I must admit before I begin, that this has been a bit of a work in progress during 2017. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve posted quite a few photos of different variations of evening skincare routines as I’ve been testing out products to find the right combination of cleansing, exfoliating, masking and moisturising to suit my fussy and very oily skin.
I’m a strict double cleansing girl. I always start with a balm or oil cleanser, at the moment it’s the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop which removes makeup and sunscreen and then I follow up with a cleansing milk with my Clarisonic to really deep clean my skin. I picked up Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple on a recent trip to Mecca and I’ve just fallen in love with this as my second cleanse.
I’ve spoken online before about keeping my skincare routine as simple as possible as I’ve found that too many products are just too much for my skin on a daily basis. I had a very long routine prior to about six months ago which took around 45 minutes per night and involved some very harsh chemical exfoliants and other actives but since I’ve cut down to the basics, I have noticed that my skin is looking far more luminous and plump.
I always pat dry my face with a soft towel after washing and go straight to the applications of toners, serums & moisturisers as if I wait, my skin gets very tight. I start off with a moisturising toner, which removes any cleanser residue as well as prepares my skin for the nurturing ingredients to come next. I’m currently using the Vitamin E Hydrating Toner from The Body Shop but I have many other favourites as well. Anything with a healthy dose of glycerine or hyaluronic acid does the trick nicely.
I have stopped using an exfoliating toner every evening as I noticed that I was suffering from some issues in relation to over-exfoliation. I believe with the Clarisonic (which is not an exfoliating device, however by its sheer nature does provide a small exfoliating effect) and the use of a soft face cloth to remove my cleansing balm I get more than enough manual exfoliation on a daily basis to add a chemical exfoliant in to the mix, so I reserve the use of my holy grail AHA product, Glow Tonic by Pixi Skintreats to once or twice a week. During winter, I switch to a slightly stronger exfoliant, the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum.
Next up come the serums. I like to target specific issues with my serums and at the moment I’m focussing on reducing my oiliness and targetting my frown lines on my forehead. I’ve really loved all the serums I’ve tried so far from The Ordinary, so lately, I’ve been using up my Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% which has helped not only with any small breakouts I’ve had but also seems to cut my oil production slightly and brighten up any post inflammatory pigmentation I might be suffering with. I also adore the Buffet serum which is a proprietary mix of peptides which are proven anti-ageing ingredients. I apply both serums and give it three or four minutes to sink into the skin before I proceed on to the next step.
My final step involves hydration and a lot of it. Some people may be slightly confused as I’ve mentioned I have oily skin, however as I am starting to see the signs of ageing in my mid-thirties, I find that ensuring maximum hydration has become an essential step in my daily routine. I start off with an eye cream, Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel by Ren which is a lovely light gel formula that sinks in almost immediately.
Once my eye cream is settled, I apply a few drops of Rosehip oil, at the moment I really like this oil by Essano, however honestly, any brand will really do here, I’m not too fussy! I always pat this in very gently focussing on the perimeters of my face where I have a few dry patches and my under eyes and give it about fifteen to thirty minutes to really soak in. During the summer, this is often all I need but as the weather cools, I’ll generally apply a night cream as my very last step. I used to use any moisturiser which didn’t contain SPF, even if it was marketed as a “day cream” but I find that I enjoy a slightly more luxurious and thicker cream of an evening because I don’t mind a little bit of extra shine. Again, I really enjoy using one of The Body Shop’s Vitamin E products, specifically the Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream. I do warn you though if you don’t like or are sensitive to fragrance in your skincare, you’re probably not going to like this product.
My routine now takes me all of five minutes, although with the wait times in between certain products it can seem a bit longer. I don’t mind those breaks though because it’s usually all done around the time I do my evening chores, so I’m quite happy to go and put a load of washing on or stack the dishwasher or start preparing dinner in those few fifteen-minute breaks I have. It’s also a super relaxing process for me now with lots of facial massage involved and who doesn’t like a bit of a pamper?
So now I’ve shared my evening routine, what’s yours? Do we share any favourite products? Tell me all about it in the comments!