A Mid-Day Routine May Be the Boost Your Skincare Routine Needs

For a little while now, I have been noticing that my skin feels “dirty” by around 3 pm. Not because it actually is, but the buildup of products, sweat, oil, and whatever makeup I may have on lead to my skin feeling congested. I decided to try and see if doing a minimal skincare routine around this time would help and my oh my do I NOT regret this decision!

I began doing mid-day routines a couple of months ago and I’ve seen a drastic improvement in my skin. My pores look significantly smaller since they are being cleaned more frequently. My skin is less oily and my texture…what is texture?! I don’t know her!

How does my mid-day routine look?

When I get home around 3 pm, I cleanse my face with the NYX Micellar Water. This removes all the sweat, dirt, oils, makeup…everything! I then go in with Neutrogena’s Alcohol-Free Toner to tone and hydrate my skin. Occasionally, if I did not use my Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme during my morning routine, I’ll use them to exfoliate during my mid-day routine. After cleansing, toning, and exfoliating, I apply aloe vera gel to calm my semi-sensitive skin down and follow it up with my favorite hydrating moisturizer, Garnier Moisture Rescue. It is super lightweight and cool and it makes my skin feel smooth and fresh. I love a fresh-feeling face!

The most important part of my mid-day routine is reapplying my sunscreen. I use the Shiseido Senka Aging Care Sunscreen with SPF 50 PA++++. This is my holy grail sunscreen because it blends into my skin flawlessly leaving no white cast and it also moisturizes. Depending on the day, I may use my Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil with SPF 50.

I re-apply any spot treatments after this, too.

Who would benefit most from a mid-day routine?

Oily, acne-prone skin types

Clogged pores lead to breakouts. Making sure your pores stay clear throughout the day will reduce how often you breakout.

Dry skin 

If you have dry skin, you typically experience TEWL (transepidermal water loss) throughout the day, sometimes without even being aware. Re-hydrating and moisturizing your skin will prevent it from becoming excessively dry at any point in the day.

Who is a mid-day routine NOT for?

Well, if you are an avid makeup-wearer, it may not be realistic to remove all of your makeup in the middle of the day. For me, who rarely has the energy anymore to do a full beat in the morning, wiping off the minimal makeup I wear is no big deal.

Also, if your skin is extremely sensitive, it may do more harm to manipulate it more often throughout the day. I would recommend sticking to just a simple morning and night routine to avoid further irritating your skin.

Shop my mid-day routine!

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Comments ( 2 )

  • Abbie

    Do you wash your dash with facial soaps?

    • Lily Njoroge

      Hi, Abbie!

      I’m not quite sure what you meant to ask. Do you mind clarifying so I can properly answer your question? Thanks!

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