Getting ready for bed takes a little work. It’s not just about tucking everyone in and making sure the doors are locked. It should also be about dedicated a few minutes to taking care of your skin. After a day out in the elements, your skin needs some pampering. Here are five nighttime steps that can help promote healthy skin:

Step One: Remove Makeup

One of the most important rules about wearing makeup is to never wear makeup to bed. That is especially true with eye makeup. As nice as makeup looks, it can clog pores along with other environmental pollutants. That is why it should be removed before hitting the pillows. It is also a good idea to have a stash for makeup remove wipes next to your bed just in case you doze off early.

Step Two: Cleanse

Removing makeup is like taking off the first level. To get really clean, you have to cleanse your face. This can be done with any cleanser that works best with your skin. You might have to experiment with a few until you find one that you like. Massage the cleanser in with lukewarm water and then rinse. Two times are week, you should exfoliate your skin with a cleansing brush to remove dead skin cells. Again, it should be a gentle scrub to avoid damage.

Step Three: Moisturize

Once your face is thoroughly clean, it is time apply a moisturizer. Look for a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. That will allow the skin to draw in water and keep it nourished through the night.

Step Four: Focus on the Eyes

Your eyes and the area around them are the most sensitive part of your body. You should find a specific eye cream that is meant to target this area. Again, the goal is to not only clean but hydrate as well. This attention with the right lotions can minimize the occurrence of wrinkles.

Step Five: Apply the Finishing Touches

Just before you ready to call it a night, apply Vaseline to your lips and lotion to your hands. That will provide added nourishment to those areas. You’ll have a good night’s sleep knowing you’ve taken get of your skin..