How to Get a Smooth Face Overnight

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A face as smooth and soft as can be. Oh, what a dream! Imagine no blemishes, no unwanted bumps, or weird texture when you touch your face and just a smooth and flawless look. Who wouldn’t want that? So is it really possible to get a smooth face overnight? If so, how do you do it? What contraptions, magic or sorcery do you use?

Well today, we’ll go over how to get a smooth face overnight.  


The Truth About Smoothing the Skin at Night

Before you accuse us of being witches and using magic and sorcery to smooth the skin, let’s clear it out for you. There are no toads, fairy dust, or magic potions discussed in this post. Although there can be a few potions in the form of skincare formulations from various manufacturers, that’s about it.

What you’ll find here are things that you can do and can really give you results. 

Let’s first discuss whether you can really get a smooth face overnight. Well, the answer is it depends on your skin’s condition. For some people, it would be easy to achieve smooth skin simply by doing a few steps before they go to sleep. Others will require more time to achieve the smooth face they desire.

Regardless, even if your skin doesn’t become as smooth as an Instagram filter, you’ll still see improvements regardless. The improvements are gradual for most.

What Affects Skin Texture

The presence of blemishes, comedones, dry skin, acne scarring, keratin plugs, and many other skin conditions can affect the texture of the skin. It can make it look and feel bumpy. Most dermatologists agree that the grainy rough texture of the skin is mostly due to the dead skin cells plus congestion.

The skin can be congested due to a variety of factors including pollution, dust, the dirt from your hands, or anything that comes in contact with your faces such as your phone, pillowcase, or beauty tools. 

How To Get A Smooth Face Overnight

In order to achieve a smooth face overnight, you need to follow these steps. These will gradually improve the texture of your skin. Doing them regularly will help ensure that you achieve the smooth skin you’ve always wanted. 

Step 1: Remove Your Makeup

Even if you are too tired, it is always best to remove your makeup. Leftover makeup plus the dirt and pollution your skin is exposed to can cause unwanted texture. Removing that is the best way to prevent further texturizing the face. 

Facial Cleansing Wipes

Removing makeup is made easier with cleansing wipes. These are not the usual baby wipes as they are soaked in a solution designed to easily remove makeup. There are even ones that are formulated to remove even waterproof makeup like the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Micellar Water

Alternatively, you can also make use of micellar water like those from Garnier. All you have to do is soak a cotton pad with it and wipe off your makeup. There are also cleansing oils that you can use to better remove your makeup. 

Step 2: Wash Your Face

Facial Cleanser

Removing your makeup is just the first step. You still need to wash your face and use a facial cleanser to make sure you remove all the makeup and dirt on your face. Using an oil cleanser plus a foaming cleanser is what most call double-cleansing.

This is a great way to make sure that you’ve really removed everything. Having a clean face will prepare it better for any other facial skincare products you apply afterward. 

Step 3: Exfoliate

Exfoliating is one of the most effective ways on how to smoothen your skin overnight. It helps remove the dirt on the skin surface. Andit also removes the dead skin cells on the topmost part of your skin.

With these dead skin cells still attached to the topmost layer, roughness and possible clogging of pores can happen. 

Although you’d want to efficiently exfoliate your skin, you should still be careful in doing it. Don’t overdo it because it can damage your skin. There are many tools and products that can help exfoliate your skin. They can be divided into two categories, the physical exfoliators, and the chemical exfoliators. 

Physical Exfoliators

Cleansing Brush

Physical exfoliators would include cleansing brushes (including sonic facial brushes), towels, or sugar scrubs. Be very careful when using them because they can produce cracks on the skin layer if they are not used properly.

However, they do produce results faster because you may immediately feel that your skin is smoother due to the physical removal of the dead skin cells. 

Chemical Exfoliators

Chemical exfoliators, on the other hand, are considered gentler exfoliators. Although it may seem scary to use chemicals on the face, these are usually gentle acids. They help melt off the dead skin cells so that they can detach from the topmost layer of the skin. One of the most popular chemical exfoliators is from Paula’s Choice. It contains BHA, which is a mild acid. 

Step 4: Moisturize Your Skin

Moisturizing the skin helps prevent it from drying and flaking. Properly moisturized and hydrated skin will not only appear smoother and softer but also plumper and more radiant. There are different ways on how to moisturize your skin.

You can use moisturizing creams, lotions, serums, or even sheet masks (quite powerful when combined with the Foreo UFO, which we discuss here). 

Additionally, you shouldn’t forget to hydrate your body and drink lots of water too. Keeping your body hydrated boosts moisture within the cells. Don’t just rely on topical moisturizers.

See this article if you’re interested in combining serums and retinol.

As an aside, another option is to use a facial steamer to hydrate your face.

Step 5: Get Enough Rest

Binge-watching right after your skincare routine can be tempting! But consider going to sleep earlier. Getting enough sleep allows your body to recover and repair itself. That also includes the skin cells on your face.

It’s called Beauty Sleep for a reason! Sleeping really does help you achieve skin with a healthier glow because the turning over of cells is done more efficiently. 

Lack of sleep doesn’t only prevent your skin cells from repairing themselves, it can also cause you to have acne breakouts, irritant dermatitis, or allergic contact dermatitis. This is because the body boosts the inflammatory response when it doesn’t have enough sleep. That means your skin is more sensitive and could easily develop various skin issues. 

Step 6: Cleanse And Moisturize In The Morning

After following the steps above, you could wake up to a smoother face. However, that doesn’t mean you should skip on your morning skincare routine. Washing the face in the morning helps remove whatever dirt it might have picked up on your pillowcase or while you were sleeping. 

You don’t have to double cleanse like you did the night before. Simply use a mild cleanser and water. Don’t forget to moisturize your face again after cleansing.

Cleansing can dry up the skin so a moisturizer would be needed again. Although the skin on your face is already smoother, you can use makeup to make it look even smoother and flawless. 

Additional Tip: Keep Your Face Clean

Avoid unnecessarily touching your face. Try to remove the habit of touching your face so that you don’t introduce bacteria or spread it. Also, don’t pop or pick on your blemishes. Although it might seem to be a quick fix to get rid of them, you could actually make them worse. You can even cause scarring on the skin. Just let them heal on their own and keep your face clean. 

Also, make sure that whatever you use on your face is clean. Your cleansing brush may help exfoliate the skin but make sure to always clean it before and after using it. Keep it properly stored so doesn’t introduce dirt and bacteria to your skin. 

This is also true for your makeup brushes. When was the last time that you cleaned them? When you clean them, make sure that you thoroughly wash and dry them. Bacteria love moisture and they can multiply on your makeup brushes especially those used for wet or moist foundation or concealers. 

There are makeup brush cleanser solutions that can help remove even waterproof makeup. Plus, you can also use a brush cleaning mat to make cleaning those brushes easier and more thorough. 

Final Thoughts

Rough or textured skin is usually due to the dead skin cells that are still attached to the topmost layer of the skin. It can also be due to the pile-up of dirt and bacteria because of bad habits.

Remove your makeup, clean your face, exfoliate, and moisturize your face. This is the solution to get a smooth face overnight. Make these a habit to follow your skincare routine and make sure your face is clean to prevent unwanted texture on your face. 

Related Questions

What causes small bumps on the skin?

Small bumps on the skin can be due to keratosis pilaris, milia, comedones, or pimples. They can be due to pores being blocked by keratin, sebum, bacteria, or dead skin cells. Keeping your skin clean is a great way to prevent most bumps but there are different also different procedures that can be done to get rid of the specific type of bumps and grains on your skin.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).