There is a slew of acne-focused skincare products out there, but before you look into serums and treatments, you need to start with the basics, and that means a regular skincare routine that involves cleansing, treating, and moisturizing your skin. Despite your inclination to rush out the door or crawl into bed without properly washing your face, it’s imperative that you use a cleanser in the morning and at night.
The Morning Cleanse & Skincare Routine
Most often, people tend to skip out on cleansing in the morning. It’s easy to understand the thought process — if you washed your face the night before, why bother? Your skin is clean, right?
Not so much. The term beauty rest was coined for a reason! Nighttime is when your skin cells turn over. New cells pushing to the surface means old cells are dying, and need to be swept away in the morning. The best way to avoid cluttered, dull skin is by cleansing every morning. Plus, no matter how much we wash our pillowcases, they’re inadvertently covered in debris.
A morning cleanse sweeps away all these accumulated pore-blockers and allows products to penetrate better — and that includes your makeup primers and foundation — and improves the overall cleanliness and health of your skin.
A great daytime cleanser option is the Salicylic Acid Cleanser.
If you suffer from acne, it’s important to use ingredients during the day (like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid) that can safely and effectively kill the P. acnes bacteria wreaking havoc on your skin.
A great option is the daytime BP Lotion from SLMD Skincare.
Applying hydrating, protecting, and acne-fighting products is also crucial for during the daytime. While you’re going about your day, your skin is busy fighting off free radicals — aka all the gunk, pollution, and germs in the air that come in contact with your body all day. Putting on a serum or moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and protected is important during the day.
A soothing, hydrating moisturizer option is the SLMD Facial Moisturizer.
The last, but often most important, step of our day time routine is sunscreen! Wearing SPF is important for so many reasons: it protects you from wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging; it’s crucial to protect yourself from skin cancer; and it makes sure your dark spots and scars don’t get worse. Lots of companies make moisturizers that contain SPF, so there are two-in-one options, like the SLMD Daily Moisturizer with SPF!
The Evening Cleanse & Skincare Routine
While most of us know that an evening cleanse is important, it’s often the part of our night that gets forgotten. Despite how tired or lazy (no judgements – we feel you!) you’re feeling, understand that the evening cleanse is paramount to skin health for a number of reasons.
For starters, it’s particularly important to wash your face if you’re wearing makeup or sunscreen to remove those products from your skin. But even if you aren’t, your skin still picks up residue and debris throughout the day. Environmental factors like poor air quality and pollution play a major role in the health of our skin, and it’s absolutely crucial that we wash our face in the evening to remove these environmental aggressors. All this gunk in the air is often the primary cause of collagen and elastin breakdown, and can also contribute to uneven skin tone!
Leaving skin covered in makeup, sweat, and pollution overnight can leave your pores clogged and ripe for breakouts and, over time, can also lead to visible of signs of aging.
Since your skin does its hardest work at night, it’s a great time to feed it ingredients to help it do its job even better. One of the best nighttime ingredients is retinol — an all-star skincare option that fights acne and signs of aging.
Looking for a good, reasonably priced retinol? Check out this SLMD Retinol Serum