There are so many 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, moisturizing, and protecting your skin. Despite your inclination to rush out the door or crawl into bed without acknowledging your face, it’s imperative that you use a cleanser and wear SPF every day.
Why do I have to wash my face morning and night?
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 daily cleanser is SLMD’s Salicylic Acid Cleanser.
If you suffer from acne, it’s also important to incorporate other ingredients during the day (like benzoyl peroxide or sulfur - if you are sensitive to BP) to safely and effectively kill the P. acnes bacteria wreaking havoc on your skin.
While most of us know that washing our face at night is important, it’s often the part of our night that gets forgotten. Despite how tired or lazy (no judgments – 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. In addition to washing your face, one of the best nighttime ingredients is retinol — an all-star skincare option that increases skin cell turnover, improves dark spots, and fights acne and signs of aging, while you sleep.
SLMD’s Retinol Serum is a great nighttime treatment option.
Why You Need To Wear SPF
You probably know to apply sunscreen when you’re heading out for a beach day or know you are going to be out in the sun, but wearing SPF every day regardless of the weather is a must. Sunlight has been linked to skin cancer, but beyond that major health risk, UV rays can also cause damage to skin that can reduce elasticity, create hyperpigmentation, and contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. Wearing sunscreen also ensures that any dark marks or scars don’t get worse. Opt for a two-in one moisturizer like SLMD’s Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 to kill 2 birds with one stone, and keep your skin moisturized and protected!