I’ll be the first person to admit that I am not the most diligent when it comes to skincare routines. In fact, my morning routine just consists of splashing water on my face and patting it dry (in defiance of everything everyone has ever told me about twice-a-day routines). I really would rather sleep in for the few extra minutes. In fact, I would go to school in pajamas if I could.
I’ve been pretty diligent lately and am starting to look forward to my nighttime skincare every night. I’ve started to think of it as a treat, associating it with relaxation and a break from studying. Here’s what I have been using recently and how I have been using it.
The order in my nighttime skincare routine: cleanser, eye cream, toner, serum, moisturizer, lip balm.
Caudalie Cleansing Water (new version is Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water): Okay this isn’t really part of my daily routine. I haven’t been using this lately because I reserve this for the laziest of lazy days. The Caudalie Cleansing Water is a micellar solution that cleanses and removes makeup gently. If I’m really exhausted, I would use
a cotton pad several cotton pads to wipe off my face makeup (separate eye makeup remover for the eyes) and follow with a quick rinse before plopping into bed.
A Sephora sales associate (SA) had recommended the Caudalie Cleansing Water to me because I told her about my lazy mornings and she said I should use this as a morning cleanser. It’s actually a no-rinse formula that is supposed to also act as a hydrating toner. Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of the tacky feeling it leaves behind so I really save this for my super lazy days.
Shiseido Aqualabel Deep Clear Oil Cleansing (Whitening): I only use cleansing oil if I have any makeup on my face. I bought this cleansing oil on YesStyle here and reviewed it a while ago. It even removes my eye makeup if I take the time to gently smooth it over my eyes.
The Face Shop Arsainte Eco-Therapy Cleansing Foam: If I don’t have makeup on, I would only use a cleanser. I bought this cleanser recently on an Asian brand haul. It’s been treating my skin well so far but I haven’t tested whether or not it can remove makeup on its own.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm: I always follow cleansing with my eye cream first before anything else. A Sephora SA told me that the skin around your eyes is the thinnest so you want to protect that area first before you use a toner, especially one that acts as an astringent or exfoliant. Otherwise, it would quickly absorb whatever you slather onto your face. The Algenist eye cream is really (really) pricey but I’m barely making a dent and it hasn’t given me any milia. I scoop out what I need using a mini spatula.
Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion: This is the toner I have been using for a good number of years. It’s inexpensive and it removes any traces of dirt or makeup that might have been left behind. It is the only one of Clinique’s toners that doesn’t contain alcohol (what’s up with that?) and it only comes in the 200 ml size. This toner mildly exfoliates the surface of your skin so that moisturizer can penetrate it better.
Dibi Hydra System Intense Rehydration Serum: My mother gave me this hydrating serum because I get really dry flaky skin in the winter. She apparently got one of her friends to buy it in Europe. I have no idea why the letters are coming off of the glass bottle. I’ve had the serum for a few years now because I only use it during the winter months.
The Face Shop Arsainte Eco-Therapy Essential Cream: I purchased this along with the Cleansing Foam I’m using. For a hydrating cream, it is fairly lightweight and absorbs quickly. It’s been working well in conjunction with my serum at keeping my skin hydrated and soft.
Lip balm: I get really dry flaky lips so I always try to carry lip balm with me everywhere. These three are from Bath and Body Works, SaSa, and B. Kamins. What I use depends on how I feel and what I”m going to be doing. I hate the waxy feel and taste of most lip balms so I always choose silky smooth tasteless (or tasty!) lip balms throughout the day if I know I will be eating or drinking. Right before I go to bed I may use a waxy lip balm for more hydration, so that I’ll never have to taste it!
I’ve been keeping up with this routine for almost a month now and I’m really enjoying pampering my skin for those few minutes every night after I shower. I’m getting a pimple or two over the last two weeks but I’m really blaming that on the stress and lack of sleep due to exams. Otherwise, my skin has been really soft and smooth. After exams finish I think I might switch in the Arasinte Eco-Therapy samples that I got from The Face Shop and see how the line works as a whole on my skin.
What does your skincare routine look like? I love finding out what other people do, sometimes I incorporate things into my own routine that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise!