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The Best Skincare Routine Products for Morning, Day, & Night

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Jan 4, 2021
The Best Skincare Routine Products for Morning, Day, & Night

Plan your day with these skincare products

There are certain skincare ingredients that you shouldn’t give the time of day, and we mean that literally. It’s a major bummer to discover that the moisturizer you’ve been using in the morning and night isn’t as effective in the AM as you think, but we’re here to help you find the perfect morning cream. And serum. And cleanser.

Just like you adjust your skincare routine throughout the seasons or as you age, you should switch up your products depending on the hour. Your morning routine deserves all the antioxidants as you shield against environmental stress, you need replenishing and heavy creams for nighttime, and the makeup-skincare hybrids for the day make your beauty routine super fun. Seriously, wait until you see these radiance drops.

As you start prepping your skincare routine around the clock, these are MIRA BEAUTY’s best beauty products you need for the morning, day, and night.  

Morning

Morning Burst Detoxifying Facial Cleanser by Clean & Clear, $6

Morning Burst Detoxifying Facial Cleanser by Clean & Clear
Source: Clean & Clear

The best way to feel refreshed and ready for the day before joining Zoom school? A good cleanser, like this one by Clean & Clear that definitely lives up to its name. It’s formulated with BURSTING BEADS™ to release powerful antioxidants into your skin, providing protection against environmental damage and banishing skin issues like acne, dryness, and dullness. You’ll actually feel these beads starting to break apart as you lather this cleanser on your skin, which is a sweet sensation that we could describe… but want you to feel for yourself first. It’s definitely an incredible thing to experience right after you wake up. Morning Burst is also formulated with a Coralline Complex and infused with oxygen to give you an AM boost of energy and glowing skin. Since it’s only $6, this is the best affordable face wash for people of all ages and skin types to start the day with a deep clean.

C-Firma Day Serum by Drunk Elephant, $80

 C-Firma Day Serum by Drunk Elephant
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The biggest beauty mistake you can make? Using the same skincare products for both morning and evening, especially serums. These products are designed to deliver high concentrations of active ingredients into the skin, and your AM serum should be packed with antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental stress throughout the day. C-Firma Day Serum by Drunk Elephant does just that. It’s formulated with a Potent Antioxidant Complex (15% L-Ascorbic Acid plus Ferulic Acid and 1% Vitamin E) to make skin feel more firm while adding a boost of brightness, along with protecting against environmental factors and reducing the signs of photoaging in the skin. Exactly what you need throughout the day to shield against the sun’s rays. And that’s just one of the ingredients in C-Firma… there are plenty more that make your morning skincare routine more effective. Pumpkin Ferment and Pomegranate Extract work together to exfoliate and dissolve dead skin cells, Indian Gooseberry slows down the signs of oxidative stress, and Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer guarantees that all these ingredients work effectively without drying out your skin. “C” the light and increase beauty and brightness with this AM essential from Drunk Elephant.

Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream by Neutrogena, $21

Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream by Neutrogena
Source: Neutrogena

You know that one person we all know who’s just incredibly chill, gets along with everybody, and always makes the day a little brighter? If that person were a skincare ingredient, they would be Hyaluronic Acid. This substance is naturally produced by the body and works effectively on all skin types, holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water for an extreme moisture surge. You can always get a Hyaluronic Acid boost with the Hydro Boost collection by Neutrogena, especially with this eye cream that gives your delicate under eye skin the love it deserves. The large amounts of HA in this eye cream doesn’t just hydrate the skin all day long, you’ll also notice a younger, smoother, and brighter under eye area in practically no time. For even more morning magic, you can apply this eye cream under your concealer for a smoother canvas and brighter eyes!

Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 by Aveeno, $14

Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 by Aveeno
Source: Aveeno

The key factors when choosing a hydrating moisturizer for both day and night? Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu has a few thoughts. “Daytime moisturizers have SPF to protect you from UV rays when you’re walking around outside,” she told Byrdie. “They also tend to be more lightweight, so you can put makeup on without feeling greasy or looking shiny.” She also mentioned that wearing an SPF moisturizer throughout the day will help prevent dark spots and skin discoloration, which makes us want to run out and buy the Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 by Aveeno. Like, right now. It’s made with a Total Soy Complex formula that evens skin tone and texture, while fading dark spots and keeping your complexion looking bright. Combine this with the SPF 30 that protects and repairs against UV damage, and you have the best daytime moisturizer that 90% of MIRA guests agree is brightening and evens out skin.

Day

The Glow Enhancer by Elcie Cosmetics, $48

The Glow Enhancer by Elcie Cosmetics
Source: Elcie Cosmetics

Are you a makeup and skincare enthusiast whose complexion needs a little nourishment throughout the day? No problem. The best daytime skincare products are those that are extremely subtle, yet give you a guilt-free glow with enriching ingredients. Like The Glow Enhancer by Elcie Cosmetics. This nourishing, lightweight formula illuminates your look with just a few drops, packed with shimmery minerals for a healthy radiance. And you won’t just be sparkling on the outside, as this oil also provides antioxidant and anti-aging properties for an inner glow up. The Glow Enhancer is infused with Meadowfoam Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Vitamin E and a number of fatty acids to protect your skin against environmental damage. You won’t just see a major drop in dullness, but a reduction in dark spots, fine lines, and uneven texture. Does this product sound like a makeup-skincare hybrid dream for the daytime? Because it is. Give your skin a boost of illumination and health before your work meeting with this daytime skincare and makeup product.

Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment by Aquaphor, $7

Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment by Aquaphor
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Calling this Aquaphor essential a “moisturizer” wouldn’t be doing it justice, and we think celebrity fans like Beyonce and Zendaya would agree. Despite being under $10, this cream is extremely soothing and hydrating, and can be used in a variety of ways throughout the day. Zendaya's beauty routine involves using Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment basically from head to toe, and has been open about all the ways she incorporates Aquaphor into her celebrity makeup routine. She uses this cream for a poppin’ highlight for her face and on her lips as a moisturizing gloss, and even applies to her brows on occasion as a conditioner. You can also reduce issues like acne, scars, or burns with this miracle cream. Formulated with 41% Petrolatum, the Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment has extreme hydrating and healing abilities that gives your skin the attention it deserves. While we love to use it throughout the day, you can also use it at night - Queen B style. One of Beyonce's best beauty tips involves slathers this cream all over her face every evening before bed!

Night

Regenerating Cleanser by Tata Harper, $42

Regenerating Cleanser by Tata Harper, $42
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It’s very important to cleanse well in your nighttime skincare routine, and you probably know why. Your skin is exposed to pollution, debris, and other environmental stressors all throughout the day, and you need one that rinses away all the bad stuff without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Because nobody wants to go to sleep with dirt and last night’s foundation caked on the pillow. Regenerating Cleanser by Tata Harper is a great choice to eliminate makeup, dirt, and oil for all skin types, and that’s just the beginning. It’s formulated with Apricot Microspheres to exfoliate below the surface and smooth texture, Natural BHA from White Willow Bark Extract to deep clean and minimize pores, and Olive Oil Liquid Crystal Complex to moisturize and soften skin. These natural ingredients literally get under your skin to get every last bit of oil and concealer, and your face will be feeling fresh before you go to bed!

Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask by Glow Recipe, $49

 Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask by Glow Recipe
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Two things that nearly every beauty enthusiast loves? Avocado and Retinol. And you’ll get both of these trendy ingredients with the Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask by Glow Recipe. This product is a lightweight, ultra-hydrating overnight mask for a morning glow up - formulated with antioxidant-rich Avocado to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, protect against environmental aggressors, and soothe and nourish the skin. The presence of encapsulated Retinol only enhances the anti-aging process, helping you achieve firmer and fresher skin without irritation, while PHA provides gentle exfoliation and Matcha further nourishes the skin. If it sounds like the dream anti-aging cream for your nightly skincare routine… that’s because it is!

Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate by Tatcha, $110

 Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate by Tatcha
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You’ve probably heard it a million times, but it’s true. Your body repairs itself while you’re asleep. And that’s why you need a nighttime serum that’s mega-hydrating, repairing, and resurfacing. Who doesn’t want to say “I woke up like this” as they look in the mirror in the AM, and thank their nighttime skincare routine for a freshly glowing complexion? Tatcha skincare products are known for being luxurious and indulgent, and the Luminous Dewy Skin Night Concentrate will give your skin a late-night glow up. It’s an ultra-hydrating formula of botanical oils and extracts that melt into the skin and help you look younger, fresher, and smoother in the morning… and these skincare ingredients are everything. Okinawa Red Algae significantly improves and repairs the skin’s moisture barrier and helps with natural moisture-retaining capabilities, Squalane effortlessly moisturizes throughout the night, and Tatcha's Signature Hadasei-3 (Green Tea, Rice, and Algae) restores a healthy and youthful radiance. Tatcha skincare products are made to nourish your complexion throughout the night, and you’ll wake up with Luminous Dewy Skin after using this top-rated serum.

Regenerist Night Recovery Cream by Olay, $25

Regenerist Night Recovery Cream by Olay, $25
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“Recovery” is a key term in any nighttime skincare routine, as that’s exactly what your skin needs to do while you snooze: recover. You can always count on Olay for your PM essentials, and the Regenerist Night Recovery Cream is a moisturizer that hydrates and produces your most healthy skin overnight. It’s packed with an Amino-Peptide complex that penetrates 10 layers deep to accelerate cell turnover and leave your skin looking smoother and firmer, along with Niacinamide to gently exfoliate and keep skin hydrated. These powerful ingredients work together while you sleep to give a whole new meaning to the term “beauty rest,” and you’ll see why the MIRA reviews can’t get enough of the Regenerist Night Recovery Cream!

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