Apply a moisturizer after your morning rinse. For daytime choose a light formula that has a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. It will help the skin retain moisture and protect against UVA/UVB rays.
Bedtime calls for a thicker, richer formula. Night creams should contain collagen, elastin, and essential lipids to help refresh your face while you sleep. Gently apply a dime-size dab to your skin and use an upward, circular motion to lightly massage the cream into your face.
Spray on a facial toner (rose water works wonders) and follow immediately with moisturizer for extra hydration.
Need to tackle a specific skin care problem? Serums are key. Unlike moisturizers (which have larger molecules), these highly concentrated fluids penetrate deeper into the skin, delivering nutrients as well as hydration.
Purchase serums according to your specific need, whether it’s for anti-aging, brightening, or even acne. As for application, slosh on the product before the moisturizer—a little goes a long way. Feel free to layer if you want to focus on more than one skin concern.
Cleansing is the most basic element of any skin-care routine. It not only removes excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis so it can remain blemish-free, but it also preps the skin for any subsequent products you’ll be using, so active ingredients (like vitamins or sunscreen) can penetrate and be most effective.
Antioxidants are widely believed to be beneficial for both cardiovascular health and cancer prevention. They’re found in all sorts of foods, including fruits, vegetables, seafood, and oils. Antioxidants’ free-radical-fighting activities destroy molecules that can damage healthy cells, and as it turns out, they’re as great for skin cells as they are for every other cell in the body.