I posted my nighttime skincare routine over a year ago, and my products have changed quite a bit so I wanted to post an update. I have always been passionate about skincare–everything from taking good care of my skin to learning about the ingredients in products. Before purchasing a product, I always do research on the ingredients. One of my favorite resources is CosDNA. If any of the ingredients is a concern, then I read more about it to see if I am OK with putting it on my skin. I also read hundreds of product reviews!
Keep in mind that I am in my late 20’s and have sensitive, oily, acne prone skin, so these products may not work for you. Everyone should do their own research to find products best suited for their age, skin type, and skin concerns.
Step 1: Cleanse
Double cleansing at the end of the day is crucial. The first step is to use an oil based cleanser to lift oil-based products, such as makeup, sunscreen and excess oil. My favorite is the Banila Co Clean it Zero (use coupon code “101smiles” for 10% off). I use a spatula that comes with the product and scoop a little bit onto my hands. My hands warm up the product and it will transform from a solid into liquid form. I apply this to my dry face and all of my makeup gently comes off! Next, I apply a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining impurities and use it with my Clarisonic to provide a deeper cleanse. The Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam has a thick consistency and turns into a rich foam.
Step 2: Tone
In past years I never believed toning to be a necessary step and most toners I used irritated my skin. This is because many skincare brands recommended alcohol based toners for my oily, acne prone skin. Now I only use alcohol-free toners to balance my skin. I really like the Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner, which removes dead skin and fights breakouts.
Step 3: Essence
Essence is the newest step in my skincare routine. Essence have highly concentrated antioxidants, vitamins, organic acids, and sometimes fermented probiotics. These ingredients target wrinkles, fine lines, and dull and uneven skin tones. I have been using the MISSHA Time Revolution for over 6 months. It is a great (and cheaper) alternative to the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.
Step 4: Treat
Morning serums should protect skin, while night serums should treat skin. I have been using the Drunk Elephant Glycolic Serum for 6 months and absolutely love it. It has 12% glycolic serum which gently removes dead skin cells and supports natural collagen. It took a month to see the results, but my skin is now much smoother and even. I have done a lot of research on other glycolic serums and this one has the best ingredients.
Step 5: Moisturize
Moisturizing is an essential step. I have loved the Josie Maran Argan Oil for years, but received a couple samples of the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil so I have been using it. I think marula oil is great and it has similar benefits to argan oil (great article on the difference here), but marula oil is better for dry, dull, or aging skin while argan oil is better for normal or oily skin. Both oils have been great on my skin so I plan to continue using them. The skin around the eye is quicker to show age and fatigue, so it’s important to use a good eye cream. I love the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair–it is great at reducing puffiness and dark circles. I always end my routine with lip balm, and my favorite is the Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm. This product is crazy expensive and the 24-karat gold leaf is completely unnecessary, but this is the most hydrating lip balm I’ve ever used! I apply it at night and in the morning, and it keeps my lips hydrated all day. I actually dropped this jar and it broke into three pieces, but I will keep using it until all the products have been used up!
This is my everyday nighttime skincare routine, but I also rotate between various clay masks, hydrating masks, sheet masks, and exfoliating cream at night as well. If you’re planning to purchase beauty items, the Sephora VIB sale is coming up. VIB Rouge can shop between Nov 4-7 and everything is 20% off. VIB can shop a couple days after that date. I have lots of items on my wishlist and will post my Sephora haul during the sale!