Published: June 21, 2022
By: Jaclyn LaBadia - feature contributor
The first step to building an effective new skincare routine is choosing the right products for your skin type, but the second step—figuring out the perfect time and order to apply them in—is almost as important. Using the right product at the right time will help maximize the effectiveness of each product in your daily routine and improve your skin health.
Your daytime skincare routine should focus on protecting your skin from sun damage and pore-clogging agents like dirt and pollution, while your nighttime routine should be all about keeping your skin hydrated, treating acne-prone skin, and addressing skin concerns. In other words, daytime skincare is about protection from skin damage, while nighttime skincare aims to address skin issues before the regenerative process of sleep begins.
These sample skincare routines are a good baseline for year-round skin health, but there are a few extra considerations to keep in mind as the seasons change.
In the winter, extra moisturizing is key. The cold weather contributes to dry skin, and wind can cause skin irritation. As such, you may want to shift to a more moisturizing cleanser to supplement your daily moisturizer.
Conversely, in the summer, some people experience oily skin and may opt for an oil-free cleanser. Additionally, although sunscreen is a staple in all seasons, some people prefer to adjust to a lighter weight for daily use in the summer months to prevent excess oiliness. If you do change to a lightweight sunscreen formula during the summer months, just be sure to bring out the heavy-duty stuff for any concentrated time spent in the sun. And if your skin changes—due to the environment, hormones or anything else—you should adjust your routine accordingly.
When it comes to skin care, following the rules makes all the difference. Make the most of your products by following this basic advice. We promise your skin will thank you!
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