The order of skincare application can play a significant factor in your skin’s response to these products. Nowadays, so many new products are introduced, it’s easy to say something doesn’t work simply because it hasn’t been applied properly. We’re here to share the difference between daytime skincare products and evening skincare products as well as how to apply each one to gain their full benefits.
What you’ll find in this post:
Why You Should Pay Attention to Skincare Product Absorption
Each product is designed with many factors in mind:
- Skin’s natural ability to absorb
- Skin types
- The possibility of applying other products before and/or after the specific product
- Possible environmental factors
Each product type has a different purpose. With that said, each one might have active ingredients that may not penetrate through your skin as well as you’d expect if you don’t follow the order in which they should be applied. For example, toners are known to benefit your skin in many ways, including the ability to absorb products more effectively.
Daytime Skincare Products Application
Some people choose to cleanse just once a day to avoid drying their skin. However, it’s important to do so in the morning, because believe it or not, dirt can build up on your face in the evening.
Washing off the dirt before you put on your daily skincare products can help you avoid buildup in your pores and other potential problems for your skin. However, if you’re worried about dryness and skin sensitivity, choosing the perfect pH balanced cleanser could be really helpful.
Many people think toners are used as an addition to cleansers, because it’s wet and usually placed on a cotton pad. When applied onto the skin, it can appear to have picked up dirt due to the evidence left on the cotton.
Toners, however, have a lot more benefits than catching dirt we may have missed with a cleanser:
- Toners can calm irritated skin
- Toners can minimize the appearance of large pores
- Toners can moisturize
- Toners can give your skin the pH balance it needs
Serums can potentially make your skin look and feel healthier. Many people also believe it can help your skin look younger, producing better anti-aging effects.
Many serums have antioxidants and other active ingredients that may not go well with your other creams and even sunscreen. Take caution when applying these products with others.
Some of the active ingredients in serums may not work well if it is applied after a cream based product. Therefore, applying it after a toner when skin is moist for better absorption and avoid applying it after creams and moisturizers, which may have emollients to prevent its ingredients from being absorbed into the skin.
Your eye area is the most sensitive skin on your entire body. It’s also right next to your eyes, which you wouldn’t want to irritate, especially with harsh ingredients.
Avoid putting serums, moisturizers, and even sunscreens around your eyes. There are special products designed to target this sensitive area.
Apply it after you’ve applied your serum to avoid getting cream on parts of your face your serum may need to penetrate. However, be sure to apply it just before your moisturizer and sunscreen to avoid having the active ingredients from your sunscreen from blocking the ingredients that could create potential benefits for this skin area.
Never ever leave your house without sunscreen. It can protect it from ultraviolet radiation that can cause potential damage to your skin, its melanin production, and other unfavorable factors that could hurt your skin.
Evening Skincare Products Application
Applying evening skincare products at night can be very different from daytime application. For one thing, it’s important to remember that the amount of ultraviolet radiation is significantly reduced.
- Spot Treatments and/or skin lightening product
- Eye cream
Once again, cleansing your face after being exposed to your daily dose of bacteria should be a no-brainer. It’s necessary before applying all your wonderful clean products.
Use the toner to balance and soften your skin. The absorption factor is more effective and you will feel much more refreshed!
Your daytime routine skips this process simply because skin-lightening products should never be used during the day without applying a sun protective moisturizer over it. Skin lighteners make your skin more sensitive, giving the sun better access to your melanocytes and the underlying skin cells you don’t want to expose to any type of UV.
Spot treatments and skin lightening products can be very effective. However, they need to be as close to the skin as possible. Since toners create the positive effect of better absorption for active ingredients, you want to make sure these products do their job right!
As mentioned above, there are many benefits to including a serum to your skincare regime. Just make sure you apply one that performs well with your other products.
Protect and slow down the process of wrinkles and aging with the proper eye cream. After all, it’s the first thing people notice, especially when someone’s trying to figure out your age!
3 More Helpful Steps for Best Skincare Results
- Light Therapy
Your skin sheds thousands of cells daily. If it can, it will make its way into your pores, creating blackheads, acne, and other unwanted skin imperfections.
To avoid these problems, skin experts recommend a maximum of 2 home exfoliations per week. However, take caution because some skin are more sensitive than others. So if you’re skin is calling out and telling you it’s irritated, pay attention to it and reduce the amount of times you exfoliate.
Want your skin to get the deep nourishment it needs? Take some time and pamper it with a nice mask. It can help to detox, increase circulation, and replenish nutrients into your skin.
Now, here’s something that can drive all the benefits into all your products into one! Anti-aging, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and spot treatments anyone? Light therapy is recommended for those who wish to fight signs of aging by having the natural process of their skin work on its own! No added products necessary. Just a nice cleanse!