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Bedtime Beauty Routine

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A fresh face is the best thing to see first thing in the morning. That's why we partnered with PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum by Elizabeth Arden for this post.

Getting ready for bed should be about prepping yourself for a more beautiful tomorrow. And it doesn't need to include a long list of steps, just a little attention with the right products erases stress and daily built-up pollution. Tackle these five things tonight, which will help your skin be the best it can be. Read on for your new bedtime ritual.

1. Wash your face.

If you can admit to slumbering with makeup any night of the week, it's the first thing you need to adjust for glowing skin. Sleep is like hitting a reset button — your body goes into regeneration mode, especially your face. If it's covered in thick makeup, pores can't breathe, which is the last thing you want. It only takes a few seconds and preps your face for the next step.

2. Use a serum.

You're never too young to use a serum, which helps even skin tone and brighten, but one with anti-aging benefits is really the best — especially if you have sun-damaged skin. Antioxidants help to fight environmental threats while helping to correct the signs of aging like lines, wrinkles and discolorations. Smooth on and let sink into skin then follow the rest of your skin care routine.

3. Smooth on moisturizer.

You can use the same moisturizer morning and night, but a thicker, more hydrating night cream lets your serum do its job. And if you're starting at the middle of your face and smoothing toward your hairline, you might be causing breakouts along your hairline due to too much product build up. Instead, smooth evenly from your temples to the center of your face.

4. Dot on eye cream.

Yes, you should be using a preventative eye cream. Proper application is key when finishing your bedtime routine, so dab under the eye using your ring finger starting at the inner eye. Then smooth using your ring finger with a gentle glide along the orbital bone.

5. Pull your hair back.

Keeping hair off your face also stops it from absorbing everything you just smoothed over your skin, plus tarnishing your gleaming face with hair product or lingering bacteria. And you can also use it as an opportunity to have adorable ringlets in the morning. Section hair and braid tightly, then twist on top of your head. You'll get extra volume if you're working with damp hair.

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