My Bedtime Skincare Regimen
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There’s something comforting about my bedtime beauty routine. Once I massage my facial cleanser into my skin, it is as if I am washing away any stress from the day. Here is my current 8-step nighttime skincare routine:
1. REMOVE MAKEUP
First, I remove my makeup with Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. It gently, yet effectively, removes all traces of my mineral sunscreen and makeup. It is also fragrance free and does not irritate my very sensitive skin.
2. USE A GENTLE CLEANSER
I follow with my holy grail cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. There is a reason that this is among the most recommended face washes by leading dermatologists. It is non-drying, fragrance free, protective, and is affordably priced. With hyaluronic acid and ceramides, this cleanser has also earned the National Eczema Association seal.
3. APPLY TONER OR ESSENCE
I actually recently stopped using a traditional toner and use a Korean essence. My go-to is COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence, which is a DEAD RINGER for the grossly overpriced SK-II Facial Essence, which starts at $99 depending on the size. In fact, the ingredients in COSRX are far superior!
Next, I use a gentle chemical exfoliant. I do not use manual exfoliants (like a scrub) on my skin. I use Bliss Renew & Smooth Night Glycolic Acid Serum nightly under my moisturizer. This replaces the Beautycounter Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel that I had been using for about a year. I switched because I do not like the MLM model of the company and because I had swapped out most products for better, more affordable options that are just as "clean." This works even better for me with less irritation.
5. EYE CARE
Before I apply my serum and moisturizer, I take care of my eye area. My go-to is the Biossance Eye Rescue Duo. I first apply a small amount of Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel. I then follow with the Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream.
6. APPLY MOISTURIZER
I love, love, love my nighttime Korean face cream. It is also from COSRX and leaves my skin radiant: Full Fit Propolis Light Cream. This jar contains almost double the amount of cream than other brands (2.19 ounces) and a little goes a long way. My skin is pampered and well nourished and it doesn't feel heavy or greasy. Ingredients include Propolis extract, Royal Jelly, Honey, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed (a rare skin conditioning ingredient), and Arginine (an amino acid that boosts hydration and fights free radicals).
7. HAND CARE
8. A LITTLE HELP FROM MELATONIN
Once I have completed my skincare routine, I read for about a half hour and let my Hum Nutrition Beauty ZZZZ melatonin work its magic.