Morning and Evening Anti-Aging Skincare Routines
Ever since I turned 30 years old (several years ago now), I really started taking skincare very seriously. I mean, yes, we all want to stay young forever. Unfortunately, we cannot. But we can slow the aging process and look more youthful, by using the right products and taking care of our skin from the inside (through good nutrition) to support good skin health in addition to the use of creams and serums on the outside.
I am sharing with you the correct order to apply your skincare. You might have the most amazing skincare products in the world, but if you are applying them in the wrong order, you could be wasting your time and money—without getting the results you want!
The rule of thumb on how to layer skin care is to apply your products from thinnest to thickest consistency. Then apply your water-based products followed by your oil-based products on top.
Also, remember that whatever you do to your face, you need to also do for your neck and chest too. These areas are visible to everyone and prone to aging and sun damage just like your face.
MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE
Below is my morning skincare routine and how I layer my products. I do not use that many products in the morning. It is not necessary. I do use much more products in my nighttime routine. Try it and see what works best for your skin.
Step 1: Cleanse – Skin cleansing is a must both morning and night. Wash away impurities, oils, and dirt from the skin and prevent clogged pores and breakouts. I recommend a gentle cleanser and wash your face with lukewarm water and use a gentle motion. I currently am using the CeraVe below and love it.
Step 2: Apply Serum - Serums are honestly the heavy lifters of your skincare routine. They are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns.
In the morning, I apply Vitamin-C serum right after I wash my face. It is a great antioxidant that helps with brightening your skin, fading dark spots, and even building collagen. Here are some that I have tried and recommend.
Step 3: Moisturizer - As we age, our complexion can begin to show the signs of time in the form of wrinkles, dullness, sagging, and uneven tone. Aging skin needs moisture. Moisture loss is a fact of life as we get older and it affects the firmness, radiance, and softness of our skin. That is why using a daily moisturizer after washing your face is so important and starting early is key. Depending on your skin type, either choose a creamy, moisturizing lotion or a water-based gel to nourish and lock the moisture into your skin. Here are some that I recommend:
Step 4: Sunscreen - Sunscreen acts as a photoprotective agent as it protects the skin by preventing or reducing the damaging effects of UV rays on the skin. It also decreases your risk of skin cancers and skin precancers. Sunscreen helps prevent premature skin aging caused by the sun, including wrinkles, sagging, and age spots. If you take care of your skin and use anti-aging products, you should not skip this step, or you will be throwing your money away buying anti-aging products and reverse their effects with unprotected exposure to the harmful sun.
I recommend mineral sunscreens. They are generally regarded as an effective alternative to chemical ones. They work by sitting on top of the skin to physically block harmful rays, whereas chemical sunscreens penetrate deeper to convert UV rays into heat and release it from the skin.
I recommend the ones below. They do not feel oily and they do not clog your pores. Makeup applies beautifully on top as well.
NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE
Step 1: Remove Makeup – If you were wearing makeup, sunscreen, or any silicone-based products during the day, I recommend an evening double cleanse. Your first will need to use a makeup-removing cleanser, which could be micellar water, cleansing oil, cleansing balm, cream cleanser, or cleansing milk. You could also use a makeup wipe or a cleansing balm such as Clinique Cleansing Balm.
Step 2: Cleanse – Once your makeup is off, now it is time for your face to get a good clean. The goal here is to take away all the day’s accumulated dirt, oil, grit, cosmetics, and environmental debris. Any of the cleansers I mentioned above can be used in the nighttime as well as daytime. They are gentle on your skin but powerful enough to remove all those impurities our faces accumulate during the day.
Step 3: Exfoliate - you must help ensure that skin cells regenerate properly by using exfoliation. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter and improve the effectiveness of topical skincare products by enhancing absorption. It can improve the appearance of your skin and can also help prevent clogged pores, resulting in fewer breakouts.
Step 4: Treat your skin to a face mask (optional) – I use a face mask 2-3 times a week. I alternate between a sheet mask and a face mask. Apply, leave it for 10-15 min and move on to the next step.
Step 5: Toner – Most people usually skip applying toner and I did for the longest time as well and through my research, I found out that, adding toner is very important for your skin. The main purpose of toners is to rebalance the pH level of your skin. Even if you skip cleanser (which is a bad idea!) and just rinse your face with water, you still disrupt the natural pH balance. Use a toner to bring the levels back to normal, so the skin functions the way it should.
Step 6: Serum – This is perhaps one of the most important steps in your routine. Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns. Just like the rest of the body, skin does the bulk of its repairing, restoring, and regenerating as we sleep. Therefore, most serums are better used at night. You will have to use serums based on your skin type as well as your skin’s needs.
Retinol - Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and a powerful ingredient. Formulas containing it help fight against signs of aging skin. It is the #1 dermatologist-recommended non-prescription skin-aging solution for its ability to improve the appearance of collagen-depleted skin, complement skin’s natural renewal process, and fight the signs of aging. As you age, skin renewal begins to slow. This skincare staple works by boosting the skin’s surface renewal process and helps to strengthen the skin’s foundation to minimize the look of age spots, improve skin texture and help resist the look of lines and wrinkles. There are many retinol serums on the market. Here are several I have used and work great.
Hyaluronic Acid - Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a type of molecule naturally found in your skin that pulls water from the air and sucks it into your face like a sponge, helping your skin stay moist throughout the day. Hyaluronic acid is great for your skin and I recommend using it every night. You can use it on its own or try to find moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid to save yourself a step.
Step 7: Moisturizer – Nighttime is when you can use a richer and thicker moisturizer than the one you use for the daytime. I love Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair. It has amazing ingredients, it is so moisturizing, smells great and it also contains retinol.
Step 8: Lip Mask – I have been using Laneige lip mask and I absolutely love it and highly recommend it. It is hands down the best lip mask and it does wonders for your lips.
Do not forget, for good skin, you will need to take good care of yourself inside and out.
Here are some simple rules for maintaining healthy skin:
• Drink plenty of water
• Get enough sleep
• Reduce stress
• Avoid smoking tobacco
• Limit alcohol consumption
• Eat a healthy diet
• See your dermatologist routinely
• Take a daily dietary supplement
I hope you find this helpful. All the products I recommend, I have used for some time now and I absolutely love and therefore, recommend to you. Please give them a try and see what works for you and your skin type.
Remember, everyone’s skin is different. Try some of the products I recommend and see what works for you and what does not. Have fun with it. The best part is when you start seeing results. Now, this will not happen overnight. Be patient and be consistent and soon enough you will see glowing, youthful, and amazing skin!
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Have a wonderful day!
Note: While most of the links are affiliate links where I get a commission when you make a purchase (at no cost to you), all of the products listed are purchased by me, I have used them and I truly love them enough to recommend them to you. I am only recommending them because I believe they are truly great products that will make a difference in your skincare.