Beauties, I hate taking my makeup off at the end of the day. Because of this, I try to use the most effective and fast working products possible to remove my makeup. Today, I’ll show you what I use to take my makeup off and what’s in my nighttime skincare routine.
I don’t wear makeup every single day for a lot of reasons, one of which is that I hate the process. I feel like it takes forever most days, depending on how tired I am at the end of the night. Therefore, I try to use products that will get the makeup off quickly without breaking me out or anything else.
Step one, of course, is removing the makeup. If I’m wearing a full face, I definitely go in with the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm first. It works so well at getting all of my makeup, even the stubborn mascara, off on the first go. You just take some into your hands and massage it into your dry face, and you’ll literally see the makeup melting off of your face. It’s actually pretty satisfying to watch if I’m being honest lol. Then, after you’ve worked it in, you just rinse off your face and all of your makeup is gone with no oily residue or excessive dryness on the skin.
On the days I only wear mascara and brows, I use the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water with my Shisedo Facial Cotton Pads, $10. I know, $10 for some cotton pads sounds a little ridiculous, but I promise they’re worth the money. They’re so soft and thick wihtout leaving those little fuzzies behind like some other cotton pads can.
Since my skin is combo/oily, I will typically do a double cleanse, just to make sure I’ve gotten all traces of makeup out of my pores. To cleanse my face, regardless of the amount of makeup I use, I always reach for my Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Gel & Eye Makeup Remover, $23. I used to use the cream version that is so many people’s holy grail cleanser, but found that it didn’t make my skin feel super clean. The gel version is perfect for my more oily days as well as when I’m more dry to normal. It gets all the traces of makeup off of my face without stripping my skin.
After cleansing, I’ll tone my face with the Thayers Witch Hazel in the cucumber scent. You can find this at the drugstore and your local grocery store. I get mine at Harris Teeter. It’s reasonably priced and you get a ton of product. I find that it balances out my skin after cleansing without drying me out. I use it with my Shisedo Facial Cotton, and totally recommend it.
I alternate between the Thayers Witch Hazel and the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads to tone my skin. The First Aid Beauty pads not only tone, they also exfoliate and brighten the skin. I’ve been using these for about three months now and have seen an improvement in the brightness of my skin for sure. Now, these can be a little stingy depending on your skin’s sensitivity level, so be careful with these. But, if you don’t find the tingle uncomfortable, these are definitely a product worth using.
For the past month or so, I’ve been using the Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil at night to aid in hydrating my skin. You guys, even if you have oily skin, you gotta use a facial oil. The key is finding one that’s fairly lightweight and won’t clog your pores. In the time I’ve been using this, I’ve found that my skin is hydrated without looking greasy in the morning. You can use this oil any time of day, but I use it at night.
After I use my facial oil, I apply my serum. The Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum, available at most drugstores and Ulta, has been my serum of choice for about six months at least. I can definitely see a difference in my skin on days when I don’t use this. It contains 4% glycolic acid, so be mindful of that if you have sensitive skin, as it may be too intense for you. I don’t find it to be too extremely aggressive on my skin in that regard. This stuff really works well at minimizing the appearance of my huge pores. I love this stuff and recommend it highly.
Once my serums have set, and before I apply my moisturizer, I put on my holy grail eye cream, the Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream. I’m sure you’re tired of me talking about it, so we’re just gonna move on.
To moisturize my skin at night, I have been using and loving the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel. It hydrates my skin without being greasy or super heavy, so I don’t wake up looking like a piece of fried chicken. It claims to minimize pores, and I agree that, in conjunction with the other products I’m using currently, I’ve seen results that support those claims. It’s hydrating enough to use at night, but I also use it in the morning because it controls oil so well for me.
Alright beauties, that’s my makeup removal and nighttime skincare routine. Let me know in the comments what products you love to use at night for your skin.
Until next time, beauties! xoxo