With the holidays just round the corner, it always helps…
The day cream is perhaps the most ubiquitous and important piece of your skincare routine, which of course means you should aim to get the most out of it that you can. Day creams moisturize, maintain, and protect your skin from harm throughout the day, so it’s easy to see why they’d be so widely considered the cornerstone of your skincare routine. Read on to find out more about them, why to use them, and what to do to make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit from them you can.
What’s a Day Cream?
The term “day cream” refers to a moisturizer specifically intended to be used during the day, usually with a counterpart “night cream.” Generally, day creams contain prioritize protection and include SPF, while night creams prioritize rejuvenation and repair, don’t include SPF, and may contain ingredients like retinol, which is less effective when exposed to sunlight.
Why Should I Use a Day Cream?
Moisturization of the skin is perhaps the most important aspect of taking care of it. There are plenty of others, of course, and a holistic approach is best for taking good care of one’s skin (especially delicate facial skin), but hydrating the skin is of utmost importance. Environmental hazards like UV radiation from the sun, the drying effect of wind, etc, etc, counteract beneficial moisturization, meaning protection from these elements is, by extension, also incredibly important.
With that in mind, one can begin to see why a solid day cream is such a quintessential part of any halfway decent skincare routine.
How Can I Get Maximum Benefit from My Day Cream?
Considering the above, it would clearly be in the best interest of anyone who wants their skin to look and feel good to make sure they’re using their moisturizer correctly. As such, let’s go over some important considerations now.
- You’ll want to be triply sure to layer effectively. As a general rule of thumb and guiding principle, try to start with the ingredients that feel the thinnest in their consistency. Also, if you’re using a face oil, that goes on last, because oil can penetrate creams and serums just fine to reach the skin, but the same is not necessarily true in reverse. Further, serums should go on under day creams, and allowed to dry for several minutes before moving to the next step. On that note, every layer of skincare should be left to dry for at least five minutes before applying the next.
- You’ll want to make sure to use your day cream almost immediately after towel drying when you step out of the shower or wash your face. Applying without toweling first would make it run too much, but wait much longer than a few minutes after toweling and your skin’s too dry to absorb anything very well.
- You’ll want to apply you day cream in upward strokes, to counter the effect of gravity pulling your skin downward as you age.
Follow all of these simple rules and you’re well on your way to making your day cream work as hard as it can to give you great skin.