Day and Night skin care

Day and Night skin care

A step-by-step guide to building the perfect regimen for flawless skin, including the right order to apply products.  Applying your skin care products in the proper order ensures that your skin receives the full benefits of each product. If you don’t apply products in the correct order, you will not see the best results from your skin care regimen.

Your Daytime Skincare Routine

1. Cleanse

Cleansing is the first step of any good skincare routine. The type of cleanser you use matters more than you think it does, gentle face washes are the way to go, particularly if you plan on using more active ingredients down the line. Too many people cleanse too much or too often or with a cleanser that’s too harsh, and it will actually break down your skin barrier.

2. Tone

Toner is an optional step, but if you have a toner you like, you should absolutely use it. Toner can be a great way to balance your skin’s ph. If you have acne-prone skin, look for a toner with ingredients like salicylic acid to calm breakouts. If you have dry or sensitive skin, opt for a hydrating toner to soothe.

3. Eye Cream

Eye creams fall into the treat category. Dab on eye cream using your ring so you don’t unintentionally cause damage to your eye area.

4. Moisturizer

After you’ve treated your skin, it’s time to moisturize. Moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated and helps strengthen your skin barrier. For daytime use, opt for a lighter moisturizer that will soak in quickly and won’t cause pilling under makeup.

5. Sunscreen

This is the most important step in your skincare routine. If you don’t wear sunscreen, it’s like you might as well not do any of those other steps. The sun is the number one reason why people’s skin will age prematurely. Protecting your skin from the sun is important even if you’re spending your days indoors.

Your Nighttime Skincare Routine

You’ll want to switch up your skincare routine at night and not just because you don’t need SPF while you sleep. Your night time routine is the perfect time to make sure your skin is getting as many nutrients and active ingredients as possible, since your skin regenerates and repairs itself while you sleep. You’ll still follow the basic steps-

1. Cleanse

Cleansing is the most important for any good skincare routine. But at night, you can use a cleanser that helps take off your makeup, like an oil-based face wash. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even try “double cleansing” by using a water-based face wash after an oil cleanser to clean any lingering dirt and oil out of your pores.

2. Serum Treatments

Use serum which has alpha hydroxyl acid to help brighten skin by sloughing off dead skin cells. It helps build your collagen and improves radiance. If you’re looking to include retinol in your skincare routine, it’s best to apply during your night time ritual. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that helps decrease visible wrinkles, bright spots and pore size.

3. Acne Treatment

If you have a pimple that you’d like to see go away sooner rather than later, this is a great time to apply acne spot treatments. But instead of focusing on pimples when they pop up, try to keep up with your skincare routine as a preventative measure. If you just treat the spot, then you’re going to get an acne breakout right next to your skin if your skin is clogged. You’ll get breakouts because oil is building up in your skin. So you have to keep the pores clean on your whole face.

4. Face Oil

Face oils are a great way to lock in moisture while you sleep. A lot of people think that if they have acne or oily skin, their skin will break out with the oils but it’s actually not true, a lot of them can actually really help hydrate and soften the skin. Particularly if you’re using active ingredients like retinol and alpha hydroxyl acids, face oils are a great way to add an extra boost of moisture.

5. Moisturize

Moisturizing is really important at night, as it creates a barrier that seals inactive ingredients and hydration. This way, when you wake up, your skin is glowing and plump and ready to start the day.

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