Wednesday, February 24, 2021

My Night Time Skin Care Routine

I've mentioned that if Covid did anything for me during all these months of quarantine, it introduced me to the wonderful world of You Tube. I've never been much of a You Tuber (and truth be told, I'm still not!), but I did manage to stumble into a whole new world of make-up and skin care peeps. Who knew "GRWM" meant, "Get Ready With Me"? My favorite channel by far is Kimberly at Pretty Over Fifty. She has introduced me to so many new products and her channel is so, so good.  I highly recommend her latest video here

Today I thought I would share my own nighttime skin care routine because I've recently gotten questions from friends about what products I use. I've been fortunate enough to find drug store brands that work for me. 

Step 1: Remove Make-up// I had never heard of the term, "double cleansing" until about a year ago when a popular instagrammer talked about it on her stories. But ya know what? It works! By removing my make-up first, my cleanser doesn't have to work so hard and my face feels extra clean.  I searched a while before I finally found a winner in No 7 Melting Gel Cleanser. This is a soft gel that I rub on my face, without water, to remove my make-up. Then, I just rinse it off with warm water. 

Step 2: Cleanse// I've been using this Cerave cleanser for years - ever since Melanie Shankle said that she did. After working it into a lather, I use my handy dandy exfoliating pad that I mentioned here to help alleviate any remaining dirt and make-up. 

Step 3: Tone// I searched a while for a toner and finally decided on this one from  Thayers. It comes in several fragrances at Target. 

Step 4: Serums// Kimberly introduced me to The Ordinary skin products. I've mentioned here and on my IG stories that I use them and I've had so many questions about them. I absolutely love The Ordinary because you get such a bang for your buck. Every night after I tone, I use the Niacinamide serum. It's a little sticky, so I'm sure to let it dry completely on my face before applying my creams. I use the Peeling Solution twice a week. This is a chemical peel and there actually is no "peeling" like in a mask. I leave it on my face for about ten minutes and then rinse with warm water. Sometimes, there is a little stinging sensation, but it's nothing harsh and never lasts long, however, if you have sensitive skin, the Peeling Solution may not be the product for you. 

Step 5: Creams// My favorite drug store product is Roc's Retinol Deep Wrinkle Cream because I've gotten the best results with my fine lines and wrinkles. The number "11" has nearly vanished from between my eyes! Ha! But seriously. 🙌  I've been using this product for about a year and it is one of the best drug store products in my opinion. 

Step 6: Exfoliate// This is the one product that I'm struggling with finding, a good exfoliator. During the fall, I used a sample size of a pumpkin exfoliator and I loved it so much that I can't seem to find anything like it, so if you are using one that you love, please let me know in the comments below. Right now, I'm alternating the Cerave cleanser with Clean & Clear Exfoliating Scrub. I also use a sheet mask once a week. 

Easy peasy!! And I don't beat myself up if I decide that my bed is more important than putting on serums or exfoliating. But I DO always remove my make-up each night. That's simply a must in my book. 


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  1. I love the Ordinary serums too! I'm glad I started trying them - although I could probably add more to my routine with just cleanser, serum and moisturiser, haha! It's great you have a routine that works for you :)

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  2. Your skin is absolutely gorgeous my friend! You obviously are doing all the right things and I love seeing your routine! I’ve been a fan of ROC for along time. Have a wonderful Wednesday my beauty!!

  3. Love a good skincare routine. I say all the time exfoliate and moisturize.

  4. I always enjoy hearing about others skin care and make up. I'll have to check out that You Tube gal. My niece watches You Tube all the time on make up techniques and hers always looks amazing. Have a good rest of the week!

  5. I have to thank you for introducing me to the Original...I love the serum and the peel too. Now I'm off to order the Roc night cream. I need help with my "11." Have a good one!

  6. Thanks for sharing your routine, Laura! I love seeing what other's are using. I use Thayer's too, but as for the rest, I haven't tried. Will be looking into some of them for sure. The double cleansing is something I didn't know!

  7. Your skincare routine sounds great! I have the CeraVe Hydrating cleanser and I love it.

  8. I have you to thank for getting me hooked on The Ordinary products. My entire skincare routine is now made up exclusively of the brand and I LOVE it! I refuse to spend a lot of money on cleansers and always use Cerave or Cetaphil - unless I get a gift that includes a fancy cleanser like I did for Christmas. You have beautiful skin my friend - love ya!