Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Winter Nighttime Skincare Routine

Alright, so a few weeks ago I covered my Winter Morning Skincare Routine. In that post, I covered my skintype and my skincare concerns. My morning routine tends to be less strenuous than my night time routine. At night, it's easier for me to pile on the heavier products and add more products in. As a disclaimer, I don't do all of these steps every night.

First Cleanse
Oil cleanser have gotten a lot of attention, as of late, and for good reason. These are great at removing makeup and impurities gently and effectively without stripping the skin. I'm finishing up my first bottle of the Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil. It looks like they changed the name on it, but it's still the same product. Used on it's own, it's a great hydrating cleanser. It has grapeseed and olive oils which are great for getting rid of excess sebum and hydrating the skin, respectively. I like to use it to remove my makeup on the days where I wear it.

Second Cleanse
Sometimes, I put on a lot of makeup. Like a whole lot of makeup. My first cleanse doesn't get all of it off my face, like stubborn mascara, I go in with my Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing & Makeup Remover. This is my main cleanser on days where I don't wear makeup at all. I really like the fresh apple scent and how creamy it is.

Toner is super important for balancing the pH of your skin after you cleanse. It can also help to address skin concerns such as irritation and inflammation. I like to use a witch hazel based toner like Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner. This is an all natural toner made with 86% witch hazel or witch hazel extract. Witch hazel is great for reducing redness and helping to repair small tears in the skin.

Masking is a very important step in my skincare routine. If I ever feel my skin is getting a bit off balance, I can use a mask as a quick push in the right direction. I use several different masks, each one addressing a different concern. As a rule, I use some type of mask at least 3 times a week. My current favorites are the Cucumber Gel and Rose Stemcell Masks from Peter Thomas Roth, and the Hydrating Bubble Mask from elf Cosmetics.

If I'm not doing a mask and I still want a little moisture boost, I use a facial mist. I'm currently using Shara Shara's Vita Aura Level Up Mist. This is a Korean skincare product that's a dual layer mist, so be sure to shake it before each use. Containing Vitamin C, it helps to brighten skin and the oil layer helps add a bit of moisture.

I use up to 2 different serums in given night. For everyday use is the elf Soothing Serum. This one I use specifically for the nutrient boost. It has Vitamin E, Jojoba, Shea, and Aloe. The second serum, I actually use first because it's thinner. This one is the IQ Naturals Argireline Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. This is one of the first anti-aging products I've incorporated into my skincare routine. Argireline is used specifically to reduce the depth of wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is amazing for dry skin. Just one gram of this stuff can hold up to 6 liters of water! Because argireline can irritate the skin, I only use this serum 3 times a week.

Night Cream
This is a night cream that I used to use and then stopped using it to try out a different product. I picked it back up again because, a) I had finished my previous night cream and, b) I wanted to use it before it expired. The Proactiv Clarifying Night Cream has salicylic acid in it which helps to get rid of any dark marks and refine the texture of the skin. 

I've started using facial oils, and it really does help make the skin really supple. I'm currently using the Now Solutions Apricot Oil. It doesn't have much of a smell, but it feels really nice on the skin. It soaks in quickly and doesn't leave an greasy residue. A few drops covers the entire face. 

This moisturizer is my very favorite product in my skincare routine. I mentioned it in my morning routine, as well. It's the Dear by Enprani Bounce Cheese Cream. Enprani is a Korean brand, and their Dear by line is fantastic. I've sample about 4 products from it and I love them all. This moisturizer is stringy, like cheese, and just a little bit goes a really long way. I will absolutely be repurchasing this when it looks like I'm going to run out. 

Sleeping Mask
In place of my moisturizer a couple times a week, I use a sleeping mask. This is also a new thing to Western skincare. Sleeping masks are designed to give the skin an extra boost. You apply it at the end of your routine, let it sink in, and rinse it off in the morning. My very first sleeping mask, and my current sleeping mask, is the Ladykin Emalju Mangchee Lifting Mask. It comes with a tiny little spatula, that you don't think will be enough product but is! The texture is really thin yet silky. It smells light and sweet. 

So that's it! That's how my nights usually look. Like I said up top, I don't use all of these products at the same time. For example, on a night I wear makeup, I would use both cleansers, toner, mask, serums (only using the argireline serum on MWF), night cream, oil, then moisturizer. That's pretty typical for me. If I want to do a short routine, I would use the second cleanser, tone, and moisturize. That's it. The products that I use depend on my skin's needs and my energy levels. So I hope that was informative for you all! See you next time. 

Kiss, Kiss.

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