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The best nighttime skincare routine for mature skin

When I think of all the times I went to bed without washing my face, I cringe. Yet, I’ve learned a lot over the years. At 58+, I’ve finally got my anti-aging nighttime skincare routine for mature skin down to a science.

My skincare routine works perfectly alongside my overall Nighttime beauty routine. It feels so good to have a regimen that works wonders!

the best anti-aging nighttime skincare routine for women over 40

My nighttime anti-aging skincare routine is quick, it’s effective and affordable too!

Let’s jump in!

Step One: Cleanse

Start by double cleansing your face. Trust me on this one.

Double cleansing at night is so important!

Double cleansing helps remove the sunscreen, make-up, and grime from the day, giving your skincare products a better chance of working.

First, cleanse with an oil-based cleanser and then a water-based cleanser.

I know it may seem like an over-kill, but I promise it’s worth the extra step!

I use Cliniques to take the day off balm (heavenly!), followed by Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Cerave is a great drugstore brand that is popular with all the beauty gurus out there.

Step two: Clarify

Back in the day,  I was a make-up artist for Clinique.

And fell in love with many of their skincare products. Still to this day, I swear by clarifying lotion #2. I have tried other toners but always go back to this good old stand-by.

When my skin is on the dull side and needs extra exfoliation, I reach for this toner from The Ordinary. It contains glycolic acid and does the trick without over-drying my skin.

Step Three: Serums.

Serums are great because you can handpick the ingredients you need based on your skin and customize your skincare.

I currently use Timeless vitamin c serum and the Buffet, Nicidamine, and Hydraulic acid from The Ordinary.

Love, love, love my serums!

Step Four: Retin-A (The anti-aging holy grail!)

The holy grail. If you are 35+, you got to do yourself a big favor and get yourself some Retin-A pronto!

I use it 2-3 times a week after serums and before moisturizer.

Retinol products are available over the counter are also effective in treating the signs of aging. But nothing touches prescription-strength Retin-A. 

morning skincare routine for mature skin (women over 40)

Step Five: Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize!

When we are talking moisturize- I’m talking your entire body. Since I live in Arizona, I am lotion-obsessed. 

The truth is Dry skin= older-looking skin. 


There are so many moisturizers on the market that can make your head spin. I use Cervae’s PM lotion and Clinique’s Moisture Surge. 

They both work great and are super affordable, which is a major plus these days.


 As I’ve shared many times -I’m lotion obsessed.

I have an aversion to dry skin. So, in addition to moisturizing the heck out of my entire body, I also do dry brushing at least three times a week. Dry brushing helps my skin shed those dead skin cells to absorb the moisturizer better & stay silky smooth. 

Dry Brushing has many health benefits, including helping combat cellulite!

Effective Ways to help your hands look & feel younger!


Hands can give our age away faster than anything. So I wrote an entire blog post about aging hands and how to make them look and feel younger.

Bottom Line: When applying sunscreen, serums, and moisturizer to your face-don’t forget your hands!

At nighttime, apply an emollient hand cream that contains Retiods whenever possible. This one is my all-time favorite!


Don’t forget to give your feet some love!

Give feet a good scrub every single day! I have a pumice stone in the shower that I love.

I love, love, love these deep moisturizing foot masks. In just 30 minutes, your feet will look and feel like new! You can also slather a nice thick coat of the lotion on your feet and put on some thick socks overnight.

A few extras to add to your nighttime skincare routine for mature skin:

Check the humidity in your home

It’s dry here in the low desert. So we run a humidifier in our home to keep the humidity levels just right.

According to Mayo Clinic, the ideal humidity level in your home should be between 30% and 50%.  The correct humidity levels in your home can help with sleep, skin, and many other health concerns.

A bonus is my plants love the extra humidity!

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Get your beauty sleep

Beauty sleep is natural. A good skincare routine is super important, but the truth is sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth.

Our bodies repair themselves and recover while we sleep. The key is to get 7 to 9 hours of quality hours each night.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Water is the #1 healthy habit on everyone’s to-do list. Or at least it should be. There are so many benefits to drinking enough water every day that it’s just crazy!

Take the right vitamins + supplements

Make sure to take a good multi-vitamin to cover all the bases and add the necessary supplements you need to help keep your skin supple, your bones strong, and your brain and body to age well.

I have consulted with my dr. And have done a ton of research regarding supplements for women my age.

I feel confident that every supplement I take benefits my overall health and skin, hair, and nails!

Alright then! There you have it!

My anti-aging nighttime skincare routine for mature skin!

What do you think? Pretty doable, right?! If you enjoyed this post, you might also like my post, all about ways we can look and feel younger as we mature.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time,

XO, Christine

nighttime skincare routine for women over 40
The best nighttime skincare routine for mature skin

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  1. Absolutely doable, but it can seem overwhelming when you are first starting, I think. Once you get into a habit, it’s so much easier.
    I keep thinking I should try dry brushing. You really think it makes a difference? We have found that a water filter for our shower also is helpful for our dry skin in the desert.

  2. Very nice regime! It took me awhile to get a skin care routine down in my late 30s, as boy, I couldn’t afford it!
    I am a big more regimented now, and have heard great things about The Ordinary! I really do need to try . Oh, yes, I think I went to bed many a times in my 20s without washing my face.
    I love retinol and also use Vit C and Hylaronic Acid, which all are wonderful.
    Love the tips too, drinking alot of water is essential!
    Good to “meet ” you!
    jess xx

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