Hey there! My blog will soon complete a year and surprisingly I don’t even have a nighttime skincare routine post up here. (It’s kind of mandatory among us bloggers!) As this space will be seeing a lot of changes and content upgrade, I thought let’s tick a nighttime skincare routine off my list with my minimalist routine that keeps my skin clear and healthy.
I have focussed on two words here: clear and healthy; not acne-free, fair, oil-free, etc because that’s not 100% under our control and it sounds too clickbait-y. This skincare routine is ideal for people with oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin and I won’t promise that it’ll make all your skin problems disappear in a jiffy. Because once in a while I break out, get blackheads or just have a not-so-great skin day.
People who have a different skin type can also take some inspiration and customize their routine with products that suit their skin type and concerns. You’re always free to drop in and have a one-on-one conversation in case you need some recommendations. Contact me. 🙂
My aim is always to treat my skin better without overloading it with unnecessary products (which I have done in the past!)
I’ve categorized all the products in the sequence in which I use them. And first up is what I call my “basin-routine” (You can tell how clueless I am when it comes to naming). This has all the wash-off products that are a part of my Nighttime Skincare Routine.
I usually don’t wear any makeup (except when I’m going out) so I directly start with cleansing my face using the Sebamed Cleansing Foam. It is really gentle on the skin and leaves it clean and smooth. The formula is non-drying so I can use it throughout the year irrespective of the weather.
Next up is masking which I do only twice a week. Currently, whenever I mask, I use two: Qurez Charcoal Face Mask (on the nose) and Jeva green Tea Face Mask (rest of the face). It’s winter and even though Chennai isn’t freezing, my skin feels slightly dry. This green tea mask cleans my skin and doesn’t leave my face dry while the charcoal mask has beads which help scrub my nose that has some texture. I’m using two because I have them and I want to get good uses out of them and it is in no way mandatory to multi-mask.
The little one is a lip scrub in the flavour ‘Cotton Candy’ from the brand Stereo Crafts (It’s by an Instagram Seller). I scrub my lips whenever I mask i.e. twice a week. It helps to keep my lips soft and plump.
My ‘basin-routine’ is over and I just pat my face dry with a hand towel.
Quick tip: Always keep separate towels for body and face. Also, use a smaller one for the face so that you can wash it frequently. I do it every 4-5 days.
Next step has my “The Ordinary” products that I use to target skin problems.
I use The Ordinary Glycolic Acid thrice a week and adjust it so that I do not use it on days I’m masking. This is a great chemical exfoliant which gives a brighter complexion and treats my comedones from within. (Comedones are blackheads and whiteheads)
Next up is our beloved The Ordinary Caffeine Solution to take care of my puffy, panda eyes. Earlier in the review, I mentioned that it works great for puffiness but takes time for dark circles and I stand by that. But I also haven’t found a cheaper alternative that works as well as this one.
Post this, I apply my Aroma Magic Moisturizer which is very lightweight and has a consistency similar to that of an essence. (Do we have K-beauty nerds here?) I take 2 pumps of it and just layer it on the skin.
My lips have been acting particularly dry due to the weather so I apply Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil. This one’s by CocoSoul which really helps with chapped lips and is easy on the pocket. I also use this on my hair (Coconut Oil+Castor Oil) and it feels really soft post-cleansing.
I’ll transfer a little into a small container to use on my lips as it becomes a task to open this huge bottle every night.
Note: You can use my code “rifat10” to get 10% off when you buy it from their website.
I also wash my feet and moisturize it with a thicker cream which gives me softer feet. Didn’t know if I should include it here or not!
If you ignore my bi-weekly shenanigans (masking, scrubbing and chemical exfoliant), my normal-day routine is cleansing, moisturizing, eye serum and oil on lips. And I consider this to be pretty minimalist. On some occasions when I do get a breakout and I’m not too lazy to treat it, I use a tea tree essential oil or The Ordinary 2% Salicylic Acid Solution as a spot treatment. (Salicylic Acid is more effective, in case you wanted to know!)
That’s all I do in my nighttime routine and it has given me good skin. As I said, I do have my not-so-good skin days but that’s fine. The key is to treat your skin right and give it what it needs. Once summer kicks in, the routine will have a few changes depending on what my skin demands then.
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