May. 02, 2020

Morning skin care routine

Wake up and make up? Not so fast! Before you decide to apply your makeup, a good morning skincare regimen can help for a smoother makeup application with a longer-lasting result. Even if you're not the makeup type, there's no doubting the importance of protecting your face from daily sun exposure, pollution, and certain lifestyle factors. Your skin is your largest organ and should be treated with the same respect as your other organs.

Cleaning your face in the morning

Can water dry out your skin?

A splash of cold water on your face can do the trick to wake up those tired morning eyes. Cosmetics experts are slowly transitioning to a cleansing routine with less water. The reason for this is that water can dry out your skin , which can be confusing since you're actually getting your face wet, right?


This is especially true when you are exposed to hot water for extended periods of time (e.g. hot baths), causing water loss in the deeper layers of the skin and making our skin feel dehydrated. This can make the skin more sensitive. If you already have dry and sensitive skin, try washing your face less often than usual, for example once a day instead of twice or every two days if you have dry to very dry skin. And use lukewarm water instead of very cold or hot water.


Are cleaning products really necessary?

Are you already aware of what a good skin care routine entails? Then you've probably found that incorporating cleansing products into your daily routine can significantly improve your skin condition . Different skin types need different cleansers. Dr. Barbara Geusens skips these cleaning products in the morning and prefers to use them in the evening . At night, our skin regenerates through the production of lipids that strengthen the skin barrier. Morning cleansing increases the risk of washing away what the skin has built up over night . So if you clean your face well before going to bed, there is no need to cleanse in the morning. Here are some tips for choosing a cleanser.

STEP 1: Choose a milk or oily facial cleanser

  • Make-up, pollution and skin components are usually oil-based and are best removed with these types of cleansers. In addition, it keeps your skin hydrated , which is important to prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the long run .
  • If you have oily skin , you might think this cleanse isn't for you. But actually this is a 'reverse psychology' approach. When you dry out your skin, sebum production is stimulated, leading to oily, acne-prone skin. Adding oil/lipid based products to your skin will give it negative feedback to stop producing more oil than it needs .

STEP 2: Go for a soft tonic

  • Implementing a gentle, water-based tonic in your routine can serve as a double cleanse : it removes any remaining makeup or cleansing products and ideally removes dead skin cells as well . Avoid tonics with a high alcohol content that dry out and strip your skin barrier, but instead select a toner with a mild peeling effect , such as enzymatic or fruit acid based peels.

How do I prepare my face in the morning?

Day Serum

A day serum often consists of a light texture that you can consider as a 'shot' of very powerful ingredients to hydrate, protect and address your skin problems. It is usually the first product that comes into contact with your skin after cleansing your face in the morning. A serum can also help with better absorption of your day cream . This is usually the case for skincare from the same brand , as it is often a good match without any interaction .

Day cream

A day cream often has a thicker texture for more hydration and sometimes protects against sun damage if it contains an SPF factor. In reality, most people don't like the white texture of sun creams, so a day cream with SPF can be more motivating to protect yourself from harmful UV rays . Today, however, scientists have developed formulas for a more pleasant feel on the skin . This is often a challenge for cosmetics formulators .


Sun cream

Your day cream may already contain a sunscreen (chemical and/or mineral), but that does not mean that you are protected against UV damage all day long . There are two types of sunscreens: mineral and chemical sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens reflect UV rays while chemical sunscreens absorb UV light which is then converted into heat.

Regardless of your skin type, you should always reapply your sunscreen several times a day to achieve the SPF (e.g. SPF15, 30, 50) stated on the packaging. This is especially important if there are known cases of skin cancer or sun allergies in the family and if your skin tends to hyperpigment easily . Depending on the amount of sun exposure and your skin type (Fitzpatrick Scale), the time to reapply may vary. It is often recommended to apply sunscreen every two hours as a standard guideline.

Remind yourself to carry sunscreen everywhere you go so that your skin is protected all day long. Preferably look for a sunscreen that protects against both UVB and UVA . Importantly, the sunscreen is compatible with your other skincare products, which means it is better to use a sunscreen that is non-comedogenic (pore-clogging), non-occlusive and has a pleasant texture that suits your skin type (dry, normal, combination, oily).


To complete your morning routine, you can add some coverage by using a matching foundation or by using a tinted day cream for a more natural finish. You don't really need a primer on a daily basis , as a good skin care routine will provide the same benefits. Primers are often commercialized, but are not always necessary. Complete your look with some bronzer, blush and highlighter to emphasize your best features .

What Nomige's personalized skincare routine can offer you

  • Nomige offers two cleaning products :

    o a milky cleanser for a mild yet effective cleanse

    o an enzymatic tonic to remove residual make-up and dirt and acts as a mild exfoliator suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

2-in-1 cleanser

  • The Nom dag serum is formulated to feel light on the skin . It is tailored to your genetic (DNA) profile and contains very powerful antioxidants such as glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase. These are more powerful antioxidants than the classic vitamins C and E , which are also present in the day serum, but more as a support .
  • The Nomige day cream takes into account your lifestyle factors and also contains (mineral) UV filters . It has a thicker texture and forms an ideal base for make-up . Depending on your preference, it can also be a tinted version . If your lifestyle changes, or the season, your stage of life, the environment, this particular cream also changes. He "grows" with you.

Day Serum


Nome Daycream


Some final tips

  • If you often get clogged pores from your makeup, look for non-comedogenic products that don't or minimally clog pores.
  • Apply the product with the lightest texture to your face first and let it absorb completely to prevent the product from 'running '.
  • When using a sunscreen with chemical sunscreens , allow it to absorb into your skin for about 20 minutes before heading out, as it needs to interact with specific skin proteins to protect against UV rays. If possible, apply it as the first layer of your skin care routine for an optimal reaction with the skin proteins .

Learn more about DNA skincare & Nomige from Dr. Barbara Geusens

Watch an interactive and educational session where you can learn more about your skin, the role of your DNA, skin care and the Nomige concept.

The online Masterclass is the ideal opportunity to learn more about Nomige and DNA skin care.

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