Today I’m talking about my nighttime routine! Although it’s incredibly fun to try new products, I’m a firm believer in having a base routine that you use every single night. However, I do love new products hahaha. So I’m going to breakdown which products are my base routine, and which I only use a few times a week.
1st Step: Cleanser
Firstly, I always start with a balm cleansers. My current favourite is the Farmacy Beauty Green Clean. Infused with sunflower and ginger root oils, this balm cleanser helps remove dirt, SPF, and even makeup —without stripping, drying or leaving any residue. I love this – not only does it smell incredible, but it doesn’t feel overly oily, or heavy on the skin!
2nd Step: Cleanser (again)
Secondly, I follow with a second water-based cleanser – this helps remove deeper impurities, and ensures that my skin is cleaned thoroughly. I’m currently loving the Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser, but I always love to mix-up my second cleanser. With a blend of Mandarin and Lavender Oil, The Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser helps brighten and balance my skin. It’s a perfect summertime cleanser, and it’s a great alternative to the Youth to the People Kale + Green Tea cleanser.
Next up you’d think I would tone, right? Wrong! I usually only tone on a morning – which I would then use a hydrating toner, and facial mist, but we’ll chat about that another time!
3rd Step: Serum
The Inkey List Q10 is a product that everyone needs in their routine! For only £4.99, it’s incredible! I find it comparable to powerhouse serums from higher-end brands! Q10 helps to protect the skin from pollution damage that can accelerate signs of ageing (fine lines, wrinkles). I enjoy using this both morning and night!
4th Step: Retinol
We should all know the god-sent of an ingredient that retinol is, right? Well, the Paula’s Choice Resist Retinol serum blends pure retinol and antioxidants to minimise the appearance of wrinkles and improve firmness. The consistency is incredibly silky; it almost feels like an oil, but it sinks in without any residue. Now, does this work? Hmm, I’m not sure. As you may know, retinol can take MONTHS to show benefits, so it’s a waiting game, but I do enjoy using it.
Meanwhile, I have just ordered the Dermatica Tretinoin, which is a prescription-strength form of retinol – I’m now in my late 20’s so I have no time to waste!
5th Step: Moisturiser (and Boosters)
Following on, I love to add a drop of the Paula’s Choice Azelaic Acid Booster with my Elemis Pro-Collagen Night Cream on my non-retinol nights. The Paula’s Choice Azelaic Acid Booster is a fantastic product if you have hyperpigmentation left from breakouts, or sun damage. I received this from my April Latest in Beauty Box, and I will for sure be purchasing this!
Lastly, The Elemis Pro-Collagen Night Cream helps to keep my skin supple, hydrated, and firm. Going from the name alone, you’d think this was a heavy cream, right? Wrong – if you only use a pea-sized amount, and massage it well, it sinks in without any heaviness. It’s worth noting, that this product does contain Shea Butter, which can often be too heavy for me, but this cream doesn’t seem to clog my skin! When I use this, I ALWAYS wake up looking refreshed. Therefore, if you’re getting closer to 30 and want to preserve that youthfulness, I would highly recommend this.
Lastly, here a product breakdown:
Updated 25th June 2020: Check out my daytime routine.