Why is a skin care routine important?

Ever wondered why science and different cultures around the world vouch for a skincare routine? Then pull up your chair. You’ve stumbled into a goldmine.

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Why is a skincare routine important?

Today’s article is all about the importance of a skin care routine. Avea would like to share more than just fancy serums and mousses.

Let’s dive into the science behind, and learn how to bring out your inner glow, which you were always meant to have. You don’t need millions to take care of your skin.

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Functions of the skin

Before we indulge in lotions and tonics, let’s briefly educate ourselves. Our skin is our largest organ, literally a marvel of evolutionary biology. It’s not just wrapping paper around our bones or organs, it’s our first line of defense against the world.

Your skin:

  • provides a protective barrier against mechanical, thermal, and physical injury 
  • protects you from toxins
  • prevents loss of moisture.
  • reduces the harmful effects of UV radiation.
  • is a sensory organ (touch, detects temperature).
  • helps regulate the temperature.
  • is an immune organ that detect infections, etc.
  • produces Vitamin D.

Why is a morning skin care routine important?

A morning ritual is crucial for your skin health. Your skin behaves differently depending on different time of the day.

  1. Circadian rhythm and your skin 

Our skin, just like us, has its own internal clock. During the day, your skin works hard at defending itself (and you), from environmental stressors, such as UV rays and pollution. Basically, once it’s daylight, it shifts its focus from repair mode to protection mode.

  1. Counteracting overnight water loss

Trans-epidernal water loss occurs at a higher rate during the night. By morning, your skin may lack hydration, making it look less shiny than usual. A morning routine helps rehydrate and boost in that moisture, preparing your skin for the day ahead.

  1. Free radical defence

Antioxidants should be part of your daily skincare routine as they neutralise free radicals. These are unstable damaging molecules which are not only produced during respiration, but also from pollution, UV rays, and other lifestyle factors. Free radicals accelerate skin ageing. 

  1. UV protection

No morning routine is complete without sunscreen. In fact, everyone over 6 months, should be applying sunscreen daily. UV rays play a major role in premature skin ageing and skin cancer. A daily 30+ broad spectrum SPF, both mineral based and water-resistant, is advised.

Best skincare routine for your day

1. Cleansing: You’ve got to get rid of the nocturnal nasties. Choose a cleanser that’s pH-balanced for your skin type. 

2. Toning: Balance is key, especially in pH terms. A toner re-establishes that. 

3. Serum: Vitamin C is your bestie here. Antioxidants to fight those free radicals? Yes, please!

4. Moisturising: A good moisturiser is like a warm hug for your skin. 

5. SPF: UV rays aren’t messing around; neither should you. 

This morning skincare guide will lead to well-hydrated and radiant skin, giving you natural-looking makeup that lasts all day. (Or perhaps you won’t even need makeup at all). Whilst you may want to skip the toner, the remaining are must-do items in a skincare routine designed to address the basics for optimal skin health.

Why is a nighttime skin care routine important?

A skincare night routine is like the grand finale, that should never be missed. Nighttime is when all the magic happens. Your skin cells go into repair mode, fixing all the damage done during the day, and generate new cells. 

Your skin’s blood flow increases, and production of collagen is at its peak. Ignore the nighttime routine, and you essentially make it harder for your skin to carry out its function.

  1. Enhanced absorption

At night, your skin has an increased permeability– meaning, it is more receptive to absorbing products. With the absence of makeup or less environmental substances, your skin care will work at optimal level.

  1. Damage control

The day is harsh for your skin. UV rays, pollution, or even blue light from your phone and laptop. A nighttime routine, rich in antioxidants and powerful reparative ingredients, will help mitigate the damage. 

  1. Hydration station

As you sleep, your skin loses water. Moisturising before bed acts as a barrier to prevent too much moisture loss, keeping your skin supple.

  1. Glycation 

As the natural antioxidant levels in the skin decreases, it becomes more susceptible to glycation at night. Glycation is a process that leads to skin ageing, increasing oxidative stress and inflammation.

Best skincare routine for nighttime

When the evening has come, and it’s time to nourish, repair, and get your skin ready for the beauty sleep it truly deserves.

1. Double-Cleansing: Because one time just isn’t enough for the day you’ve had. 

2. Serum: This time, go for Hyaluronic Acid. Moisture, moisture, moisture!

3. Eye Cream: Let’s keep those peepers looking perky, shall we?

4. Moisturiser: Opt for something richer, like a night cream.

5. Longevity supplement: Boost your collagen levels.

The Avea Collagen Activator: Ideal blend of skin-loving ingredients

You know we couldn’t possibly skip this. The Avea Collagen Activator is a must when it comes to nighttime skin care. It’s a revolutionary blend, developed in collaboration with ETH Zurich scientists.

Importance of a skincare routine

It consists of:

  1. Ideal ratio of collagen amino acids – proline, hydroxyproline, and glycine.
  2. One of the most powerful known antioxidant – Astaxanthin.
  3. Natural source of Vitamin C – from Acerola cherry
  4. A well-recognised anti-ageing molecule – CaAKG

Together, these natural, vegan, ingredients work in synergy to provide benefits above and beyond collagen production. 

In our costumer test, over 70% of participants reported feeling the effects within a month of use only.

  • Hydrated skin

Collagen helps maintain skin elasticity and suppleness. Customers report improved skin quality.

  • Firm and smoother skin

Vitamin C supports collagen production, and helps promote skin quality by protecting cells from oxidative stress*.

  • Clearer skin

Astaxanthin has potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants fight free radicals and reduce inflammation.

  • Hair and nails seem stronger

Customers report stronger and healthier hair and nails, as well as improved overall energy and joint well-being.

Weekly wonders for your skin

1. Exfoliation: Once or twice a week, flush out those dead cells.

2. Mask: Depending on your skin type, choose a hydrating, purifying, or soothing mask.

The don’ts: Skincare faux pas

1. Avoid over-exfoliation: You’re not sandpapering a bench, darling. That’s your skin. Learn about your skin type, and adapt accordingly.

2. Ditch all alcohol-based products: Unless you want Sahara Desert vibes, stay away from those. They cause further dehydration.

Key take away

In this hectic world of ours, it’s all too easy to skip what might seem like ‘’vanity’’ – even if it’s about your skin health. We want you to change that. Prioritising your skin health is a necessity.

These little self-care moments allow you to be in the present. Rest assured, you are actively investing in your well-being, and your skin relies on it. 

And there you have it, a scientifically-backed, masterpiece of a skincare guide. Now go forth, and let that radiant, scientifically-nourished skin of yours conquer the world!

By Aishani Rajarai

Aishani Rajarai is a scientific writer and neuroscience enthusiast. She holds a BSc in biochemistry and cell biology, and a minor in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Her mission at Avea is to bring the science of longevity through blog posts, newsletters, podcasts, and social media content to the public, so people can live a healthier, longer, and happier life.

Aishani Rajarai is a scientific writer and neuroscience enthusiast. She holds a BSc in biochemistry and cell biology, and a minor in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Her mission at Avea is to bring the science of longevity through blog posts, newsletters, podcasts, and social media content to the public, so people can live a healthier, longer, and happier life.