Monday, November 28, 2011

Day Moisturizer Vs. Night Moisturizer

by Sarah Davis
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Are you using the right moisturizer?
One of the most important parts of your beauty regime during the winter is moisturizing. Question: do you use the same moisturizer for both day and night? Most likely, we've all done it before. I did it for most of my early twenties.   Now, at 25, I know it's a skin sin.  (Okay, it's not a major sin, as in similar to the damage a tanning bed will do, but you catch my drift.)

There is a major difference between the two and if you use each for it's correct purpose, your skin is on its way to a perfect complexion.  Dermatologists actually warn against using the same cream for both day and night, as you could actually be doing damage to your skin.  Mostly, because night creams never have SPF in them, which you need during the day.  Most day creams also protect against the harmful pollution city life offers.  When you're sleeping, there's no reason for these protective ingredients to be on your face.  

Day cream contains ingredients to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and the damage that sunlight causes your skin.  It's usually very light and breathable, while night cream is a thicker consistency. (Your skin will be left greasy if you wear night cream during the day.)

Night cream contains ingredients that help your skin heal, repair and moisturize itself while you rest.  If you wear day cream at night, your skin is holding in a moisturizer that was meant to block it from sunlight, which you don't get while you sleep. By using the correct moisturizer, you are working with the ingredients to allow them to do the job they were designed for.  

So, keep this in mind the next time you're amping up to lather your face up with day cream before bed.  

A tip I got from a Kandee Johnson (I just love her videos!):  When you sleep at night, lather up your face with a lot of moisturizer.  Your skin is meant to rejuvenate while you sleep, so PILE it on!

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