Daytime vs Nighttime Skincare Regime
There are a couple of steps that go into figuring out the best skincare routine for you. The first step is finding the right products. The second, and perhaps the most important, is understanding how and when to apply those products. Using your products at the right time will help your skin maximize their benefits, leaving your skin truly glowing.
Daytime routines should be focused on protecting your skin from the sun and protecting you from pore-clogging agents like pollution and dirt that may end up on your skin throughout the day.
Your nighttime routine should be more focused on keeping your skin hydrated and addressing any skin concerns you may have. Your skin regenerates during the night when you are sleeping, so it's important to use the products that address any skin issues and have the biggest impact on hydration.
Step 1: Cleanse
As you sleep, your skin can accumulate germs from dead skin cells, sweat, and saliva on your bedsheets and pillowcases. The best thing you can do for your skin when you wake up is to wash it.
Clean your face with a gentle cleanser that will help remove the buildup of bacteria without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Cleaning your skin first will not only help your skin shine but may also help you to feel refreshed and ready for the day.
Step 2: Apply a Toner
Toners can help prime your face to allow the products you put on afterwards to be better absorbed. Make sure that your face is completely dry before applying.
Step 3: Apply a Serum
Serums are concentrated and nutrient-dense formulas that can help give your skin a boost. This type of formula is used to address specific concerns such as dark spots, uneven skin tone, and even large pores.
Step 4: Moisturize
Moisturizing your skin is the most important step in your skincare routine (second to washing your face). Applying a moisturizer allows you to hydrate your skin and seal in the benefits of the products you previously applied.
Step 5: Use Sunscreen
It's also important to apply sunscreen - yes, even on days that are cold and cloudy. Sunscreen can help protect your skin from environmental damage, such as pollution and UV rays.
Step 1: Remove your Makeup
After a long day, you may not particularly be in the mood to remove your makeup or even wash your face. But it's extremely important to end your night with a solid skincare routine.
Leaving your makeup on while you sleep can trap oil, dirt, and bacteria on your skin's surface, causing clogged pores and breakouts.
Step 2: Cleanse
Just because you used makeup remover doesn't mean your face is clean. You should still use a gentle cleanser after removing your makeup to ensure all the excess oil, dirt, and bacteria is wiped away.
It's also important to make sure you start with a clean slate to apply the rest of your products.
Step 3: Exfoliate
This is a step that you should only be doing once or twice a week.
Exfoliating helps to remove the excess oil and dirt that's left behind after your cleanse. It further helps to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and promote healthy cell turnover.
Step 4: Apply Spot Treatments
Spot treatments work to target specific areas of concern, such as dark spots, acne, and uneven skin tone. You can typically use these daily, but if you are using more than one spot treatment, your skin may become dry or irritated.
Step 5: Apply Eye Cream
The area around your eyes is more sensitive than other areas. If you notice dark circles, puffy eyes, or even crow's feet, try an eye cream.
You can use eye creams morning or night, but make sure you're using one that contains an SPF formula if you use it in the morning.
At night, you want to look for a more hydrating formula.
Step 6: Moisturize
As we sleep, our skin tends to lose more water than it does during the day, so it's important to use a moisturizer to protect your skin from dehydration. Applying a moisturizer allows you to hydrate your skin and seal in the benefits of the products you previously applied.
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