Daytime Routine

A lengthy morning routine is not necessarily for everyone.  Some might prefer to have a simpler, quicker routine in the morning.  This is a general outline of the recommended order of using products, and you can customize it to fit your time, needs, and the types of products that you use!

  • Start with a cleanser.  Water is your best-friend here.  Give your face a gentle wash with warn water.  It is not necessary to use a cleanser, so if you do not need it, it is best to leave it out of your morning routine.  It helps preserve the natural oils in your skin. If you must use a cleanser, make sure it is gentle and geared for your skin type.  
  • Toner. There is a general misconception that toners reduce pore size.  That is not the case, but toners are an important part of skin care, and a step that most of us should include in our morning routine.  With the variety of toners available, you can find the right one for your skin concern.  The aim of toners is to return the pH balance of your skin to what it should naturally be, but that has become too basic from using hash soap.  Since skin care products have improved substantially over the years, and are much better balanced, it may not be necessary to use a toner.  If you have never used it, and your skin looks healthy, you do not need to start using toners now.  Beware that for many, alcohol-based toners will have a damaging effect on your skin since it will stripping natural protective oils from your skin.
  • Antioxidant serum. Keeping serums closer to the skin will yield the best results because serums are typically highly concentrated treatments that offer high dose age of nutrients to your skin.  There is a variety of serums on the market that address any skin concern you might have, but for daytime, it is a good idea to use an antioxidant serum that will protect your skin from the environment and pollutants throughout your day.  
  • Eye Cream. Using eye cream early on in adulthood can give you maximum benefits as you age.  Applying eye cream daily as part of your routine will help ensure that your eyelids and the skin around the eyes maintains their thickness and smooth appearance as you age.  Applying eye cream twice a day consistently will yield positive long term results. 
  • Spot treatment. If you are applying prescription medicine or acne spot treatments, you need to apply them close to the skin for maximum benefits.  This is a good step to apply medicine, if it is recommended by your physician.  It is important to read the label and discuss this with a professional as some acne medicine will be less effective when it comes into contact with other products.  
  • Moisturizer.  All skin types need to be moisturized, especially in the twenty first century, where our skin can dry out even when we are not exposed to elements.  In addition to the effect that your climate has on your skin, the use of heaters and coolers can also have an affect on your skin, such as drying it out.  As such, even people with oily skin need a moisturizer.  It comes down to which one is best suited for your needs and which feel you prefer in your moisturizer.  
  • Sunscreen.  When using a skin routine, it is recommended that you use a physical sunscreen that contains zinc.  This will sit on top of your moisturizer, so that it does not interfere with the hydration of your skin, and will also protect your skin from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays.