeneGence uses their own proprietary ingredient complex to energize fatigued skin, prevent visible signs of aging related to blue light, and hydrate and refresh.

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The Femmue Flower Infused Fine Mask contains 99.4 percent naturally-derived ingredients and gives a unique aromatic and luxurious experience. This dual use mask can be used as a wash-off nourishing mask or (my favorite) a revitalizing overnight sleeping mask. Infused with camellia petals and camellia oil, antioxidants and niacinamide this formula strengthens the skin barrier, soothes, hydrates and brightens. This mask is the perfect product for those looking to achieve that glass-skin glow.

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No nighttime skin care routine is a nighttime skin care routine without retinol! Retinol is the only proven anti-aging ingredient — and it does wonders to address the multiple signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. The Pacifica Clean Shot - Retinoid + Bakuchiol 3% in Seawater combines an advanced petroleum-free retinoid complex, and a plant-based retinol alternative called bakuchiol.

Together, these retinoids are less irritating than typical retinol yet maintain a better efficacy. And Pacifica's Clean Shots products are designed without unnecessary ingredients so you get exactly what you came for: potent benefits and powerful results.

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