I wrote about my nighttime skincare routine last week (read here), and thought that I should stop procrastinating and write about my daytime skincare routine. I don't use as many products as I do at night, and the products I choose to use during the day complements the products I used at night.
|L-R: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel; Clarins Day Screen High Protection SPF40; SK-II Facial Treatment Essence; Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil; Dermalogica Clean Start Matte Moisturizer|
Since I find myself in a rush to get to work almost every morning, I don't like using too many products in the morning. I like to think I'm using the bare essentials, and some of these products are used in my nighttime skincare routine.
|L-R: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel; SK-II Facial Treatment Essence|
1. Cleanse & Tone
I'm currently using the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel as my morning cleanser. The only thing I dislike about this cleanser is that it doesn't lather very well. However, it's fantastic in that it doesn't strip your skin of your natural oils. It also smells really nice and fresh, like cucumber scented products.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is part of my nightime skincare routine. I use it as a toner, and as mentioned in my nighttime routine post, I don't really see much (or if any) results that warrant the extravagant price tag.
|L-R: Dermalogica Clean Start Matte Moisturizer; Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil; Clarins Day Screen High Protection SPF40|
2. Moisturise & Protect
After the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence has been absorbed into my skin, I use about two pea-size amount of Dermalogica Clean Start Matte Moisturizer, mix it with 3 drops of Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil and used this concoction as my daily moisturizer. I have found that the addition of Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil to both my nighttime and daytime skincare routine has helped prevent my skin from flaking (which is caused from the use of Retin-A at night). In turn, my skin doesn't get as oily throughout the day, as it has been sufficiently moisturized in the morning.
I use a pea-size amount of Clarins Day Screen High Protection SPF40 as my sun protection. Sunscreen is essential for Retin-A treated skin, as Retin-A may make your skin more susceptible to sunburn.
I love that the Clarins Day Screen High Protection doesn't feel oily at all, and does not affect the application of my foundation. It also does not smell like sunscreen, and has a pretty high SPF too.
That's it for my daytime skincare routine. As mentioned earlier, I do not like using too many products in the morning and this is the bare minimum I have found to work with my skin type. I could use a moisturizer with SPF to cut another product out of my skincare routine, however I purchased a moisturizer without SPF because I wanted to ensure that I didn't get a white cast from sunscreen in my wedding photos (I wasn't using Retin-A at that time, and I went without sunscreen on my wedding day).