A morning skincare routine is a good way to start your day. It offers a concrete way to give your skin that little pick-me-up it may need some mornings while ensuring that you look your best. Making the most of morning skincare does require knowing what you’re doing though. Some things are best used in the morning while others are best saved for the evening. There are very good reasons for these separate product groups, but not everyone knows how to make the most of them. That’s what we’re going to try to fix in this article. Knowing the right tips can enhance your morning skincare routine and ensure that your skin not only looks its best all day long, but also is a healthier for it. We’re going to need to confront a few misconceptions about product use to do this so that we cut back on those unknowing mistakes we’ve all made at one point or another.
What Not To Use Certain anti-aging products are ill-advised as part of a morning routine. Check any that you’re using for retinol or retinoids. These are derivatives of vitamin A that are incredibly good for increasing the skin’s cell turnover rate, but they have an unfortunate downside. Products using those ingredients tend to be lightly irritating to the skin as well as making the skin more immediately susceptible to sun damage. The reason for this is twofold. A lightly acidic effect helps to clear the skin slowly over continuous exposure. That’s why redness and peeling are common effects when we first start using retinoid products. That lightly acidic effect helps to clean the skin, but also ends up reducing the overall barrier between your inner layers of skin and the outside world. The other reason is that some studies suggest the ingredients react to sunlight in such a way that it makes matter worse. So avoid retinoid-based anti-aging products in the morning.
Clean Thoroughly Morning routines are the time to thoroughly cleanse your skin. This is to help make up for the oils and debris that have settled onto your skin overnight as well as potential lapses in remembering to remove your makeup before bed. Thoroughly cleansing your skin is key to ensuring all of your products work as well as possible. Remember that the rinsing before your cleanse needs to use lukewarm to warm rather than hot water to avoid any damage to your skin from overly hot water. Beyond that, morning routines are a good time to experiment with a double cleansing technique. This process of using first an oil and then a foam or water-based cleansing product goes a long way towards ensuring that your skin is as clean as possible. You’ll be able to properly use a serum and any other nourishing products your choose to use in the morning to give your skin a boost in health.
Focus on Moisture A morning routine is your chance to prep your skin for the day. This is particularly important to remember in winter and summer where the weather is at more extreme ends than the other two seasons. Moisturizing is key to keeping your skin properly healthy and resilient in the face of potential skin damage. Getting the most out of moisturizing isn’t that hard. The main goal is to remember to apply your moisturizers while you’re still in the shower, but after you’ve turned off the water. Damp air will keep your skin moist while you’re applying products and make it easier for your moisturizer to seal a healthy amount of moisture into your skin. This extra effort will help reinforce your skin’s natural moisture barrier and hereby make it more resilient to all forms of damage during the day. Additionally, it will help ensure your skin is more filled out to create the look of perfect health many of us desire.
Morning skincare routines are our chance to set the tone for the day. It offers a clear way to support one’s skin by making sure that it is appropriately clean and ready for the rest of the products you choose to use. Admittedly, one of the biggest things to focus on is proper moisturizing. Don’t accidentally use any retinol products though as the last thing you want to do at the start of the day is sensitize your skin to sunlight. Keeping these tips in mind should help you make the most of your morning routine.
Staying serious about skincare generally means hunting for newer and better ways to care for one’s skin constantly. After all, the refinement of our personal skincare routines can only go so far before we start straying into territory where we might be using too many products and need to reset our routines to figure our skin out again. This typically happens when we jump around to too many products in an effort to find the best products without realizing there are only so many products we can layer on at a given time while getting the full effect and not causing issues with our skin. Our routines need to be good, yes, but we can make up for any lack of perfection by looking into having the right procedures or treatments done to give our skin that extra boost that we desire. The best option for most of us is to look into getting a regular facial.
Truly Clean One of the primary benefits of a facial is that it helps push your skin towards being cleaner than it would otherwise be through your routine alone. A European facial, in particular, is known for attention to detail when it comes to ensuring the skin is cleaned. Rinsing, cleansing, and exfoliating are all part of the facial and done with quality products all at once. The products used are particularly important in this case. Most facials make sure there is time for the products they’re using to sit on your skin and do their job as thoroughly as possible. This is a great deal different from most of our routines where we’re rushing to try to get through one step to get to the next so we can move on with our day. By thoroughly cleaning the skin, a facial is actually laying the groundwork for some of the other parts of a standard European facial that can further improve the skin’s overall health.
Extracting Problems Most of us have problems with clogged pores at one point or another. It is an inevitability of life. Most of the time these will be largely kept under control by a regular routine. This is especially true if one remembers to exfoliate. Facials tend to help a lot due to the thoroughness of their cleaning, but the truly wonderful part is found when you realize that an extraction is a fairly common part of such facials as well. This involves the professional gradually seeking out clogged pores on your face and manually clearing them with the appropriate tools. It is a highly effective way to ensure that stubborn blogs don’t end up becoming a problem later. Most of the time this comes after the initial cleaning phases, but before any products meant to nourish the skin. Opening clogged pores like this will help further increase the cleanliness of the skin as well as making the last parts of a facial even better.
Nourishing Care Most of the time you’ll be treated to a treatment meant to soothe and nourish your skin towards the end of a standard facial. This takes advantage of all the cleaning that has gone before to ensure your skin gets the most nutrients possible. By removing all the grime, oil, and unclogging pores, your skin is better able to absorb the products that work to nourish the skin and push it towards being healthier. The actual products used by a given spa or professional will naturally vary from business to business, but it isn’t uncommon to find products rich in vitamin C and E as these help to support the skin repairing damage and as a result can help settle the skin after extraction. Aloe vera can also be common for a similar reason. The boost to effectiveness helps to ensure that your skin will leave a facial as fresh and healthy as possible. That’s why facials are a good way to help “reset” the skincare clock occasionally by giving you a fresh beginning.
Facials tend to be something we think about as more of an occasional thing to indulge in, but this is doing them a disservice. Regular facials can be a game changer when it comes to skincare. The boost to the cleanliness and health of one’s skin cannot be overstated. Facials will help ensure your skin looks and feels good. That doesn’t mean you should abandon your routine, but it does mean you may want to consider adding facials to your skincare rotation.
Skincare is more of a science than most people care to know. We juggle countless factors to determine the best ways to care for our skin. Skin type is a big one and seems simple enough until you realize combination skin exists and external factors such as climate and season can impact the skin’s behavior too. This is further compounded by the fact that polluted air can have an impact too and reduce the effectiveness of some things or damage the skin in particular ways that it needs another kind of support. On top of all this, skincare products need to be used in an appropriate order to make the most of them without one getting in the way of another. Figuring out all of these factors and how to account for them is part of good skincare. While a lot of them are individualized, we can give a quick overview of appropriate product layering because that, at the very least, is universal.
Defining Viscosity The word is, in essence, a way of compressing the idea of how thick a given product is at a given moment. Think about the range of skincare products available. Some of them are almost water-like in how thin they are and as a result, need to be used carefully and quickly to make the most of them. At the opposite end of the spectrum is are products like body butter. The thick moisturizers offer a clear way to seal things next to the skin while by comparatively harder to spread, but long lasting. Accounting for these varying levels of viscosity in your skincare routine is necessary to try to make the most of all of the products available to you. This is because many of us layer products each day and in appropriate layering will diminish what all of our products can do for us and thereby reduce the effectiveness of our skincare. Fortunately, learning to do things correctly is relatively easy.
The Order of Application All you really need to do is remember that you start with the lowest viscosity products and work your way up to the higher ones while finishing with the highest one. In practice, this translates to remembering to apply things like serums first. These products are more or less a fluid of highly concentrated product that gets spread quickly. Serums are quickly absorbed into the skin and can have something applied over them in relatively short order after that. Lotions and similar products go on after serums due to their easily spreadable, but thicker nature. This includes gel products as well. You’ll need to make your own decisions on which of those is thicker depending on the individual products though. After those, you’ll want to apply creams. These are typically one of the thickest products most people use and will be where many stop, but the scale keeps going up for those with thicker products. Finishing on the thickest product after starting on the thinnest product is the goal.
The Why of the Situation More of our products require us to apply them in the same general area. This is especially true when it comes to facial skincare. As a result, it is easy for products to end up getting in the way of the other. Applying in an order based on viscosity helps to minimize this problem. Lower viscosity products are easier to spread overall and thinner. This means they don’t last as long once applied to the skin. They are absorbed or evaporate off quickly and thereby clear the way for the next product to be applied. Moving up by gradually applying thicker products, in turn, allows the thicker products to properly layer and seal in any remaining parts of the early product and improve their overall effectiveness. The final seal with a thickest product provides this for everything beneath it. Maintaining the proper order thereby lets you make the most of every product you apply to your skin where layering is required.
Viscosity is simply another factor that we all have to juggle when trying to make the most of our skincare. It isn’t that hard to factor into our routines either. All it requires is remembering to start with the thinnest product we’re applying to a given area and gradually working our way up to the thickest product. This ends up going a long way towards ensuring our skin is as healthy as possible while doing our best to avoid diminishing the effectiveness of our chosen products.