We all know the drill.
Wash your face in the morning, apply sunscreen, moisturize, repeat at night. But what does that actually mean? What order should you do things in? And why do you need to do them in the first place? Let's decode your AM and PM skincare routines once and for all.
Your AM Routine
Step 1: Cleanser
The first step in any good skincare routine is cleansing your face. This helps remove dirt, oil, and impurities from your skin so that the rest of your products can work more effectively. Choose a cleanser that's right for your skin type—if you have dry skin, opt for a hydrating cleanser; if you have oily skin, go for a gel or foam cleanser. Apply it to damp skin and massage it in for 60 seconds before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
Step 2: Toner
The next step is to apply a toner. Toners help restore your skin's pH balance and prep it for the rest of your products. Choose a toner that contains glycerin or hyaluronic acid if you have dry skin, and one with witch hazel or tea tree oil if you have oily skin. Apply it to a cotton pad and swipe it over your face, avoiding the area around your eyes.
Step 3: Eye Cream
Now it's time to apply an eye cream. Eye cream helps hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Gently tap it into the orbital bone around your eyes—don't tug at the skin!—and let it sink in for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Serum or Face Oil
The fourth step in your AM skincare routine is to apply a serum or face oil. Serums and face oils are packed with active ingredients that target specific skin concerns like fine lines, dark spots, and dullness. Choose one that's right for your skin type and concerns—for example, if you're dealing with acne, reach for a serum with niacinamide; if you're worried about fine lines, go for one with retinol. Apply it to clean, dry skin before moving on to moisturizer.
Step 5: Moisturizer
The final step in your AM skincare routine is to apply a moisturizer. Moisturizer helps hydrate and protect your skin from environmental aggressors like pollution and UV rays. Choose a lightweight lotion or gel if you have oily skin, and a rich cream if you have dry skin. Apply it to your face and neck using upward circular motions, and let it sink in for a few minutes before applying sunscreen (if you'll be spending time outdoors).
Your PM Routine
Step 1: Makeup Remover
The first step in your PM skincare routine is to remove all of your makeup—even if you don't wear any on most days! Leaving makeup on overnight can clog pores and lead to breakouts. If you wear heavy foundation or waterproof mascara, start by soaking a cotton pad with an oil-based makeup remover and holding it over each eye for 10 seconds before wiping away any residue. Then wash your face with a gentle Skin Cleanser to remove any remaining makeup or dirt from the day.
Step 2: Cleanser
The second step is to cleanse your face again (yes, even if you just did!). Double-cleansing helps ensure that all traces of dirt, oil, makeup, and impurities are removed from your skin so that the rest of your products can work more effectively overnight. Start by massaging a dime-sized amount of cleanser into damp skin using circular motions for 60 seconds before rinsing it off with lukewarm water—and don't forget to cleanse your neck as well!
That's everything you need to know about creating an effective AM and PM skincare routine! By following these simple steps every day, you'll be on your way to achieving healthy, radiant skin in no time. Until Next Time!...XOXO 🍁🧡🍂
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