Taking the day off – my evening skincare routine

While my mornings are all about an efficient, streamlined routine (if you fancy taking a look, click here), in the evenings I really like to take my time. Being a new mum with Mr Loca working crazy hours, this tends to be the me-time I get on an average day and I try to make the most of it.
Not in order of appliance (is that even a word?)
Wearing SPF and make-up on a (almost) daily base, I make sure to give my skin a proper cleanse. No matter how late it is and how tired I am, I just can´t just go to sleep without that. The thought of the days grime clogging my pores, feeding the bacteria and causing wrinkles and zits leaves me so itchy, it makes me get
up at 3 am, after I fell asleep on the couch trying to read and get on with my full on routine.
I just wish, I had that discipline considering exercise.
Or sweets.

To start off, I use a pre-cleanse, like Bioderma Eau Sensibio. This
is very effective at removing my makeup and doesn´t sting my eyes, so I don´t have to keep a separate eye make-up remover at hand.
After a quick rinse I go in with a proper cleanse. At the moment this is Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, which I massage into my skin using the Clarisonic (Review). Mind you, depending on your skin type this can be a little too much to use every night, but after changing to the sensitive brush heads, it works just fine for me. Also, this slight tingling and the vibration feel very relaxing on my face.
Using a plain washcloth and warm water (I just don´t get the whole muslin cloth thing) it is removed and my skin is left feeling clean and plump.
Every other night I follow this by a sweep of AlphaH Liquid Gold (Review) with glycolic acid, alternating with Tea Tree Water from LUSH.
Then it is eye cream (Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme), serum (Weleda Pomegranate Firming Serum again), and face oil.
I used to shy away from face oils, fearing they would break me out, leave an oily residue, make me all shiny (you name it), but just
as balm cleansers, they have grown on me after giving the a try.
At the moment I use the Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil from Clarins, but there are several others on my to-try-list.
The finishing touch is the Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector, which, to be honest, does not work miracles for me. The improvement on my hyperpigmentation started when I introduced glycolic acid into my routine, so I am left with the feeling, it just doesn´t do much for me.
If it is this time of the month when my chin and cheeks are graced by the appearance of big, angry red cysts, I will spot treat with Duac Acne Gel, which is a prescription only benzoylperoxide product.
And I really try not to pick them.
Really.
I do.
Twice a week, I go for a face mask. Once it is the REN Glycolactic Radiance RenewalMask (Review), which I really like.
I make sure to pick a day when I am not using my AlphaH Liquid Gold, as the combination would probably be too much even for my
robust skin.
The other mask is usually a clay-based mask to get out any
impurities. At the moment I am testing Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask with pink clay, but I usually don´t tend to spend much money on them, as I find the clay masks available at the drugstore quite effective.

 

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