Welcome to part two of my skincare routine, all about night time! Introduction about my skin type and morning skincare routine are all in this post. My pre-blogging self would be scoffing at this routine. From foam cleanser + Nivea + Vaseline, this is what it’s come to!
The first part of my night time routine is basically cleansing and toning. I very much prefer using cleansing oils and balms/milk/cream variants. Another addition that I previously did not use is an exfoliating toner. It’s really helped with keeping the PH of my skin more acidic. I think that’s really helped my skin overall, keeping it more healthy looking and relatively more dry patch and blemish free.
- Makeup Remover : Bioderma Sensibio H20 Solution Micellaire : Review : To start off, I take off the bulk of my makeup with Bioderma. On days where I’m not wearing too much makeup I just skip this and use the cleansing oil instead. I really love the water consistency and that it doesn’t leave a sticky/oily film behind. Doesn’t hurt the eyes at all and takes everything off. It works better when you just leave it on for a while and then start swiping it away, giving it some time to melt off the makeup.
- Cleansing Oil : Shiseido Aqualabel Deep Clear Oil Cleansing : This is really cheap drugstore cleansing oil I bought when I was in Tokyo. It works so well though! Consistency wise it’s more like Bioderma than an oil, definitely lighter than Shu Uemura. It smells like dried roses and takes off my the makeup really well. I generally massage this just as a oil all over my face for a few minutes before I add in water. It’s gentle in the eye area but vision can get cloudy for a while if you’re not careful.
- Cleanser : Ren Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk : A newer part of my routine is double cleansing. While the previous two might be used for makeup removal, this Ren cleanser is to get rid off that last speck of makeup and everything else. It’s more of a cream texture which turns more milky when water is added. It doesn’t leave a film as such but my face doesn’t feel dried out after I use this. Also, if I’m applying any masks, I generally do that now before the toner. More about that in the next post though!
- Exfoliating Toner : Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V : Review : As I mentioned before, I’m new to an exfoliating toner. I’ve used chemical exfoliants in general (mainly lactic acid) but not on an everyday basis. I was doing a lot of research on which one I should use and Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 came up many times. I’m using P50V which is a milder version for more sensitive skintypes right now. I thought it would be best to start with this and work my way up. I only use this at night right now but I might start using it in the mornings later as well. These are supposed to sting really badly but on me it doesn’t. The first few times I used it, it stung in certain areas more than it does now. It’s different everytime I use it. It’s not like my entire face is burning but I guess depending on my skin situation, it affects different areas in various degrees or sometimes not at all. It contains a PHA (Gluconodeltalactone), AHA (lactic acid), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3 for brightening), BHA (salicylic acid) and few other milder AHA’s like Malic Acid and Phytic Acid. Fair warning, it smells terrible, like old cheese. It doesn’t linger for long so I’m kinda used to it now. It’s probably the most expensive product in my routine so I am looking for alternatives. I’m definitely going to try a few different products before I settle on a winner. Also, I apply this by patting it with a cotton pad, not a swiping action. I’ll be doing a detailed post on this soon.
- Hydrating Toner : Origins Make A Difference Plus + Treatment Lotion : Once I apply the toner above, I just let it sink in and do it’s work for 2-3 minutes. Then I go in with my Origins hydrating toner which feels really refreshing and just calms my skin down.
Eye Cream : Clinique All About Eyes Rich : Review : I wasn’t using an eye cream before June last year. A visit to Tiananmen Square in the summer dehydrated my under eye area horribly and this was quick purchase. Thankfully, it repaired my skin really quickly and I’ve been using it ever since. I guess it does the job, my eye area has never felt dry. Again, I’m new to eye creams so I’ll be trying a few different ones until I settle but this one works well for me. You also need a really tiny amount. I just graze my ring finger very lightly in the tub and that’s enough for my eye area. It takes a while to sink in but in the morning there’s really no dryness to be found.
Serum/Facial Oil : Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate : Review : I’ve loved loved loved this oil for so long! I repurchased it last year and it still works really well for me. It’s a saviour in winters! The oil isn’t thick at all and while it looks a bit shiny when you apply it, it sinks in after a couple of minutes and the skin looks really hydrated and plump. So I use this in different ways. In summers when dry skin isn’t too much of a problem, I just use one or two drops in areas that really need it, wait for a while and then use a moisturizer over it. In winters it’s 3-4 drops which covers every inch of my face and neck. Doesn’t look great but in the morning it sure does!
Moisturizer : Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Moisturizer : Since I use a facial oil every night, I don’t really need a thick ‘night time’ moisturizer. On most days I don’t even need this because I only use the facial oil but on some days (when I’m feeling lazy), I just apply this and it keeps my skin hydrated. I don’t get that glowy, plumped look I do with the facial oil but it’s good enough.
Lip Balm : Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm : Review : Finally, a thick layer of this keeps my lips soft and moisturized. I have chronic dryness so I can’t really do without it. Love the texture and the semi matte finish. It feels a bit heavy with a thicker layer but I don’t really mind it at night.
And that’s all folks! I know I haven’t reviewed a lot of these products so I will get on it soon. Next post will be covering masks and acne repair stuff!
Is your routine as crazy as mine? Also let me know your picks for exfoliating toners and eye creams. While the current products work for me, I’m still going to try out new ones in the future.