The Difference Between Day & Night Skincare Routine

You probably know that what our skin needs during the day differs from what it needs at night. You wake up every morning with the same skin you took to bed with you the night before, so your morning skincare routine should not be the same as your evening skincare routine. During the day, our skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays, pollution, bacteria, and other environmental factors, so it is important for us to protect our skin from these harmful elements. While it may be super convenient to use the exact same facial products both morning and night, it’s time to shake things up and make some changes to your PM and AM regimen.

 

Morning skin care routine:

1.Cleanser: We need to cleanse in the morning to get rid of the oil released by our skin during bedtime. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel  ($45.99) is a concentrated, soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skins natural moisture balance. A face wash for all skin types including sensitive skin, it contains no artificial fragrance or color.

 

2.Moisturize: it is important that you apply a moisturizer to your face and smooth it in gently with circular movements. We recommend using a tinted option that can allow you to not only nourish your skin but also give you a natural look. The Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer ($30.99) is a light and dreamy moisturizer deal to use alone or as a makeup primer.

 

3.Eye Cream: Eye creams are specially formulated to deliver targeted results to the ultra-delicate skin around the eyes. Karin Herzog Eye Cream ($43.99) is specifically designed for application to the eye contour where the skin is thinner and prone to the effects of premature aging. This product is also excellent for the lip area to combat the signs of premature aging.

 

4.Sunscreen: Before going out, don’t forget to protect your skin from UV rays with a good sunscreen. John Masters Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($30.99) is a natural sunscreen that combines titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for all-over skin protection from harmful UVA & UVB rays

 

Evening skincare routine:

At night, our body repairs itself and the skin isn’t susceptible to environmental factors anymore, so you must focus on products that nourish, hydrate, and repair.

1.Remove makeup and clean your skin: After a long day, you must remove your make up with a product like the Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-Up Remover ($17.99) this product is specially developed for sensitive skin and the delicate eye area.  This gentle formula removes dirt, make-up and impurities.

2.Nourishing, Age-Corrective Serum: Nighttime is the perfect time to apply an age-corrective serum, since it will assist in the natural reparation process your skin goes through every evening. The Avene Hydrance Optimal Hydrating Serum ($29.99) is a hypoallergenic moisturizing facial serum. This serum moisturizes your skin while healing and regenerating cells.

3.Deep Moisturizer: Finish up your nighttime routine with a rich moisturizer that is capable of deeply penetrating your skin and preparing it for the following day. For this, the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Night Moisturizer 1oz ($77.99) is a great option! This a cream that is formulated to repair and hydrate dry, damaged skin. The cream also has anti-aging properties that overtime to smooth out imperfections and wrinkles.

 

Skincare 101: Everything You Need to Know

 Choosing the right skincare products can be a tricky thing. Once you’ve settled on a regimen, you have to make sure you’re using your products in the right order, applying them at the right time of day, and treating your concerns effectively. It can be mind boggling simply navigating the skincare aisle at the drugstore! That’s why we’ve broken down the fine art of caring for your skin. Here’s everything you need to know.

 

Q: In what order should I use my skincare products?

It’s no good having a great collection of products if you aren’t applying them in the proper order. The first step is to remove all traces of dirt and debris with an effective cleanser formulated for your skin type. The goal is simply to start with a clean canvas. Make a commitment to exfoliate dry skin two to three times a week with a gentle scrub. Focus on those areas where clogged pores are most prominent, like your cheeks and nose.

Follow with a serum that’s packed with ingredients that target your skin’s unique needs. Formulas enriched with retinol’s and hyaluronic acids are designed to target aging, while nourishing oils lock in moisture for dry skin. Remember to pat your serum on—don’t rub. Next, pat eye cream on gently, taking care not to rub or tug the delicate skin in this area. Work your way from the outer corners of your eyes and down along the orbital bone. Then apply moisturizer. Your final step is sunscreen, which is essential if you’re headed outdoors.

 

Q: Can I use a face oil if I have oily skin? 

It may sound counterintuitive, but face oils are remarkably effective even on oily skin. They key is not to go overboard in your usage, and to stick with nourishing ingredients that help balance your skin. We like Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalene ($23.99) for its gentle, non-comedogenic formula. If you find that most oils feel too heavy, look for a product specifically formulated as lightweight. You might also want to add just a drop to your nighttime moisturizer instead of slicking it onto your skin full throttle. Nighttime is definitely an important qualifier, too: your skin is less oily at night, so it’s best to apply your face oil right before you hit the sack.

 

Q: What’s the difference between a hydrator and a moisturizer?

Thought the terms are often used interchangeably, hydration and moisturization are two different concepts. Hydrators are designed to increase your skin’s water content, while moisturizers lock in moisture to prevent that water content from being lost. This is why it’s advisable to apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin—it’s the water that keeps skin hydrated, while the moisturizer seals that hydration and keeps skin soft and supple. For extra dry skin, we love Skinmedia HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($329.89) to really ramp up your skin’s ability to combat fine lines while maintaining a smoother, healthier complexion.

 

Q: How long should I wait before applying sunscreen?

 

You’ve slathered sunscreen all over your face and body about 20 minutes before heading outside. You’re good to go—for now, at least. Pay attention to your sunscreen’s SPF rating. That number indicates how much time you can safely spend in the sun before your skin starts to show signs of damage (like pinkness or redness). As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to reapply sunscreen after two hours. If you’re using a water-resistant formula, note that their efficacy times may differ. So if you’re swimming or surfing, be sure to reapply as often as the packaging instructs. One of our favorite head-to-toe formulas is Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for Face and Body ($24.99).

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