Who doesn’t want to wake up every day with beautiful skin?
Unfortunately, it’s never as simple as getting a good night’s sleep (though that can do wonders!). For beautiful, healthy skin you need a skin care routine that works for your skin type and with your lifestyle.
The ideal skincare routine isn’t always straightforward. Not only does it depend on your skin tone and type, but it should also include different components. For instance, a morning routine will differ from that of an evening routine, and there are tips and tricks to follow throughout the day to keep your eternal glow.
Keep reading to find out how to build the perfect skincare routine throughout every part of the day regardless of your what skin challenges may be slowing you down.
Your Morning Skin Care Routine
It can be tempting to skip the skin care routine in the morning, as you hit snooze on your alarm (perhaps repeatedly!) and yearn to stay in bed for just those five extra minutes. However, a glowing complexion starts in the morning, so putting in a few moments of effort before you start your day is sure to pay off.
Perhaps this wasn’t the first step you were expecting, but taking the time to workout in the morning does wonders for your skin. This is because it promotes healthy circulation, increasing blood flow and simultaneously reducing stress. A short but intense cardio workout is a great way to achieve these results.
After your workout, or even if you skip the gym, it’s vital to wash your face in the morning. This step gets rid of any nighttime bacteria that collected on your face as you snoozed and rids your face of any dirt or makeup residue that may be lurking. A gentle, oil-based cleanser will do the job well. Rinse your face with lukewarm water to avoid over drying skin and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Exfoliation is an important step of a morning skincare routine, and it can be done with a simple cotton washcloth. Run your washcloth (or an exfoliation brush) under lukewarm water and wring it out so that it is just damp. Rub the washcloth in a circular motion around your face to rid your face of dead skin cells. As a bonus, this action also gets rid of any facial swelling that you may have woken up with!
Especially for naturally oil or acne-prone skin, this step is a must-do! Toner helps to balance your skin and stop it from over producing oils. Choose a toner with an alcohol-free formula to avoid over-drying. Apply toner to a cotton ball and swipe it gently around your face to apply the toner effectively.
#5. Brightening Serum
Brightening serum is a key step in achieving radiant skin, regardless of your skin type or tone. It helps to minimize fine lines, reduces sun damage, and evens and brightens your skin tone overall. Apply two or three pumps of serum into your palm and rub your hands together to warm up the solution. Press the serum onto your face, beginning with your nose and working outward. Although it’s a natural instinct to do so, don’t rub the solution into your skin. It should sink in naturally, which will typically take three to five minutes.
These steps make up the perfect morning skincare routine. Although it seems in-depth, once you get into the groove of it, it’ll seem like second nature!
Your Daytime Skin Care Routine
To keep your skin glowing, you’ll need to keep up your routine throughout the day. Don’t worry, these tips are quick and easy, but they make a big difference.
It can be tempting when you’re at work to sip on coffee, Diet Coke, and not much else, but keeping hydrated has a range of benefits, one of them being a glowing complexion! Dehydration can lead to dullness, dry skin, and even gnarly breakouts. Make sure you are drinking recommended eight cups of water for fantastic skin.
#2. Wear SPF
Even if you’re not planning on spending time in the sun, you should protect your skin with an SPF every day. Whether you’re moisturizer or makeup contains an SPF of 15 or higher, it will aid in keeping your skin healthy and happy. UV rays are the culprit behind skin damage and protecting yourself against the sun on a daily basis can help you retain the youthful glow you aim for!
#3. Avoid touching your face
One of the worst things you can do for your skin throughout the day is touch your face. Think about all of the things you touch. Spreading that bacteria to your face will clog pores, plus it’s sure to transfer oils from your fingers to your face. Excess oil and bacteria are two of the leading causes of acne, and touching leads to both factors. Although it’s hard, avoid touching as much as possible throughout the day.
#4. Skip the sweets
Celebrating a holiday or birthday in the office? Your skincare routine may make you want to skip the treats! A low-glycemic diet containing an abundance of vegetables, whole grains, and limited processed sugars can reduce breakouts. On the other hand, sugary foods and processed products alike cause insulin levels to spike, creating a hormonal surge that, oftentimes, lead to blemishes. Providing your body with the right nutrition all day long is a key step in any skincare routine.
Okay, maybe one piece of chocolate wouldn’t be so bad.
Your Nighttime Skin Care Routine
A nighttime routine is just as important as a morning routine. After all, it’s your last chance of the day to make a positive impact on your complexion. Below, we lay out the steps to a stellar nighttime routine to support a healthy glow.
#1. Take off makeup
Stripping your face of makeup is such a great feeling! Use a liquid makeup removing solution or wipes specific to the cause to take face and eye makeup off. Leaving it on can result in clogged pores, breakouts, eye irritation, or the development of styes.
That’s right! The end of the day means another round of cleansing. Use your gentle face cleanser, lukewarm water, and a cleansing brush (if you have one) to rinse the day off. This rids your pores of any dirt and oil that built up throughout the day.
#3. Moisturize thoroughly
Applying a thick layer of moisturizer is the last step of a nighttime skincare routine. The consistency of a nighttime moisturizer will be thick, helping to leave skin soft and supple. The ideal moisturizer contains antioxidants and vitamins C and A.
Tips For Different Skin Types
Of course, in every individual’s routine, there’s room for variation. This largely depends on your skin tone and any challenges you face regularly with your complexion.
If you have dry skin, it can be frustrating to try to give your complexion the moisture it needs only for nothing to work. In this case, avoid scrubs and foaming cleansers and look for a product with hyaluronic acid, as that is a substance that helps the skin maintain moisture. Also ramp up your water intake to help combat this issue.
If you have the opposite issue, you’ll need to use specific products to aid in balancing your skin’s moisture levels. Many times, an over-production of oil occurs due to the use of too many harsh or drying products. To combat this, use a gentle cleansing oil that will leave your skin feeling moisturized rather than tight and dry.
Uneven skin tone
When you’re looking to even out your skin tone, you’ll want to slightly tweak your skincare routine. Here, use a serum that contains either fruit acids or lactic acids to smooth your skin as well as a brightening serum that has anti-aging properties. These products should be used as a part of your morning skincare routine.
Finally, for those with sensitive skin, adjustments to the routine are required for optimal results. Opt for a gentle cleanser that is not perfumed at all, as that could irritate skin. Those with sensitive skin may want to consider skipping toner in their routine, as it may prove to be too harsh or can make skin too dry.
No matter what your skin type or tone, building a skincare routine is important. Having glowing skin inspires confidence, so the investment in a glowing complexion is a good one. Once you start your routine, give it time to start working and, most importantly, remain committed to following it to ensure that you see the results you’re looking forward to!