Taking your make-up off and doing my skincare routine at the end of the day is one of life’s most underrated pleasures. Nothing says “I am now done for the day and absolutely nothing can get me to leave the house/get out of bed/stop reading my book” than a freshly cleansed, treated, masked and moisturised face. It’s heavenly. My nighttime routine is my ritual that helps me get ready for bed and *hopefully* encourage some decent sleep. Here’s my current evening skincare products that kick off my routine.
Time to kick that gross make-up off my face! I used to just use my cleanser to take my make-up off, and often I still do, but if I’m wearing more than just brow gel and mascara, I’ll wipe out the Milky Oil. Pop a couple of drops on a cotton pad, swipe all over. Repeat. You’re good to proceed to cleanser.
Ah cleanser, my favourite thing ever. I love cleaning my face. Which I’m now realising is a really weird thing to say. After I’ve taken my make-up off (or even if I haven’t) I use a jelly-texture cleanser, like The Ordinary Squalene cleanser above, or Glossier’s Milky Jelly, to take all the grime off my face, and then use a clay cleanser like REN’s Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser which is great at deep cleaning the skin without stripping it dry.
A few weeks ago a terrible thing happened. I spotted the beginning of crow’s feet at the corners of my eyes. Cue the tears. No, I didn’t really cry, but I wasn’t feeling great about it. I’m 23! I shouldn’t have crow’s feet! Now I’m in full anti-ageing mode, hoping that if I start tackling it now, I’ll only have these lines when I smile and they won’t become permanent fixtures on my face for a long time. I’ve heard through the grapevine that retinol (AKA vitamin A) is like a youth potion in a bottle, so I picked up this one from Pixi and smooth it on after cleansing (only on days when I haven’t exfoliated though!).
I’ve written about the serums I use before, in my morning skincare routine. I use exactly the same ones in the evening, and they’re pretty bloody good. Hyaluronic acid hydrates you, Niacinamide fixes your blemishes and Q10 keeps you young forever.
I love a good face mask. There’s always something so satisfying about smothering your face in things. I love this mask duo from Glossier. One detoxifies, the other hydrates. Simple. You use the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack first – it’s made with white kaolin clay and vitamins, so it’s like a juice cleanse for your face – and then rinse before putting on the Moisturizing Moon Mask – which is full of honey, aloe and plant-based squalene to hydrate you. Glossier recommend 20 minutes of each, but I like to leave the Moon Mask on for as long as possible, so it becomes a sleeping pack and I wake up all dewy and glowy.
I never used to be a fan of oils. I have incredibly oily skin and even though the research oils can benefit oily skin, I wasn’t convinced. I think I’m slowly becoming a convert though. My two current oils are the Pai Rosehip Oil (which smells funny and leaves an orange tint on my skin, negated by the fact that my skin feels incredible when I wake up) and the DISCIPLE Good Skin Oil, a slightly lighter (and colourless) formula.