It took me years to figure out what works for my skin type and for the different concerns I should target but I have finally set up a proper night skincare routine. I am very happy with it as it works really well!
Let me tell you a bit about my skin first. I am in my early thirties and my skin is mainly sensitive and prone to redness. I have large pores in the center of my face and dehydration around it. Because of it, I was treating my skin as combination but this type of regime didn’t work out the right way on me. My skin was getting more dry and sensitive with this type of products.
I switched off all my combination skin products for products that would target every concern individually and focused on cell renewal and hydration, and I adopted a night routine that was kind to my skin and effective at the same time.
This is the routine I follow in the evenings before going to bed once I’ve removed my makeup (on bare skin).
Cleanser: Lancôme Creme Douceur (cream-to-oil massage cleanser) is a great all-round cleanser. It has an opalescent creamy gel consistency that in contact with the skin becomes a balm. Then the balm becomes a very light oil as you massage it in the skin (see pictures below). Very easy to wash off, leaves the skin clean, soft, radiant and hydrated. A very lovely product that is not raved enough for some reason. I will buy my second tube right away because it has become a must-have product for me. Cheaper and easier to find than most famous cleansing balms in the market.
Acid toner: I am currently using and loving Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion. This is a step that I hesitated to include in my routine because of my sensitive skin but finally decided to give it a try after reading too many Caroline Hirons blog posts, and I am glad I did! It helps cell renewal, the skin feels clean and soft. This acid toner in particular does not aggravate my sensitive skin. A good step to introduce into your routine if you haven’t already. It will work wonders if you have trouble skin, aging skin, or any skin concern really.
Soothing and hydrating toner: I am currently using a Sanoflore Genuine Organic Noble Chamomile Floral Water that I picked up in a pharmacy in France (the one in the picture below has been decanted for traveling purposes). If you can’t find this one in particular, Clarins makes a great Chamomile toner too. It does what it says on the tin. Soothes and adds moisture into my skin. Soothing lotions are essential for my sensitive skin. My favourites are camomille water, rose water and aloe.
Eye cream: I only use eye cream once a day, preferable on my evening routine. This Kiehl’s Abyssine Eye Cream+ is doing the job nicely (but has sadly been discontinued). I don’t have a particularly bad eye contour area in terms of pigmentation or aging so I use this cream mainly for prevention. Touches wood.
Serum: I love serums! Along with soothing toners they have always been an essential in my routine. I got this L’Oréal Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum after browsing ULTA’s affordable skincare aisle for hours. It’s good for firming, renewing and hydrating the skin. I love the texture of this serum, it sinks nicely into the skin. It’s great under makeup too (day time routine appropriate). The only down side with this one is the scent. Very strong, old fashion sort of fragrance.
Moisturizer/Oil: I alternate between a cream and an oil. I never do both at the same time, although you could if you are into layering products and specially if you have very dry or aging skin.
Most nights I use LUMENE Time Freeze Firming Night Cream. It smells like berry yogurt and it’s the most beautiful moisturizer I’ve found on the drugstore. Great for sensitive and dry skin. Lumene is a brilliant and affordable brand from Finland. The Time Freeze Firming Night Cream contains bioactive wild Arctic lingonberry extract which is an extraordinary antioxidant. Brilliant find!
Some nights, as a treat, I use Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil. It smells delicious! This one is great for dry and redness prone skins. I can also recommend the Lotus Treatment Oil of the same brand for people with combination and trouble skin. This oils are truly luscious!
Last but not least I want to give a special mention to The one that does it all product: Avene Eau Thermale (Thermal Spring Water). This is my trusted skincare friend that I use for almost everything. I spritz my face with this one before cleansing. I spritz after cleansing to remove any excess product. I spritz to set up makeup. I spritz when is too hot during summer nights. And I also use it to calm any sort of irritation on my face. A miracle worker for me. It’s always on my bathroom shelves, side table, and carry on luggage.