Harnessing the Power of Vitamins, Day and Night
by Lauren on Aug 01, 2023
Achieving healthy, vibrant skin goes beyond surface-level care and requires a deeper understanding of essential vitamins and nutrients that will nourish and rejuvenate our skin. Let’s explore the significance of incorporating vitamins into your skincare routine and how to form beneficial rituals that will allow your skin to glow, day and night.
From morning routines that shield your skin from environmental stressors, to evening regimens that aid in repair and renewal, let’s look at the best combination of vitamins within skincare to keep you looking and feeling great.
Rise and Shine: The Importance of a Morning Skincare Ritual
Step 1: Cleanser
A good morning routine should always start with a clean face, if you’ve got oily or combination skin, a gentle cleanser will work wonders for removing excess grease and oil build-up from the night before. For those with acne-prone skin, if lots of heavy skincare products were used the night before, it’s important to cleanse the face gently to ensure no product build up occurs. If you have dry skin, simply rinsing your face with water only should be substantial and avoid overly drying your skin by cleansing.
Cleansers for your morning routine include the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a fantastic morning cleanser, with a low pH to match the skin, gentle enough as to not irritate but also effectively removes dirt build-up. In addition, the By Wishtrend Green Tea and Enzyme Milky Foaming Wash is another gentle cleanser that can also provide gentle exfoliation to the skin to remove any dead skin cells and dirt build up.
Optional step: exfoliation
An optional step to add to your morning routine may be an exfoliation step. Exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells and prepping the skin to be able to absorb products fully. If an exfoliating cleanser was used, such as the By Wishtrend Green Tea and Enzyme Milky Powder Wash then the exfoliation step can be skipped, however, if not then incorporating a gentle exfoliator into your morning routine 2-3 times a week may be what you need to make the most of your other products. The By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is a gentle chemical exfoliant which also contains vitamin A to help unclog pores, remove dead skin cells and even out skin tone.
Step 2: Toner
After cleansing, in order to retain moisture in your skin, do not dry your face with a towel and move straight onto the toning step. The perfect toner to incorporate vitamins into your morning routine and provide moisture and brightening benefits is the I’M FROM Rice Toner. This toner is rich in vitamin E to help brighten and even out the skin tone as well as lock in moisture to leave your skin feeling supple and prepped for the rest of your skincare routine.
Step 3: Serum
In order to help protect skin from environmental stressors, using a vitamin-containing serum in the daytime can be a great way to level-up your skincare routine. The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop serum contains vitamins C and E and is a wonderful addition to any morning routine. Another vitamin C-containing serum for those with non-sensitive skin is the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% serum. It contains a high amount of vitamin C which can provide skin brightening benefits as well as enhancing the effects of SPF as it can help neutralize free radicals caused by UV radiation and acts as an additional defence against sun damage.
Step 4: Moisturizer
Vitamin E is a fantastic moisturizing ingredient, so moisturizers enriched with vitamin E will provide added hydration to your morning skincare routine. The I’m From Vitamin Tree Water Gel is a lightweight moisturizing gel containing sea buckthorn oil, rich in vitamins A, C and E which will hydrate the skin as well as help even out the complexion. This gel is a great option for those with oily skin as it has a lightweight yet hydrating formulation. Another vitamin-containing moisturizer for your morning routine is the By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream which is enriched with vitamin E to provide high levels of hydration and is suitable for all skin types.
Step 5: SPF
We all know that SPF is non-negotiable and often SPFs contain vitamin E to provide added hydrating and skin-protective benefits. Some SPFs containing vitamin E include: COSRX Vitamin E Vitalizing Sunscreen, Rovectin Deep Moisture UV Protector, I’M FROM Rice Sunscreen and the By Wishtrend UV Defense Moist Cream.
Nighttime Nourishment: A Vitamin-Infused Night Routine
Step 1: Double Cleanse
In order to remove makeup, SPF and other impurities which have built up throughout the day, double cleansing is a must! Start with an oil-based cleanser to remove any oil-based makeup and impurities. A vitamin-containing oil cleanser such as the Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil, which contains jojoba seed and sesame seed oil, naturally rich in vitamins C and E will not only deeply moisturise but also brighten, protect and nourish the skin. Then, use a water-based cleanser such as the By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Milky Foaming Wash which contains vitamin E as well as other antioxidants to provide moisturizing benefits as well as gently cleanse the skin to prepare it for the rest of the nighttime routine.
Step 2: Toner
Using a vitamin-rich toner at night is exactly what your skin needs after a day out in the sun with exposure to many environmental stressors. The Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner will help prep your skin for a nourishing evening routine. This toner contains vitamins C and E for promoting collagen synthesis overnight as well as hydrating the skin.
Step 3: Serum
Serums are the best way to get your skin back to feeling its best after a long day. A serum containing both vitamins C and E is the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum which not only has vitamin benefits to help replenish the skin barrier, it can also soothe and calm the skin.
Optional Step: Sheet Mask or Wash Off Mask
A well-loved step in an evening routine is a good mask to help reset your skin and practice some essential self-care.
The By Wishtrend Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask is formulated with 21.5% natural vitamin complexes including Hippophae rhamnoides, also known as sea buckthorn which is rich in vitamins C and E. It also contains green tea, also rich in antioxidants, capable of rejuvenating skin and offering protection from environmental factors.
The I’M FROM Rice Mask is a wash off mask formulated with rice bran and rice powder to remove dead skin cells when washed off thanks to its gentle physical exfoliation. The rice powder and rice bran extracts contain various vitamins including vitamin E and B for moisturizing and brightening benefits. In addition, it contains hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration and ceramide to help strengthen the skin barrier, essential for overnight skin nourishment.
Step 4: Moisturizer
Depending on what you want out of your night routine and other products used in your routine (remember not to mix actives such as retinoids/vitamin A with vitamin C, exfoliants, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid). If you want the benefits of retinol with less irritation, a good alternative could be bakuchiol as it provides the same effects as vitamin A such as stimulating collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and overall improving skin texture, without causing irritation. The By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream has all of these benefits and offers a wonderful night cream which can be used 2-3 times per week.
For nights when you need extra hydration, a vitamin E-rich overnight mask is a great way to seal in moisture and let your skin rejuvenate overnight. The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask contains vitamin E and niacinamide to provide intense overnight hydration.
Step 5: Eye Cream
The final step for a well-rounded nighttime routine is an eye cream. Using an eye cream does not require you to be of a certain age, as benefits from using eye cream do not only include reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Many eye creams, such as the Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel, contain vitamin C and E for reducing puffiness as well as brightening the eye area. Another vitamin-containing eye cream is the I’m From Ginseng Eye Cream which features ginseng extract, naturally high in antioxidants. This eye cream provides gentle nourishment to the eye area as well as exerting benefits similar to those given by vitamin A such as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
These vitamin-containing day and nighttime skincare routines are just the thing your skin needs for a nourish and reset. Whether it’s the brightening power of vitamin C or the rejuvenating properties of vitamin A, these essential nutrients can help enhance the appearance of your skin. By selecting products rich in vitamins and following a consistent routine, you can unlock the potential of these ingredients and have healthy, radiant skin every day , and night.