When I get up in the morning, after brushing my teeth, I start with my typical morning routine.
STEP 1: CLEANSER
The first thing I do is wash my face with a cleanser. Lately I have been using Tata Harper's Regenerating Cleanser. It is refreshing, exfoliating and smells amazing. Cleansers wake up the skin and wash off the dead skin cells that accumulate on your pillow and sheets overnight.
STEP 2: TONER
I won't lie. I am not always great at doing this step and sometimes skip to serums immediately because there are great cleansers out there that are more balanced and don't require the use of toners. But I will say, toners are a great way to provide the skin with antioxidants, vitamins and acids and help return the skin to is normal PH after washing with soap. When choosing a toner, steer clear of alcohol and only water-based. Toners are meant to get active ingredients into the skin.
STEP 3: SERUM
Serums are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns and infuse the skin with more active ingredients, which is why it is important to apply them as close to the skin as possible.
STEP 4: EYE SERUM
It is very important to take care of those lines around the eyes and as I get older I have definitely been noticing them a lot more. Also according to board-certified dermatologists it’s important to apply eye serums and creams at least every night if not twice a day. This helps maintain the health and thickness of the eyelid skin to avoid loss in elasticity. In the morning, I usually use an eye serum that is lightweight and a cream in the evening before bed because it can make my eyes water.
STEP 6: MOISTURIZER
Let's moisturize!! It is important to apply a moisturizer in the AM and PM because we need to maintain a protective coating against harsh outside conditions and supply the skin with extra hydration. Make sure you apply while the skin is still damp ie right after serum or treatment.
Step 7: SUNSCREEN
Sunscreen is the last step if you are using a physical or mineral sunscreen which protects the skin by blocking UV rays. I use EltaMD tinted so it gives me skin a bit of color before I put on my makeup for the day. I find that the tinted sunscreen actually makes me use less makeup! But everyone needs to use sunscreen to delay aging and protect against skin cancer.
My Nighttime Regimen
STEP 1 CLEANSER
Once i get home from a day at the office or working out, I need to clean the face of the days dirt, grime and makeup. I take off my makeup with a cleanser that is lightweight (typically a cleansing oil) and remove excess stuff with a cleanser.
STEP 2: TONERS, ESSENCES AND BOOSTERS
If you use a toner, apply it as you would in the morning.
STEP 3: TREATMENT SERUMS, CREAMS AND PADS
The skin restores and repairs as we sleep so it is important to feed it with a serum that will do more good while sleeping at night, than throughout the day.
This process also includes exfoliants and masks. In the evening a couple of times a week, I like to put on an exfoliating peel that is gentle on the skin and smells great. I will take it off and apply the serum afterwards but this helps give it a boost of enzymes and antioxidants. When I have more time on the weekends, I will use a mask for a longer period of time.
STEP 4: EYE CREAM
As I apply eye serum in the morning, I apply eye cream in the evening. It helps bring an added amount of moisture to the eye area, plumping it with ingredients to increase elasticity.
STEP 5: MOISTURIZER OR NIGHT CREAM
Night moisturizers are typically heavier and thicker and designed to be absorbed over the course of a couple of hours. I typically don't use the same one in the morning as I do in the evening. Heavier creams create a protective coating to infuse more moisture into the skin to help heal and maintain healthy skin.