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This 3-Step Nighttime Routine Makes Anti-Aging Easy

Nighttime Anti-Aging Treatment

One of the behavioral quirks that runs rampant in my family is a tendency to approach things with an “all or nothing” attitude. This tendency came into play when, a few years back, I felt compelled to incorporate more natural products into my skincare regimen.

The thought rapidly mutated into a belief that I could only use all-natural products, and I (unsurprisingly) ended up biting off more than I could chew. My sensitive skin did not appreciate it!

Luckily, I now know there’s nothing wrong with using a variety of approaches to skincare. Both conventional and natural products offer their own benefits, so why not make the most of them?

This more flexible way of thinking led to the development of the nighttime anti-aging treatment I’ll be sharing with you today. I think you’re going to love it as much as I do!

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3-Step Nighttime Anti-Aging Treatment

Nighttime Anti-Aging Treatment

Step 1 – Cleanse And Exfoliate

After I remove my makeup and wash my face, I use blended oats and a bit of water to exfoliate my skin. (Making blended oats is as easy as tossing a handful of oats in your blender!) Oats have a naturally moisturizing effect, and the small bits of oats help buff away dead skin cells.

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Nighttime Anti-Aging Treatment

It’s gentle yet effective, which is perfect for my sensitive skin. And the exfoliation helps the products I use in the next step to penetrate deeper into my skin so they can work more effectively!

Nighttime Anti-Aging Treatment

Step 2 – Apply Retinol

Once my skin is clean and exfoliated, I apply my Wrinkle Reducing Night Serum. It contains retinol, a form of vitamin A that helps your skin rebuild collagen and elastin, which is why it’s a star ingredient in many anti-aging products.

My Wrinkle Reducing Night Serum is uncommonly gentle compared to other retinol products because it also contains skin-soothing chamomile and carrot extracts. (You can learn more about this serum in this post.)

It doesn't take much Ideal Daily Moisturizer to hydrate and protect your skin.

Step 3 – Lock It In With Moisturizer

Finally, I apply moisturizer my Ideal Daily Moisturizer to “lock in” the serum so it can work its magic. (This has a similar effect to slathering dry heels in lotion and covering them with socks.)

Ideal Daily Moisturizer is great for both night and day use! Read more about it in this post.

Nighttime Anti-Aging Treatment

The Takeaway

All in all, I really enjoy using this simple nighttime routine. It leaves my skin feeling so soft, and after a few weeks of regular use, my fine lines were definitely less noticeable than they were before I started.

If you’re looking for a simple anti-aging treatment that won’t cost you a fortune, this is one worth considering!

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  • I agree . The Ordinary has great budget friendly products. I also love Cerave’s skin care line. It’s great. You can easily find Dupes for their face lotions that are identical but cheaper.

  • Do you Cleanse & Exfoliate your skin every night with the oatmeal. I read somewhere that you should not do it every day. It should only be used every two or three days.

  • I use the Avon Anew Reversalist set(red set). Only about $40 for an entire set. Night moisturizer, day moisturizer, eye cream and retinol wrinkle cream. I only got serious about my skin care about 6 months ago. I have noticed a HUGE difference! I’m 48 and finally I no longer have acne. I use generic Olay skin cleanser from Dollar General $4-5. I only use a wash cloth. I have been told that a regular washcloth has enough exfoliating power for a daily use. I will try Jillee’s idea of oatmeal for more exfoliation once a week.
    I’ve had many people tell me how great my skin looks now! (They have different formulas for 30’s, 40’s , 50’s and above!
    Not trying to promote Avon, but wow, the Anew line is fantastic!

  • I know it is just for demo photos but it would appear more realistic if she had taken all that makeup off her face and eyes first before doing her “skin care regimen” And I am never sure if these are paid advertisements or not!?

    • Hello Nursermk :-) This is not a paid advertisement, just sharing a handy tip! I did wash off my face makeup, but I left my eye makeup on for these photos. I didn’t think it would be so distracting! Sorry for all the confusion.

  • I have had to watch my sun exposure for a long time. I’m very light and learned a long time ago about how much exposure I can tolerate. I usually will burn first and finally get some gradual color on my skin. I think being careful has had a lasting effect on my skin., I don’t need much lotion because I have oily skin. I don’t use anything fancy. I just use the Olay Complete formula lotion with the good spfs stuff. I also think the fact that I’ve never smoked or used alcohol is great for my skin too.Im early 50s but most people think I’m late 30s- fortyish.

    • ALL tanning is damage! Sunscreen is an absolute must every day–literally, nothing is more aging to your skin than the sun. Sunburns AND suntans lead to dark spots, wrinkles, and loss of collagen. Do your face a favor and protect it from the sun. A good retinol every night will help repair it.

      • This was back in the days before all the information about tanning can do to your skin. I don’t even really anymore . I have a sister who has to occasionally get sun spots removed. She was the lucky one who inherited my dads side of the family’s skin that you don’t have to be outside much to get a nice glow. Thank goodness for great self – tanners these days -for people like me.

  • A very long time ago, I heard a lady tell me to never, ever use your pointer fingers to apply anything to your face or even wash your face because those are your stronget fingers. Somehow that stuck with me and to this day I will not use those fingers to rub my face. She’d said that it will wrinkle your skin faster. Haha! She was a Mary Kay lady who used to come around to people’s homes. I am now pushing 49 this year and so far so good on no wrinkles. ;-)

  • I have at least 5 oils from the Ordinary! You cannot beat their products! I just bought their caffeine eye oil for those pesky eye bags! And their prices are so reasonable…I especially like their Lactic Acid oil, which works just as well as Sunday Riley serum, and at a fraction of the cost!

    I, too, have tried the ROC creams, but I will add a word of caution, even if you don’t have sensitive skin- mix it with another night cream when you start. This product has a great amount of Retinol, and unless your skin is used to it, it may be a bit harsh. I don’t really have sensitive skin, but I had to be cautious when I started using their night cream. It really works, but go easy in the beginning.
    Be religious about wearing sunscreen if you use these products, even on days you don’t plan on going outdoors, just get into the habit. You will burn more easily if you use any acids on your skin. (I learned the hard way, so trust me!)

  • I’m loving the products by The Ordinary. They began in the UK (Deciem.com), and I believe, have offices in NY. They have many product lines that are pure and no unwanted fillers. The price is right, too. Check out their website, as well as their following on YouTube.

  • I’d be curious to get your opinion on creams like Plexadern & Genucel. The time-lapsed commercials show wrinkles disappearing in minutes. Any idea if they actually help or hurt your skin? I wondered if it just had a kind of skin-tightening agent in them & damaged your skin in the long run. I used a cream similar to it once and it honestly did work, but they’re SO expensive. Full disclosure, I guess I wouldn’t even mind if did do damage, as long as I could always afford it, but I don’t want to look even worse while I’m trying to scrape the money together to buy some more!

    • just remember if it’s too good to be true, it usually isn’t. The average person cannot tell when the video is stopped, and they put make up on a model, then film a little, and do it over and over again.
      I also had a dr. tell me once that if they do really find a cure for baldness and fatness you’ll start seeing more hairy and skinny doctors!

    • I would work up to using the ROC cream full strength. When I started, I used some of my previous night cream, and mixed a pea sized amount of the ROC with it. then gradually increased the amount of the ROC. I had so much ‘burning’ the first time I used the ROC night cream, I quit all together, then started slowly a couple of weeks later.
      That being said, it just might be a bit much for your rosacea, but start slow.

    • If you let the oil sink in it shouldn’t but I find coconut oil a little too occlusive for me. I prefer lighter oils and lots of inexpensive facial treatment oils can be found online, even organic ones now, at Target for example. But it seems like the occlusion is what Jillee likes to “seal in” the other treatments. You will eventually have to wash your eye mask as oils will build up anyway.

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