A night routine is somewhat new to me. And by new, I mean, a little over two years. This is something I WISH so much I had started years before my thirties! But, when you are twenty, you just wanna be tan (and skinny) and really everything else does not matter, amiright? Sunscreen was never worn. I almost cringe saying that now. My skin is olive complected, I did not really burn when I was younger so why put sunscreen on that will prevent me from getting sun-kissed? PSSSHHH. Take me back. I would re-do it.
A good skincare routine that works right for your skin is something you have to work on. Luckily for me, my lifelong friend, Janelle, who is my go-to skin guru helped me tremendously. I joke with her often that she could sell the cheapest skincare/makeup out of the trunk of her car in the Waffle House parking lot and there would be a crowd. Her skin is flawless.
I upped my skincare game when she introduced me to Lancome & Estee Lauder. I have used many other name brands but nothing I could say, "Man, I love this stuff. I can truly tell a difference."
My skin is a combo mess! I told you before that I never used sunscreen, so there is without question sun-damage. It is oily but has dry patches in random places like around my mouth. I am acne-prone and sensitive. My skin is a hodge-podge of it all!
Here is what I have been doing...
Step One: Remove Makeup&Cleanse
Removing my makeup is an absolute must. Always, always take your makeup off before you sleep and be gentle! Remember, this is a process. I have found that Estee Lauder Take It Away is my favorite kind of lotion to melt my makeup off . Then I use my Clarisonic Mia with my cleanser, Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean or Creme-Mousse Confort by Lancome. The Clarisonic cleans 6 times deeper than you hand washing your face! That is pretty incredible.
Step Two: Toner
A little over a year ago, I added toner into my routine which is an extra cleaner, adds more hydration, and shrinks pores. Best for combo and acne-proned skin like mine. Re-hydrating and purifying your skin for a more radiant look!
*Tip: You can buy the Cleanser and Toner in a duo. It will you some money. You know, I am always looking for the deal.
Step Three: Advanced Night Repair/ Eye Serum
These are two different anti-aging products. The Night Repair is for all over your face and the eye serum is for your eyes. These are used to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, uneven skin (yes, please!), and dark circles.
Step Four: Night Moisturizer
Besides removing your makeup, I think this is numero uno! I have flopped between Estee Lauder NightWear Plus (currently using this one) and Lancome Visonaire Nuit. Neither are greasy and great for sensitive skin. Moisturizers have many amazing benefits such as soothing, hydrating, increasing blood circulation, boosting collagen, restoring elasticity which all help with wrinkles and sagging skin.Your skin absorbs active ingredients better at night time than it does during the day. In that case, choose your moisturizer wisely. Thicker is not always better. You want your skin to be able to breathe and able to repair skin cells without being clogged.
Recently, I got Whish's Renewing Mud Mask & Nourishing Dew Mask to try out. I will let you know how I like them. Also, I have done some skin peels and dermaplane at a local place here in Chatt. I will blog about that soon!
I know it seems like that is a lot to do and a big investment. I get that. If you are a wife and mom like me, I totally do! Aside from doing a mask (once a week), it takes less than 10 minutes. Your skin will thank you and you will be so happy you did!
I am thinking I should add a lip sugar scrub into my night routine. My lips are always dry. What is your favorite?
**(I am not a skincare professional and this is my personal opinions on products I have used and loved.)