27 August, 2014 My Evening Skincare Routine
I posted about my morning skincare routine a few weeks ago (view here), and it included a few quick steps for when I need to be up and ready in a hurry. My evening routine is different, as I like to take my time and make sure I’m paying attention to different skin-related issues I’ve had that day. I’ll include pictures of the products I’m using at the moment and will link to other products I keep in my rotation. As always let me know in the comments if you’d like to see a more in-depth review of a specific product and I’d be happy to write it!
The first step in my evening routine is to remove all of my makeup. At the moment I’m using the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel (buy here), and rotate this alongside the REN Rose Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser (buy here). I’ve reviewed both of these makeup removers in a blog post which you can read here. I tend to repeat this step two to three times; the reason being that products like SPF, primer, concealer and powder all cling to the skin, and one application doesn’t always remove the grime and residue that ends up on my face after a long day.
I then go in with a second cleanse – unnecessary for some, but I like to make sure I’ve removed all of the makeup remover as well. As I have quite oily skin I use a cleanser that helps combat excess sebum, like the NUXE Aroma-Perfection Purifying Cleansing Gel (buy here). Other cleansers I like to use are the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, and the Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Cleanser (buy here and here). These all do the same job at controlling oil production and eliminating sebum from my pores. I’ll second cleanse with my Clarisonic Mia 2 (buy here) about twice a week, as this cleanses and exfoliates at the same time.
If I’m not exfoliating with my Clarisonic, I’ll move onto the first of two toners. I spoke about the REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner in a blog post about my essential products for oily skin (view here), and I will always love this for the way it gently and effectively exfoliates and renews the appearance of my skin without irritating it. It’s an acidic exfoliant so it doesn’t contain granules or microbeads, just gentle acids that brighten the skin and minimise the appearance of my pores. If I feel like some manual exfoliation I’ll use the Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator (read my review here), and it gives the same effect as the REN toner. You can buy the REN toner here and the Indeed Labs exfoliator here.
Moving onto the second toner, I like to use something to settle my skin after all that cleansing and exfoliation. At the moment I’m loving The Body Shop’s Aloe Calming Toner (buy here), and I also really enjoy the Vichy Purete Thermale Refreshing Toner (buy here). I pour a little onto a cotton pad and sweep this over my face and neck – both products cool and soothe my skin and put back some of the moisture that was lost in the previous processes.
After cleansing and toning, I like to focus on treating my skin for it’s specific needs. I’ll apply an eye cream first; I’ve nearly finished a sample of the Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream (buy here), and really like the Botanics Hydrating Eye Cream (buy here).
Once my eye cream has sunk in, I’ll apply my serum. I use the same serum both morning and night – The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Serum (buy here). I’ve raved about this far too many times (see here and here), it’s so amazing and since I first wrote about it I’ve purchased two more bottles.
I then move onto treatments and oils – sometimes I’ll apply my Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil after my serum if I feel my skin is breaking out and needs to be calmed down. I mentioned it in my July favourites post which you can read here, and there’s a link to purchase it here.
Most of the time I’ll use my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which I also recently reviewed – it’s my favourite quick fix for problem skin, and doubles as a night treatment and a moisturiser. Read my review here and buy it here.
Once I have about a million creams, gels and potions on my face, I’m basically ready for bed. However if my skin feels dry, I usually want to layer on another dose of moisture to make sure my skin is getting the hydration that it needs. I recently bought the Sanctuary Spa Night Concentrate (buy here) in a sample size, and will purchase the full size once I run out. This is a gorgeous, lightweight moisturiser that plumps up my skin and helps to create a glowing effect that I definitely notice when I wake up. I haven’t broken out using this and would definitely recommend this if you have oily skin but also want to hydrate and nourish your skin at night.
That’s basically it. Now that I’ve written it down it seems insane that I can be bothered to go through that every single night, and there are some evenings where I’m just not in the mood, but usually this is a nice way to get ready for bed and go to sleep feeling like my skin is clean, clear and hydrated.
If you’ve written a post on your evening routine I would love to read it – please link it below! I’d love to hear your comments, tips or suggestions as well. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – it would make my day!