Ever since quarantine started it’s been tough to find the motivation to put on a cute outfit, let alone apply makeup, or take proper care of our skin. But the truth is, we all know that taking care of our skin is important. So today we’re helping you get back on track--starting with the basics. After all a proper skincare routine can change everything (including helping us feel more put together). Now the first thing you need to know is that there are some key differences between your evening and morning skincare routines. These subtle changes can transform your skin. Read on to learn more about distinguishing your evening cleanse from your morning face routine.
Skin Care Steps to Take Every Night
After a long day you (and your skin) have both gone through a lot. While you’re navigating virtual learning and zoom conference calls your skin is fighting off exposure to the elements - from dry air, to dirt, uv rays, and other environmental factors. But this is where beauty sleep comes in - while you’re catching some zzz’s your skin starts rebuilding itself. Overnight it works to generate collagen and repair sun damage. Your pre-sleep beauty routine can actually help this nighttime recovery process.
Here’s what you need to know: always take care of your most delicate skin – the area around your eyes. We love using our fragrance-free MD Restore Eye Gel because its formulated with a blend of collagen repair peptides and antioxidants. Plus, it supports skin’s overnight renewal by working to reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles (aka it helps you wake up looking totally refreshed). To apply, place product on the tip of your ring finger. Why? It’s naturally your weakest, which makes its application a touch more delicate.
But what about the rest of your skin? Our go-to treat is a serum, specifically the MD Revitalize Retinol Serum. The lightweight formula helps restore your skin's radiance and keeps your complexion bright. The secret ingredient is one you hear about often—retinol. A powerful form of vitamin A, retinol helps boost collagen, plump skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also can help combat hyperpigmentation and redness. Our formula is super gentle, so it’s great for those with sensitive skin or anyone who’s new to using retinol.
Want to give your skin even more help? Focus on combatting nighttime dryness. From midday well into the evening, your skin goes through something called transepidermal water loss where it slowly dries out due to the absence of natural oils. Hydrating your skin pre-sleep helps minimize that. We love using the Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm by One Love Organics.
Your Morning Skin Care Routine
After a good night’s rest, it’s time to prep your skin to face the day. These simple skincare steps can change the game.
First up – make sure you wash your face. The reason? While you sleep your skin can actually accumulate a buildup of debris – ranging from dead skin cells, to allergens in the air.
We love Cerave’s gentle formulas, which are available in different variations based on your skin type.
Next – it’s time to moisturize. Start once more, with your eyes. Our pick is the MD Solar Sciences MD Restore Eye Gel. The super smooth formula protects your most sensitive skin and gives it a firmer, more elastic appearance all while reducing puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.
Then it’s time to care for your face. Our Daily Perfecting Moisturizer SPF 30 is a fan-favorite, and for good reason. It hydrates skin while protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays. The lightweight lotion boasts anti-aging benefits and contains time-released humectants that keep your skin hydrated all day long. Plus it contains a kick of caffeine to help reduce the signs of UV-induced damage, keeping your skin .
Now technically, you can wrap things up after moisturizing. But if you need a little something extra – you’ve got options. Rather than defaulting to a heavy foundation consider using a tinted moisturizer (like our Mineral Tinted Créme SPF 30). These formulas are lighter weight and tend to not be as heavy on the skin. Ours contains SPF and is enhanced with skin-supporting ingredients like antioxidants, vitamin C, and green tea. Plus, it’s great for those with sensitive skin, thanks to a gentle formula that’s rated as a one with .
Finish off your look by giving your pout an extra pop. Our Hydrating Sheer Lip Balm SPF 30 offers a rich hydrating formula (thanks to shea, avocado oil, and olive butter) and gives lips a soft tint, while protecting them with SPF 30.
Want to learn more about how to apply products from morning to night? Check out this video.