Dry skin is one of the most common skincare concerns for all ages and skin types. Our skin can be extremely sensitive to factors both in the environment such as changes in temperature or pollution levels, as well as products we put on it or changes to our skincare routines; both of which can lead to dryness. Because of this, the skin has different needs for daytime and nighttime, meaning your morning skincare routine should differ slightly to the one you follow at the end of the day. We spoke to London-based board-certified dermatologist and Clinique Dermatologist Pro Dr. Emma Wedgeworth on the importance of following a morning and night-time skincare routine, including Emma’s expert hydration tips to leave skin plump and glowing this Summer and all year round.
“In the morning, you need protection because your skin is exposed to the sun, heat, pollution and dirt—all of which can damage the skin and lead to premature ageing. At night, you need to pamper your skin after all it went through during the day. It needs hydration, nourishment and repair.”
Dr Emma Wedgeworth, London-based board-certified dermatologist and Clinique Dermatologist Pro.
Hydrating Morning Routine
Step 1: Cleanse
Although some people think that you don’t need to wash your face in the morning because they’ve just done it at night and haven’t been anywhere for dirt to build up, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Naturally, your pillowcase accumulates oils from both your face and hair, as well as bacteria and dust which builds up whilst you sleep each night. Therefore it’s important to cleanse properly in the morning to get rid of any build up that may have transferred onto your face. Choose a cleanser that suits your skin type or main skincare concern, such as the Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser with Pure Vitamin C which brightens the skin for the day ahead. Massage your cleanser into the skin in small circles for about a minute before rinsing off with luke warm water.