When it comes to skincare, I must admit that I have always tried to keep things as low-maintenance as possible. Growing up with a mother who maintained her flawless skin simply by washing it with soap and water, didn’t afford me many opportunities to develop a proper skincare routine. Although my less-is-more attitude worked fine when I was younger, as I get older, the threat of wrinkles, dark under-eye circles, and frown lines, has suddenly become real. Caring for your skin isn’t only about the products you use, it’s also about the order in which you apply them.
Since washing your face too often can be both drying and irritating to the skin, most people should limit washing their face to only two times per day, with the thorough washing being reserved for nighttime.
Step 1: Begin your morning routine by splashing your face with lukewarm water, and drying it with a clean towel.
Step 2: Dab a few small drops of eye cream around the entire eye area, and smooth until absorbed.
Step 3: Apply a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher to hydrate skin, lock in moisture, and help prevent sun damage.
Step 4: You can now apply your makeup as you normally would.
Your nighttime routine should focus more on thoroughly cleaning your skin, and targeting any specific skin problems. Use the following steps as guidelines
Step 1: Wash your face and neck with warm water and a mild facial cleanser to remove makeup and dirt.
Step 2: Wet a cotton ball or cotton pad with alcohol-free toner, then wipe over your entire face. The toner restores your skin’s pH levels, and removes any remaining makeup residue.
Step 3: Exfoliate your skin by applying a small amount of face scrub to your wet face and massaging it in gently. Rinse your face thoroughly with warm water. Most face scrubs should only be used 3-4 times per week.
Step 4: If applicable, apply a treatment that targets your specific skincare concern, such as a product for acne, wrinkles, or pigmentation.
Step 5: Apply a liberal amount of a night moisturizing cream to your face and neck. Although it’s perfectly fine to use the same moisturizer you used in the morning at night, creams formulated for nighttime use claim to work while you sleep to firm skin, and reduce the visible signs of aging.