You’re tired, you just put on your pj’s and are ready to nod off… but wait, did you remember your nighttime skincare routine? We’ve all been there. And we’ve all decided that some nights just weren’t skincare nights. That’s okay if your skin is naturally perfect, but I know for a fact that mine isn’t, which is why I’ve worked on building the perfect one for me. Besides, I love having some relaxing me-time before bed. And today, I will explain step by step my bedtime combination/oily skincare routine for you.
- If you haven’t read my morning skincare routine yet, make sure to do so here! I will also link it by the end of this post.
- If you’re looking for the English version, you can find it here.
As I outlined in that one, I have combination leaning towards oily skin with a bit of dehydration on the side. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s more real than I wish it were. Anyway, what that means is that I have oily areas as well as dry areas (darn you, dry patches!) and I have to take care of both unless I want to have breakouts from the oiliness or a desert in my jawline when I put foundation on in the morning.
In this post, you’ll not only find my daily products but the ones I add every now and then, like clay masks or scrubs. The ingredients are way more varied than in the previous post, but I do repeat with some of them! Let’s dive in:
Step 1. Makeup Removal + Cleanse
Yep. Back again. Cleansing. Everything starts with a cleanse state. Jokes aside, you should wash your face every morning and every evening. I will not stress how important it is to do it when you have makeup on because you already know -it’s Skincare 101-, but even if you’re not wearing it, cleansing is a way of making the products that we will use afterwards work better.
Regarding that last aspect, I’ve been using my Foreo Luna Mini for a while now and it’s an acquisition for my night routine that has transformed it really positively and that I’ll go into detail soon. But I’ve been loving it!
If I’m wearing makeup, I take it off with micellar water like Herbora‘s, which is one of my current favourites, or I use Fancy Handy‘s Makeup Remover Face Soap, which I’ve been using for months and it lasts a really long while. If I haven’t worn makeup all day and my skin hasn’t felt too oily, I reach for Lush‘s Sleepy Face Naked Cleansing Balm. There’s something about it that makes it perfect for before bedtime, and it might be how relaxing the scent is!
Step 2. Exfoliate (every 3 days)
Face scrubs will help you get rid of the dead skin and balance the oiliness and appearance of pores, but they cannot be used too often. Over-exfoliating can lead to irritation, redness or even more breakouts, which is why I limit myself to exfoliating two or three times a week even if I’m using gentle face scrubs like my current favourite, Creightons‘ Pink Grapefruit Daily Face Scrub. It refreshes the skin but it’s not too aggressive.
I’m also LOVING Bella Aurora‘s impregnated exfoliating cotton pads against dark spots for a unified tone and reducing the appearance of pores.
You might want to use lip scrubs as well. I think we don’t talk about them often, and they’re a very important part of my routine since my lips tend to get dry really easily and peel all the time. Always remember to use lip balms after!
When it comes to lip scrubs, I like Flor de Mayo‘s Cherry Lip Scrub and Fancy Handy‘s Lips Like A Star Scrub. Both of them really get the job done, plus the later is a bit hydrating as well. After that, I use one of my favourite lip balms, which currently means either the Suavina classic or Primark‘s Frozen lip balm, which I couldn’t resist to get last Christmas.
Step 3. Toner
Similarly to what I do next in my morning routine, I follow up with a toner. I feel like it’s a very important part because if I don’t use it for a long while, I notice more oiliness. However, when I’m off to go to sleep, I don’t use stimulating ones, so to speak; I use calming ones like the Rose Tonic from Pixi, which is my absolute favourite for nighttime.
Step 4. Treatments and Masks
If you’re anything like me, you might get different skin concerns “depending on the day”. This particular step is defined by what my current concern is, and I sometimes skip it If I don’t feel like it or If the product I’m using isn’t suitable for daily use. Here’s where I add clay masks, sheet masks, spot treatments… whatever I feel my skin needs at the moment.
You can get an idea from the picture above, but here’s how this step works for me (I might review them individually soon, so let me know which one caught your attention):
- Green tea or tea tree masks. I love tea tree because this ingredient helps me balance the oiliness and keeps my skin smooth and calm. It also smells heavenly, I might add, so that’s a plus. Green tea is another key ingredient for that and it helps to tighten up my skin. Examples: 1000 Millihelens, Lush, or Herbora‘s Green Mask and Green Tea.
- Antioxidant masks. With its antiaging properties, masks like Fancy Handy‘s Tomato Face Mask have won me over. This one has vitamin A and C, and you guys know how passionate I am about vitamins in my skincare.
- Spot/acne treatments/serums. The only one I use is YesTo‘s Triple-Threat Acne Treatment Kit, which comes with charcoal cotton swabs and is supposed to take care of those little zits quickly. And it does work! Another one that I really love is The Body Shop‘s iconic Tea Tree Oil, which I plan on repurchasing soon.
- Hyaluronic Acid. Well, if it ain’t one of the most famous ingredients at the moment. Although a few years ago I was a bit worried that everyone had lost their minds over it, I’ve realized that its benefits are really impressive and the products that contain it are way more numerous than I initially thought.
- Sheet masks. I never ask *too much* from sheet masks because I know 20 minutes are nothing and regular treatments work better than that, but I love using sheet masks to relax. I prefer the calming and hydrating ones for the night.
There are some treatments I save for the very end of my routine (a.k.a. Step 7), like oils!
Step 5. Eye Cream
With eyes like mine -and that’s not a self-compliment-, eye creams are a must. My undereye area is pretty dark and looks tired, which is why I rely on products like Swiss Clinic‘s Eye Cream (review here) or Revuele‘s Eye Contour Serum Expert+, which is the one I’m currently using thanks to a friend who recommended it to me and I’m head over heels!
Step 6. Moisturize / Night Cream
(Almost) finally, I finish my nighttime skincare routine by applying moisturizer OR night cream. Whatever feels right. I never mix them together because they’re two sides of the same coin to me. I had a huge crush (yes, crush) on Kueshi‘s Rediscover Night Cream thanks to its marvellous scent and how helped me fall asleep, but lately I’ve just been using regular nourishing moisturizers like Armonia Bio‘s which I introduced here.
I am, though, looking for the perfect night cream that restores my love for them!
Step 7. Oils
Oils? For combination/oily skin? Are you mad?!
Maybe. However, I am including lash serums in this step so it’s not that bad, is it? I do love using facial oils, though. From what I’ve learned, applying oils overnight can combat the overproduction of sebum to an extent, which can reduce the breakouts in our skin, among others. I wake up feeling much better when I’ve applied a facial oil before going to sleep, which might be due to the fragrance (and the benefits of using it).
I’ve fallen in love with Fancy Handy‘s Calendula Oil infused with calendula, squalene, vitamin E and almond oil. It can be used in many ways, but my favourite definitely is as a night oil.
And as I introduced in the beginning, I also use lash serums after I put on my night cream. I’m currently using Marnys‘ Ricinlash Serum, infused with castor oil, for both my lashes and my brows. It’s working really great for me.
And that’s that on that.
Although it seems like a really long and tiring routine, I’ve been committed to it so long I hardly notice how many steps I follow. I love it. It’s full of relaxing fragrances and textures that manage to make my sleep better, plus it’s way quicker than it seems, and it’ll help you wake up feeling fabulous.
Again, I hope this was helpful and if you do try to follow this routine, let me know in the comments! Each skin is different, which makes finding the perfect products and routines a constant struggle until you find your matches, but it’s worth it. Find out which ingredients and formulas work best for you, and you’ll be all set!
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask them below or to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always happy to help!
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