Beauty Editor Shares Her 6 Steps to Night time Skincare Routine

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We all know that going to bed without washing your face is bad for your skin. But where to start and which products should you use? To start with an evening skincare routine needs to be a high priority for you – especially if you’re in your 30s and onwards. You see at night your skin cells grow faster while you sleep. Therefore, as we live in Egypt you need to repair the damage that is caused from the pollution that you experience throughout the day, the sun and stresses effects your skin.

It’s always best to do this routine an hour before you go to bed. If you apply the products right before you go to sleep you’ll transfer them all onto your pillowcase instead of allowing your skin to absorb them.

Evening Skin Care Routine In 6 Steps:

1. Remove Your Makeup

I don’t recommend that you use makeup wipes as they are bad for your skin and don’t remove the makeup properly, instead the bacteria is moved around your skin and the dirt remains in your pores. The ingredients used in makeup wipes are harmful for the skin, in fact, they’re very similar to the ingredients found in products that are used to clean your house.

Recommendation: Johnson, Baby Lotion

2. Cleanse Your Skin

Removing makeup only is not enough to properly clean your skin, you need to use a cleanser to remove all the toxins that can lead to aging and congestion. I recommend using a cleaning brush or a sponge. First, apply the cleanser onto your face, then massage it in and then add the water.

Recommendation: Bioderma, Sebium Gel Moussant and Black Lotus, Face Wash


3. Apply A Toner

Most women undermine the importance of a toner, yet it is important to use a one as it is great for maintaining healthy skin and closing your pores. It also protects your skin from chlorine that is found in tap water, especially here in Cairo.

Recommendation: Black Lotus, Hydrating Toner and Placentor Vegetal, Toning Lotion

4. Eye Cream

Whether you suffer from puffiness or dark circles, it is great to apply an eye cream before bed-time as it helps the skin look firmer, brighter and more youthful.

Recommendation: Nefertari, Grape Seed Oil and ISIS, Light Eyes


5. Apply A Serum

You can’t miss this step, as it delivers a concentrated dose of powerful ingredients for the targeted results that you are after. For example, if your skin is dull or dehydrated this is a very important step to battle this concern.

Recommendation: Medik8, CE-Tetra and Kiehl’s, Midnight Recovery

6. Night Cream

Your night cream needs to be different from your morning cream, as it has to be thicker and hydrating to provide more more nourishment to your skin.

Recommendation: Biotherm, Aquasource and Eva, Collagen



Lydia Schoonderbeek has over 18 years’ experience in the fashion and beauty industry. Lydia has dual heritage, Dutch and Egyptian and has had strong international exposure which has enabled her to experience global environments. She recently completed her MBA in Fashion from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. Alongside her MBA she started a blog and social channels to offer consistent, educated assistance and curated product reviews introducing her followers to the best beauty products on the market and helping them navigate their way through the wealth of information. Lydia worked at Harrods UK for a number of years as a member of the senior management team and was involved in managing the operations of a luxury department store. Previously, she worked for an Italian luxury company which designed eyewear for Vivienne Westwood, Missoni, Moschino and Dunhill. She studied at Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), Business Information Management and German, and whilst doing this she also gained work experience in fashion at Harvey Nichols.

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