Your Morning and Night-time Skincare Routine
by Sarah Taylor
Beauty is skin deep. We often think of skincare routines as a way of preventing premature ageing, but their purpose is more important than that. Having a skincare routine allows you to look after your skin and give it the TLC it needs to stay healthy. When you have a skincare routine, you can reduce the possibilities of breakouts and other issues by following a consistent routine. With thousands of products on the market, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start with building your own skincare routine. This guide talks you through everything you need to know about skincare products and how your night-time routine should be different from your daytime products.
Choosing the Right Products
Before you jump into buying products and building a skincare routine, you want to consider the type of skin you have. If you have dry skin, you’ll want to focus on ingredients like hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated. If you have oily skin, you might want to focus on incorporating ingredients like AHAs and retinol to help address breakouts. One skin type that wants to double-check all their products is sensitive skin. You want to focus on buying more natural formulas where possible to reduce your chance of skin irritation.
What Every Skincare Routine Should Have
Every skincare routine should have four main components. Cleansing, toning, treating, and moisturizing. The purpose of cleansing is to remove the dirt, dead skin cells, and impurities from your skin to unclog your pores and create an even texture. Cleansing allows your skin to better absorb the active ingredients in your products. Your second step is a toner to catch any impurities that your cleanser missed. A water-based toner will also give your skin a hydrating boost.
The ‘treating’ stage of your skincare routine is where you can personalise it to your specific skin care needs. Most people choose to incorporate creams and serums to address issues like dark circles, hyperpigmentation, and acne scarring. It’s always best to start small with one ‘treating’ product to avoid irritation before trying to layer three or four together. You also want to double-check that the ingredients don’t clash or counteract each other.
The fourth step is moisturizer. Using a daily moisturizer comes with dozens of benefits, including anti-ageing ones. A moisturizer locks in the active ingredients in your other skincare products to get you maximum results.
Your daytime routine should also incorporate a sunscreen to protect your skin from UV damage and oxidative stress throughout the day. During the summer, you want to take your sunscreen on the go and reapply it every 2-3 hours.
What’s Different About Your Night-time Routine
While you are sleeping, your skin is working overtime to repair itself from the daily damage it sustains from the world around you. Whether it is UV exposure or oxidative stress, your skin goes through a lot every day. You want to use your night-time routine as an opportunity to help your skin along with its cellular regeneration While you could reuse the same products as your morning routine, it is usually a good idea to change it up a little.
You will often find moisturizers marketed as ‘night-time’ creams. Instead of being a clever marketing ploy, these creams serve a particular purpose. Night-time moisturizers have a thicker consistency and a higher concentration of active ingredients to compensate for your skin becoming dehydrated overnight. Choosing a specific night-time moisturizer can help you make a real difference to your skin by helping to repair the protective barrier, preventing premature ageing, and improving your moisture retention.
Overnight is also the perfect time for leave-on treatments that will nourish your skin. You can add in products like a lip mask to hydrate your skin overnight so you can benefit from the active ingredients in the product.
You will also want to consider the first step of your skincare routine –cleansing. While you may use a face wash or foam cleanser for your daytime routine, you might find that you need to double cleanse at night-time. If you’re somewhere who wears a full face of makeup, you might need to work with a two-step cleansing routine. The first face wash or cleanser will melt and remove your makeup, while the second cleanser works to remove dirt, impurities, and dead skin cells from your skin. For your double cleansing method, you want to make sure you choose two gentle cleansers to avoid irritating your skin or stripping it of its moisture and oils.
The key to creating a successful morning and night-time skincare routine is to be consistent with it. It will take a few weeks to start seeing results, but a consistent skincare routine is the secret to healthy, dewy-looking skin.