The world of skincare has witnessed the emergence of various skincare trends. Although these aim to help you achieve the best skin, having dozens of skincare advice at your disposal and following each one can do more harm than good.
Your skincare routine shouldn't be composed of a complicated lineup of products. If you want smooth, youthful-looking skin, having the essential items in your rotation and knowing when the best time is to apply them—is enough.
How do you achieve that smooth skin? Are you missing some steps on your skincare routine? Or are you applying in the wrong order? Time to find out.
This article breaks down the ideal morning and evening skincare routines to achieve that smooth, youthful skin.
Your Morning Skincare Routine for Smooth, Youthful Skin
1. Wash with a gentle face cleanser
Double-cleanse your skin in the morning. Use an oil-based cleanser first to take off dirt and sweat accumulated overnight and to break down and remove the residues of your skincare products from the previous night.
Next, cleanse with a water-based cleanser to remove the remaining dirt and start pressing the first layer of benefits into your skin. Choosing a water-based cleanser that offers skin benefits other than just cleansing is essential.
2. Use a toner
Skin toners provide another layer of hydration to your skin, help your skin absorb the next layers of products, and balance your skin pH.
If your skin is on the acidic side, you are more prone to eczema and acne, while if it's on the alkaline side, your skin can look flaky and red. So you want to be just right in the middle, and toners help you achieve that perfect balance.
3. Apply a serum
Your skin would also appreciate a few drops of actives in the morning. Serums are formulated to sink easily and instantly into your skin, which makes them effective in targeting your skin concerns.
If you want that luminous, visibly glowing, and brighter skin, you may opt for a fast-acting cleanser such as the Glycolic Bright Instant Glowing Face Serum. It’s a remedy for dark spots and is visibly effective in just two weeks.
4. Don't forget your day moisturizer
Seal everything with another layer of hydration from your moisturizer. It’ll help lock in the skincare products you’ve previously applied. Certain types of moisturizers can also protect your skin from environmental stressors.
For instance, L’Oréal’s Glycolic Bright Glowing Day Cream offers more than just hydration. This day cream has SPF 17, so it doesn't just solve your concern about how to hydrate your skin; it also protects you from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
5. Protect yourself with sunscreen
Applying sunscreen should be a staple step in everyone's skincare routine. If your moisturizer doesn’t have the added benefit of SPF, you still need that pretty face protected from ultraviolet (UV) rays. The Philippines is a tropical country with an average UV index of 7, which is on the higher side of the scale, making it faster for unprotected skin to burn.
The best skincare routine may not be one that doesn’t require much on your face but one that ensures your skin is protected from the harmful rays of the sun.
Your Evening Skincare Routine for Smooth, Youthful Skin
Your evening skincare routine may take much longer and involve more steps since you have the luxury of taking your time and making it a therapeutic session.
So take that long relaxing bath after a tiring day, light some scented candles for an extra dose of relaxation, and prep that skin for the night.
1. Double cleanse
Start again by double cleansing your skin using a similar procedure to your morning routine. Oil-based cleansers help break down your make-up and remove all the accumulated dirt on your face. Top your skin with a water-based cleanser to remove the remaining dirt and give it the first layer of skincare benefits or actives.
Don't forget to apply toner at night to maximize its pH-balancing and hydrating benefits.
3. Use an anti-aging serum
Your evening skincare routine is perfect for introducing actives to your skin through serums. Your skin is more relaxed, so it can efficiently work to absorb the products.
Choose serums that target your skin concerns or offer general age-defying benefits, such as L’Oreal's Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid that hydrates the skin, reduces fine lines, increases skin elasticity, and aids in treating facial redness and eczema.
4. Apply eye cream
Slay your barefaced and no-make-up make-up days by targeting those dark undereye circles. Eye creams are formulated with active ingredients that are gentle to your eyes and the thin layer of skin around them.
5. Moisturize with a night cream
Apply a layer of night cream to moisturize the skin and lock all the benefits in. The Glycolic Bright Glowing Night Cream is a product that can help give your skin some extra love. It’s clinically proven to repair your skin barrier intensively. It reduces dark spots, brightens your face, and injects vitamin E antioxidants into your skin, so you wake up with a fresh glow.
Skincare is Self-care
Greatly boost your confidence by achieving a luminous glow to your beautiful skin. Serums, toners, moisturizers, and eye creams all work to achieve this.
Beyond aesthetics, your skincare routine also serves as a protective measure and a therapeutic session. By double-cleansing, you maintain excellent hygiene that prevents numerous skin concerns. At the same time, sunscreen is your shield against the harsh effects of UV rays.
You don’t need a lot of products, just the important ones in an effective AM and PM skincare routine. A hack: choose products that provide multiple benefits, such as L'Oréal's Glycolic Bright line. Get this and more of the best skincare and beauty products in the Philippines at L'Oréal Paris.
And remember to always slay all day and all night.
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