Askanesthetician's Blog

An esthetician explores skincare issues and concerns

Creating a Skincare Routine: Morning December 12, 2011

Creating a solid morning skincare routine doesn’t need to be a burden or time consuming.  Believe me, I know how pressed for time one can be first thing in the morning.  Keep one word in mind when planning your morning skincare routine: protection.  I’ll repeat that word – protection.

Do you need to cleanse your face first thing in the morning?  Not necessarily.  If your skin is dry, tight, or sensitive when you get up consider just splashing your face with lukewarm water in the morning.  If you have active breakouts try using a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in the morning.  If you don’t fall into either of the above categories then use a gentle cleanser in the morning.  Gentle cleanser is fine for combination skin as well as normal, normal to oily, or normal to dry skin.

Use an antioxidant serum.  Which serum you choose to use if completely up to you – just use one!  Antioxidant serums fight free radical damage caused by the sun and pollution, are anti-inflammatory, and help boost the efficiency of your sunscreen.  There is no best antioxidant, contrary to what cosmetic companies will have you believe.  There are so many great ingredients and protects out there so choose one that fits your skincare type and your budget.

Moisturize if your skin feels tight and dry.  Not everyone needs a moisturize daily; decide if you need one by how your skin feels.

Lastly, before applying your make-up apply sunscreen.  Sunscreen is a MUST year round for EVERYONE!

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One Response to “Creating a Skincare Routine: Morning”

  1. Nicholas Says:

    I recently found your blog and I am really loving it. Simple and pared down routines are the way to go and I believe almost everyone can use active ingredients if they use them carefully and pay attention to their skin to monitor for any irritation. I went back on Tazorac after reading your blog. I was getting irritated and took some time off of it and started with 3 days a week working up to every other night and hopefully every night soon but patience is key. I’ve even started using a salicylic wash every now and then for active breakouts. Thanks for the helpful advice!

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