I wear make-up pretty much Monday to Friday (judge me) because I enjoy the process of putting it on. For me, it’s so therapeutic and eases me into the day, and obviously helps me look more and polished. Because of this morning ritual, I’m almost forced to have a not so equally enjoyable but very necessary routine to make sure I get all the war paint off before bed. As a result of being consistent with my nighttime routine, the general appearance and texture of my skin has noticeably improved.
1. Face Wipes
I’ve been trying the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes, which are very gentle also remove mascara well without burning my eyes (Nivea wipes are notorious for this!). I do find that wipes in general are a good ‘starter’ to remove make-up so any cleansers used after can do their job well.
Neutrogena’s Spot Stress Control Face Scrub is creamy and non-foaming, which means it doesn’t leave my face feeling dry and tight. I started using it after a particularly bad break-out as it contains salicylic acid which is a key acne treatment ingredient. I normally use this nightly with my Clarisonic.
A lot of people are skeptical about toning and if it adds any value at all. Personally, I think it is worth the extra couple of minutes because there’s almost always a little bit of makeup left on my skin after washing. Swiping my face with a soaked cotton wool pad with Simple’s Micellar Water helps to catch anything I could have missed.
My current serum of choice is La Roche Posay’s Redermic [R] which contains 0.3% retinol, an anti-aging ingredient, which according to it’s claims, also helps with dark spots and smoothing skin texture. I’ve been using it three times a week for three months now and my skin is definitely smoother and more even. The only downside it that it can be a little drying but following it with a moisturiser mitigates this and my skin got used to it after a couple of weeks use.
On top of my serum, I’ve been using the Skin Perfection Correcting Day Moisturiser by L’Oréal and I also use it on my serum-free nights. This doesn’t contain an SPF so I prefer to use it at night for that reason. Maybe L’Oréal forgot to add the SPF, who knows…
I’ve always finished off my routine an oil. I’ve used Vaseline, Almond or Coconut in the past but after hearing a lot of good things about Rosehip Oil, I decided to add it to my routine to see for myself. It’s a very light dry oil, which stops my skin from drying out overnight and it’s said to have a lot of anti-aging properties so hey, why not?
While it’s good to have a routine and take care of the skin’s surface, I believe your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body including what you’re eating or drinking, chemical balances (including hormones) and even your emotional state, and less to do with what’s going on outside. It’s so easy to spend money on the best products out there and it can be a huge waste of money if your lifestyle isn’t healthy. Think inside out.