Do I Really Need a Day and Nighttime Skin-Care Routine?
If you’re lazy when it comes to skin care, then you know the struggle of having both a day and a nighttime routine. Why, you may wonder, must I wash my face twice a day and put on double the serum and moisturizer? You may have even dubbed the whole thing a scam and embraced “skip-care” instead, convinced that leaving your skin alone is the best possible method. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but having both a day and nighttime routine is a must, because — believe it or not — they serve different purposes. According to facialist Joanna Vargas, nighttime is when your skin (and your body) repairs itself, while your day time routine should be focused on protecting and moisturizing the skin.
In addition to wearing sunscreen, you should center your daytime skin-care routine on light ingredients like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, says Vargas. That means ingredients like vitamin C (we’re in love with Skinceuticals C E Ferulic) work well for the morning and help to protect skin from environmental stressors while also brightening. As for SPF, we recommend opting or a formula that layers well under makeup like La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen, which offers high protection and dries matte, so it won’t leave your face (or your makeup) looking shiny and slick.
Now for your nighttime skin-care routine: According to Vargas, cleansing your skin at night is the most important step because it removes grime, dirt and makeup from your skin’s surface. Aside from cleansing, she recommends orienting your nighttime routine around reparative and night-specific products — those formulated to assist with your body’s natural restorative process. This is the best time to work in actives like retinol, peels and heavier sleep masks, which will offer your skin the most benefit when used at night. We recommend reaching for a soothing, moisturizing formula like La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Night Moisturizer as the last step of your routine. It’s a non-irritating moisturizer that helps to repair the skin’s moisture barrier overnight.
It may seem like a lot to do both a morning and evening skin-care routine every day, but ultimately your skin will thank you for the extra attention and TLC.