My Evening Skincare Routine
A commonly-known piece of skincare advice is “Always wash your face before bedtime.” I could not agree more! As a makeup user with oily skin, cleaning my skin before calling it a night is something that I cannot miss! I make sure to take time every night to clean and moisturize my skin thoroughly. “Nighttime is the right time” when it comes to our skin because as we sleep the skin cells are at work repairing themselves. Having a clean face helps with the nightly rejuvenation process. An uncleaned face (especially with makeup still on it) can clog up your pores and prevent your skin from breathing. With this in mind, I use products that help maximize this process and give my skin some extra rejuvenation “love.” The products in this routine are also adaptable for normal to drier skin types.
(NOTE – This is not a sponsored post. I use all of the following products regularly and they have been purchased with my own money.)
*****STEP ONE – MAKEUP REMOVAL*****
Up until recently, makeup removers that I’ve used weren’t very thorough with cleaning makeup completely off of my face.. Regardless of how much of it I applied on my skin, remnants of mascara were always left on my eyelashes after cleansing. While I slept, the mascara would make its way to my under-eye area which in essence is pure dirt. Even if I used a separate eye makeup removers this happened. Recently, I was lucky enough to find not one, but THREE effective makeup removers! Although these products are oils or oil-based, they are very light and made with ingredients that do not clog the pores. And the best thing is that you have options depending on your preference and budget! I switch between these removers and ALL of them work very well on my skin.
- Julep Love Your Bare Face Age-Defying Cleansing Oil – $28.00
- Clinique’s “Take The Day Off” Cleansing Balm – $29.00
- 100% Cold-Pressed Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil (I use the VitaCost brand) – $6.99 (16 fl. oz)
I apply a generous amount of the cleansing oil/balm in my hands or on my fingertips and gently massage the product all over my face, paying extra special attention to my eye area to loosen up the makeup. With a warm, wet washcloth, wrung out slightly, I gently wipe my face until all of the product and makeup is removed. I use this technique for all of the products listed above.
*****STEP TWO – CLEANSE*****
For this I go back to my favorite cleansing sponge, the Julep Charcoal Konjac Sponge ($12.00)! But instead of the SheaMoisture soap that I use in the AM, I cleanse my face with another Julep product called Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick ($28.00). I received this little goodie in one of my monthly boxes a couple of months ago. This little stick packs a powerful cleansing punch with a combination of natural oils and fruit enzymes that clean, detoxify and provide a even balance of moisture to your skin.
Dampen the sponge with warm water, rub the cleansing stick on it, work up a lather, wash your face, rise and pat, then on to the toner! Before trying this cleansing stick, I simply used my SheaMoisture soap, so if you prefer to keep products to a minimum, by all means use it in your nightly routine instead.
*****STEP THREE – TONE*****
If your skin is oily/combination, like mine, Noxzema Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads ($3.99) is a great toner. This has been one of my holy grail products for a number of years. If your skin tends to be on the drier side, T.N Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Astringent ($3.99) is a gentle product that works well for most without drying out your skin.
I’ve tried using witch hazel, but it didn’t work for me, unfortunately, due to my skin’s tendency to break out. When using skin toners, please make sure to avoid the eye area!
*****STEP FOUR – MOISTURIZE*****
Eye Cream: Another one of my “old standbys” is the L’Oreal Paris Revitalize Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Eye Cream (price varies). I gently dab this cream on the skin around my eye area and it works well. I mentioned in my first skincare post that I was still on the look for the “one” as far as eye creams are concerned. I am so happy that my favorite SheaMoisture line (Superfruit) just came out with an eye cream, SheaMoisture Superfruit Renewal Eye Cream ($14.99). Of course, I will be trying this out along with the rest of the products under this skincare line, with a review following!!
Moisturizer: Julep Nightshift Sleeping Mask ($34.00): This “luxury” mask is EXTREMELY moisturizing and “reaches deep into the skin to stimulate cell turnover and renewal” while you’re sleeping. If you have dry skin, it can also be applied lightly on you skin during the day. Many of the user reviews that I’ve read on this mask state it “miraculously” cleared up acne breakouts after using it a few times. I apply a thin layer of this cream all over my face and neck (avoiding the eye area, as instructed). I don’t rub it in. Your skin “drinks” it up minutes after applying!
After following these steps at night, I wake up in the morning to soft, hydrated skin that’s ready for my morning routine!
I hope that you find this information helpful! Let me know if you have any questions!