We all know the golden rule: “Don’t go to bed with your makeup on.”
And we’ve all been there, got home late and were too tired to take off our makeup. So we just left it on and then woke up the next day with clogged pores and dull skin. I always figured one makeup wipe at the end of a long night would cut it, which it really didn’t. But it wasn’t until several years later that I learned that if I really deep cleaned my face every night before bed that makeup-free days would actually be possible. By now, thanks to trial and error, I pretty much have my routine perfected. For myself that is. It should be noted that everyone’s skin is different and the products that might work for me could possibly not have the same effect for you. My skin side is a combination type that leans more to the oily side, my T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin area) will get oily quickly whereas my cheeks are more on the dry side.
My nighttime routine typically starts around 19:30 every evening after dinner is done, the dishes are taken care of, all clothes and bags are ready for tomorrow, and my son has gotten ready for bed. It’s really the only time where I get enough time to truly take care of my skin. I usually start with the Clinique “Take the Day Off” Cleansing Oil to remove most of my makeup so that it’s easier to really clean my pores. Followed by using a small amount of the Bebe “Quick & Clean” cleansing gel on my Clarisonic “Mia 2” Brush to get a deep clean and remove any dead skin cells. I have owned this device for over 4 years at least 3-4 times a week and it has never let me down. Plus the battery lasts forever. And since I always end up with mascara residues around my eyes I use the Sephora Eye Makeup Remover on a cotton round. I truly love the Sephora skincare collection, from their cleansers, to moisturizers and different masks there is a product for every skin type and they are just as effective as the expensive brands. If I have the time I typically follow with a face mask, usually it’s a sheet mask, clay mask, or some other depending on what my skin needs that night. Here is a list of my current favorite masks.
After washing off the mask, using another cotton round I swipe a little of the Sea Breeze Astringent across my T-Zone. Then I use the Drunk Elephant “T.L.C. Glycolic Night Serum” to resurface my skin and help treat scarring as well as make my pores appear smaller. Once that has set in for about a minute it’s time to rehydrate the skin with the 2-step system from the GlamGlow Dream Duo Treatment. Lastly, I tap in a small amount of the Kate Somerville +Retinol eye cream.
Once my skincare has been applied to my face, I simply move on to brushing my teeth with the Crest 3D White and use the Lush Bubblegum lip scrub to exfoliate my lips. Now I just need to apply some Carmex and voilà I am almost done.
Finally, after everything else has been applied. I use the Lush “Sleepy” Body Lotion to help me sleep better at night, it has a lavender and tonic scent that is not overwhelming and just enough to make me fall asleep rather quickly while leaving my skin super soft. I would definitely 100% recommend this to anyone who is dealing with troubles falling asleep or even insomnia.
What does your nighttime routine look like? And what are some of your favorite products?
Till next time,