If you saw My Morning Skincare Routine, you’re well aware that low maintenance I am not. What I’ll say again is that I’m all about the #selfcare movement and have found following my AM and PM routines to be my daily meditation time.
This evening, I thought I would give you the next part of the story, my nighttime skincare routine. Well, one of two. I alternate between two sets of products throughout the week since nighttime is when I bust out the big guns, the pinch hitters, the strongest stuff in the arsenal. The routine I follow on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays is all about anti-aging because time is a bitter witch who comes for us all.
I’d say it’s like way less steps but I’d be lying. So here we go:
Cleanser No. 1: Biologique Recherche Lait U
My go-to cleanser for removing makeup. Always with a clean cloth. Full write-up here.
Cleanser No. 2: Environ Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser*
After the cream cleanser removes the makeup and daytime products, I move onto a more targeted cleanser. This one has salicylic acid as well as AHAs and BHAs to help control oil and keep breakouts at bay. I didn’t love the tea tree smell at first, but when I’ve traveled without this product my skin always gets worse. In spite of all the acids, it’s never dried me out either, even in winter.
Toner No. 1: Son & Park Beauty Water
She’s back. And gets any makeup or soap residue I might have missed.
Toner No. 2: Glossier Solution
After my cleansing water, I like to use a medicated toner. I’m about a third of the way through this one from fave brand Glossier, and so far, I’ve had positive results in terms of skin clarity. A little bit of tingle upon application, but no peeling or dryness. If you haven’t noticed yet, I dig acids.
Eye Cream: La Mer Eye Concentrate
This product is my biggest annual beauty splurge. I buy it once a year for my birthday with all the gift cards and loyalty points I can save up. It’s that good. Doesn’t sting my eyes, deeply moisturizes and even keeps my eyebrows more full. I apply it under the eye, on the lid and on the brow bone to prevent sagging and crows feet.
Serum No. 1: Biologique Recherche Serum Amniotique E.*
This little guy was an upsell. It was recommended to me after a facial to provide a little extra moisture during the winter. I use three drops and it absorbs really well. It tends to make my skin oilier so I wouldn’t use it during the day. Hydrated skin absorbs products better and it helps prevent problems and situations from the next guy on my list.
Serum No. 2: Environ Concentrated Retinol Serum 1*
For me, retinol is an essential post-30. It helps with the acne we’re still fucking getting and the fine lines starting to creep across our foreheads. You need to start slowly when adding retinol to your routine. I only use it three times a week but it really makes a difference. I like that this one has a thinner texture so it spreads and absorbs more easily. My pores look smaller, I no longer have cystic acne and it’s helping me lie about my age. Triple threat.
Serum No. 3: Environ C-Boost
Retinol + vitamin C = glowy, even skin. Just finished this one up and you can get the full report here.
Moisturizer: Biologique Recherche Creme Dermopurifiante
Like all BR products, this moisturizer is free of fragrances and dyes. When I first opened the jar, the beige color and strong scent were not very enticing at all. Was it expired? Nope. You only need a small amount and it gives acne-prone skin all the moisture it needs and nothing it doesn’t. I’ve had this same jar for a year.
Add a little lip balm (not really picky there) and I’m good to go. Now, as I mentioned, I swap out some of the steps of my nighttime skincare routine for other products on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays. I’ll share my other regimen next Thursday. Time to go get some beauty sleep.
*The bottle is almost empty! Full review coming soon, so check back.