Understanding the difference between morning and night skincare routines boils down to identifying the circumstances that our skin is faced with during these times. What happens to our skin when we’re awake? What are the conditions like in the daytime? And what about the evenings?
Pinpointing the answers to these questions can help us identify the difference between morning and night skincare routines, as well as the specific kinds of products each requires. In this blog post, OROGOLD unpacks just that:
Skin in the Daytime
Most of us apply our skincare at the same time as we brush our teeth or freshen up in the morning. During this window, we prepare our skin for the day ahead. But what exactly happens to the skin during the day?
The answer is rather alarming: throughout the day, the skin is exposed to damage. Try as we might, the external threats that pose damage to the skin are unavoidable.
Here’s how it works:
Every time you step outside, the skin is left vulnerable against the following factors:
- UV radiation
These are all environmental factors that induce the production of free radicals in the skin. Free radicals are essentially unstable atoms that can cause long-standing harm to the skin, from blemishes to signs of aging.
Air pollution has become especially concerning in recent years. According to the World Health Organization, 4.2 million die each year due to exposure to outdoor air pollution. Due to the fast-paced industrialization of the world, these numbers are expected to soar in the coming years.
Another factor worth paying extra attention to is UV radiation. UV exposure via the sun has been recognized as one of the biggest contributors to skin aging, causing up to 80% of the visible signs of aging. Unlike when the skin reacts to stress, a bad diet, or sensitizing products, the effects of sun damage may take years to show through. UV radiation is also one of the leading causes of skin cancer.
Environmental stressors aside, we usually stay outside for several hours at a time during the day. Some of us apply makeup over our skincare. It is important, therefore, for the skin to stay grease-free yet well-moisturized all day long. This is a big factor in the difference between morning and night skincare routines.
An OROGOLD Morning Skincare Routine
Considering the circumstances mentioned above, choosing your morning skincare is key to keeping your skin looking good and feeling good throughout the day. Here at OROGOLD, we are all about creating skincare products that can deliver on both of those conditions.
Consider these OROGOLD products for your morning beauty regimen:
The 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser
Start with the Orogold 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser. Featuring a blend of vitamin C and vitamin A, this cleanser can kick off your day on a positive note.
Unlike many cleansers today, the OROGOLD 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser is free of alcohol. While alcohol can reduce excess oil (which can be great for keeping the skin looking shine-free throughout the day), it can also strip the skin of its necessary moisture. This may cause problems like irritation and sensitivity.
Instead, this cleanser has a mix of ingredients that’ll leave skin feeling soothed and calm, including:
- Witch hazel extract
- Calendula extract
- Chamomile extract
The 24K Purifying Toner
To finish off your morning cleanse, reach for the 24K Purifying Toner. With a light, water-like consistency, this toner serves two purposes: picking up any remaining dirt and bringing hydration back to the skin.
Rather than the stinging, astringent toners of yore, the 24K Purifying Toner does not contain alcohol. Formulated to balance, hydrate, and smoothen the feel of the skin, it contains gentle ingredients like cucumber extract and aloe vera extract.
The 24K Purifying Toner also contains an ingredient that often flies under the radar: sodium PCA. An amino acid naturally found in the skin, sodium PCA is a humectant. This means that it has water-binding properties that leave the skin looking so much fresher and fuller.
By hydrating the skin, sodium PCA contributes to a plumper, younger-looking complexion. Not to mention, it helps the skin look good all day!
The 24K Nano Ultra Silk Serum
Next up in your morning regimen: OROGOLD’s 24K Nano Ultra Silk Serum. When choosing a daytime serum, you’ll want to opt for something lightweight yet moisturizing. It has to layer well under a moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup if you choose to wear it. The 24K Nano Ultra Silk Serum ticks all those boxes.
Behind the serum’s ultra-light texture are heavy-hitting ingredients.
One such component is tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. Don’t let the scientific name intimidate you; this is just another form of skincare cult-favorite, vitamin C. However, there are a few key differences that set this iteration apart from pure ascorbic acid:
While vitamin C is revered for how it brightens the look of the skin, it can be difficult to formulate products with. This is because the ingredient is highly unstable. Once it is exposed to certain factors like high temperatures or sunlight, it can become less effective. This is where tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate comes in.
Unlike classic vitamin C, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is stable.
The 24K Nano Ultra Silk Serum is also formulated with a cocktail of natural oils. Some of the standouts in its ingredient list are:
- Sunflower seed oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Sesame seed oil
Altogether, these ingredients work to keep the skin looking radiant and smooth.
The 24K Ultra Day Moisturizer
To help lock in the benefits of the 24K Nano Ultra Silk Serum, follow up this step with a lush moisturizer like the 24K Ultra Day Moisturizer. Formulated specifically for all-day wear, this cream combines sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, and CBD oil to simultaneously soften the feel of the skin and keep water sealed within.
Lastly, the difference between morning and night skincare routines is punctuated by one very important step: sunscreen. The culminating step to daytime skincare, sunscreen is crucial for keeping the skin protected against UV radiation.
Your Skin in the Evening
If the skin is exposed to stressors in the daytime, what happens to it while you sleep? And how does this contribute to the difference between morning and night skincare routines?
We all know that the time you spend sleeping is vital for muscle recovery and general relaxation. However, studies show that resting during this window is also important for skin health. Throughout the recommended six to eight hours of sleep, the body undergoes certain processes that help maintain skin health, such as:
- In hours one to three of sleep, the pituitary gland releases a hormone in charge of repairing the skin. This hormone, called somatotropin, also keeps the skin looking young and plump.
- In the next two hours of sleep, the body begins to produce more melatonin. Like the antioxidants mentioned in this post thus far, melatonin helps keep the skin safe against free radicals.
- In the last stage of sleep, the body undergoes rapid eye movement (otherwise known as REM). In this phase, skin-firming collagen is produced more quickly. The body also relaxes, with muscles easing up and cortisol levels gradually declining.
In addition to getting enough sleep, an evening routine can keep your skin looking its best. This is the difference between morning and night skincare routines: while morning skincare focuses on protection, evening skincare should be targeted towards recovery.
An OROGOLD Evening Skincare Routine
Now that we know the difference between morning and night skincare routines, the evening regimen that we recommend will be primarily geared towards products that leave the skin feeling repaired.
The 24K Mousse Cleanser
Start your evening routine with the 24K Mousse Cleanser. While gel and foam cleansers are common cleanser choices, using ones with mousse or cream consistencies can deliver more moisture.
The 24K Mousse Cleanser is particularly interesting because of the surfactants it contains. Surfactants are the components of products that are in charge of cleansing the skin. Unlike most cleansers, OROGOLD’s 24K Mousse Cleanser uses coconut-derived ingredients like sodium cocoyl alkyl esters and sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate.
Despite containing gentler ingredients, the 24K Mousse Cleanser gets the job done, effectively lifting dirt, makeup, and sunscreen without fail.
If you’d like to elevate your evening cleanse even further, use the 24K Deep Facial Brush Set along with the 24K Mousse Cleanser. With two attachable brushes, this tool ensures a more relaxing, more thorough cleanse.
The 24K Deep Lift Stretching Mask
Besides the need for sun protection, the difference between morning and night skincare routines is that you typically have less time to indulge in your regimen in the morning. Most of us get out of bed, get ready as fast as we can, and make our way to work. This leaves minimal time for the more relaxing skincare steps, like masking.
Make the most of your evening by basking in the unique relaxation that a good mask can provide. One of our favorites at OROGOLD is the 24K Deep Lift Stretching Mask. Formulated for weekly use, this mask targets the visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines.
Some of its star ingredients include:
- Jojoba seed oil
- Sunflower seed oil
- Aloe Vera extract
The 24K Nano Night Recovery
The nighttime version of the 24K Nano Ultra Silk Serum, the 24K Nano Night Recovery contains a largely different list of ingredients. Rather than plant oils, the 24K Nano Night Recovery is formulated with green tea extract, aloe vera extract, and beech tree bud extract.
Chamomile extract is another interesting component of the serum’s ingredient list. It’ll leave your skin feeling soothed and calm.
The 24K Multi-Vitamin Night Nourishment + Retinol
Lastly, finish off your evening skincare routine with a night cream. More potent than a typical moisturizer, a night cream tends to be lusher and richer in texture. Our pick is the 24K Multi-Vitamin Night Nourishment + Retinol.
As the product’s name suggests, the superstar of the formula is retinol. Everyone, from lifestyle magazines to celebrities, has been raving about the ingredient for years, but what exactly has made it stick around?
Simple: it works. While retinol requires a certain level of tolerance, it delivers visible results when it comes to giving the skin a firmer and tighter appearance.
Despite its impressive benefits, retinol may cause dryness. To counter this, the 24K Multi-Vitamin Night Nourishment + Retinol is formulated with green tea extract and vitamin E to help leave the skin feeling calm and soothed.
It is also important to note that retinol heightens skin sensitivity. This highlights the difference between morning and night skincare routines: retinol must be used in the evening and requires the use of sunscreen the next day.
Getting the most out of your regimen does not stop at knowing the difference between morning and night skincare routines. It’s all about what you do with that knowledge that matters. With Orogold’s curated skincare solutions, you can unlock the best version of your skin yet.