Knowing what skincare products are suitable for your skin type is great… but, it is just half the battle won. If you find beauty ninjas going gaga over a certain skincare product, but when you use it, you hardly seem to notice any great difference, it is probably because your timing is wrong!

You’ll be surprised to know that your skin follows a 24-hour cycle which is influenced by factors such as exposure to the sun and pollution, hormone levels and cell regeneration. If you want to make the most of your skincare routine, then knowing which products to use when is of utmost importance. We’ve got you covered with a definitive guide about the best time of day to apply your trusty skincare products:

 

6 AM—wash your face

6 AM—wash your face

As soon as you wake up, splash some cool water on your face and follow it up with a hydrating cleanser or soothing gel. Washing your face in the morning not only helps remove bacteria and other impurities accumulated during the night but also preps your skin to enable better absorption of the products.

What to use: Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash, Dove Beauty Moisture Conditioning Facial Cleanser

 

8 AM - 9 AM—layer on multiple moisturising products

8 AM - 9 AM—layer on multiple moisturising products

If you want your makeup to glide on smoothly, then keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised is crucial. However, keep your skin type into consideration while doing so. If you have extremely dry skin, then layer on multiple moisturising products including serums, moisturisers and sunscreen. If not, then just make do with a serum and sunscreen. Your skin tends to produce sebum in the morning which naturally moisturises it, therefore, you don’t need an extra dose of moisture.

What to use: Vaseline Calming Lavender Body Lotion, Lakmé Absolute Ideal Tone Refinishing Day Creme SPF 50 PA +++, Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 50

 

12 PM - 1 PM—time to blot away the excess shine

12 PM - 1 PM—time to blot away the excess shine

If you’ve noticed your skin closely, it often tends to look a tad too shiny around midday, thanks to overactive sebaceous glands. The sebum production is a combination of lipids and dead cells. While lipids protect the skin from moisture-sucking elements, a high amount can make you look like a grease-ball in no time. That’s when you need to bring out your blotting sheets. Just blot the excess oil away by dabbing gently, not rubbing. 

 

4 PM—re-hydrate your skin

4 PM—re-hydrate your skin

This extra boost of hydration is especially for all those who work in closed air-conditioned offices. Air conditioners can make your skin dry which could lead to itchiness and irritation. And, if you’re suffering from skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis, then your skin condition may worsen as the air conditioner tends to tamper with your skin’s moisture balance. Therefore, if you have dry skin, then use a non-oily but hydrating moisturiser or serum at this hour.

What to use: Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel, Dove Deep Moisturisation Cream

 

9 PM - 12 AM—prevent early signs of ageing

9 PM - 12 AM—prevent early signs of ageing

At this hour, you don’t have to worry about protecting your skin from the harsh environmental factors or pollutants. Therefore, you can concentrate on caring for the area under your eyes and ultimately prevent your skin from premature ageing. Use skin regenerating and wrinkle-fighting products and ingredients before hitting the sheets.

What to use: Dermalogica Age Smart Age Reversal Eye complex, Ponds Gold Radiance Youthful Night Cream