Skincare Routine: How I take Care Of My Skin At Night
*Updated March 2019
Over the last few years, I’ve started a regular skincare routine. I wish I cared about my skin earlier but alas, at least I am doing something about it now. Here is my nightly skincare routine. It will change with the seasons or if I try new products but this is what I do every night when I’m at home. It is pared down when I’m on the road but I try to take good care of my skin all the time. So I’ll be sure to share a new post or update this post!
Skin type: On the oilier side with hormonal breakouts
Some of my skincare products in current rotation
Nighttime Skincare Routine
I usually take a shower every night unless I’ve taken one in the late afternoon. Even still, I will wash my feet and take a wet washcloth to cleanse myself before bed.
If I am wearing makeup, I double cleanse. Currently, I am loving Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm as my first cleanse. I recently found DHC Oil at Costco and am trialling that. So far I like it! The only thing to note is to make sure not to get it in your eyes!
Then I do a second cleanse with a gentle face wash. I saw Cerave Hydrating Cleanser recommended by so many people online I bought that and I’m pretty happy with it. It’s pretty cheap at Target and you can find coupons (which you have to print though…who has a printer!). If I feel like my face still has makeup on, I’ll take a saturated cotton pad with micellar water (I only use Bioderma micellar water– I have tried other kinds and I’ve never liked any of them) and wipe my face again and splash with water.
Tone And/Or Exfoliate
After cleansing, I spray my face with a toner. I was gifted Elemis’ Apricot Toner and I really like it. On days when I need exfoliate, I use a Glycolic Toner. Previously I was using the Pixi Glow Tonic which I like but lately, I’ve been using one by The Ordinary. It’s a bit stronger at 7% over Pixi’s 5% and the bottle is massive. The Ordinary sent it over and I’m loving it so far and it will last me forever.
Then comes serums. I bought Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum at a local health food store and I’m loving it. My skin texture is better than ever and I can tell that my sun spots and acne scar discoloration are fading. I also found The Ordinary’s Niacinamide at a pharmacy in Spain and I can’t tell if it’s making a difference but I’m going to stick to it because it was cheap and has such great reviews. I was sent over a bottle of The Ordinary Buffet by Deciem and I like it a lot. While these absorb into my skin, I floss my teeth and toothbrush.
*Update: A local beauty store across the road called Primor has some new The Ordinary Products in stock. I picked up the Vitamin C Suspension as well as Marine Hyaluronic Acid. I heard this combo is fantastic and it was only 12 Euros. I will update you on my skin in a few months.*
After serums, I put on my moisturizer. In the summer I like Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel cream because it’s light. While my moisturizer dries sometimes I’ll meditate/stretch/foam roll/or scroll Instagram.
*Update: For the winter I’m trying something a bit heavier. I found a really rich Holika Holika Ceramide cream at Marshall’s for $5 and I love it. I’ve never used such a heavy cream before but as I’m ageing my skin has changed. Plus I’m currently in Spain and it’s so dry here.*
A week before my period or during my period I put on La Roche Posay Duo which keeps my acne in check. I never go without this!! This changed my skin for the better! Sometimes I rotate Sunday Riley’s UFO instead for my acne treatment.
Otherwise, I am on my anti-aging program and I use a Retinol product. I was previously using another retinol product but now using one by The Ordinary Retinoid 2% Emulsion which I am loving. It’s so budget friendly so I will 100000% be buying more and I can see it working. I add a drop of The Ordinary’s Squalene oil to it and it’s the perfect combination.
Lips And Eyes
I have recently discovered Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask. It is seriously the best lip product I have ever purchased. If you don’t believe me check out the photo below of all the lip products I have recently tried including a lip balm I bought at Barney’s for $65 when I was drunk in NYC. After Laneige, the next favourite lip product would be good ol’ classic Carmex.
For my eyes, I was kindly sent Neutrogena Hydro Boost by the company and I still use that. I’m still on the hunt for a good eye cream. I was using Somme Institute’s Eye Cream which I bought a while ago but I didn’t really notice a difference so I won’t be re-purchasing.
To all the lip products I have loved before! Goodbye!
You must be thinking that this is a lot for a skincare routine but my skin has never been better. From my teen years and well into my thirties, I was plagued with problematic skin. Getting it right in my mid-forties is an accomplishment! I still occasionally get acne but it’s mostly hormonal around my chin or if I am not keeping up with my regimen. Drinking 3 Litres of water a day helps too!
Tell me about your skincare routine in the comments! I love hearing what works for people!
**Disclaimer: Please note that links in this post are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra charge to you. This is always appreciated but never expected. Many thanks to Deciem and The Ordinary for sending over products to try. As always, opinions stated are my own.**