Best Skin Care Routine For Night-time and Daytime
Best Skin Care Routine
A skin care routine for night-time and daytime is essential for our skin to remain smooth and healthy. Properly cleaning your face takes time and dedication but taking care of your skin is taking care or yourself.
Daytime skincare routine aims at protecting your skin from dirt, pollution, UV radiation and other polluters, while nighttime skincare routine focus on repairing any damage you might have and speeding cellular turnover. Follow these basic steps to achieve a luminous and healthy face!
Your daytime routine
Step 1 Cleanse the skin
Choose a gentle, not alcohol-based cleanser designed for your skin type, moisten your face and neck with warm water, and apply the cleanser with your own fingertips. Any other tool such as a sponge or a washcloth could irritate your skin. Then, remove the cleanser with warm water and pat dry your face with a soft, antimicrobial towel.
Important: Do not scrub your face. Scrubbing can strip the skin of its natural protective barrier. During your skin care routine night-time or daytime you can exfoliate your face if you need it once a week after cleansing!
Step 2 Use a toner
This is an optional step. Today’s toners are though as supplements that deliver extra nutrients, balance your pH and contribute to better absorb other ingredients. Apply it with your own (clean) hands gently over the face and neck. An antioxidant serum prevents or can slow damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Step 3 Apply an antioxidant serum
Serums are highly-concentrated, nutrient-dense formulas. For daytime, is recommendable to use antioxidants with Vitamin C serums, which attenuates inflammation and damage caused by daily aggressors. It also brightens the skin and improves the appearance of dark spots over time. By increasing your antioxidant intake you can combat these free radicals and leave your skin feeling and looking fresh.
Step 4 Eye cream
This is an optional but highly recommended step, especially if you have hyperpigmentation, dryness, under-eye bags or inflammation. The skin beneath your eyes is extremely thin and delicate, and more likely to suffer irritation, so it deserves special care. In the morning, you can use eye creams with a cold rollerball applicator to help with liquid retention. Formulas with caffeine, peptides and hyaluronic acid can soothe inflammation and puffy eyes.
Step 5 Moisturizer is a must!
No matter what, you always need to use a moisturizer. There’s a formula designed for every type of skin. Moisturizer not only hydrates your skin, but helps retain all the products underneath.
Step 6 Always use sunscreen: This is without a doubt the most crucial skin-care product, according to dermatologists. This is the armour which shields you from the UV rays that causes premature aging, worsened acne scars, and an increased cancer risk. Putting on sunscreen is a crucial measure to protect yourself from the harmful effects UVA/UVB rays on your skin health.
Your nighttime routine
The nighttime skincare routine focus on cellular regeneration Before you start: take off all your makeup. Use a gentle, not-abrasive makeup remover before you start cleansing your skin. You can also use micellar water or a cleansing oil.
Step 1 Cleanse the skin
Use a mild, creamy (not-dryer) cleanser and apply it like in the daytime routine.
Step 2 Apply a toner
If you use a toner, apply it like in the daytime routine. At night is recommendable to use a toner that adds an additional boost of hydration. You can apply it with the palms of your hand and gently tap them in your face until it absorbs.
Step 3 Apply a serum
At night opt for a serum that contains hyaluronic acid, in order to keep your skin hydrated while you sleep.
Step 4 Eye creams
Use a simple, hydrating eye cream that repairs your skin barrier overnight. Even if you’re well-rested, puffy eye bags can give you the appearance of being exhausted
First Derm Tip: For your skin care routine night-time or daytime try to use a formula that contains peptides.
Step 5 Moisturizing is important at night!
As your skin is on repair mode at night, it is important to use a moisturizer that can help fix damage and boost regeneration. Night moisturizer is thicker but you need to find one that won’t clog your pores. Use a formula filled with hyaluronic acid, lipids and proteins, as it helps your skin retain moisture.
Step 6 Apply Retinol (or Vitamin A)
Retinoids speed up cell turnover and trigger collagen production and cellular exfoliation. If it is the first time using retinoids, apply it gradually. For example, you can use it once a week first, and then twice a week during a couple of weeks.
And last but not least, listen to your skin! Pick your treatment based on what your skin needs at any time. It is of course worth remembering that your routine will depend on your skin type, your age, sun exposure and sensitivity amongst other factors.
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Dr. Raquel Molina Martinez is a board-certified dermatologist from Barcelona with over a decade of experience. Trained at Gothenburg’s University Hospital, she now practices at Centre Medic in Catalonia.