I thought I would share my current night skin care routine with you all today. My skin has been (for the most part) really well behaved lately so I thought I would share what’s been working for me. Obviously this might not work for everyone, so I’m only sharing what works for me personally. Before I jump into the products I use I’m going to explain my skin first so that you have some background.
I used to not take care of my skin at all. Like not even moisturizer. Just water and that’s it. My skin was pretty dry at that point which meant that when I did try to incorporate products, I would often react with rashes or bumps. I assumed my skin was just sensitive and didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until less than a year ago when I decided that I needed to figure out what works for me and try and tackle the dryness. In that time I’ve tried a variety of things and I think I’ve finally figured my skin out. My skin is dry and needs lots of moisture. Provided it’s moisturized, it doesn’t react to new products or become irritated by harsher products. So if I run out of a main product or try something new, my skin is just fine. Really the dryness is the only issue I have to deal with. Breakouts are rare for me so I don’t really have an acne routine, but I do have some salicylic acid based wash that I’ll just run over any blemishes with if they pop up. You’ll see in the post below that I keep my skincare super simple mainly because if it was complicated, it would never be done properly due to nighttime laziness.
Here is a photo of my ‘naked’ face so you can see what I’m working with.
The Face Shop Brightening Cleansing Oil
The first product I want to talk is what I use to remove my makeup. Since my skin is naturally dry, I try and add moisture at every step, even when removing my makeup. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might remember that I used to use coconut oil to remove my makeup, but lately I’ve cut that out. I was finding it super heavy, so this product does the same thing but is much lighter. I now use a cleansing oil from The Face Shop. I picked this up randomly one day when I was shopping and it’s a really great product. One little pump and it will melt any and all makeup off your face. I use this on my eye makeup too and it doesn’t irritate my eyes one bit. I know a lot of people are afraid of facial oils, but anyone can use this type of product, even people with oily skin. For dry skinned people like me it adds some moisture and doesn’t strip the oil we do have and for oily skinned people this will help to balance out your oils. My one major tip for using a product like this is to make sure you take out your contacts first if you wear them like I do, if the oil gets on your contacts it can be hard to clear them after. After I rub this all over my face, I just rinse it off with a warm wash cloth.
Simple Foaming Cleanser
The next product is one that is essential to my skincare routine. For some reason my skin is addicted to this product. I’m not fully sure what ingredient it likes so much, but my skin loves this stuff. This is my one can’t live without skincare product. My skin will actually act up if I get lazy and don’t use this. I use this after my cleansing oil to remove any more makeup and to get all the oil off my face. This product fragrance and dye free so for people with sensitive skin, definitely give this a try. I just rub this all over my skin, avoiding my eyes and rinse with warm water.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
This is my last everyday product and it’s another facial oil. This is new into my routine, I just purchased the full sized after using up a sample. Before I found this I was using a very thick heavy night cream from CeraVe that did help moisturize my face, but also caused skin texture issues. I started to get little bumps on my cheeks after using this for a while, so when I went into Kiehl’s I asked the salesperson if they knew why that might be happening and they said that too heavy or thick creams can clog pores and leave bumps on the skin. Although this wasn’t acne, skin texture issues are something that makeup can’t cover so it was seriously annoying me. I Immediately knew what the issue was and cut out the CeraVe. Once I stopped the CeraVe it went away fairly quickly and now my skin is smooth again. The Midnight Recovery Concentrate gives me the moisture I need but without being so heavy. It has a little dropper, so I just add a couple drops to my hand and then massage it in my face and neck. This does have a very strong herbal smell (it has primrose oil in it) but it doesn’t really bother me. It soaks into the skin fairly quickly and I wake up with very soft skin. This is an expensive product, but if you have dry skin and don’t want something heavy, go and get a sample of this and see if it works for you.
So there you have it, my simple yet effective skincare routine for normal/dry skin. I hope that this post will help some of you who have skin like mine. You really just have to experiment and figure out what your skin really needs and find products that cater to that. Of course for serious skin issues, I would always recommend seeing your Doctor for advice as they will be able to assist you most effectively.
Bye for now,