What is the difference between morning and evening products?
When it comes to skincare, it’s not uncommon for experts to speak of daytime routines or night-time routines. Similarly, it’s often the case that products such as moisturizers and serums have labels saying things like “day cream” or “night repair”.
Now, while we often stick to using our products at the time of the day for which they’re intended, what, exactly, is the difference? Keep reading to find out.
The differences between the two:
The purpose of daytime skincare products is to protect your skin from anything it may come across during the day that could cause it damage. This includes things like UV rays, dirt, and pollution.
On the other hand, night-time products are designed to moisturize your skin and address specific skin concerns ahead of sleep, where the regenerative process begins.
Here’s a low down of how different versions of each skincare product will differ:
- Cleanser:You may think that your skin doesn’t need anything more than a rinse before you start your day. However, it’s advisable to use a gentle cleanser in the morning to wash off any germs from your pillowcase, and to prep your skin for the rest of your routine. The cleanser you use at night, in contrast, needs to be a little more heavy duty, as it’s got to remove all the traces of the day, including make-up.
- Serums:When it comes to serums, the active ingredients used will determine whether it’s better to use a product in the morning or in the evening. Ingredients such as niacinamide, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid are best used in the morning. Other ingredients, such as retinol, should only be used at night. This is because retinol makes the skin more sensitive to the sun.
- Moisturizer: Compared to night-time formulas, day creams are more lightweight. This means it is easier to pop your make-up on top without running the risk of your face turning into a ball of grease during the day. Another ingredient that you’ll find in day creams that you’re unlikely to find in a night cream is SPF. Night creams tend to be heavier and packed full of hydrating ingredients. They also tend to contain ingredients known to improve the appearance of the skin, and these get to work while you catch your forty winks.
While it isn’t the end of the world if you smother your face in your daytime moisturizer before hopping into bed, it’s useful to know that there is a difference. To get the best from your skincare routine, try to use your products at the suggested time.