Having a solid skincare routine lays the groundwork for achieving clear, glowing and healthy skin. Not only does having a skincare routine help in targeting specific skin issues and preventing them from recurring, but it is also a great way to repair damage and maintain optimal skin health. In order to ensure that your skincare routine really shows results, it is not only important to use the right kind of products that are specifically meant for your skin type, but also be super regular.

But do you feel like despite following a routine and using the right products, your skin doesn’t really show the results you desire? Well, turns out, the problem could actually be with the order in which you’re using said products. Applying your skincare products in just about any order prevents them from being easily absorbed into your skin and thus, renders them ineffective. A general rule of thumb is to start with the lightest, most watery formula and move on to the thickest. Confused? Don’t be! Here’s a complete skincare routine order for morning and night, to ensure that your routine is effective and delivers the results it claims. Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the most effective order for your skincare routine.

 

Skin care routine order for morning and night

Skincare routine order for morning and night

 

Step 01: Cleanser

Step 01: Cleanser

Cleanser forms the very basis of every skincare routine. Cleansing your skin helps in getting rid of dirt, makeup, impurities, oil and sweat, cleanses your pores and allows the subsequent skincare products to absorb better into your skin. For best results, it is important to wash and cleanse your skin in the morning and night.

AM - Even if you washed your face the previous night and went straight to bed, you’d still need to wash your face in the morning. The sweat and oil produced in the night can settle onto your skin and can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Choose a gentle, refreshing formula like micellar water for a gentle, non-stripping cleanse in the morning.

PM – Cleansing your skin in the night is the most essential step in your nighttime skincare routine. If you are someone who wears makeup on a regular basis, then you must double cleanse your face. Start with an oil-based cleanser or micellar water to get rid of makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities without stripping your skin and follow it up with a gentle, water-based foaming cleanser to clean your pores and remove residual impurities, if any.

 

Step 02: Toner

Step 02: Toner

Toners are like primers, but for your skincare products. Apart from balancing the skin’s pH values, toners prep your skin to allow better product absorption and they need to be used both in the morning and night.

AM - When picking a toner, choose a hydrating formula that contains aloe vera or rose water to wake up your skin and make you feel instantly refreshed. Additionally, avoid toners that contain alcohol as they can irritate your skin and make it feel super sensitive and inflamed.

PM – It is just as important to use a toner at night, as it is during the day. For the night, remember to choose a slightly stronger toner with ingredients like glycolic acid, AHAs, BHAs, lactic acid, etc., to gently exfoliate your skin, boost hydration and eliminate scars and pigmentation in the process.

 

Step 03: Serum

Step 03: Serum

Serums are little vials of elixir for your skin. These babies are brimming with potent active ingredients that target specific skin concerns and show quick results. Additionally, the lightweight formula gets absorbed into the deepest layers of your skin, making it a must-have in every skincare routine.

AM – Vitamin C is the best serum to be included in your morning skincare routine. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help in protecting your skin against free radicals in the environment. Additionally, it is a great way to brighten dull skin and reduce dark spots.

PM – Your skin repairs itself while you sleep, which is why it is super important that you choose the right kind of serum. Look for serums with peptides, ceramides and hyaluronic acid as they aid skin repair, regeneration and rejuvenation to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful for a longer period of time.

 

Step 04: Eye cream

Step 04: Eye cream

Eye cream is one step a lot of people do not think necessary, but this is completely untrue. Apart from preventing dark circles, eye creams help reduce puffiness, crow’s feet, and other signs of ageing. It basically keeps the area moisturised, supple and youthful.

AM – For your AM skincare routine, look for eye creams with caffeine as they help in constricting blood vessels and reducing puffy eyes. If you tend to wear makeup, then it keeps the delicate area around the eye plump, which prevents makeup from creasing.

PM – For the night, choose an eye cream that has a slightly thicker formula to help thoroughly nourish the delicate under-eye area. This will help in moisturising and plumping the area while you sleep and ensure that you wake up to fresher and brighter eyes the next morning.

 

Step 05: Spot treatment

Step 05: Spot treatment

PM - This is extremely important for people with specific skin concerns such as acne, pigmentation and dark spots. Simply apply a small amount of your spot treatment onto the specified area after your serum and before your moisturiser to allow it to sink right into your skin for better results.

 

Step 06: Moisturiser

Step 06: Moisturiser

Irrespective of your skin type, concern or texture (yes, extremely oily, acne-prone skin included), using a moisturiser is mandatory. Apart from hydrating your skin, which is the most obvious benefit, moisturisers also protect and repair your skin barrier to help prevent damage from free radicals and other external aggressors.

AM – Choose a lightweight moisturiser that is enriched with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, vitamin C, etc. Since we live in a hot and humid country, look for a gel-based formula that sinks right into your skin without leaving behind a greasy residue.

PM – Our body repairs itself in the night while you sleep, so make sure to choose a moisturiser with ingredients that help this process. For example, look for moisturisers with peptides, ceramides, retinol, etc., to help your skin restore and rejuvenate itself. Additionally, like with most other products, remember to pick a moisturiser that’s slightly thicker in formulation to provide deep moisturisation and help you wake up to plump, hydrated and healthy skin.

 

Step 06: Sunscreen

Step 06: Sunscreen

AM – Irrespective of your skin type, season, or whether you’re indoors or outdoors, make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every single day without fail. Apart from tanning, sunscreens help prevent far graver problems such as skin cancer, pigmentation, premature ageing, dark spots, etc. Make sure to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply it every couple of hours for best results.

 

Tips to maintain healthy skin

Apart from this daily skincare routine, here are some more tips to maintain healthy skin –

  • After cleansing, exfoliate your skin at least once a week. This will help in getting rid of dead skin cells, clearing pores, providing a deep cleanse, making your skin look clearer and allowing your skin products to absorb better into your skin.
  • Remember to use a face mask at least once a week to see faster results. Pick a mask depending on your skin type and concern.
  • You could end your nighttime skincare routine with face oil. This will help in sealing the products into your skin as well as deliver a burst of hydration.