The Vampires of Skin Care: 4 Products You Shouldn’t Use During the Day
You know vampires. They’re the ones that hate garlic and can’t go out in the sun. Well, some of your skin care products are the same way. Not so much the garlic part, but the bit about enjoying the outdoors in the daytime. While we’re all for taking care of your complexion day and night, there are certain products you should reserve solely for evening use. They should only come out at night—just like vampires, but less spooky. That’s why we recommend curating separate skin care routines for morning and night, as there are different products meant for use at different times of the day. If you aren’t so sure which products to reallocate to your nighttime regimen, we have you covered. Here are the four beauty products you’ll want to save for before bed.
Beauty Vampire #1: Retinoids
Retinoids are a form of vitamin A that are known for their ability to address a wide range of skin concerns be it acne blemishes or signs of aging. Basically, no matter your age or complexion concern, retinoids are a strong contender for MVP beauty product. That’s why we wouldn’t blame you for being tempted to slather your skin in retinol from morning to night—we can understand—but you’ll have to resist. The reason you’ll need to hold out on using a retinoid product until you’re inside for the duration of the day is pretty simple: retinoid use can cause sun sensitivity, with Mayo Clinic sharing that retinoids can make your skin burn more easily. No one needs that! Stick to applying products containing retinol or retinoic acid just once a day, specifically at night. Since your skin can still be sensitive by the time you wake, you’ll want to be extra diligent with sun protection measures—as if you didn’t already have plenty of reasons. That means applying (and reapplying) a broad-spectrum sunscreen as directed, wearing protective clothing and seeking shade whenever possible.
Beauty Vampire #2: AHAs and BHA
AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids, are organic acids that can help reduce rough skin texture and improve the appearance of fine lines, while BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, can help to remove pore-clogging dead skin cell build up. They sound pretty helpful, right? They are, but only at night. According to Mayo Clinic, a side effect of using products containing AHA can be increasing sensitivity to the sun—just like retinoids.
If you feel like you’re in desperate need of exfoliation come morning time, we recommend opting for a classic face scrub instead. Our pick of the moment? The Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Invigorating Daily Scrub, which is gentle enough for every day usage.
Beauty Vampire #3: Night Creams
If “night” is right there in the name of a product, it should be simple enough to come to the correct conclusion on when to use it. That’s certainly the case for night creams. While day creams are typically lightweight and may be formulated with SPF, night creams tend to be thicker and provide a boost of moisture. Coating your complexion with major moisture during the day can have the potential to give your skin a greasy look, which is why we avoid applying night creams in the A.M.
Obviously, you’ll still want to moisturize in the morning, just switch to a product that’s appropriate for the time of day. If you’re feeling ultra-dry and your night cream is starting to look alluring, we recommend using L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin instead, for obvious reasons.
Beauty Vampire #4: Sleep Masks
Once again, there’s a dead giveaway. Since you most likely aren’t catching most of your zzz’s during the day, products with “sleep” in the name can be moved into a strictly-for-nighttime skin care category. Of course, we’re talking about sleep masks. We’re obsessed with smoothing on these masks before slipping between the sheets, only to wake up with a refreshed, hydrated complexion. Rinse off in the morning and you’re good to go. Essentially, all the work is done while you sleep, which, by the way, wouldn’t it be nice if everything could be that way?
Spa-like masking experiences haven’t been relegated solely to the blissful moments in which you’re sleeping. To have one during your waking hours, all it takes is changing which face mask you use. Try the Kiehl’s Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque to help brighten and energize the look of dull, fatigued skin in the morning.