Nighttime is when we rejuvenate and because of this, there is often more products integrated into our nightly routine. The main focus in your evening skincare routine is getting your face clean and as hydrated as possible.
This post on developing an evening skincare routine is part two of a three-post skincare routine series – if you missed the morning skincare routine post, check it out here. The third & final post in this series will be on weekly treatments (such as masks, etc.) – this will be up on the blog Thursday (8/18).
5 Step Evening Skincare Routine
- Wipe Away The Day (& Your Makeup)
Removing your make-up at night can be the last thing you want to do but it’s really important. Sleeping in your make-up can cause extensive damage to your skin such as wrinkles and blemishes. I use Neutrogena All-in-One Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes to take all the make-up off my face. Be sure to be gentle, especially around your eyes, as your skin is very delicate and sensitive in this area. You don’t want to irritate your skin. If you’re out of wipes, I always keep a pack of baby wipes on hand to use in a pinch – they’re used for sensitive baby skin so it’s perfect for your face!
- Deep Clean Your Face
Now you’re ready to clean your face. Cleansing your face is important, especially at night. You are literally getting your beauty sleep so you want to make sure you get the most use out of this time. To clean my face and make me feel refreshed and relaxed before I head off to dreamland, I use LUSH Cosmetics’ Cup O’ Coffee Face & Body Mask (This was one of the products I raved about in my HOLY GRAIL OF LUSH PRODUCTS post). While it’s technically a mask, I like to use it as a cleanser. I gently scrub it on to not irritate my skin, leave it for about 5 minutes and rinse off. The Kaolin in this scrub deeply cleanses impurities from your pores and the ground coffee gently scrubs away dryness.
- Tone, Tone, Tone
If you have oily-prone skin like myself, a facial toner is exactly what you need. Toners help to clarify your skin while acting as an extra step to ensure you’ve wiped away all your makeup from your skin. Just as I use in my morning skincare routine, I spritz on LUSH Cosmetics’ Tea Tree Water Toner to my face, leave on for a few minutes and pat dry with a clean facecloth. It helps to reduce redness in the skin, clear excess oil without drying you out and helps to combat blemishes.
- Apply Your Serum or Facial Oil
Pamper your skin while reducing wrinkles and combatting oily skin with a great serum or facial oil. As I use a serum in my morning skincare routine, I switch things up at night with a facial oil. You may think I’m insane for applying MORE oil to my oil-proned skin, but after doing some research, I found the ancient Egyptians used oils to help keep their skin young and vibrant. If you’re new to facial oils, I would recommend Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane which I personally use and have experienced amazing results.
- Seal the Deal with Moisturizer
The best thing you can do for your skin is making sure you moisturize before bed so you can wake up with hydrated skin. A good moisturizer helps to make fine lines and wrinkles less visible. I like to use Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer which I apply to my face & neck every evening. This moisturizer is fantastic for repairing the effects of sun damage and reenergizes your skin while you sleep. TIP: To get the best results from your skincare routine, make sure you use a clean face cloth & towel – be sure to pat your face dry & not rub as the friction can not only irritate our skin but can help to encourage wrinkles!
You’re almost there in developing an amazing skincare routine for yourself! You’ve got your daily morning & evening routines down – next up will be your weekly treatments. Be sure to check back on Thursday to see the final post!