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A Comprehensive Guide to Day and Night Skincare Routines


Jun 28, 2023

Have you ever wondered how your skin could know if it’s daytime or nighttime? Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the skincare products out there? We constantly hear contradictory advice from magazines, celebs and influencers: Nighttime is for repairing, but the day is for protecting. But how does that work exactly?

Is there a difference between routines?

Let’s take things one step at a time, beginning with the answers: Yes, there is a great difference between nighttime and daytime skincare products! The simplest answer is that daytime skincare is focused on protecting the skin and pore-clogging agents like dirt and pollution, while the nighttime routine is for keeping the skin hydrated and addressed. The important part is that we understand the difference between the routines and product ingredients. 

Day Skincare Routine:


Start your day by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or impurities that may have accumulated overnight. Choose a cleanser suited to your skin type and massage it onto damp skin in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly and pat your face dry.

  • Oil-based Cleanser

This step is important if you frequently wear makeup, especially waterproof makeup as water based cleansers might not be the best at removing this. Oil cleansers loosen and melt away water resistant makeup and other oil based impurities like sebum for the foam cleanser to lift off your skin at the second cleansing stage.

Oil cleansers can also benefit those with oily skin because many oil cleansers contain natural oils that are high in linoleic fatty acid which oily skin typically lacks. Rosehip, Jojoba and Grapeseed are some good examples and they can actually help to unclog pores and strengthen rather than strip the skin barrier which can cause sebum production to go into hyperdrive.

  • Water-based Cleanser

Cleansing with an oil-based cleanser is followed up by a second cleansing step using a water-based cleanser such as a foam cleanser or a gel cleanser. Water-based cleansers help to dissolve the water-based impurities in your skin such as dirt and sweat that your oil cleanser didn’t pick up. Surfactants in these cleansers are also more effective at lifting impurities off your skin.

Regardless of whether you have oily skin, dry, combination or sensitive skin, aestheticians and dermatologists recommend double cleansing to thoroughly remove any dirt and impurities on your skin. While it’s recommended to do the double cleanse with an oil based and a water based cleanser, the double cleanse can also be done with two foam or gel cleansers based on your skincare needs.

Some ingredients you can look out for are Green Tea, Rice Extract and Pearl Extract.

  • Cica, Green Tea: Soothing and calming, helps reduce skin irritation and redness
  • Rice Extract: Limits inflammation and controls the appearance of oil on the surface of your skin, some fermented versions may even help to increase collagen production
  • Pearl Extract: Gives your skin an instant youthful glow. They restore balance in your skin, promote regeneration, and can even reduce skin discolouration.


So what is a toner and why is it important? Imagine trying to wash your dishes with a dry sponge, it does not foam your dishwashing liquid well and is difficult to use. Your skin is like a sponge ready to absorb all that skincare goodness from your expensive serums and essences. In order to ensure that they get absorbed well, it is important to prime your skin first.

Toners are the ultimate priming product. In addition to prepping your skin to absorb your skincare treatments, they often also confer additional benefits such as cleansing, purifying, calming your skin. You can pat your toner in with your hands, but it is best to wipe it across your face with a cotton pad.

Some great ingredients to look out for include Aloe, Centella Asiatica and Rosewater.

  • Aloe Vera: Known for its calming and deep hydrating effect on our skin. Contains antibacterial properties to keep pimples at bay
  • Centella Asiatic: Also known as Cica, is an antioxidant-rich medicinal plant that helps to speed up skin cell regeneration and collagen production. Increases hydration while repairing dry, irritated skin
  • Rosewater: Balances skin’s natural oils, naturally hydrates, and its antioxidant properties help to nourish and protect your skin

These are great ingredients to look for in toners for sensitive skin, oily skin, dry skin, and combination skin as they are natural ingredients.


Apply a targeted serum or treatment to address specific skin concerns. Whether it’s targeting hyperpigmentation, fine lines, or acne, choose a product with active ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, or retinol. Apply a few drops to your fingertips and gently massage it into your skin.

4.Eye Cream

The delicate skin around the eyes requires extra care. Dab a small amount of eye cream onto your ring finger and gently pat it around the orbital bone, avoiding pulling or tugging on the skin.


Hydrate and protect your skin by applying a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides for hydration and a lightweight formula for oily skin or a richer formula for dry skin. Massage the moisturizer into your face and neck using upward motions.


Protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it generously to your face, neck, and any other exposed areas. Reapply throughout the day, especially if you spend time outdoors.

Night Skincare Routine:


Begin your night routine with a double cleanse. First, remove makeup and sunscreen with a cleansing oil or micellar water. Follow up with a gentle cleanser to cleanse your skin thoroughly. Double cleansing helps ensure all traces of makeup, dirt, and pollutants are removed.


Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. Use a physical exfoliator (such as a scrub) or a chemical exfoliator (such as AHAs or BHAs) based on your skin’s needs and sensitivity. Gently massage the exfoliator onto damp skin, focusing on areas prone to congestion or uneven texture. Rinse off thoroughly.


Apply any targeted treatments or serums to address specific concerns, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or signs of aging. Follow the same steps as in the daytime routine, applying a few drops of the product and gently massaging it into your skin.

4.Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate on your face and the first to show signs of premature aging.

Regular use of eye cream over time will keep the eyelid skin elastic and can improve or prevent against some fine lines or collagen loss. Dab a small amount of eye cream under and around your eyes, on the upper eyelid and just below the arch of the eyebrow using your finger pads. Stash your eye cream in the fridge for an extra-cooling factor.


Lock in moisture by applying a nourishing night cream or moisturizer. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, or antioxidants to replenish and repair the skin while you sleep. Massage the moisturizer into your face and neck using upward motions.

6.Overnight Treatments

If desired, incorporate overnight treatments like face oils or sleeping masks into your routine. These products provide intense hydration and nourishment while you sleep, helping to wake up with a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion.

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to skincare routines. Follow these steps diligently, but also listen to your skin and make adjustments as needed. Be patient, as it may take time to see visible results. Additionally, don’t forget to stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, as these factors contribute to overall skin health.

By incorporating both a day and night skincare routine, you’ll be providing your skin with the care and attention it deserves, ensuring a healthy and radiant complexion.

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