What’s The Difference Between A Morning & Night Time Skincare Routine?

Mar 24, 2023by Olivia Harper - F&F

You may have thought to yourself before, “what is the difference between a morning and nighttime skincare routine?” — a very common question in the world of beauty! We’re here to break down the confusion and dive into your skin’s needs at different times of the day. 

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How Do I Look After My Skin In The Morning Vs. In The Night? 

A skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated and long; you don’t need tons of steps for radiant skin! At the same time, that doesn’t mean your morning and night routines should be the same…

During the day, your skin becomes exposed to dirt, oil production, makeup, UV rays, pollutants, bacteria, etc. This all adds pressure to your skin cells and collagen to stay healthy and clean. The answer: it’s beneficial to cleanse and hydrate in the mornings with products that will protect your skin from these external factors.

Then at bedtime, the focus shifts… when you sleep, your skin repairs and regenerates. Having a good nightly skin routine is a big factor in how well your skin heals, and also affects how slowly or quickly your skin ages.

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Morning Skin Routine Flora & Fauna Top Picks

A simple yet super effective step-by-step plan for prepping your skin in the mornings would be:

Step 1 — Cleanse! A clean face is your starting point for a healthy, glowing complexion. The La Mav Gentle & Clean - Hydra-Calm Cream Cleanser is incredible at gently removing impurities and is enriched with superfood botanicals as well.

Step 2 — Tone. Toning is an underrated step for minimising pores, combating oil, and soothing sensitive skin. Sukin Purely Ageless Firming Mist Toner is alcohol-free and perfect for all skin types.

Step 3 — Serum. Water based or oil based, serums are easily absorbed and hydrate your skin. Check out the Biologi Bk Vitamin C Face & Eye Serum, rich in kakadu plum, one of the highest plants in vitamin C!

Step 4 — Moisturiser. Moisturising is vital to keeping skin healthy and allowing aging skin to appear more youthful. The Mukti Calming Moisturiser is a nourishing choice that will keep your skin hydrated and protected.

Step 5 — Sunscreen. A clean, chemical-free sunscreen will protect your skin and keep it soft. The Simple As That Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion is a great non-greasy and light formula that you can also wear under makeup!

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Evening Skin Routine Flora & Fauna Favourites

To deeply cleanse and nourish your skin in the evenings, have a go of these 5 steps. Here's where it really pays to vary your routine from morning to night!

Step 1 — Double cleanse. This involves cleansing twice, first with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and sunscreen, and second with your morning water based cleaner to better target sweat and bacteria.

Step 2 — Toner. For your night routine, you can use the toner you apply in the morning.

Step 3 — Eye Cream. Adding eye cream to your evening skin routine is perfect for hydrating delicate areas and plumping and lifting these areas. We recommend the Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Eye Lift Cream for a firmer appearance and renewed vitality.

Step 4 — Serum. A nighttime serum gives your skin some extra TLC while you sleep. Choose one with AHAs or BHAs, hyaluronic acid, or antioxidants. The La Mav Hydration - Hyaluronic Hydra-Max Serum is a beautiful option for restoring skin texture!

Step 5 — Rich Moisturiser. Night moisturisers perform differently from daytime moisturisers. You can get away with something heavier at night because you don’t have to worry about looking shiny or applying makeup. Check out the Mukti Queen of the Night Creme to lock in all the other ingredients, so your skin can do the work!

When you wake up, your skin will look more supple and fresh. To keep this up, maintain and protect your skin with your simple daily routine. Repeat the routine every day and night for radiant skin!

What products will you choose to nourish your skin in the morning and evening? Let us know in the comments!

Wanting to learn more about how to care for your skin using plant-based products? Read up on our Skincare category and check out the blogs below:

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