You got a little glimpse of my daily makeup routine last week, so I thought it was only appropriate to write a little about my nightly skincare routine, as well. As with my makeup routine, things can change at any moment, but most days are just like this.
My skin is extremely dry and has some sensitivity, so that combination requires me to use products that aren’t going to be too harsh.
I was having the worst time finding a good cleanser for the longest time. It seemed that everything I was using, including cleansers that claimed to be for dry/sensitive skin, were just making my skin worse. I started doing a little research on good cleansers for dry skin and came across Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser in a post on The Small Things Blog.
I’ll be the first to admit, when I think of Pond’s I think of the jars of cream that sit on my grandmother’s dressing room table. I was a bit skeptical, but desperate for a new cleanser that would help my skin. Rather than ordering one online and having to wait for it to come in the mail, I decided to give this one a try since I could pick it up at my local drugstore. And to my surprise, I really liked it! It removes makeup well and is extremely moisturizing because it is 50% moisturizer. It definitely smells like a granny, but it works so well for me I don’t mind it.
I scoop a large clump of the cleanser into my hands and apply directly to my face without wetting. I gently massage into my face, neck, and eyes to remove the makeup. I also like to hold my fingers on my eyes for 10-15 seconds each to help loosen up the mascara, making it easier to remove.
Once I feel I’ve given everything a good scrub, I remove with warm water using the Always Off Makeup Removing Cloths pictured above. I just discovered these nifty little things the other day and really like them! I typically would have used a washcloth, but I feel like these remove more dead skin while being a bit more gentle on my face.
Once all the cleanser is removed, I pat dry and tone!
I was recently introduced to toning mists via Birchbox a month or so ago and fell in love. Rather than using a cotton ball like your average toner, this one simply needs to be spritzed onto your face. I not only use it as my toner both morning and night, but love to use it for a quick refresher throughout the day or when I’m transitioning from a day to an evening makeup look. It’s sort of like a drink of water for my skin – tones and refreshes!
The two I’ve discovered and love are Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Mist and Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist. I find myself using the Juice Beauty toner more so I guess I would have to say I like that one better.
The last step in my skincare routine is moisturizer. For me, moisturizer use to be just as frustrating as finding the right cleanser was. Some moisturizers I would try didn’t moisturize at all. I would apply and then 10 minutes later my face would be flakey again. And then some moisturizers felt like they added moisture, but were so heavy I felt like my face had a mask on it. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate is the moisturizer that has been just right for me. It moisturizes super well, but isn’t too heavy.
Bonus: 2-3 nights a week or so, I’ll go the extra mile and use a face mask after washing my face. A mask I’m loving right now is Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask. This stuff is so, so good at sucking out all the yucky stuff (medical term) that can get trapped in your pores.
I would typically use an eye cream, as well but just ran out and am on the market for a new one. If you have suggestions let me know!
And there you have it! My typical evening skincare routine.