I am one of those *annoying* people who are totally obsessed with skincare. As much as I LOVE wearing makeup, I could never go to bed without taking every bit of it off. Even after a night out and it’s 3am and I reallyyyyyy want to go to bed, I force myself to the bathroom and do my routine. As much as it can be a chore sometimes, my skin has thanked me for it.
So today I thought I would share my evening skincare routine and the products I am currently using and loving! Oh and just to clarify, I generally have normal to dry skin, but occasionally get oily around my T zone.
Removing the Makeup
The Body Shop, ‘Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil’ – £12
My all time favourite type of cleanser is an oil cleanser. It breaks down makeup so much quicker and takes seconds to rinse off. I have purchased this bottle 7 times now. I am OBSESSED with it. I use about 2-3 pumps depending on how much makeup I have on, and rub it all over my skin using my hands, focusing on the eye area. My makeup instantly begins to glide and melt off my face. My eyes are very sensitive but this is so gentle on my eyes and does not irritate them what-so-ever.
The only negative I have found with this product is it’s not ideal for travelling. The bottle is a little flimsy so is very prone to leaking. But this is due to the design of the bottle, I can’t fault the actual product.
Bioderma, Hydrabio Micellar Water – £15.50
After rinsing the oil off and patting my face dry with a towel. I like to go over my entire face with a large cotton pad with this micellar water. I think a second cleanse is important to make sure all the makeup and dirt is completely removed from your face before you begin your skincare. This is my all-time favourite micellar water as it removes makeup flawlessly and helps my sensitive, dry skin stay beautifully hydrated.
Darphin, ‘Refreshing Cleansing Milk’ – £21
I know what you might be thinking, a THIRD cleanse?! Surely the first two were enough. And yes, it could be enough but I think it’s important to cleanse your actual makeup-free face so your skin can reap the benefits of the cleanse. The first two were just to get the layer of makeup off your face. I discovered this cleanser about 3 years ago when it was used on me whilst having a facial. It smelled wonderful and felt so soft on the skin I had to ask the beautician what she had used because I wanted it. This cleansing milk helps unclog your pores so has helped removed the majority of my blackheads and keeps them at bay.
Origins, ‘A Perfect World Age-Defense Treatment Lotion with White Tea’ – £24
This toner is expensive, however, it lasts FOREVER. I’ve had this almost a year now and there is still so much of it left. I put a small amount on a cotton pad and sweep it over my face, concentrating on my T-Zone. This removes any remaining makeup, oil or dirt that may be left on my skin after cleansing. It also restores the pH balance that cleansing may have disrupted. One of the main ingredients in this toner is white tea, which contains anti-inflammatory properties which is excellent for my naturally sensitive skin and helps soothe my skin.
Rose Hip Oil
The Ordinary, ‘100% Organise Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil’ – £9
The cheapest product yet arguably one of the most effective. This stuff is seriously amazing. I squeeze about 3 drops into my fingers and massage it all over my face, and delicately patting it around the outer eye area. Not only does this sink beautifully into the skin and is incredibly moisturising, it contains vitamin A, which has been proven to prevent premature ageing and help repair sun damage. This is a huge plus for me as I am a lover of sunny holidays and laying in the sunshine, which we all know is the number 1 cause of premature wrinkles. I found an interesting article on rose hip oil if you want to be more informed of its benefits, you can read it here.
I know I am relatively young at 22, but it is important to start thinking about incorporating an anti-ageing product in your 20s so you can reap the benefits as you age. There’s no need to pull out any extreme anti-ageing products, but a simple oil like this is perfect.
Kiehl’s, ‘Midnight Recovery Eye’ – £26
I take a pea sized amount and dot it under both of my eyes patting it in as gently as I can. Despite my dark circles being hereditary and not much I can do about removing them completely, this is the only eye cream that has visibly improved the look of my dark circles. You only need a tiny amount, it absorbs quickly and despite the small size, has lasted me a year. I am also paranoid about fine lines around my eyes so I like to use this as a preventative. It keeps my under eyes hydrated and soft. I love it!
Kiehl’s, ‘Midnight Recovery Concentrate’ – £38
I am in love with this. I am so grateful to Kiehl’s for creating such a fantastic product. If I were to recommend ONE skincare product that is worth your hard-earned money it is this.
I take a couple drops of this, warm it up in my fingers and smooth it over my skin. This product has visually improved my skin by making it more even, reduced redness drastically and less textured. I’ve never suffered with acne but I used to have a lot more texture and bumps on my skin, but after using this product for the last year it has practically gone away and my skin is smooth and in the best condition it’s ever been in. Ever since I began using this I rarely get spots, if I do it is often due to hormonal reasons (oh the joys of being a woman). The soothing and relaxing lavender smell helps me wind down and relax before going to sleep which is also a plus. I love having clear smooth skin and it is largely due to this holy grail product.
Nuxe, ‘Rêve de miel’ Baume Lèvres Ultra-nourrisant’ – £10
As we are still in the winter months and as a sufferer of dry lips, I like to finish off my routine with a nice thick lip balm. I’ve been really impressed with ‘rêve de miel’ by Nuxe. It has a lovely subtle smell of honey but nothing overpowering. It instantly gets rid of that horrid dry and flaky feeling and it instantly makes my lips feel soft and smooth. I pile this stuff on at night and I wake up with super soft lips, yay!
And that’s my routine done! To some, all this may seem excessive, but I genuinely enjoy doing this every night. It’s a perfect way to wind down before bed after a long day and have my skin feeling lovely, soft and nourished.
Starting a night-time skincare routine is difficult if you’ve never really done one. It can be annoying to take 10 minutes removing makeup when you’re used to using a quick and simple makeup wipe. But I’m TELLING you, once you begin seeing the changes and improvements in your skin, you’ll never look back.
Do you practice an evening skincare routine? What products do you use? Do you have any holy grail products? I would love to know as I’m always looking to try new things. Thanks for reading I hope you enjoyed this post!