Back in February, I posted my morning skincare routine with all intentions of following right up with the nighttime version. However, things didn’t quite work out that way (clearly 😛 ) Between finishing up products (yay!), the change of seasons, and trying to break bad habits (makeup wipes!!), my PM routine was in some sort of limbo. I didn’t want to share my process without having a consistent one for at least 6 weeks, and I’m happy to report, three months later, I got one!
Products may change here and there, but the steps remain the same. For the sake of time and filming, I only included my current routine in my video, but the beauty of an accompanying blog post is that I can extrapolate a bit and give you guys all the details. You know you love it 😛 !
One of the biggest hold ups in sharing my nighttime routine was my dependence on makeup wipes. I know this can be a polarizing topic in the makeup/beauty world, but after giving this some thought and doing a lot of research, I find myself on the against side of this argument. Before you start thinking I’m being unreasonable, I depended on makeup wipes as my only form of cleanser (ick!!), for all of my twenties. I didn’t cleanse nor was I big on skincare back then. Not sure how I got away with that except to say, that’s the power of youth! Older and wiser me started to realize the importance of properly cleansing after makeup removal and the negative effects of daily pulling and tugging on my skin. It got to the point where I only used makeup wipes to remove mascara and I would double cleanse afterwards, essentially triple cleansing? To make a long story short, in an effort to reduce waste and keep my crows feet from growing, I decided it was time to cut this step and learn how to properly remove eye makeup. It took some trial and error; I tested out a couple different cleansing balms and eventually got the hang of it. I can now happily say that I finished off the last of my makeup wipes with zero intention of repurchasing!! If you are having a hard time breaking the makeup wipe habit, try the Makeup Eraser instead. This is a reusable cloth that magically removes makeup when wet. It’s very soft, but you still need to be gentle when rubbing and tugging at your skin. If I could get past needing to wash this frequently, I would probably use mine daily. Anyhow, back to my routine…
Step 1: Makeup Removal – Cleansing Balm
Creamy, cleansing balms are a great way to remove makeup, sunscreen and the grime of the day from your face. Being a dry skin sufferer, I especially love using a rich cleansing balm because it gently removes mascara without drying out the sensitive skin around my eyes. I am currently using the Woodlot Nourishing Cleansing Balm. I discovered this brand from a past GoodBeing box. This is a very rich, emollient balm that is very effective in removing makeup. I do find, however, that it leaves behind a film afterwards, which is why I prefer doing a double cleanse. I also have tried and enjoyed the Naturopathica Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm. This is not as rich as the Woodlot balm, but equally effective. I requested this as a sample from Follain’s customer service and they sent me a pretty generous amount. I will likely purchase this when I finish the Woodlot balm.
Step 2: Cleansing – Facial Cleanser
I’ve been using the First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser for so long that it’s hard for me to remember what I used before this. It’s a very gentle cleanser that does not strip the skin. When I use it after the Woodlot Cleansing Balm, it removes all traces of the balm and leaves my face feeling fresh and clean. A tiny bit goes a long way, the whipped texture really lathers up. Another cleanser that I used recently and really enjoyed is the Osea Ocean Cleanser. Like the FAB Cleanser, it also is very gentle and good for all skin types.
Step 3: Serum/Treatment
As you age, your skin cells turn over less often, so exfoliating is really important to remove the buildup of dead skin cells to allow your skincare to better penetrate and be most effective for your skin. Nighttime is a good time to apply a treatment to your skin that can work while you are sleeping. One option is using a face wash with physical exfoliating properties (a face scrub). I prefer chemical exfoliators that I can apply and leave on for maximum benefit. These are also less abrasive. I’ve been using the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Night Serum for quite some time, I’m actually on my second bottle. This serum is an AHA-BHA blend and may be something you need to work your way up to if you are new to chemical exfoliating serums or have sensitive skin. I like to use this every other night. On the off nights, I turn to a retinol serum, the First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate. As far as retinol goes, this is a very beginner strength that is recommended for sensitive skin. I like this because it doesn’t lead to any peeling or discomfort, but I am still exposing my skin to retinol and getting it’s anti-aging benefits!
Step 4: Eye Treatment – Eye Cream
I read somewhere once that the best time to apply eye cream is right after your serum, so that’s what I do. It’s been working pretty well for me. I have dark circles and dryness under my eyes, so hydration is super key for me. The Zum Face Under Eye Butter is a really rich and creamy product with hydrating effects that last. It’s great as a nighttime moisturizer.
Step 5: Moisturizer
During the winter months, I don’t hesitate to pile on the moisture with a cream followed by an oil. As the weather is getting warmer, though, I don’t feel the need to layer as much. I’m a big fan of facial oils. I’ve used Rosehip and Marula oil in the past (still love them both!) and discovered Sweet Almond Oil this year. Sweet Almond Oil is rich in Vitamin A and E and can help to lighten hyperpigmentation. This oil is a bit thicker than the Rosehip and Marula varieties I’ve used in the past, but that’s another reason why I like to use it alone, without a cream underneath. I apply this everywhere and in a pinch, use this as an under eye treatment. You can source 100% oils from many places, but since this is going on my face, I sought out a USDA organic version from Fresh Thyme, the Inesscents Organic Almond Oil. Here is another USDA organic version from the brand Eve Hansen.
Step 6: Lip Balm
Lip care was something that I only paid attention when I was experiencing dry, cracked lips. That is, until I discovered clean lip balms. All of the sudden, wearing lip balm went from being a requirement to a luxury, no joke! It all started with the Kari Gran Lip Whip. This is the first lip balm that I actually finished. My lips are prone to peeling and drying and as long as I used the Lip Whip, my lips were healthy. To change things up, I recently purchased the Poethique Nourishing Lip Balm in Buenos Aires and it’s been just as amazing. Looking forward to repurchasing both of these in the future.
Step 7: Hands – Nail and Cuticle Treatment
I know hands aren’t technically part of a facial skincare routine, but I had to squeeze this one in because hands are so often neglected. As I’ve said a million times, I suffer from dry skin and this also means I have dry, cracked cuticles. I’ve really noticed a positive change in the health of my nail beds since I started using the Vapour Beauty Replenish Nail & Cuticle Oil nightly. Initially, I kept this product by my bedside table, but kept forgetting to use it. When I lump it in with my nighttime skincare routine, it becomes part of the nightly process.
So here it is, better late than never, right? What do you use in your nighttime skincare routine? Any products I should add or replace? Let me know in the comments, you know I a total skincare addict 😉