Why Your Morning and Night Skincare Routine Should Be Different

If you’ve already been diligently doing your skincare routine, kudos to you! However, did you know that your skincare routine should differ in the morning and night? A daytime skincare routine should focus on protecting your skin as it is usually exposed to dirt, oil, makeup, UV rays, airborne pollutants, and bacteria. On the other hand, at bedtime, your skincare routine should aim at repairing and rejuvenating your skin. To support your skin in both functions, you need to make sure that your routines are different.

Daytime: Hydration & Protection

Step 1: Cleanser
You never know how much dust mites and germs are on your pillowcase! So the first thing you should always do is to cleanse your face to get rid of all the external agents that came into contact with it while you were sleeping, oil accumulation and nighttime products. Use a light and sulfate-free cleanser that will get rid of the bad stuff but doesn’t strip your skin dry either.

Step 2: Toner
This is a step that you should never skip and should always be your first step immediately after cleansing your face. A toner helps to remove some of the remaining dead cells off the surface of the skin that your cleanser may have missed out and acts like a primer for the rest of your skincare routine.

Step 3: Serum
A serum is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into your skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. There are a plenty of serum out there in the market that caters to different skin types and needs. Hence, this is a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns!

Step 4: Eye Cream
The area around your eyes are more sensitive and delicate than the skin on the other parts of your face. The main goal of an eye cream is to brighten the eye area, reduce fine lines and minimize puffiness. Just a little bit of eye cream can make a big difference in how your eyes look!

Step 5: Moisturizer with SPF
The final step, apply a moisturizer and gently massage in on your face in a circular movement. Kill two birds with one stone by using a moisturizer that already has at least SPH 30 to protect your skin from the damaging sun rays! The SPH will protect your skin against premature ageing, skin discolouration and skin cancer.

Nighttime: Repair & Rejuvenate

Step 1: Double Cleansing
One should never sleep with their makeup on. So the first step after being out and about the whole day should be to remove all your makeup, along with the impurities and dirt from the surface of your skin. Next up, use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of natural oil and cause irritation. Feel free to use the same cleanser that you used in the morning!

Step 2: Toner
We are not skipping this step! The toner will not only prep your skin for the rest of your skincare regime but also cleans off any residual makeup left on your skin. This will help your skin to absorb all the goodness from your other skincare products after that.

Step 3: Serum
So here’s the difference. The serum that you used in the morning should be lightweight and should contain antioxidants that will help reduce damage from daily pollution. But when it comes to your nighttime serum, look for ingredients that encourage cellular turnover and collagen production. A night serum should help the skin to repair itself more effectively and increase circulation for a beautiful glow the next morning.

Step 4: Eye Cream
Similar to serums, the eye cream that you use in the morning should also be high in antioxidants to protect the eye area from environmental free radical damage. However, the eye cream that you use at night should provide essential hydration with the highest concentration of wrinkle-repairing and firming ingredients.

Step 5: Spot Treatment
You should already know by now that your skin works the hardest to repair itself at night. It is crucial to apply your spot treatment before your moisturizer so that it can penetrate your skin without having another barrier to penetrate.

Step 6: Moisturizer
Your night moisturizer should contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, lipids, and proteins. These moisturizers are generally thicker and heavier as they are designed to be absorbed over several hours. Its heaviness also acts as a protective coating to prevent water evaporation.

Now I hope you’ve understood the difference between a day and night skincare routine! Just remember that your morning skincare should aim to protect while your skincare at night should aim to regenerate. So go on and apply the changes and look forward to healthier and happier skin!

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