It turns out that instead of aiding in the rejuvenation of your skin cells overnight, moisturizer can clog your pores and halt cellular turnover from naturally occurring. Think about it: The main purpose of moisturizer is to provide relief for dry skin. Therefore, if you’re not suffering from a lack of hydration, you can you skip it all together.
The best thing you can do before sleep is to get rid of excess oil and clear your pores with the use of exfoliator. Natural products like honey, milk and baking soda would go a long.
The bottom line: When it comes to your nighttime skin-care regimen, it’s important to understand that, “the purpose of these products is to solve a problem,” says Schultz. If your skin isn’t severely dehydrated, your nighttime moisturizer could be doing more harm than good.