There was a time in my past that I partied so hard that all I could manage to do before bed was take off my shoes.
There was a time when I actually thought that eye makeup I had slept in looked even more appealing.
There was a time when I used face wipes for cleansing.
But I am old, and that is both my excuse and my advantage. My excuse because it was hard to know better back then. There was no You Tube to guide me! And my advantage because I am wiser. Or at least I don´t party as hard anymore.
Whatever the reason may be, my evening skincare routine has evolved. And if you care, I will show you what I do step by step.
You can watch me turn from beauty to beast in the video below, which I recommend you watch on You Tube and in HD. If you can´t be bothered to click, I have listed the steps along with my products of choice below.
There are barely any days where I don´t wear makeup. And there are even less days that I don´t wear sunscreen. And whenever I wear makeup or sunscreen or both, I do double cleanse. My first cleanse of choice in the summer is usually an oil, which sounds counterintuitive, but helps me feel like I got the whole gunk from my face. The Body Shop Camomille Cleansing Oil (12 € here, Review) has been repurchased several times, but I am always up to try something new.
Now it is time to cleanse the skin and give myself a good massage. Not that I apply an elaborate technique for that, I mean to, but I don´t. But I take my time massaging everything in and in the end remove it with a microfiber cloth. Depending on how I feel I will either use something deeply cleansing like Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip (45 € here, Review) or something very gentle like the Instytutum Cleansing Milk * (49 € here, Review).
Three to four times a week I will use a retinol. It has honestly made a huge difference on my acne, my skins texture and overall firmness of my face. Right now I use a prescription strength I get from my dermatologist, but if I don´t do that I opt for a gentle version like the M. Asam Pure Vitamins Retinol Youth Concentrate, originally send to me by PR, but repurchased several times already (29,95 € here, Review). Retinol should be used directly after cleansing and, if possible, with nothing else on top.
So for about four times a week, my routine ends here.
If I don´t use Vitamin A aka Retinol, I will turn to Vitamin D. Can you see I care very much about my vitamins? The Zelens Power D Treatment Drops (125 € here, Review) entered my life around the same time as the prescription strength retinol and cured my face from a dermatitis I had caused through overuse of the former. They strengthen, soothe and firm my skin, and despite being very expensive, the bottle will easily last me a year and is worth every penny. It should be applied to cleansed skin as well.
Easily my favorite step, as a serum is usually packed with ingredients to tackle your skins individual needs. And so I usually have quite a selection in my cabinet, ranging from “do-it-all” products like the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair II (82 € here, Review) to others aiming at more specific problems. Right now the Lacura Anti-Ageing Duo-hyaluronic Acid ampoules are what I reach for, as they are great to tackle hyper pigmentation, my main issue in the summer time.
As I said in my Morning Skincare Routine: Eyecream is a must. At the moment the Instytutum Anti-Wrinkle brightening eyecream (PR-Sample, 89€ here) is my weapon of choice. Very rich, very hydrating, probably impossible to use under makeup. But at night I can feel it on my skin for a long time, making me feel like it actually does something opposed to the ones that sink in immediately.
Moisturizer/ Face Oil
Very unpopular opinion here, but again a moisturizer is a step I tend to skip. More often than not, and of course depending on the serum I have been using, I go straight for the facial oil. See, the main use of a moisturizer is to actually seal in the moisture you have in your skin, and an oil does all that too. And as I get my anti-aging kicks from my serum, my skin isn´t dry and I prefer the texture of oils on my face opposed to creams, I end my night by applying M. Asam Pure Vitamins Facial Oil (PR-Sample, not available, Review) all over my face. I may look like a grease ball, but my skin will be super soft and bouncy come next morning.
Of course I do use a variety of masks and what not on different occasions, but as this post is way too long already, I am going to leave it like this for now.
What does your evening routine look like?