Exclusive: Jonathan Van Ness Shows Us His Nighttime Skincare Routine

Including the face oil that might make you contract "Benjamin Button disease."

It's true: We love Jonathan Van Ness so much that we'd probably take his advice on just about anything—but when it comes to beauty, the Queer Eye star certainly knows his stuff. Thus, it's no surprise that skincare brand Biossance would tap him to be its first-ever celebrity ambassador—because if JVN calls a product his "friend and confidante," you bet we'll be intrigued (and adding to our carts, stat).

We've already asked him about his 5 favorite beauty products, but given how #obsessed we are with JVN both on and off-screen, we wanted more of his self-care secrets. Here, he shares his six-step nighttime skin routine as part of our Byrdie Bedtime series. From a facial mist that will have you "living luxuriously" to an oil that might make you contract "Benjamin Button disease," trust us when we tell you that you're going to want to take notes. Watch Jonathan Van Ness's Byrdie Bedtime above, then shop his six-step routine below!

Step 1: Cleanse

peter thomas roth cloud cream clenaser
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser $28.00

"I'm so living my facial cleanser commercial fantasy right now," Van Ness quips as he's sudsing up with this "gorgeous" cleanser over the sink. "Those Noxema girls in the nineties didn't get enough credit. It's hard to wash your face on camera, honey!"

Step 2: Mist

tatcha dewy skin mist
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist $48.00

Step two in Van Ness's nightly routine is this hydrating facial mist, which he doesn't just spritz on his complexion. "I also don't know why but I really like to spray it on my hands," he says. "It just makes me feel like I'm living luxuriously."

Step 3: Eye Cream

biossance eye cream
Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream $54.00

Van Ness applies a dollop of this eye cream—the first of three Biossance products he uses every night—using gentle pressing motions, without "rubbing really hard."

Step 4: Serum

biossance phyto-retinol serum
Biossance Squalane Phyto-Retinol Serum $72.00

"A lot of retinol can be a little bit aggressive on the skin," Van Ness explains. That's why he swears by this serum, which provides all the glow-giving benefits of retinol with none of the irritation, thanks to its star ingredient bakuchiol

Step 5: Moisturizer

Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream ($75)
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream $112.00

"This is gorgeous baby Algenist," Van Ness says while rubbing it onto his face and neck. "I love this product, she's very gorgeous, she's great for nighttime."

Step 6: Face Oil

biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
Biossance Squalane Vitamin C Rose Oil $72.00

The final step: Oil. Van Ness's facial oil of choice also comes from Biossance. "This oil right here... she's my friend, she's my confidant, she soothes me," Van Ness remarks. "Squalane naturally occurs in our body, so when we use products that have squalane the body's like, 'Yes friend, I know you!'"

Key Ingredients

Squalane is the hydrogenated form of squalene. It is a lipid that is naturally found in the skin and secreted by the sebaceous glands. It calms inflammation, supports the outer skin barrier, and works well with actives like retinol.

Click here to watch Jonathan Van Ness's Just Five Things.

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