So it’s rise and shine time! It’s YOUR day, yet again! You’re ready to do yo thang! We get it! Despite the fact that I presume I’ve been sleeping like crap for the last decade due to my ob-freaking-noxious snoring, I wake up perky. (Side note: I’m having a good old overnight sleep test performed soon to see if I’ve got THE APNEA. Freaking stoked. No longer can poo bear say ‘You’re pretty but the snoring has got to go….’ ;-))
So you’ve awakened and you’re having the best day ever cause every day is a great day right?! You’re alive, you’re breathing, you’re loved. Despite the fact that I certainly don’t wake up THIS perky every day, I certainly know to count my blessings in the morning and tell myself over and over again how great of a day it will be. For the love…. our high school used to say, ‘Let’s make it a great day’ every morning over the loud speaker… and I unfortunately still hear that in my head every morning. But hey, maybe it worked.
But anyways, you’ve brushed, flossed, washed your fanny, as we like to say in this house, sucked down some coffee (or tea, or lemon water… or what else is there that you Cheeky’s are into?!) & you’re ready to get your skincare routine underway. God speed! You open up your skincare cabinet & you’re thinking.. hmmm, ‘I wonder if any of these ingredients are best used in the nighttime’. We know you’re all thinking that 😉 But seriously, it’s something to honestly think about. There’s a reason that products are geared towards nighttime use & others that are most suitable during the day.
First things first, I’m a realist – had to throw in some Ziggy Azelea – but this is a big one. This vitamin A derivative is the powerhouse for anti-aging, when used properly and at night! Its got a tiny molecular structure as well as antioxidant and exfoliating properties that help accelerate cell turnover, help to rebuild collagen and reduce dark spots, fine lines and glorious wrinkles. Though newer retinol products are marketed as safe to use during the day, many skincare professionals advise against it. A well-known negative effect associated with retinoid use is sun sensitivity, which is thought mainly to be due to a thinning of the outermost dead layer of skin cells!
So if it were up to us, we would recommend you use your retinoids at night! When we’re on the retinoid train, we certainly do. Right now, we’re kind of taking a break (for no reason) and will get back into it. But you can bet, we’ll be patting our retinoids before night night.
This is one we use on the regular! But only in the evenings. Our favorite Groots cream which helps target our melasma is full of hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is best known as a lightning agent (in fact, bleaching agent) and it’s definitely not suitable for all skin types. But if you do have a lighter skin type and you’re using a product with hydroquinone, it’s crucial you only use it in the evenings. Although hydroquinone is technically ‘stable’ in sunlight, it’s definitely not suggested to use it during the day as the sun’s skin-darkening effects are stronger than hydroquinone’s bleaching powers.
Citrus Oils – i.e. Vitamin C
We are big proponents of vitamin C – it is a huge help to our never ending battle with melasma and age spots. But vitamin C has an array of other benefits that us Cheeky’s need to consider, even if you don’t deal with dreaded dark pigment.
- Skin brightening
- Combats acne
- Great antioxidant
- Improving hydration
- Shielding skin from pollution
- Melasma & dark spot targeting
If you’re not on the vitamin C train or citrus train, I’d highly encourage you to get on it. We use a little thing called Liquid Lightning by CosRx and it’s the bomb.com
Despite citrus oils being amazing for your skin they are phototoxic, which means that when exposed to ultraviolet light, these oils can cause redness, inflammation and unwanted discoloration on your skin. We highly recommend you use your citrus oils during the evening. HOWEVER, I currently use mine in the morning because I don’t prefer to use it with lactic acid which I use at night… so I do use mine in the morning but I trust my sun-shielding abilities to do so. If you’re not on your a-game with sunscreen, avoid using vitamin C during the day.
AHA’s & BHA’s –
Hydroxy Acids are very common active ingredients in skin care products to help reduce dark spots, improve acne & scarring, minimize the appearance of fine lines, and give the skin a healthy, dewey glow. There are two basic types: Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids.
Despite that these main hydroxy acids are amazing for our skin, they do shed the top layers of the skin and expose the ‘baby’ layers of the skin that aren’t quite ready for the sun’s strong rays. We would HIGHLY recommend y’all not use these during the day, but rather use at night before bedtime or even going out on the town. They really do a nice job of giving you an overall glow and clean slate.
Enzyme peels accelerate the process of skin cell reproduction by accelerating the chemical process necessary to bring forth newer, plumper skin cells and to rid the skin of the older, dead skin that can afford to slough off. Enzyme peels do just a really great job to exfoliate your skin, but at a faster rate than typical exfoliating. So similar to BHA’s and AHA’s, you’re shedding the old dead skin and bringing out new fresh skin, so it’s crucial that you don’t use enzymes or an enzyme peel during the morning hours. We also suggest using enzyme peels before nighttime or going out because it gives your skin such a BOOST! You’ll wake up with wrinkle-freeish skin and it’s always plump and soft.
If you want to know about other ingredients on your list to see if they’re saying to use during the day, let us know! The list doesn’t stop here, but I have to stop… because I’m tired and ready for night night! But these are the main guys. It should keep you squared away!