I’ve never found myself sticking to a single routine when it came to my skincare, however, for the past few months I’ve really been putting in the time to take care of my skin. Now that winter is officially here, I’ve made some adjustments to combat the effects of the cold weather here in Chicago. Here is my winter night time skincare routine.
These are the three cleansers I’ve been using depending on what type of cleanse I’m trying to accomplish (I won’t use all three everyday.) When I’m wearing any type of makeup, especially eye makeup, I’ll first start off with the Farmacy Green Clean melting balm. It’s a balm that melts into an oil when rubbed onto the face and dissolves all the makeup. It’s a great first cleanse that leaves my skin feeling clean without that tight dry feel that other cleansers may leave. The CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser is the cleanser I use after the Farmacy Green Clean as a second cleanse or I use it when I’m not wearing makeup. It’s very basic and has no scent which is what I love best about it (if you have dry skin CeraVe also carries a hydrating cleanser that’s also great.) I’ve been using this for years now and it never does me wrong. I’ll use the CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser about once or twice a week. This cleanser contains salicylic acid that is used to gently exfoliate the skin without having to physically scrub at it. I like to keep things super simple with cleansers and these three have been absolutely perfect.
After cleansing comes toner and the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is a fairly new addition to my routine. Toners are used to balance the pH level in the skin that cleansers can disrupt while also prepping the skin to absorb all the other products you’re about to apply. Some toners can also end up being pretty drying on the skin and I’m so glad that with this one that isn’t the case. It has an essence like consistency that feels really hydrating. I personally haven’t noticed any plumping while using this product, but like I said I haven’t been using it for very long. Either way, I’ll def continue using this because it feels great.
After toner comes eye cream. Eye cream should be one of the first things applied after cleansing because it allows the cream access to the under eyes without having to fight through any other products. As a general rule for all skincare products, they should be applied from most watery consistency to the thickest (thickest consistency should be applied last.) Doing it this way allows each product to penetrate the skin instead of just laying on top of something heavier that it can’t get through. I use the Youth to the People and Pai eye creams interchangeably. Eye creams won’t ever really give you any type of immediate results, but starting to use them in your 20’s is a great way to combat wrinkles that are beginning to form. It’s also a good idea to use eye creams because they moisturize the under eyes and make concealer sit better and not crease as bad.
These are treatment products that I have been using. I won’t ever use more than two of these a night and it REALLY depends which ones I pick. Trader Joes’s Blueberry and Acai Facial Scrub is a physical exfoliant. I usually try to stay away from scrubbing at my face because it can be irritating especially during the winter when skin is dry, however, sometimes my skin really just needs a light scrub. I like this one because it has actual blueberry seeds in it that help exfoliate and the two fruits contain antioxidants that are beneficial for the skin (such as helping combat the effects of the elements.) The scrub also contains AHA’s which are acids that also help exfoliate.
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% (now called Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion) Sunday Riley Good Genes, and Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel are all chemical exfoliants, which is what I usually stick with. As mentioned, I won’t ever use all three of these in the same night because that would be extremely irritating to the skin. Exfoliating the skin is an important step in cleaning off dead skin cells, but it shouldn’t be overdone. Good Genes and the Transformation Gel are both sample sizes and I’m really not yet sure if I’ll ever purchase a full size. A product that I will use most nights is Stratia’s Rewind. It is an anti-aging serum that I’ve introduced into my skincare in order to fight those damn wrinkles that I already see forming. I just finished this particular bottle, but the next one is already on its way!
Ok so here is where things have gotten the most important for me. Apart from some cystic acne that ruined my life for about a year shortly after turning 20 (thank the lord for birth control, totally saved my skin), I’ve never had any major skin issues. Except for now. I’m going to go more in depth in an upcoming blog post, but my main issue right now is dry and irritated skin right in my smile lines. During the Sephora VIB sale I picked up the Dr. Jart Ceramidin and Cicapair sample creams to try and they have been saviors. I finished the two samples and quickly purchased the full size of the Cicapair cream. It’s meant specifically to hydrate and soothe red and irritated skin. It’s significantly helped and I’ve been really loving it. Another cream I’ve been trying out is the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream. It’s also meant to soothe irritated skin and so far I’ve been enjoying it. I’ll switch off with these two depending on if I need more hydration or not. Before I experienced this annoying dry skin problem I religiously used the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion (can you tell I have an obsession with CeraVe?)
And finally I like to finish off everything with some lip treatment. I’ll use the Milani Sugar Lip Scrub anytime my lips need some exfoliation. Afterwards I’ll apply one of these three: Kopari Lip Love, Glossier Balm Dotcom, or the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. All of these products smell incredible and feel even better on the lips. I live for any type of lip product that also leaves the lips looking glossy.
This is my entire night time winter skincare routine. As mentioned multiple times, I don’t use all of these every single day, but I have found this mix of products to be pretty successful. I’ve noticed that my skin is smoother and I don’t really get breaks out anymore apart from hormonal or reactions to new products. I’ve been really into skincare so if you have any miracle products that you swear by, share them in the comments below! And if you want some good face mask recommendations check out my blog post that breaks down my fav masks for each skin type!