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How Does Your Skin Change from Morning to Night?

Posted on July 13, 2016 | by

woman-laying-in-bed-smilingMost people know that your skin has different needs as the seasons changes, but did you know that your skin also changes by the hour?

Skin goes through a variety of changes in 24 hours, and those changes differ from person to person depending on skin type and habits. Luckily, Stylecaster gave us a rundown of what is happening to our precious pores throughout the day (plus a few ways to help maintain healthy skin all day every day!).

Here is a rundown from when you wake up to when you go to bed:

Morning: Your skin is parched

They may call it beauty sleep, but most of us wake up feeling less than gorgeous. Oftentimes, your skin is parched and feels dry, tight, and rough. It may be unfortunate, but it makes sense. Just like the rest of your body, your skin needs hydration—and by morning you’ve gone many hours without a drop to drink. Deeper skin layers lose water as your sleep, and it can get worse from there: if you’re a fan of morning showers, that hot water can exacerbate the problem by depleting lipid reserves.

Your skin needs hydration—and by morning you’ve gone many hours without a drop to drink.

Here’s what to do: Avoid making your shower too hot and make sure you apply a heavy dose of hydration. We suggest using a moisturizer containing SPF to help nourish and protect you throughout the day—particularly with our intense Texas sun.

Afternoon: Oil builds up & breakouts loom

As the day goes on, your skin is exposed to bacteria, harsh elements, and the sun. All of these factors can up your oil production, thus increasing the likelihood of breakouts and clogged pores. Combined with stress from work (and all the ways it can negatively impact your skin), it can be a recipe for disaster.

Here’s what to do: Use a blotting cloth to keep your t-zone shine- and oil-free as needed—and stay away from heavy face products or foundations during the day.

Night: Wipe the slate clean

Your skin has been through a lot throughout the day. On top of everything else we’ve discussed, sweat from working out or simply existing in this summer heat can take a toll on your face. Perspiration can cause the skin’s pH levels to rise, creating a depletion in the skin’s lipid content. Plus, sweat means bacteria, and that means breakouts.

Here’s what to do: Before bed, make sure to thoroughly but gently wash your skin. Depending on your skin type and the time of year, you can also exfoliate to get rid of built-up dead skin cells. Finally, use a hydrating night time moisturizer to fend off dryness during your night of well deserved sleep.

Morning or night, a little expert help goes a very long way

If you are curious to learn more about your unique skin type and the best way to achieve a healthy, glowing complexion, it’s important to work with a professional. If you’re looking for skincare in Austin, give us a call!. We would be glad to discuss your skin and find unique solutions to improve your skin’s health.