My Nighttime Skincare Routine
My morning skincare routine airs on the simple side, but at night I get to break out a few additional products and really make sure my face is squeaky clean, treated and moisturized before going to bed. I start by splashing water on my face to moisten my skin and remove my mascara - which only requires water to remove (pretty crazy). Then I wash my face with my absolute favorite cleanser, the Face Reality Ultra Gentle Cleanser. I’ve been using this for years and absolutely swear by it, plus it’s not too pricey so that’s always a bonus. It’s also sulfate- and paraben-free so perfect for acne prone sensitive skin types and anyone prone to eczema. After I wash my face I pat my skin dry with a Kleenex-brand single-use hand towel (I’m sorry, I know these are wasteful, but they are much cleaner than using a hand towel that you, and possibly others, have been using to dry your hands). Next up I set a timer for 2 minutes and use my HD Skin Cool Ice Roller to de-puff my face, help with lymphatic drainage and close my pores. If I have any blemishes, this also is great to reduce redness and speed up healing. I love, love, LOVE this roller. I just keep it in the freezer so it’s nice and cold when I use it.
After I’m done, I stick it back in the freezer and tone my face with the Face Reality Acnebeta-C Toner, which has white willow bark in it so it’s great for disinfecting the skin and is also loaded with antioxidant ingredients. Every other night I apply a thin layer of Face Reality Mandelic Serum 5%. Mandelic serums have amazing antibacterial, antifungal and exfoliating properties so they brighten the skin and keep blemishes at bay. Once I apply this I wait a minute to let it dry/soak in before finishing with moisturizer. In the winter, I like to use Dermaviduals DMS Plutioderm because it actually contains DMS (Derma Membrane Structure) which mimic the skin's structure and moisturizes your skin while actually improving your skin’s texture. It’s amazing! But… it’s also expensive so I switch between that and the Face Reality Clearderma, which is also great and feels really nice on the skin. For my under eyes I reach for my Stem Cell Eye Firming Cream from SCBI. It’s $150 for a container but soooooo worth it! It’s unfused with kiwi, mango and grapefruit, and enriched with natural vitamins and it really has helped lighten my dark under eye circles. I swear by it. And tbh, you only need a tiny bit so the tub lasts me for quite while. And that’s it! Some nights I do exfoliate and do a mask, but most of the time I just use these five products.
Alright, and now I’m about to get pretty real here… I get a little obsessive when it comes to what I put on my face. And by a little I mean pretty fuckin’ picky. Sorry, but it’s my face and I only get one so I’m gonna try to take care of it. As I’ve mentioned before, I get facials regularly (once every 4-6 weeks) and my aesthetician gave me a list of pore-clogging ingredients to avoid when I first started going to her and that list has basically become my skincare Bible. Now, this list is really for people who have sensitive skin and are more prone to breakout from things that clog your pores - like me. I know a lot of us buy things that say on the label “won’t clog pores” or “non-comedogenic.” Unfortunately, there are no government agencies that oversee these labels, so skincare companies can claim their products won’t clog pores, but still have pore-clogging ingredients in their formulas (WTF!).
Ok, so don’t be alarmed by the length - yes there are A LOT of ingredients I avoid - but if you can find products that don’t have these things in them, I PROMISE your skin will thank you. And just FYI, these are things you want to avoid in all of your products including skin care, makeup, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc. Basically, anything that touches your face should not have these ingredients on the label. All of the products I mentioned above are free of these ingredients. If I’m trying something new, I always look at the ingredient online so I can crosscheck with this list. I’ve also found that the artofskincare.com is great because a) they carry a lot of the products I love and b) they label things as “Acne Safe” that are actually acne safe and don’t contain pore-clogging ingredients.
What are your go-to skincare products? Let me know in the comments below!