We talked to Heidi Nicol, licensed aesthetician with Renown Dermatology, Laser and Skin Care, to learn about the perfect morning skin care routine.
Is it absolutely necessary to cleanse your skin in the morning? Skin experts say: Yes!
“Your skin uses the night time hours to repair itself, secreting oils and toxins in the process,” says Heidi Nicol, a licensed aesthetician with Renown Dermatology, Laser and Skin Care. “Cleansing your skin in the morning is very important. It removes these oils and toxins as well as any nighttime products you use that are not suitable for daytime use — such as retinols and exfoliating acids.”
Nicol’s process includes choosing the right products for your skin type, using them in the right order and applying them correctly.
Your Morning Skin Care Routine: Step By Step
Step 1: Cleanser
Cleanse with the correct cleanser for your skin type. Many lines of products produce special formulas for your specific skin, including dry skin, oily skin and a combination of the two.
Be sure to rinse, rinse and rinse again.
Step 2: Toner
After cleansing, you should apply a toner quickly. This is like a big drink of water for the skin and helps trap moisture into your skin and prevent evaporation.
Step 3: Serum
Choose a serum that addresses your skin’s needs. If you use more than one type of serum, alternate them instead of layering. Nicol recommends using a Vitamin C serum, an antioxidant serum and hydrating serums.
Step 4: Moisturizer
Select a daily moisturizer that fits your skin type.
Step 5: Eye Cream
“A good eye cream is refreshing and can help the delicate skin around the eyes,” says Nicol.
Step 6: Sunscreen
This is the most important step when it comes to protecting your face. Some sunscreens come tinted, which can replace foundation. “Do not forget to also apply to the neck, chest and hands,” says Nicol. “It is important to reapply every few hours when you are out in the sun.”
Step 7: Makeup
After you’ve completed the above steps, proceed with your make- up routine. This is an important step for protecting your skin. Many aestheticians recommend wearing makeup every day.