Happy Wednesday, lovelies!
I hope you guys are having a great hump day and are looking forward to some exciting weekend plans. I'm headed to the beach this weekend and I can't wait!
Today I wanted to do a post about my nighttime skincare routine as of late. I've been using several new products every night for about a month now and have seen a great improvement in my skin. I'm having significantly fewer breakouts (especially hormonal breakouts, which is astonishing), my skin looks clearer and brighter, and my face is finally getting to the point where it looks healthy enough that I can feel comfortable leaving the house without foundation on. I'm excited to see how my skin continues to respond to my new regimen!
I should note that there are several other products that I only use a few times a week, as well as some other products that I swap in for others occasionally during my skincare routine. For example, I add in a chemical exfoliator, a face mask, and different toners/serums a few nights each week. The products mentioned in this post are ones that I've been using consistently nearly every night.
Step 1: Cleanser
I've mentioned this product in the past, but I am still using my ride-or-die Soap & Glory Peaches and Cream Deep Cleansing Milk every night after removing my makeup. This cleanser wicks away any traces of makeup that my makeup remover may have missed. It's also incredibly creamy and hydrating. I've had this bottle for an insanely long time too which is a major plus.
Step 2: Toner
As aforementioned, I do swap out my toners fairly frequently depending on what I feel my skin needs the most at that time. Two of my favorite toners include the Pixi Glow Tonic and the Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner.
Step 3: The Ordinary serums
I purchased 4 of The Ordinary's serums a month or two ago and they have seriously revolutionized my skincare regimen ever since. I've been loving the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%, and the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. I also purchased the Alpha Lipoic Acid which can only be used 2-3 times per week as its potency can cause skin irritation when used daily, but I will save my review on that for another post.
I attribute my lack of breakouts to the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% formula. Even when I do get breakouts, they shrink and fade significantly by the next morning. I have a feeling that this serum is going to become a staple in my skincare routine for a long time to come for those reasons.
The Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% provides mild exfoliation and can be used on a daily basis. I really love this formula as most chemical exfoliators are too strong for daily use. My skin is guaranteed to look bright and healthy after using this since the layer of dull, dead skin is removed every night.
The Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 solution is fantastic for bringing some moisture back to my face after lightly exfoliting with the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%. The Ordinary's formulation of this product is unique in that it increases water retention over a longer period of time than other HA formulas. If you have really dry skin, I would still recommend putting on a cream moisturizer, but I have noticed a huge difference in my skin type (going from dry to nearly normal) because of this hydrator.
Step 4: Vitamin C serum
Vitamin C provides a number of benefits to your skin due to its role in collagen synthesis and its protection from environmental pollutants. Vitamin C's antioxidant properties protect against UV-induced damage caused by free radicals. It also combats oxidative photodamage, including wrinkles, as it regulates the synthesis of collagen in your skin. I bought the Lumirance Vitamin C Serum mainly for its anti-aging properties. I know that sounds ridiculous at only 22, but I believe it's good to treat your skin right early in life. However, ever since beginning to use this, my skin has looked absolutely radiant. I was not expecting such a dramatic difference in my face's brightness, but I am thrilled with the result!
It's important to note that Vitamin C conflicts with Niacinamide, so I alternate which nights I use each product.
Step 5: Oils
I saw rave reviews about the Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil when browsing on Ulta's website one day, so I decided to give it a try. There are crazy claims about it fading scars and stretch marks, so I had high hopes that it would even out the facial redness that I struggle with. I never felt comfortable leaving the house without foundation on due to my uneven skin tone. Bio-Oil has completely abolished my insecurities over my uneven skin tone, as my cheeks are no longer red when I wake up. Since I've been so impressed with the benefits of this oil, I think I'm going to begin using it on my stretch marks on my thighs to attempt to fade them. If you have pesty acne scars or stretch marks, this is totally worth checking out.
Step 6: Moisturizer
The final step in my routine is to moisturize my face. Similar to toners, I frequently swap out which moisturizer I use depending on the level of hydration I feel my skin needs at that time. If you struggle with dry skin like me, some great moisturizers to check out are Soap & Glory's Righteous Butter and First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydrator.
What does your nighttime skincare routine look like? See any of your favorites here? Leave a comment below!