I really enjoy reading other girls' skincare routines as it's what works best for them and they're happy with it meaning, if their skin is similar type to mine, their recommendations are very valuable to me. So I decided to share with you my evening skincare routine hoping some of you might find some products interesting. I switch things up in the morning a lot, and still looking for the best products for my skin but the evening routine is the one I'm most consistent with and it works for me quite well. All these products I've been using for at least two months so I know they are suitable for my skin and I'm happy with the way my skin looks.
For reference, I have oily but also dehydrated skin with occasional dry patches. I don't get many breakouts, maybe just one or two around THAT time of the month or after too many days of eating too much junk food;) My main skin concerns are large, congested pores and uneven skin tone.So here are the products I use every evening.
To remove my make up I've been using Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, RRP £4.99, for months and I love it and don't have the need to spend any more on product that simply needs to do the dirty work. And this micellar water does it perfectly. It's gentle on eyes but powerful enough to remove all my make up without any effort. Every time I use a few cotton pads soaked in the product and in circular motions I cleanse my face from all make up traces.
Then I follow with nspa Hot Cloth Polish, RRP £7, as my second step in cleansing my face to thoroughly remove any left dirt and dead cells from my skin. I've been using this cream cleanser for a while and I think it's a perfect, cheaper alternative to more expensive brands like the very popular Liz Earl Hot Cloth Cleanser. It leaves my skin very clean, but not tight or dried up. It contains Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, essential Oil of Neroli and sweet Almond Oil to dissolves all day's grime but also nourish your skin.
After cleansing my face I always use tonner to prepare my skin for the rest of my skincare and at night I've been using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion, RRP £12, which doubles up as a mild chemical exfoliant. It contains LHA which helps to unclog and tighten pores and smooth skin texture. I really enjoy using it and with the rest of my skincare products it really helps my skin to be clearer and less congested.
My skin is often dehydrated and I like to use this Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum, RRP £17, (full review), it gives my skin so much needed moisture and soothes any irritations or redness. I let it sink for a couple of minutes, normally I brush my teeth at this time and apply my evening eye cream which, at the moment, is Benefit It's Potent. Even though it's only a sample, I've had two of those and each lasts me around 3, 4 weeks. The cream "contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness, a blend of hydrating botanical extracts including apple extract to help boost collagen, & loquat extract, known to help protect the skin from free radical damage." It's a very nice eye cream that leaves my under eye skin soft and hydrated and I'm sure it helped to reduce my dark circles as well.
Next step in my evening skincare routine is to apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar K, RRP £14.50, (full review) one of my all time favourite moisturisers which helps to keep my skin blemish free with much less congested pores and simply smoother. It contains Salicylic Acid, LHA and Retinol Linoleate to unclog pores and diminish imperfections.
Three, four times a week or when my skin needs extra nourishment I like to add another step to my evening skincare routine. I just always leave at least 10, 15 minutes before applying one of those extra treatments. I have some pigmentation on my face and like to use Betty Hula The Secret Wonder Oil, (full review), on those dark patches to help fade them. When I feel that my skin needs extra TLC I reach for this lovely Steamcream.
Steamcream, RRP £12, is handmade cream using high-quality, natural ingredients that are fused together by a shot of steam. This unique method makes the cream very lightweight, providing long-lasting hydration for the face, hands and body. It contains some lovely natural ingredients like: Oatmeal infusion, Lavender essential Oil, Orange Flower Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Rose Absolutr, Neroli Oil. It has a whipped cream consistency and very delicate natural scent of lavender and orange. It takes a bit longer to sink completely in my skin and leaves it slightly greasy but I don't mind that at night, especially knowing that I'm treating my skin to some great skincare. In the morning my skin feels soft, nourished and calmed and any dry patches disappear with regular use of Steamcream.
I did forgot to photograph my lip balm which is absolutely essential to me but at the moment I'm obsessed with this lovely Bakewell Soap Company, Multi-Purpose Pocket Balm in 'My Chang'.
What is your evening skincare routine? Have you tried any of the products I'm using?
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