On Thursday I gave you a look at my AM skincare routine. Today it's time for the PM routine, and it might be a long post!
In the evenings I remove my eye makeup with Bioderma on two cotton rounds. I've recently run out of Bioderma, so I grabbed a bottle of Nivea Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. I use eye makeup remover as a precleanse because I can't stand my face cloths being covered in eyeshadow and black mascara streaks during the next step! Cleansing my face at night is a real treat to me, because I have many cleansers on rotation and I enjoy picking out products for the night's cleansing routine.
I normally use an oil or a balm, followed by something a little bit lighter. For oils I like The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Oil and the Melvita Rose cleansing oil. For balms I enjoy using Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and The Body Shop's Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. For a second cleanse I would use Clarins Pure Melt cleansing gel or Soap & Glory Ultimelt Hot Cloth Cleanser, or something similar. Neither an oil or a balm, but I've been loving REN's ClearCalm 3 Clay Cleanser as a first cleanser, followed by something lighter. Recently however I've started using the Lipidol cleansing oil (mentioned here and here), and I haven't been using anything else for a first cleanse! The past few days my skin has been looking and feeling icky because of the hot weather, so I've been using the REN ClearCalm 3 Clay Cleanser as a second cleanse and that seems to solve the problem.
After cleansing my skin I use the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Toner on a cotton pad to gently exfoliate and brighten my skin. This is an acid toner that gently exfoliates your skin, and isn't really a toner in the normal sense of the word. I don't use a hydrating toner after this, but Caroline Hirons advocates it, saying the more moisture the better. I normally don't use an eye cream because I can't really be bothered. My main concern is puffiness (I've decided to just accept my dark circles), and that I treat in the morning.
The next step is the treatment step: either a serum or an oil. I prefer to use an oil rather than a serum, but The Body Shop's Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil is the best of both worlds as it contains both. The Clarins Lotus facial oil is pricey but oh-so-luxurious, as is the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (of which my sample is quickly running out). For the past month or so I've been using the Lipidol facial treatment oil religiously and my skin is thanking me for it. On very hot nights I often wonder if I'm doing the right thing by slapping oil on my skin, but I think my dehydrated skin anyway just slurps it all up!
To moisturise I've been using the Clarins Multi Active Night Cream for months, but again, after another price hike and currently at R610, I've switched to a cheaper alternative. I've found this cheaper, but equally good, option in the form of the REN Revitalizing Night Cream (formerly known as the Frankincense night cream). Some people might not like the Frankincense smell, but I personally find it very comforting as the last step of my nightly skincare routine. It's not a greasy cream, yet it is still quite rich and makes your skin feel nice and plumped.
And that's it for my PM skincare routine! I hope you've enjoyed this little skincare series. I'm busy with a post on my favourite masks and how I use them, as that to me coincides quite a bit with a good skincare routine.
Until next time!