Everyday is a hustle for all of us. And on the busiest of days, staying loyal to your skincare routine can be really tough.
We wake up every morning, breeze through showering so we have ample time to apply on makeup and take our morning commute. There are a lot of things we need to do — if only we could keep everything in our lives as simple as possible, skincare included.
But here’s the thing: your skin is exposed to completely different elements during the day and at night. That said, your skin’s needs in the morning are different from its needs at night. Sounds complicated and exhausting? It’s not at all.
What you need to know is actually pretty simple: In the A.M. your skincare routine should be focused on protecting your complexion from free radicals, bacteria, dirt, pollution, and the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Your P.M. skincare routine, on the other hand, should focus on repair, nourishment, and treatment.
To make your life easier, here’s a quick morning & evening skincare guide:
Start your morning right with a gentle facial cleanser. This will help remove dirt and oil buildup (yup, it still happens while you sleep), as well as traces of products that your skin might still have from the night before. Plus, it gives your face that fresh, clean feeling and preps it for makeup.
Toners play an important role in rebalancing your skin’s pH level, protecting it from environmental stressors during the day, and restoring moisture. After cleansing, swipe on a gentle and non-drying toner.
An optional step in the morning (but very helpful if you have specific skin concerns), serums are best known for containing plenty of active ingredients that permeate deep into your skin and target specific problems, like dryness or pigmentation.
Moisturizers have the ability to fight different types of skin problems — aging, wrinkles, blemishes, you name it. While it’s an essential step for prepping your skin for makeup, moisturizers can also hydrate and give your skin the boost it needs to stay healthy and glowing.
It also serves as a shield around your skin to protect it from any kind of environmental stressor. Make sure to choose a moisturizer that works for your skin type and has a lightweight finish.
The most important step in your a.m. routine? Loading up on sun protection. If your moisturizer already has SPF, you may opt to skip this step — as long as you make sure your skin is generously covered.
For best results, invest in sunblock with at least SPF 30, which offers broad-spectrum protection to block both UVA and UVB rays.
The first thing you’ll want to do when you get home is to remove all your makeup. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of allowing your skin to breathe again and shed all the dirt and toxins that may have accumulated on the surface of your skin.
Makeup removers can only do so much in pulling out the dirt and makeup from your skin. What your face needs is another clean slate to be able to let the ingredients of your evening skincare products do their work.
A mild facial cleanser will not only help in purifying your skin, but will also nourish and restore its moisture.
Using a toner during the evening is just as essential as applying sunscreen during the day. As a secret product that helps you achieve healthier skin with an added firmness, toners work their magic by unclogging and tightening pores.
They also improve the skin’s appearance, add a layer of protection, and restore its pH balance. At night, you can opt for a toner with acids for a skin-clarifying effect.
Serum is beauty in a bottle that your skin drinks up every night. This skincare essential is packed with concentrated nutrients and hydrators that sink deeply into the layers of your skin.
They usually function to target your specific skin concerns and do all the heavy lifting in your skincare routine — whether in the morning or in the evening.
Give your delicate under-eye area the care it deserves by investing in an eye serum that will deal with the puffiest eye bags and leave your skin looking fresher and tighter when you wake up.
Since this skincare product is known for having thinner formulas, make sure to apply this first before any heavy creams.
A Night Cream or a Sleeping Pack
Before you go to bed, don’t forget your night cream to seal in all the products you applied during your evening routine. This product is crucial in restoring your skin’s elasticity and naturally increasing the rate of your skin cell turnover.
But what about you — what’s your morning and evening skincare routine? Let us know in the comments!