Your Daytime Skin Care Routine: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Cleanser

Start your day with a clean, fresh face. You’ll need to choose the cleanser that suits your skin best.

A great cleanser is a good choice for anyone looking to get rid of acne. It can also boost your other routine components by adding hydration.

“If you want your cleanser that is multitasking and also moisturizing, then choose products that are sulfate free and have hydrating or moisturizing ingredients.”

“Some of the most common mistakes include not washing your hands before you wash your face, using hot soap, and using a towel to dry your face.”

Step 2: Toner

Many people skip toners partly because they believe that many toners can cause skin irritation and are too harsh. This is not true anymore. Although they don’t shrink pores, new toners can be used for multiple purposes. like act as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives, and toning acids. Each type of toner is designed for a specific skin problem, so make sure you choose the right one for you.

Dr. Rogers advises against using toners if your skin has been healthy all your life. Dr. Rogers explains that toners were designed to restore the skin’s pH level after it was too acidic from soaps. “Face cleansers have become so balanced that toners don’t need to be a step in my routine.” However, it is a good idea to keep using a toner you love.


Step 3: Antioxidant Serum

Serums contain super-concentrated, rich in nutrients treatments that target specific issues. It’s best to keep them close to the skin. While there are many serums on the market, Dr. Rogers recommends anti-inflammatory serums for daytime. These serums provide numerous benefits, including reducing your skin’s inflammation and protecting it from damage caused by UV rays.


Step 4: Eye Cream

Dr. Annie Chiu, a board certified dermatologist, says it is important to apply eye cream at minimum once a night, if not twice daily, starting in your 20s. It’s all about maintaining the health of the eyelid skin. This area is important to ensure that the eyelid skin doesn’t lose its flexibility and smooth appearance later.

Consistency is the key to best results. Consistency is key to achieving the best results. “Regular application of eye cream over time can keep the eyelid skin elastic. It can also prevent some wrinkles or collagen loss. Remember, magic is not possible. Results don’t occur overnight,” Dr. Chiu adds. You can further protect your delicate skin by using an eye cream that has SPF and applying sunscreen every day. Dr. Chiu advises that people wear sunglasses outdoors to protect themselves from UV-light damage, and to prevent lines from developing around your eyes from squinting.


Step 5: Spot Treatment

According to Dr. Diane De Fiori (a dermatologist at Rosacea treatment Clinic), prescription medication and spot treatments for acne must be applied as close as possible to the skin to maximize their benefits.

Because acne spot treatments have different active ingredients, make sure to check the product packaging and consult your dermatologist before applying it. Prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, a common acne spot-treatment ingredient, has a one-to-three-hour working time, according to esthetician and acne specialist Ashley Wiley. It is possible for the active ingredient to stop working if it comes into contact with another cream before it has finished its work.

Spot treatments for acne can dry out the skin so only use it where you are absolutely necessary.


Step 6: Moisturizer

Even if your skin is oily, every person needs a moisturizer. Dr. Sandra Kopp is a dermatologist who is board certified.

Experts recommend that moisturizers should be applied while skin is still damp. This means that you can lock in moisture with your moisturizer sooner than you apply your serum or treatment.

You may not want to apply your moisturizer to areas that have been treated with a spot treatment for acne.

Read more: Best Moisturizers For Your Skin Type


Step 7: Sunscreen

If you use a mineral or physical sunscreen that blocks UV rays, sunscreen should be your last step in your daily skin care routine. If you are using a chemical sunscreen, this step can be tricky.

Dr. Rogers explained that chemical sunscreens must be absorbed into skin in order to work. Therefore, applying your moisturizer after the chemical sunscreen will slow down and inhibit this. Your moisturizer won’t work as well if your chemical sunscreen is applied before your moisturizer. This is because your skin has been coated with chemical sunscreen.

Dr. Rogers suggests that you use a sunscreen with zinc to get around this problem. He recommends applying it after your moisturizer. Zinc provides broad protection against UVA and UVB radiations.

For those who love chemical sunscreens, you should look for one that has moisturizing properties. This will allow you to meet your skin’s daily hydration requirements while also protecting it.


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