Sundays can be simultaneously my favorite and least favorite day of the week; brunch, mimosas, football, and relaxation are some of my favorite things, but there’s always that little feeling of disappointment knowing that the weekend is coming to an end. In order to be sure I’m greeting Monday and the start of a new week with a fresh face and my best foot forward, I’m always extra-careful to make sure I do my entire nighttime skin care routine on Sunday evenings. This is one of my favorite ways to relax at the end of the any day, but I especially enjoy it on Sundays. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are many evenings when I have to force myself to go into the bathroom and take my makeup off instead of getting right in bed… especially on those really good makeup days when I’m just not ready to take my makeup off yet! But it is so important to remove makeup every night and find a skincare regimen that works for you. Aside from a couple of products, in the past couple of months I feel like I have finally found my ideal regimen. So, here it is!
For reference: I would consider my skin type to be normal/combination. I get oily in my t-zone, experience very occasional dry patches, and I do also experience mild hormonal breakouts.
STEP 1: Remove eye makeup with Sonia Kashuk Makeup Remover & a cotton pad for each eye. This is my favorite eye makeup remover without a doubt. I have tried a few here and there, but this really does the job for me and I’ve just never felt the need to stray 😉
STEP 2: Remove face makeup and remaining eye makeup with a makeup remover wipe. The brand changes just about every month because I love trying different wipes, but the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes are my ride or dies for sure.
STEP 3: Use Simple Micellar Water or Bioderma (or another micellar water) on a cotton pad to remove final traces. This may seem like overkill, but I always find that I still have makeup lingering after the first 2 steps, so I just like to take this extra step to ensure I’m getting as much of my makeup off as possible. I don’t see much of a difference between the 2 that I have used. Since Bioderma has to be ordered online and the Simple brand can be purchased in Target, I might gravitate a little more toward the Simple brand for solely this reason.
STEP 4: Wash my face with Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser. This is a new step (I was using Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash before which I now reserve for the mornings). But guys. This stuff smells amazing. I got it as a sample from a Sephora order a few weeks ago, and I kid you not: when I began lathering it on my face, I said “What? Yep. This will work. Wow. This smells so good.” OUT LOUD. Alone in my bathroom. I had a moment. Go smell this right now. Then, I happened to text Ann-Alecia (she’s the fellow makeup junkie I’ve mentioned before) about it and she told me it’s the face wash she uses, so that was all I needed to hear. I ordered it. Obviously. As I said, it is new to my regimen so I can’t give a full recommendation, but thus far it seems to get the job done.
STEP 5: Apply my Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum. That’s a mouthful, I know. This is HOLY.GRAIL.STATUS, without a doubt. It’s expensive. I’m not going to sugarcoat that. But it is so worth it. I have noticed an improvement in skin tone and texture, and I especially notice a difference when I DON’T use it. I’m on my second bottle of it, and I have a third one chilling in my drawer just waiting to be used so that I literally don’t have to go a night without this stuff.
STEP 6: Apply my Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. One of my main skin concerns these days is evening out my skin tone and getting rid of redness and some other discoloration. I’m about halfway through my first bottle of this serum, and I’m not sold. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it. I have heard many good things about a similar product from Kiehl’s, so I think I will try that once this bottle runs out and compare the results. I have noticed some improvement with this product, but it’s certainly nothing to write home about for me, and I likely will not repurchase it.
STEP 7: Apply one of two facial oils. The 2 I currently have are the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and the Sunday Riley Artemis Oil. I alternate between these 2 kind of whenever I feel like it; which one I use just depends on how I’m feeling that night. Of the 2, I prefer the Drunk Elephant one and am more likely to repurchase that one (I’m actually on my 2nd bottle). Artemis is very heavy and definitely has an organic, earthy scent. The scent does not bother me nearly as much as I have seen some reviewers say, but it certainly doesn’t smell like flowers. For how expensive these oils are, I honestly don’t know that I will repurchase either when these bottles run out. As I mentioned, I would not mind repurchasing the Drunk Elephant oil, but I don’t love it enough to not explore other facial oils before I go back to it. And as far as Artemis is concerned, this will be my only bottle; it just didn’t do enough for me to justify the price tag (and the scent).
STEP 8: Apply my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. A moisturizer after a facial oil seems redundant, but during these winter months I have felt as though my skin has been needing the extra moisture. When I follow the oil with a moisturizer, my skin is awake and fresh when I wake up in the morning, not dull and dry. This is my favorite nighttime moisturizer; it is thick but it sinks right into the skin. I toyed with the idea of trying a different nighttime moisturizer when I decided to add this step back into my routine, but I decided to trust the age-old advice, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Aside from exploring the world of facial oils more in the future and trying the Kiehl’s dark spot corrector, the only step I feel my skincare routine could benefit from would be an eye cream. I have bags and lines under my eyes like you wouldn’t believe, but I’ve just never seen results from an eye cream so I always eventually just stop applying one. Any suggestions for a life-changing nighttime eye cream?!
What is your after-hours skincare routine? Is there anything you think I should add or try? Let me know