Since posting about the ultimate nighttime skincare regimen all women should try, I have been getting questions about what a good AM routine looks like. I don’t know about you but I am nearly always rushing in the morning to get out the door and to the hospital on time. I like to keep my morning regimen confined to the bare necessities. These 3 steps can actually be potentially one combined step, making it even easier!
Step 1: Cleanser (if needed)
There’s a lot of controversy over whether or not you need to wash your face again in the morning. Some dermatologists argue that overwashing the face actually dries out your skin, leading to easier wrinkling. The AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) recommends washing the face twice a day (once in the morning, once at night) and after sweating. I personally decide based on what products I used the night before. If I used a simple night cream, I don’t need to wash my face the next morning. If I use an ultra thick steam cream or prescription strength retinol, then I want to wash the excess oil or medication off my skin before putting on more product. I typically use the same cleanser that I use at night, which is the Fresh soy face cleaner. This face wash is very gentle and doesn’t irritate my eyes, a plus since I like to put in my contacts before washing my face.
Step 2: Moisturizing lotion (can be combined with step 3)
I like to put some sort of moisturizer on my face in the morning, and I usually go for a simple sunscreen moisturizer duo (see below). On days when I want a bit more coverage I use my favorite tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier, which evens out my complexion without looking cakey. It only contains SPF 20 though, so I need to apply extra sunscreen on top of that. I don’t suggest using night cream as your daytime moisturizer because it is too thick and may clog your pores as you unavoidably sweat throughout the day.
Step 3: Sunscreen with SPF of at least 30.
This is the MOST IMPORTANT step to prevent sun damage and aging! I use the Cerave AM moisturizer with SPF 30, and I top that with Laneige BB cushion on areas of highest sun exposure where I have freckles (cheekbones, nose). Use SPF 50 if you’re going to be outside all day, and remember to reapply every two hours. It is hard to reapply liquid sunscreen over makeup that is already done, so I suggest turning to mineral or powder makeup with SPF that both protects against the sun and provides additional coverage, such as the Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil.
After all that is done, then you are ready to put on your makeup! This regimen is short and sweet and it takes me 15 minutes flat from the moment my alarm rings to the time I exit the front door. What is your morning regimen? Any favorite products or tips and tricks to share?
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