The surprisingly simple schedule to make your beauty routine work

Getting a manicure? You’ll want to schedule it for 3 p.m.

Specific, yes, but industry experts say timing your beauty treatments right means they’ll be more effective. Here’s how to best schedule your regimen.

Get a manicure after lunch

Schedule your mani for early afternoon, says nail maven Jin Soon Choi, founder of the JINsoon nail polish line and spas around the city. “The temperature’s pretty good around 3 p.m.,” she says. “When it’s cold, it takes a longer time to dry, especially in the fall or winter, when the morning and night can be really cold.” Plus, she says, “you’ll be treated better during the day, because it’s not a busy time.”

Get a facial after work

An evening facial is a smart choice for a few reasons. “When you get a facial, your pores are being opened,” explains Dr. Neal Schultz, dermatologist and founder of the BeautyRX skincare line. “You [don’t] want your pores opened in the early part of the day,” he adds — pollution and other gunk could accumulate throughout the day, leaving skin more congested than before.

Plus, a pre-bed facial means you’ll wake up glowing, says Regine Berthelot, treatment manager at Caudalie Vinotherapie Spas. “We love for clients to leave everything on the skin overnight,” she says. “If we did an oxygen treatment and applied serum, it’ll really help to deeply penetrate the skin if you leave it on.”

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