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Skincare 201: Everything You Need to Upgrade Your Nighttime Routine Before Classes Start

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There’s so much that goes into making sure you get a night of good beauty sleep besides going to bed early and sleeping for at least 8 hours. You also have to make sure that your body is taken care of—specifically your skin—since nighttime is the period in which your body switches off into repair mode.

It’s crucial to use formulas that help your skin during this phase to ensure that your skin goes through the proper regeneration. It’s also important to have a great nighttime skincare routine, especially as harsh colder weather can take its toll on your skin. For me, having a nightly skin routine means getting great beauty sleep, finding consistency in my crazy schedule, keeping my skin extra hydrated, and creating time for self-care. 

So, to achieve the same awesome feelings (and even more awesome skin results!), check out my top products from Ulta Beauty that I use every night before bed. Each product works together to make my skin feel its absolute best throughout the night–so get ready to upgrade your own nighttime skincare routine before classes start this fall!

Step 1: Gentle Cleansing

Ever since I bought and used the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Face and Body Bar, my skin never looked so healthy and glowy! And yes, this facial cleanser greatly helps with blemish-prone skin as well as contain natural oils that contribute to purifying and mattifying oily skin. So if you take away anything from this routine, I highly suggest trying this product out.

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Sheamoisture African Black Soap Face and Body Bar


I utilize toners to really raise the pH and moisture levels of my skin—which is super convenient when colder fall weather could dry out my skin. So, this next step in my nighttime routine really helps to rejuvenate the skin with extra hydration to combat the chill autumn air.

The COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner is great if you want a toner to soothe and soften the skin. The best part is that this toner is excellent for unclogging pores and contains an anti-aging ingredient that reduces fine lines. Overall, it is definitely a must product and will leave you feeling refreshed after every spray!

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner


After searching so long for a serum that worked for my sensitive skin, my serum-looking journey is finally over! I found The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Hydrating Serum, which feels gentle but revitalizing on my face. This serum checks all my boxes as far as giving me that hyaluronic acid boost, while also giving me the deep hydration that I need during fall. Additionally, it’s a lightweight water-based serum so applying it on the skin ultimately feels as if it’s melting into it.

The ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Hydrating Serum


The E.L.F. COSMETICS Holy Hydration! Illuminating Eye Cream is one of my fave products! It feels luxurious and is a game changer for natural eye bags, and it only costs $10! To apply it, I use my ring finger and dab it in gently just under each eye. And in the morning, voila, my under eyes look brighter and seriously refreshed!

ELF Holy Hydration
e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Illuminating Eye Cream


This last step is the most important step because its main role is retaining and sealing in the moisture that we so gracefully produced in the previous steps. Thankfully, there’s such a wide range of moisturizers sold at Ulta Beauty that contribute to giving you that “beauty sleep” feel! 

The Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion leaves my skin moisturized even after I wake up in the morning. The CeraVe PM moisturizer has been known to be great for all skin types and does an even greater job in replenishing the skin barriers with ceramides.

cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

All of these awesome products that will improve your nighttime skin routine are available at your local Ulta Beauty or at ulta.com. Have a wonderful, well-rested, and glowy school year!

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Maya is a rising junior from Texas A&M University, where she majors in Technology Management with a minor in Business. When she's not working or in school, Maya can be found creating fashion & lifestyle content for brands on social media across Texas.