Skincare Routine | How I take Care Of My Skin At Night
Over the last few years, I’ve started a regular skincare routine. My skin would be in better shape if I was more diligent earlier but alas, at least I am doing something about it now. Below I will share my routine that I do nightly but it will change with seasons or if I try new products. When I travel I do pare it down but I try to keep good care of my skin every day.
*Updated June 2019
Skin type: On the oilier side with hormonal breakouts
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Nighttime Skincare Routine
Normally I take a shower before bed 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.
Some of my skincare products in current rotation
If I am wearing makeup, I always double cleanse. Currently, I am loving Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm as my first cleanse. Recently I found DHC Oil at Costco but I’m not a fan so I won’t repurchase. It’s very popular but I find sometimes it irritates my eyes even though I keep my eyes closed when washing my face.
With clean hands, I scoop or pump a little bit into my hands. Then I distribute it on my face, and then lightly rub it in to get all the makeup off. Once those products are worked into my face, I take a wet white face cloth and gently wipe the balm or oil cleanser off my face. Using a white face cloth helps me see if I still have makeup on my face. After, I rinse my face with lukewarm water, never hot.
Then I do a second cleanse with a gentle face wash. Cerave Hydrating Cleanser is recommended by so many people online so I bought it. I’m pretty happy with it. It’s pretty cheap at Target and you can find coupons online (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) and wipe my face, especially along the hairline and chin. Then a final splash of 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.
Then comes serums. I 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 from my family’s flat in Spain called Primor has some new The Ordinary Products in stock. I picked up the Vitamin C Suspension as well as Hyaluronic Acid. There has been a lot of positive reviews online 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: Last winter I tried 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 aging my skin has changed. *
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 Vitamin A product. I use 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.
**Update: I bought some over the counter Tretinoin in Spain. It’s called Retirides and the percentage is 0.025%. I’m starting out with once a week application and see how that works. When I was a teenager I was plagued with acne and was prescribed Retin-A. So I’m very familiar with using it and all the peeling and dry skin. I’m not having that problem right now since the percentage is very low. Also, I’ve been using Retinol for a while so my skin is a bit used to harsh treatments. *
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! Thank you, next.
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: Many thanks to Deciem and The Ordinary for sending over products to try. As always, opinions stated are my own. This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may make a commission.**