If you’re a skincare junkie like I am (I’m no expert, just a junkie!) you might be just like me – raring to try every damn new product out there, experimenting as you go along on your quest for good, if not flawless skin.
But I’m curious. Do you use different skincare products in the day and at night? Most of us, at least those of you who read my blog, would be interested in skincare and beauty anyway, so I’m guessing that a majority will be wont to say yes. 🙂 So, do you?
As far as I’m concerned, I think you’d know my answer to this. I did say I’m a skincare junkie after all 😀
Yes, I do use different skincare products in my daytime routine and in my night routine. I’ve actually been doing this even way before I started blogging – a lot of my skincare habits have changed since I started learning a little more about skincare, but a lot of what I used to do have remained quite entrenched.
You might wonder why I do this, or if it’s because I have all these variety of skincare products on hand that result in me having a different set of skincare for day and night. My reason is two-fold.
Different skincare products target different skin needs
I started doing a separate night time routine when I started using night creams and anti-aging products. I preferred using a heavier cream at night, which would naturally supplant my lighter day creams. Also, I was using anti-aging serums like the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum which, as the name implies, is used at night, and that again naturally changed my night skincare routine from day.
I later learned that there are some products that should be used in the night/evening, because that’s when your skin is at rest when you sleep, and also because you aren’t exposed to UV rays. These are products with ingredients like retinol or AHA acids or peels. Products like these leave your skin sensitive to UV rays, which means that you must use a good sunscreen in the day, but it also means that you do not use these products in the day or risk damaging your skin further. And no, you do not need sunscreen at night but if you don’t wear it in the day, EVERY DAY, I’ll come along and smack you upside the head 😛
I also discovered through experience, that a hydrating skincare routine was better for me in the day, when I was likely to be out and about in the heat, and that a repair/comfort/anti-aging skincare routine was better for me in the evening, when I had time to treat my skin, and for the products to comfort and repair.
Different skincare products have different textures
The other thing I faced when I started experimenting with skincare was how different textures could affect when I used certain skincare. For example, a heavier cream like the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Day Cream is more suited for me to use in the evening where I live, as the daytime heat isn’t conducive to my using it as a day cream. Yet, I like it as a night cream. Ditto the Melvita La Creme – a very nice cream that my skin loves, but one that’s too heavy for use in the day time here.
And then I discovered facial oils, and that’s something that I feel more comfortable using in the evening, because it would just be an unholy mess in the day time heat. Living in the tropics does mess up your skincare somewhat – I can understand why there are people who don’t want to put moisturiser on, although I then say, it’s your skin’s funeral! 😛
Cleansing too isn’t spared. In the evening, I double cleanse but not in the morning, because it really isn’t necessary first thing in the morning. So, the different textures in the skincare products dictate when I use them – heavier textures in my evening routine, and lighter textures in my day time routine.
But I know what you’re wondering.
Must you use different skincare for day and night?
Of course not!
You can use the same set of skincare in the morning and evening, if it suits you and that’s what you prefer to do. Using a different set can be expensive, although it might eventually work out to be the same, as each product lasts longer. But ultimately, there’s no need to use different skincare for day and night routines. I didn’t for years.
But, I will say that it is worth considering adding in a good serum for the evening routine, and a first cleanse for a proper, thorough cleanse. The primary reason being that when your body is at rest as you sleep, it’s a good time for cell renewal as well, and a good serum will be better for your skin then. Also, for cleanser, a first cleanse, be it cleansing oil or balm, is good to take off the grime of the day and leave your skin cleaner and more refreshed, ready to absorb the products to follow.
Your turn: Do you use different skincare in the day and night?
You know mine – My routine isn’t very complex, being essentially similar for both day and night, with slight tweaks, but I do use different products. Some are the same e.g. I use the same facial mist or hydrating serum in the day and night, but generally, the other items in the same routine will be different. I actually do like mixing and matching as I go along, but it isn’t necessary at all – just do what makes you comfortable and your skin happy! 🙂
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Oh yes, I use different products for day and night too! Some products are not suitable for use in the daytime as some interfere with my makeup. And guess what, the EL ANR has also been a staple in my night time routine for many years! And now I layer the EL Perfectionist serum over it at night 🙂
Paris B says
I used to use EL Perfectionist too! But I wasn’t too sold on it so eventually stopped. But ANR is wonderful isn’t it? 😀
Different products especially the night creams and serums,all of this is your fault PB,yours and truly yours..LOL…
Alternately glycolic acid,ANR and oils great as last step or sometimes just mix with my night cream.
Paris B says
Hahaha I apologise to your wallet, Wan 😛 But I hope your face is thanking you? 😉
I’m rather lazy about using skincare at night but if I do I use different things for night and day. The toner mostly stays the same but moisturizer and serum/oil will change depending on what season it is.
Paris B says
I think using different products is sometimes half the fun LOL! I honestly can’t imagine having to deal with different skincare or products with different seasons. I have enough dealing with just one season! LOL!
Come to think of it, yes, I do use different products day and night. I use different cleansers, but I’m using the same 2 essences day and night, layered one after another. I use different serums and moisturizers as well. They serve different purpose, and I think this has been my routine for as long as I could remember. Even before I started blogging!
Paris B says
You know, for me that’s part of the fun – mixing and matching 🙂 It’s fun to figure that out right?
Yes, I do use different products day and night. Oil are definitely for night. Cleanser, toner and mist are all the same for both day and night. I wasn’t as disciplined as this until I read your blog! Please don’t post good skincare products too often! …LOL…
Paris B says
LOL! Ok I’ll try 😉 But I’m glad to know that your routine (laborious as it may be) is working out for you 🙂
Yes, I definitely use different products for day and night. I like to use my heavier products, oils and that are more moisturizing during the night. Help my skin really absorb the moisture. Though I admit sometimes I use the wrong products for my skin. I just read it’s good so I go ‘oh yes I must need it as well’ and they are just ok for my skin. Haha.
Paris B says
Oh I know how you feel about coming across products that people rave about but then it’s just meh. I get that all the time 😛 But I do think that using different products for day and night can sometimes be good for our skin – our skin needs different products and textures at different times of the day 🙂
I tend to use heavier moisturisers and oils at night. And cleanse more :).
Paris B says
Cleansing more makes sense after the grime of the day 🙂