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Should Your Skincare Routine Differ From Day to Night?

When it comes to skincare products, it’s definitely not a “one-size fits all” kind of a deal. A healthy skincare regimen should be customized to fit your skin’s needs. If choosing the right products wasn’t hard enough, knowing when to use what could even be the harder question!

Back in college I stumbled upon the answer: don’t wash your face in the morning.

Leaving my apartment without makeup was was never an option, even if it meant being late to early morning English class (bleh). So I opted to forgo washing, for primping’s sake! A week or so of doing this (a’hem … being lazy) I found my skin looking radiant, clear, and more balanced. As crazy and backwards as this seemed, it really worked! Even to this day, morning cleansing only consists of a cold splash of water to the face.

Since our faces go to bed clean, they don’t really wake-up dirty. So, is it really necessary to cleanse an already clean face?

According to Dr. Lamba, a New York based Dermatologist, “Using harsh cleansers and scrubs in the a.m. can do more harm that good, stripping your skin of essentials oils before you even start your day. A good skincare regimen means cleansing your face only at night because while you sleep, your skin regenerates, reestablishes its pH, and increases collagen production.”

And all this time, my college laziness actually had some logic behind it: don’t wash aways last night’s hard work!

Follow along as I share some of my favorite skincare products and tips and tricks of when and how to use them!

  • What to Use in the AM 1 of 14
    good morning

    So maybe you're not entirely sold on not washing your face in the morning. If that's the case, try something more mild, like a makeup remover wipe. In most cases, makeup remover wipes also contain moisturizers so your face isn't completely striped of natural oils.

     

    In my case, I only splash with cold water to refresh my face. However, if I wasn't as thorough in washing my face the night before sometimes it's necessary to do a quick sweep over my eyes with a makeup remover wipe.

     

    To Purchase: Trader Joe's Micellar Cleanser Towelettes for $3.99

  • What to Use at Night 2 of 14
    good night

    Here's where the going gets good — my plethora of potions ...

  • Makeup Remover 3 of 14
    skin mary kay

    Start by removing eye makeup with a gentle makeup remover and cotton pad. My favorite is Mary Kay Oil-Free Makeup Remover — it really does the trick without any irritation or harsh ingredients.

     

    To Purchase: Mary Kay Oil-Free Makeup Remover; $15 

  • Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser 4 of 14
    skin cleanser

    Blueberries at bedtime are the best! Eminence Organics Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser is no exception with its natural alpha hydroxy acids that work to reveal a polished smooth complexion. Antioxidant rich blueberries heal while soy purifies and tightens pores. This cleanser is best suited for normal to dry skin types.

     

    To Use: Dispense a small amount and emulsify with lukewarm water. Apply to entire face in a circular motion for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute (tip: use a Clarisonic during this step). Remove cleanser from skin with a damp washcloth. Rinse thoroughly with warm and then cold water.

     

    To Purchase: Eminence Organics Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser; price varies

  • 3x Weekly 5 of 14
    skin clarisonic mia

    It took me years to finally bite the bullet brush and buy a Clarisonic Mia. I thought it was some big marketing ploy, but my soft face says otherwise. 

     

    To Use: Slightly dampen the brush head with warm water. Apply cleanser with hands before using the brush gently  to deep clean. Only use the brush a few times per week to avoid excessive dryness.

     

    To Purchase: Clarisonic Mia; $125

  • Tingling Toner 6 of 14
    skin niora

    Toning is an important step to balance the natural pH of your skin and to infuse your skin with natural vitamins and minerals. Apply one to two sprays of toner to the palm of hands and gently massage into skin. Leave on. My favorite toner tingles with natural fruit acids to fight aging and breakouts at the same time! Booya!

     

    To Purchase: Niora Firming Toner; $18.95

  • Boost It Up, Baby! 7 of 14
    skin serum

    The next step involves treatment. This was something I was completely clueless about — I always assumed you just wash and moisturize. Treating specific skincare concerns is optional but highly recommended if you're trying to fight lack of firmness, acne, or aging. Apply Firm Skin Acai Booster-Serum after toner in a thin layer and leave on.

     

    Tip: I apply 2 drops in my palm and mix with the firming fluid (see next slide) before applying to my face.

     

    To Purchase: Firm Skin Acai Booster-Serum; price varies

  • Firming Fluid 8 of 14
    skin firming fluid

    Not ready to turn to botox? Try Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid, instead! It's a natural retinol alternative!

     

    To Use: Apply 2 pumps into palms mixed with serum (previous slide) to prevent and treat premature aging. I also use it in lieu of a moisturizer in the morning. If using in replacement of morning moisturizer, make sure your base product (BB or CC cream, foundation, etc) contains SPF 15 or higher. 

     

    To Purchase: Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid; price varies

  • Night Cream 9 of 14
    skin night cream

    Hydrate and soften the skin in a moisturizer suited to your skin type. Think of this as a soft blanket for your face to keep all your treatments locked inside. I'm currently using, Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream (suitable for the body as well).

     

    Tip: For lighter application, add a few drops of water before applying (especially true if using in the morning). 

     

    To Purchase: Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream; price varies

  • Longer Lashes 10 of 14
    skin lilash

    Although it's technically not categorized as a skincare item, LiLash Eyelash Serum makes lashes longer in your sleep! I apply it as my last step to my nightly routine. I've tried almost everything out there (other than Latisse) and have seen great results in just a month's time.

     

    To Purchase: LiLash Eyelash Serum; $79.99

  • Weekly Facial 11 of 14
    good weekend

    Once a week I like to give my face some extra TLC with a mask or natural exfoliating peel.

  • Exfoliate + Deep Cleansing Masque 12 of 14
    skin mask

    After cleansing at night (eliminate clarisonic, toner, serum, and firming fluid) I apply Lush Ocean Salt. It's a nice way to open pores in preparation for a deep cleansing masque such as, Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.

     

    To Purchase: 

    Lush Ocean Salt; price varies

    Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque; $23

  • ‘No Chemicals’ Peel 13 of 14
    skin exfolikate

    It's pricey, but Kate Somerville ExfoliKate is worth every penny! Heck, I justify forking out the dough for an at-home chemical peel, minus the chemicals! 

     

    To Use: Apply to cleansed face (again, eliminate extra products/steps) in a circular motion and let sit for 1 minute. Remove with a warm washcloth and splash with cold water. Apply night creme.

     

    To Purchase: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate; price varies

  • To Review 14 of 14
    skincare regimen

    For more information or to watch a video of me explaining these products, go to PinkPistachio.com

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