In these ‘always-on’ times, our days are scheduled with military precision. Timing, it seems, is everything, and the same rules apply to our skin. Working hard every second of every day, to adjust to the changing climates, temperatures, aggressors, there is no OFF button. A meticulously planned skincare regime can meet your exact needs throughout the day. Read on to discover how to make it work…
Rise and Shine
According to Gary Goldfaden, founder of Goldfaden MD, “a healthy skincare regime, the skin should not be dehydrated or clogged upon waking.” Products that even out tone will soothe post-sleep blotchiness. “Continuous exfoliation will make skin appear more radiant, younger and [is] better able to absorb treatment and hydration products. Exfoliate two to three times a week for optimum results,” adds Goldfaden.
Preventative measures for the skin are not just for night-time. Goldfaden suggests an anti-ageing product for the daytime combined with an SPF. Layering up on plenty of antioxidants will help fight free radicals; just as you might be reaching for that flat white for your daily dose of caffeine, it’s has similarly stimulating effects on the skin to awaken a dull complexion.
Energy levels can slump post lunch and makeup can start to slip off as the skin produces more sebum throughout the day. Give the skin a quick refresh with a facial spritz. Not only will this rejuvenate makeup, it will give you a fresh, dewy finish. Tired looking eyes need a little pepping up after hours of looking at a screen, too. Keep your favourite formula in the fridge to de-puff fast.
Opt for active ingredients at night. During the darker hours, skin is not exposed to UV rays and has time to rest and rejuvenate. Melatonin levels also rise during the middle of night thus aiding the process. David Colbert, founder of the skincare brand, Colbert MD recommends his night-time secret: “Use the Illumino Brightening mask a few times a week to amp up elastin production. Opt for a night time LED light to boost regeneration.”