Your AM Facial Cleansing Routine
The care we show our skin throughout the day makes all the difference in the clarity, elasticity, and longevity of our skin for years to come. A lot of people focus solely on their nighttime skincare routines – which is great – but fail to put the same effort into their morning routines. The problem here is that, assuming one’s face is still clean from their evening wash is not only wrong, but means the skin won’t get the morning care it needs. You might be wondering exactly why morning facial cleaning routines are so special, so important. The reason is that this part of your day is the one chance you have to refresh and prep your skin for all the stress, dirt, and free radicals that it’s about to encounter.
Now, facial cleansing routines are not one size fits all, which means that depending on your skin type, your morning refresher might be a bit different than the next person.
Whether you’re cleaning your skin in the morning or at the end of the day, a key to preventing your skin from acting up is to choose products with few ingredients. Some people find that reading the ingredients list can be pretty overwhelming. If this is the face for you, keep an eye out for products that are products that are labeled and marketed towards sensitive skin. After washing it’s a good idea to tone with a gentle toner; the best bet for sensitive skin is to use rose water or witch hazel. Finish off with a moisturizing SPF. Many people with sensitive skin find that baby sunscreen does just the trick.
Giving your face a good morning wash is particularly important for those with oily skin, as it helps get rid of all the gunk that accumulated around your pores throughout the night. Often times oily skin and acne prone skin go hand in hand, which is why it’s best to wash your face with a gel cleanser that is fortified with either glycolic acid or salicylic acid. After washing it’s important to follow-up with a shine-eliminating toner, and although it may seem like moisture is the enemy, a lack of could be the reason that your skin is overproducing oil. So, be sure to apply a lightweight moisturizer immediately after toning – your skin will thank you. Finally, get yourself a double duty product and apply a powder foundation that also has SPF protection.
Many of you may find yourself under this category as the season of dry skin is here. When you wake up in the morning, your tight, dry skin may not feel dirty, but we promise you that you still need that extra refresh just as everyone else does, that’s because there are all sorts of oil, dirt, and bacteria that have accumulated and made itself comfortable on your face. Because cleansing can potentially dry you out more, it’s crucial that you look for cream cleansers that include ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Follow up with a hydrating serum to lock in moisture, and finish with a moisturizing facial cream which is fortified with SPF protection.