My nighttime skincare routine is probably my favorite part of the night. Once the kids are down I take some time to focus on myself before going to bed. The products I use can vary depending on the time of year and how my skin is acting, I swear it has a mind of its own! I have combination skin and for the most part, it’s fine but I do get the occasional breakout.
When it comes to skincare or anything really, I’m all about affordability. I’m not gonna spend tons of money on a product unless it’s truly worth it.
I’m also not gonna slap 90 products on my face just because. I don’t have the time or patience for so many steps every night, more importantly none of that is necessary.
Do you really need a skincare routine?
In my 20s I didn’t really have a skincare routine besides the basic soap I was using for my body and a bit of lotion. Now that I’m settling in my 30s (32) I’m noticing a few changes… such as lines on my forehead when I make certain expressions are more noticeable to me, darkness under my eyes making me look tired (even though I am most of the time, that’s not the point). The point is I want to age gracefully so I figured it was time for me to get serious about skincare.
What is a simple skincare routine?
A skincare routine is simply the way you take care of your skin regularly. It can be as simple as the face wash you use every night or a group of products.
How do I make a simple skincare routine?
The first thing you want to do when starting a skincare routine is to figure out your skin type. There are so many good products on the market today that might be terrible for your skin if it was not formulated for your skin type.
What are the different skin types?
let’s start with the basics. Here are five common skin type categories you might fall in.
- Normal Skin – Normal skin isn’t overly sensitive… It’s not too oily or dry and is considered fairly healthy. Normal skin, in a nutshell, is well-balanced skin.
- Oily Skin – Oily skin usually looks very shinny due to heightened sebum production.
- Dry Skin – Dry skin can feel really tight at times especially after a shower or any kind of contact with water. It has the tendency to look and feel pretty rough and is often itchy.
- Combination Skin – Thats me! With combination skin your t-zone (across your forehead, down your nose) tends to always be oily, while the rest of your face can be pretty normal to dry.
- Sensitive – Sensitive skin can get itchy, red and inflamed very easily.
Now I’m obviously not a dermatologist or any kind of specialist when it comes to skincare but I’ve done quite a bit of research and this is my take on the matter. With that being said my descriptions of skin types are pretty short and to the point. If you are looking for more in-depth information on how to find your skin type check out this article on Web MD.
Here’s my easy 5 step nighttime skincare routine
Step 1. Cleanse my face
This is (or should be) the first step in anyone’s nighttime skincare routine. You can’t have beautiful skin without keeping it clean. I would recommend finding more than one amazing face wash because you never know when a company might discontinue an item or change the formula. If that happens you don’t want to be scrambling trying to find another face wash that works for you. One of my absolute favorite facial cleansers is from Insta Natural it’s their Vitamin C cleanser. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I love the smell plus my face feels so soft and smooth after I use it. It’s for all skin types so if you’re looking for your holy grail cleanser this is where to start. You might just love it as much as I do!
Step 2. Eye Cream
Eye cream is one of those things I thought I’d never thought I’d use, in fact, if this product wasn’t in my Ipsy bag I’m sure I wouldn’t have but I’m glad I did. The mini tube I received in my Ipsy bag lasted a few months but I had to get more.
The Hey Honey Look Into My Eyes is one of those things that is a little pricey for me but so worth it! I just put a thin layer under each eye, let it sit for about a min, and massage it to my skin. If there’s any puffiness before it’s gone… the darkness under my eyes diminishes greatly. I use this in the morning as well.
Step 3. Facial Oil
I’ve been using Bio-Oil on my face recently and that with the other steps of my nighttime skincare routine has really brightened up my skin. Bio-Oil is known for reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks on the body but it’s also really good at creating a more even-looking skin tone. If you struggle with acne it’s supposed to get rid of any scarring that may occur.
Step 4. Serum
The serum I use another from InstaNatural it’s their Vitamin C serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. It’s like instant hydration, I love the way it feels on my skin. It kinda smells like orange juice with I find very pleasant. Once i rub it in my skin looks so radiant!
Step 5. Moisturizer
The final step in my nighttime skincare routine is a moisturizer to lock in all the goodness in the previous steps. My go-to is Elf holy hydration face cream. It’s a thick non-greasy cream that keeps my skin hydrated throughout the night.
Finding the right skincare routine may take some time. In the beginning, I tried a lot of highly recommend products that did nothing for me but with persistence and research, I have a collection of great products that I love. No matter what type of skin you have whether it’s oily, dry or anything in between you can achieve the right balance with a good routine and a lot of patience!
All products mentioned can be found here on my shop page. Be sure to comment down below and let me know what your favorite skincare products are.