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
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.