photo aztec-mess_zps0a762b67.png

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Skincare Guide: Night Time Routine

It seemed only natural for the next post to be a Night Time Routine since I've already written a Morning Routine (read here). So without further adeu, let's get cracking!

Just to clarify: this routine is to be administrated the moment you come home. As I mentioned in my last few posts, there is absolutely no reason to keep on wearing your makeup until bed time. Clean your face asap, not during the last minute before crawling into bed. Your skin will thank you for this. This way, it has more time to properly absorb ingredients before you smear it all away on your pillow, as well prevent spots by decreasing the amount of time dirt, sebum, spf, and makeup is on your face.

Step 1: 1st cleanse/remove makeup & spf.
This is typically done with a cleansing oil or cleansing balm. I know some people prefer micellar waters to remove their makeup, but they're really not as effective as an oil, nor do they remove sunscreen properly.

Step 2: 2nd cleanse/cleanse your face
Once your face is free of any gunk, you can proceed to actually cleansing the skin itself. Typical products to use would be a cleansing balm or cleansing cream.

Read here for recommended cleansers.

Step 3: Retinol OR Acid Toner
If you're not using retinol that evening, then step 3 would be an exfoliating toner. If, however, you are using a retinol treatment that evening, then you skip the exfoliating toner and step 3 becomes instead your retinol product.

Read here for recommended retinol treatments and here for acid toners.

Step 4: Serum
This is when your skin gets some lovely active ingredients, such as peptides, niacinamide, vitamin E or C. Serums are designed to penetrate the skin quite deep, unlike creams that just sit on top of the skin and hold moisture in.

Read here for recommended serums.

Step 5: Moisturizer
Self-explanatory. You need to keep your face hydrated and plump.

Step 6 (optional): Sleeping Pack/Mask
this is for those with veeerry dry skin, those who wake up with dry skin, and need an extra oomph of moisture.

Recommended Sleeping Masks:

Laneige - Water Sleeping Pack
Origins - Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
The Body Shop - Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

Next time on The Skincare Guide: Multi-Masking


Post a Comment