Steps to a great morning skincare routine
The right skincare routine can be hard to figure out. Here's what to do every day, week, and month for your skin.
Step 1: Cleanse.
Start with a clean slate so that the rest of your products are able to do their jobs. Start by using lukewarm water and your hands to apply a very gentle cleanser in the morning, regardless of skin type, since there shouldn’t be too much gunk remaining on your skin if you cleansed the night before.
Step 2 (optional): Tone.
Toner preps your skin for the rest of your skincare products by opening your pores. Apply toner immediately after cleansing when skin is damp to lock in moisture because toners help balance your skin’s pH levels, protecting it from environmental aggressors, you really only need to use one in the morning.
Step 3 (optional): Apply serum.
“A serum is the power tool in a person’s skincare routine. Serums are lightweight, almost watery products that absorb quickly to offer potent anti-aging benefits. Because serums are so powerful, you want to apply them directly to your skin so that the ingredients will penetrate deep.
Step 4: Moisturize.
Cleansers strip your skin of lipids (fatty acids), so you’ll need to pat on a moisturizer after washing your face to replenish what you’ve lost.
Step 5: Protect.
SPF is a non-negotiable part of your morning skincare routine. Using a dedicated sunscreen (as opposed to the SPF in foundation, for instance) is key for shielding your skin from UV rays, which can lead to burning, wrinkles, and skin cancer. For everyday use, choose an SPF of 15 or 30, and apply about nickel-sized amount all over your face. Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, because that means it protects against UVA and UVB rays, both of which are damaging.