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Morning vs. Night Facial Skin Care Routine

Skin care is important around the clock, but the skin has different needs at different points of the day. Whether you’ve just woken up, walking out of the gym, are going out to dinner with friends or are lying down for bed; your skin has specific needs that are dependent on the situation.

Every morning should start off with sunscreen, regardless of the season. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing at least SPF 30 broad spectrum on the face and especially the shoulders, arms, neck and anywhere else that receives the most sun exposure on a daily basis. Applying sunscreen around the eyes is especially important because of how thin the skin is and its susceptibility to sunburn. Broad spectrum will protect the skin from the exposure of both UVA and UVB rays and can be applied beneath makeup. However, it is important that the skin can breathe and it isn’t completely covered my blushes on top of concealers and foundations. Don’t forget to let your skin healthily glow on its own.

A pre and post gym routine should begin and end with a fresh cleaning and light exfoliation. Reapplication of sunscreen should be applied, especially when exercising outdoors. Sweating is the body’s natural cooling system that expels through the pores. If there are makeup and dirt stuck to your face, your body’s not only going to have a harder time cooling down but breathing, at a time when the body needs to move oxygen-rich blood to hard-working muscles.

Check in tomorrow to see what night time care you should be taking!

Your face needs special kind of attention at different times of the day. Your skin’s needs will be different in the morning than they will by the end of the day, whether you were running around with kids doing errands or at work, breaking a sweat at the gym, or all three; you are going to need to treat your face right.

Going out for a drink after work, or attending a night out dancing and laughing over dinner is a time when you want your skin to look its best. If you can’t make it home before you go out, make sure you carry cleansing wipes in your purse and wipe the dirt and old makeup off your face to let it breathe. Although wipes aren’t as good as your regular face washing routine should be the hypoallergenic, fragrance-free labeled ones are great for mid-day care. Dermatologists recommend avoiding using wipes around the eyes, simple water and follow up with an alcohol-free toner is great to remove residue or smeared mascara.

Night-time care may be the most important time to take care because you’re lying for hours on end. It would only be damaging to your skin if it’s unwashed with clogged pores and dirty crevices. Focusing on products that nourish and repair the skin is key during night because the body’s cells are already naturally being replenished with nutrients and are regenerating. Beauty sleep isn’t a fairy tale, it’s a real magic during night. During sleep cycles, the body takes its time to repair each of its systems and muscles, making it an invaluable part of your skin care routine.

Dr. Rokhsar provides his patients with a line of skin care products along with expertise skin health advice. As a fellowship-trained dermatologist, he has extensive experience working with all different types of skin, and understanding their home health skin needs.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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