How many products do you use in your morning skincare routine?
To be honest, I don’t think a lot of us have the time to have a skincare routine in the morning, considering how busy we are during the work week.
But if you have the time to spare and want the best skin ever, here are all the correct steps in a morning beauty routine, as recommended by dermatologists.
Step #1: Cleanser or Face Wash (Optional)
Predictably the first step in a skincare regimen, face wash is actually optional for your morning routine, considering you’ve presumably washed your face from the night before. Since you’ve already cleaned your face from all that grime before you went to sleep, there’s not really a need to cleanse your face again, and just like the natural oils from your scalp, natural oils on your face also help to retain moisture in your skin. Thus, all you really need to do in the first step is splash your face with some water water to wake your skin up.
But if you must, you can use a gentle cleanser suited for your skin type. One cleanser you can consider adding to your daily routine is our Aloe Vera Cleansing Foam
Step #2: Toner (Optional)
Normally next in line would be toner, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s not totally necessary for everyone. It all depends on the type of cleanser you’re using, your skin type, as well as the functions of the specific toner that you’re using.
While lots of toners are marketed as pore shrinkers, they don’t actually reduce the visibility of pores, although they do a bunch of other great things that help your skin soak up the other products in your next steps of your routine. While some toners are harsh on your skin, others work as a medium for absorbing antioxidants and vitamin B derivatives better.
However, if your skin has been healthy for most of your life without ever including toner in your beauty regimen, you can skip this step.
Step #3: Serum
Serums are really rich in nutrients. While some people prefer to moisturize before doing this step, serums are actually much more effective when there aren’t any other barriers between them and your skin (aka your other skincare products). They’re filled with amazing ingredients that will do wonders for your skin, so you’ll want to make the most of them by making sure nothing gets in the way of your skin fully absorbing all that goodness.
There are tons of different serums out there, but the best ones for daytime application are antioxidant serums, since the antioxidants offer extra protection against free radicals that cause premature aging, as well as damage from environmental pollutants and UV rays.
Step #4: Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is very delicate, which is why the best time to start using eye cream is before you even develop them, like in your early 20’s. Using eye cream as early and often as possible is important to maintain the elasticity and smoothness, so while the first two steps are optional, eye cream isn’t.
To give your under-eye and eyelids some extra protection, choose an eye cream with SPF.
Step #5: Spot Treatment (Optional)
Like the serum, you want your acne spot treatments to be as close in contact with your skin as possible for the treatment to actually work. Remember that most acne spot treatments tend to have drying formulas because they’re meant to dry out pimples, so you really only should be applying the product on places where absolutely necessary. If your face is clear, skip this step completely.
The important thing to remember here is to give your skin some time to soak up the spot treatment. Depending on the treatment, some products take quite a while before they penetrate the surface of your skin, so give yourself a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
Step #6: Moisturizer
While the humidity seemingly defeats the purpose of a moisturizer, your skin needs all the hydration it can get, even those with oily skin. In fact, moisturizer helps control the oils, so don’t even think about skipping this step.
If you have applied spot treatment and are wary of wiping it away as you apply moisturizer, simply avoid those spots as you’re massaging the product onto your face.
Step #7: Sunscreen
Last but not least, finish your morning skincare routine with sunscreen. To get maximum protection without your moisturizer getting in the way, it’s best to go with sunscreens with zinc oxide or ones specifically formulated with moisturizing benefits.
And if all of this is too much for you, you can always buy multi-functional products to save time, money, and energy in your morning routine, such as an ultra-hydrating moisturizer with SPF.
Aloe Vera Facial Cleansing Foam
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.