Chic & Green's PM Skincare Routine -- And Recommendations for Every Budget
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 nighttime regimen:
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.
Budget Friendly Alternative: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Melting Balm
High End Favorite: Beautycounter Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm
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
Next, I use a gentle toner. My go-to is Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner. This fragrance-free formula contains squalane, avocado oil, apricot oil, antioxidant Vitamin E and does not contain any of the skin stripping alcohols.
Next, I use a gentle chemical exfoliant. I do not use manual exfoliants (like a scrub) on my skin. I use Beautycounter Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel every other night.
Budget Friendly Alternative: The Ordinary 30% AHA + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (I do not recommend for sensitive skin)
Mid-Priced Option: Maelove Super Smooth Resurfacing Serum (safe for more sensitive skin types)
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.
Favorite Budget Friendly Option: Bargain hunters, I recommend CeraVe Eye Repair Cream. It is affordable without sacrificing the quality of ingredients. Is it luxurious? No. Does it look pretty sitting on your vanity? I suppose not. Does it work? Yep. This formula is fragrance free, contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides, as well as niacinamide (Vitamin B3).
I wait a few moments and then apply a serum. My go-to features a very gentle retinol alternative called Bakuchiol. The product is Beautycounter Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum.
Budget Friendly Alternative: Acure Radically Rejuvenating Dual Phase Bakuchiol Serum
I wait about 5 minutes and apply my favorite lightweight moisturizer: Paula's Choice Water Infusing Electorlyte Moisturizer. This reminds me very much of the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, but instead of a jar, it comes in a tube. This ultra-light, yet hydrating moisturizer helps protect the integrity of the product ingredients and is much more hygienic than a jar.
Budget Friendly Alternative: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer
8. FACIAL OIL
My last step is to apply a facial oil. Oils ALWAYS should be applied last, over your water-based skincare treatments (serum, moisturizer). My favorite smells a bit fishy because of the micro-algae, but is amazing. It is from The Ordinary and is called "B" Oil. So just what do I love so much about "B" Oil? This oil blend features squalane, baobab, borage, and rosehip oils, as well as argan oil. This formula rivals $60+ face oils and will set you back just $9.20.
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9. HAND CARE
10. 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.