It is not uncommon to think that washing your face is a two step routine that includes using the same cleansers and moisturisers for every cleansing. What we forget when we are choosing our products and also completing the act of washing our faces; is that our skin is going to be exposed to an array of harmful things during the day that it will pretty much be protected from in the comfort of our own homes at night. With that in mind it makes sense that your facial cleansing routine should change depending on whether you’re washing your face in the morning or washing your face at night.
The AM Face Cleanse
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and why is that? It’s because unlike the other meals breakfast needs to prepare your body for the day to come. This is the same reason as to why your AM facial cleanse is so important. Throughout the day the skin on your face is going to be exposed to make up, pollutants in the air, UV rays, dirt, and a number of other harmful elements that are going to clog up your pores and damage the skin. This means that your morning face wash and treatment needs to not only remove any oils and night creams from the night before, but it also needs to cleanse and then protect your skin for the whole day. So it is crucial that your morning routine is spot on.
The first step is to make sure your hands are clean and free of any dirt. Then use a light and gentle face wash or cleanser. Remember, skin is different for each person so make sure you are using a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Whether it be oily, dry or in-between.
After making sure you have washed your face thoroughly, dry it using a soft face towel. The best way to dry the skin on your face is not through rubbing but patting. Rubbing is quite harsh and can therefore cause unnecessary damage to your skin. While patting does not aggravate the top layer and therefore allows the skin to heal itself where necessary.
Use a serum & moisturising cream that is day time specific. Very much like your day time routine, day creams are made to protect the skin against what it is to face throughout the day and support it in the best way possible. They also tend to have an SPF factor to help protect the skin against the suns UV rays. You should apply your day time cream by massaging the moisturiser into the skin using your finger tips until completely absorbed or there about.
The PM Face Cleanse
Night time comes and your readying yourself for bed. The first thing you want to do is reach for those easy peasy facial wipes to take off your makeup right? Unfortunately, that is a bad idea. As much as they may seem to get rid of any oils and left over make up, what they’re actually doing is smearing the remnants all over your face! As well as leaving your face still dirty, they’re known to contain alcohol which prevents the skin from staying wet after application as it dries out quickly, but it also dries out your skin. And dry skin will only lead to complications further down the line.
You’ve gotten rid of your face wipes and now need a solution to get rid of the bulk of your make up before the cleanse. A great recommendation is to soak a ball of cotton wool in a natural oil like Jojoba or Coconut both of which soothe and soften the skin while at the same time gently removing the layer of make up.
Like your AM cleanse it is a good idea to find an appropriate night time facial cleanser. It is important to remember at all times while washing your face to use Luke warm water – having a drastic change of temperature on your skin whether it be too hot or too cold can encourage outbreaks. It is also important to remember your hands must be clean for all steps.
Pat dry your skin, and once dry apply a night time moisturiser and/or serum. During your night time cleansing routine you may want to leave your skin a little more damp before applying the moisturiser with Hydrating toner, just because it can help seal in the moisture.
If you think about it, all your skin will be exposed to during the night time is the air in your bedroom and your pillow. This means it does not need that extra protection and support that it will need during the day time. You also do not want to use a cream at night that is so heavy it prevents your skins natural process of self repair and strengthening. There is something to be said about a good nights sleep.
Allowing yourself to go into a deep sleep also means that your allowing the skin cells not only on your face but all around your body to get to work. While asleep your body recognises natural and environmental damage on your skin and it tries its best to fix it, resulting in a better complexion in the morning. To sound a little bit fancy sleep reduces the stress hormone Cortisol which is responsible for the thinning of your skin and discolouration. It increases the production of melatonin which helps to get rid of those fine lines and wrinkles. And, it helps to encourage the production of growth hormones to replenish collagen producing cells which help your skins elasticity.
What I am trying to say here is the combination of a good nights sleep and a great light night time serum, cream or moisturiser will result in your skin looking brighter and smoother in the morning.
It is easy to fall into bad routines when it comes to skin care. From easy to use face wipes, to using the same cleansers and creams day and night you could be harming your skin more than you know. Take a little time to get to know your face, what type of skin do you have and what products work best for you and your own personal cleansing routine. Once you have mastered that, everything else will fall into place, and soon you will see the results of changing it up a bit and focusing on what your skin really needs.