I'm Obsessed With Skin Care, and This Is My Nighttime Routine
Skin care is something I got into as a teenager; I was tired of my hormonal breakouts and jealous of girls whose skin just glowed, until I realized there was something I could do about it. I feel like I've tried so many different things at this point, and, through lots of trial and error, I've found something that works for me. I made a small New Year's resolution at the beginning of the year to always complete my routine before I go to bed. I enforce this by not allowing myself to physically get into bed until my face is washed, and it's worked shockingly well.
My nighttime skincare philosophy is pretty simple. I've found that, with my skin, less is more. I have combination sensitive skin, so I try not to overwhelm my complexion with too many products. I also treat my nighttime routine as an opportunity for self-care and use a couple of masks a few times a week. It's important to note that I'm not a doctor or esthetician, just someone who wants constantly glowy, clear skin. These are the 13 products I use to get there.
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm
This Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm ($34) is the first step in my routine. I like it because it really removes my makeup in a way that feels both effective and gentle.
Summer Fridays R + R Mask
Now we're at the mask portion of the night, which I like to use two to three nights a week. My go-to right now is this Summer Fridays R + R Mask ($26, originally $52) because it has the unique distinction of being moisturizing and exfoliating.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
When my skin is acting up, I reach for this Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores ($26). It's a potent clay mask that helps clear my pores, but it still feels relatively gentle on my sensitive skin.
Shani Darden Texture Reform
We are now at the serum portion of the routine, and at night I've been obsessed with this Shani Darden Texture Reform ($88). I'm at the point in my life where I need to start using retinol, but as previously stated, my skin is sensitive, so this is a great beginner option. It also smells like roses, which is always a plus.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum
I'll alternate my retinol serum with this Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum ($90). Don't use them together or on the same night, but I love this because it provides just the right amount of exfoliation for me, and my skin feels tighter after using it.
Augustinus Bader The Cream
I'm sorry to your wallet (and my wallet), but when I'm feeling fancy, this Augustinus Bader The Cream ($170) really does live up to the hype. It's lightweight but somehow super hydrating, and it makes my skin glow, which, as you know by now, is all I really want.