Sunday, September 22, 2019

What Even is the Correct Skincare Routine Order?

You know, your skin does so much for you. It protects you from unwanted invaders from entering your body and keeps water inside you. It's an essential part of keeping you alive. So, why not return the favor back by treating your skin well with your skincare routine?

If you don't really care about how much your skin for you, at least do your skincare routine regularly for yourself. It's the ultimate act of self-care. When you're doing your skincare routine, you're taking time and taking care of yourself. You feel fresh, clean, and moisturized after you've done your skincare regimen.

I know that some of you guys want to start taking care of your skin, but don't even know where to begin. Your main question probably is What Even is the Correct Skincare Routine? Along with:

  • Is the skincare routine order for morning and night the same?
  • How do I layer skincare?
  • What is really necessary?
  • What does a serum even do?
All of these I'll answer in this post!

Morning Skincare Routine Order

Yes, you need a morning skincare routine! And, yes, the skincare routine order for the morning will be different than the night skincare routine order. Your morning skincare routine should be about getting your skin ready for the day by protecting it from the sun and environmental impurities.

1.) Cleanse


Cleansing in the morning is actually optional. Some people prefer washing their faces in the morning so they start the day off with a fresh, clean face. Others just don't see the point in cleansing in the morning since they didn't do anything except sleep all night.

2.) Tone


Toner is used as an extra cleansing step. It'll help remove any additional dirt or oil your cleanser didn't remove. If you choose to skip cleansing in the morning, I would recommend at least toning your face in the morning. That way you can get rid of any dirt or oil that may have accumulated overnight.

Other benefits of using a toner are smaller pores, balanced skin pH, and refreshes your skin (Today). Since some toners have humectants in it, it can actually moisturize your face, too. 

Humectants form hydrogen bonds with water and can pull water from the dermis or second layer of the skin and the epidermis or top layer of the skin. This water pulling helps hydrate the outermost layer of the skin. This makes your face appear less flaky and dry (VeryWellHealth). It can also pull outside water vapor from the environment, too, if it's humid enough. 

Humectant examples would be hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), honey, sodium PCA, sodium lactate, and aloe vera. This is just a name a few.

Another note regarding when you're looking for toners, avoid alcohols because that can actually strip the natural oils of your skin and can be overly drying for the skin.

A great toner that I recommend is Indie Lee's, CoQ-10 Toner. It has hyaluronic acid in it and doesn't make my skin feel dry at all.

How to apply toners: You have two options. 
  • Spray onto a cotton pad and wipe your face with it after. You can use cotton balls but they tend to be more absorbing, so you'll end up using more product. If you want to be more conservative with your toner, use a cotton pad.
  • You can mist directly on your face. I usually pat my face after just for more circulation in my face and to ensure the product is being absorbed into my skin if I do it this way.

3.) Serum


According to HuffingtonPost, serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deep into the skin and deliver more active ingredients. They only moisturize to a certain extent, so you can't actually replace your moisturizer with a serum.

There are different types of serums that you can use to attack different skin concerns, like:
  • Anti-aging: Prevent and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines with these serums, which have special anti-aging ingredients in them.
  • Acne-fighting: Clear up and prevent acne breakouts with an acne-fighting serum. 
  • Antioxidants: Protect your skin from free radicals, which can grab electrons from your skin and speed up your aging process and cause wrinkles (Medical News Today), with antioxidant serums, like a Vitamin C serum.
  • Hydration: Give your skin a boost of hydration with a hydrating serum. 
Please do your research and read the ingredients and instructions on your serums because some ingredients may be safer to put on at night, such as retinol. Retinol makes your skin more sensitive in the sun (AdoreBeauty).

4.) Moisturize


Honestly, this is one of the more important steps to your skincare routine. It's a step that may help your skin feel and look right. For those of you who have dry skin, moisturizing prevents the appearance of flaky and dry skin and helps your face not feel tight.

For those oily/combination skin folks out there, it can actually prevent your skin from getting oily. I know how counterintuitive that sounds, but hear me out. If your skin is dry, your skin compensates for the dryness by producing more oil. For those of us with oily skin, sometimes our skin overcompensates too much.

So, to prevent the flaky skin or oily skin from happening, moisturize!

5.) Eye Cream

Eye creams target under-eye bags, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Watch the video above for more information from L'Oreal!

When applying, use your ring fingers. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, so, it only makes sense to use your weakest finger.

6.) Sunscreen


Always, always, always wear sunscreen! Yes, even in the winter. Even though the UVB rays - the rays that can cause sunburns and skin cancer - aren't as prevalent in the winter, you still need to protect yourself from UVA rays. UVA rays can cause premature wrinkles and age your skin. In fact, 90% of visible signs of aging are due to sun damage (COOLA).

No, you don't have to wear it at night. There is no sun, so there's no need. But, do wear it even on a cloudy day because the UV rays can actually penetrate through the clouds.

Night Skincare Routine Order

Your night skincare routine should be all about repair, nourishment, and deep cleansing of the skin. Your skin has endured a lot. From the sun beating down on it and protecting your insides from impurities, dirt, grime, and potential invaders, your skin deserves to be treated well.

1.) Oil Cleanse or Cleansing Balm


If you're a fan of double cleansing, start off your night skincare routine with cleansing oil or a cleansing balm. Both are oil-based and are so effective in taking off any makeup, dirt, oil, grime, and sunscreen.

Both are great for both skin types. I know what you're thinking. Despite what you may think, cleansing oils actually won't get you more oily. Oil dissolves oil. And, because it is oil, it actually won't strip your skin of your natural oils, which will get you more oily.

2.) Cleanse with Cream, Foaming, or Gel Cleanser


The second step in double cleansing is cleansing with a cream, foaming, or gel cleanser. This step would just use whatever your morning routine cleanser. This will get any additional stuff that the oil cleanser or cleansing balm didn't get off. It also takes off any oil or balm that you may have not washed off.

Just a heads up: cream cleansers are better for dry skin. Foaming and gel cleansers are better for oily skin.

3.) Exfoliate


Exfoliating removes any excess dead skin or oils that may be on your skin. Ideally, you should exfoliate 2-3 times a week. But, if you have sensitive skin, one time a week should be fine (Glamour).

There are products out there that are marketed as daily exfoliators. My honest opinion on them is that I think it's a lie. No matter how gentle the exfoliant is you should not be exfoliating every day. According to the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, over-exfoliating can lead to cracks in your skin, which can result in inflammation and loss of hydration (Allure).

The loss of hydration can lead your skin to produce more oil to compensate for your dry skin.

4.) Tone


Spray your favorite toner on a cotton pad to wipe away any additional dirt or grime. Or, just spray it on your face.

5.) Masks or Treatments


Now that your skin is cleansed and toned, it's time to put on a mask or use any skin treatments you have. This will be close to the skin, so all of the ingredients to the mask and/or to the treatments will be able to penetrate through the skin.

6.) Serum


If you have a serum with retinol in it, now is the time to wear it, as well as your other serums. Be sure that none of the ingredients of the serums clash with each other though. It can lead to a nasty rash on your face.

7.) Moisturize


Instead of using a regular day moisturizer, some people have a night cream instead. Because your nighttime skincare routine should be about repair, a night cream may be beneficial. Night creams tend to be thicker and have ingredients that promote nourishment for your skin (Mario Badescu).

8.) Eye Cream


Don't forget your eye cream! Combat those crows feet. Or, if you're not old enough for that yet, prevent them with an eye cream.

Includes nighttime skincare routine order for 20s, 30s, 40s, for dry and oily skin. Has both day and night skincare routine steps.

Back to the Basics

I just threw a whole bunch of information at you. I know. You may or may not be freaking out about all the things that you need to get for your skincare routine.

Let me tell you: not all of these are necessary. In fact, most of these steps are just nice to have.

The main things you need are a cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and exfoliant. Everything else is just a luxury. When you're ready to make your skincare time a little more luxurious, you can do that on your own time and budget. No need to run and get all of these things all at once.

Tips on Finding Skincare 

1.) Make sure you're using skin care products that are made for your skin type.

If you don't use products that are made for your skin type, don't be surprised if your skin doesn't get any better! In some cases, it can get worse.

2.) Be patient.

Sometimes finding the right products for you may take a while. I'm still trying to find the right products for my skin. So, if it seems like you're having a hard time finding the right product for you, it does take some trial and error.

But, don't expect your skincare to work right away. It does take some time for your products to start showing their results.

3.) If you're going to go with organic or natural products, do your research.

A lot of products are marketed "organic" or "natural", but still use environmentally harmful ingredients or ingredients that may harm humans, too. A great tool to use is the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website.

EWG is a nonprofit group that works to protect human health and the environment. It ranks different personal care products by how hazardous it is. It's a great, reliable tool to use if you're very conscious about the products that you use.

Anyways, I hope you guys found this What Even is the Correct Skincare Routine Order? article helpful. Share this with your friends on Twitter and Facebook! Or, save it for your reference on Pinterest! If you have any feedback or your own advice, leave it in the comments below!

With love and positive vibes,

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