Is it better to do your skincare routine in the morning or at night?
The answer is both! Taking care of your skin and treating acne is a process that takes time, commitment, and the right skincare products. It will be hard to achieve your skincare goals if you don’t have both a morning and night routine.
Why is a night routine important?
A night routine is a good opportunity to take care of your skin after a full day of activity – whether that be work, school, exercise, or anything else. During the day, your skin is affected by the environment around you. Everything from pollution in the air, to UV rays from the sun, to your own hands can cause a buildup of dirt and oil on your skin’s surface. Something as simple as bringing your phone to your face for a phone call can transfer dirt to your skin. All of these foreign elements cause the skin to go into a defensive mode, where it fights to keep these impurities out of the pores. A proper nighttime routine helps cleanse the skin to avoid long term problems like acne, blemishes, or signs of aging.
When you sleep at night, your skin goes into a recovery mode to rejuvenate itself and be as strong as possible for the next day. The majority of skin cell growth and repair occurs in the evenings and while you sleep. Because of this, your skin is actually more accepting of certain skincare products at night.
The nighttime is especially important for acne prevention and treatment. Stress leads to inflammation, which can in turn lead to acne. If you’re constantly stressed, that could be one of the causes of your acne. However, while you sleep, you are less stressed and typically in a calm state of mind. This allows your body to take a break from fighting those inflammatory instabilities that could cause breakouts. Treating your acne at night can be very effective because of this.
What makes a good nighttime routine?
The first step of your nighttime skincare routine should be to clean out your skin to remove all the dirt and oil buildup from the day. You should also try to help the skin’s natural rejuvenation process by helping restore its natural oils and nutrients.
At night, your skin sebum (oil) production begins to slow down, and your body loses water since you’re not awake and staying hydrated. As a result, your skin loses moisture very quickly overnight. It’s important to moisturize and hydrate the skin before you sleep to help prevent this.
Halo Clear’s nighttime routines focus on cleansing, repairing, and hydrating your skin to not only get rid of all the impurities it collects while you’re awake, but also help get it ready for the next day.
Your nighttime skincare routine can be done anytime in the evening after you get back home. It’s important to do it at least 30 minutes before you sleep to give the products enough time to be absorbed into your skin, so they don’t rub off onto your pillow at night.
Why is a day routine important?
Now that we know everything the skin has to go through and fight off while you’re awake, it’s easy to see why a daytime routine is important to healthy skin. Even just after waking up, your skin has picked up dirt and oils from your bed, hair, and saliva. Then, your skin will have to go back to work on fighting off all the foreign elements that it’s exposed to over the course of the day. Morning skincare regimens are important to have your skin well equipped to protect itself throughout the day.
What makes a good daytime routine?
Even with a great nighttime skincare routine, its always a good idea to start the morning with a cleanser. This is great for washing away dirt and bacteria that your skin picked up while you were asleep. The Halo Clear Foaming Cleanser is the only product in our kit that is supposed to be used twice a day – in the morning, and at night.
Other products you use should depend on your skincare goals and preferences, but it’s always good to mix in some sunscreen or products with SPF to help protect your skin from UV rays. Your daytime routine is best done right when you wake up in the morning to give the products time to absorb before going outside or applying makeup.
The difference between your night and day routine
Due to the huge difference in how your skin functions during the day versus at night, it’s important to have differing daytime and nighttime skincare routines. Your skin is also exposed to many more potentially harmful elements during the day than it is at night. Daytime routines should focus on protection and prevention. Nighttime routines should be about treatment and rejuvenation.
About Halo Clear: Halo Clear’s patented Acne Treatment System is a 5-product acne solution that penetrates the subdermal layers of the skin to target acne at its source. Developed by Halo Clear scientists, the Acne Treatment System uses a unique formulation of salicylic acid to treat acne without irritating or drying the skin. The system is used in a day and night routine so that your skin is treated 24/7 leading to visible results in as little as 2 weeks or less.