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Last week, I posted a guide on how to develop your own skincare routine (click here if you haven’t read it yet!) and I said that I would make a post about my skincare routine and why I think routines are so important. So here it is! My own personal insight on why I think developing routines is so important, as well as all the products I use, why I like using them and how I apply them to my face. Enjoy!
Routines are a way to introduce consistency in your life. For me, having a set routine means that I know exactly what to expect in and from my routine, what time I usually start my routine and I know around how long it takes me every night.
I like to do this all in complete silence. While I’m applying all these products on my face, I always reflect on my day. I think about the things I did, what I did and didn’t like about that particular day and I generally just let thoughts flow through my brain. I know, I know. You’re probably reading this, thinking “it’s not that deep”, and I can see where you are coming from. A couple years ago, I would be thinking the same thing. But those 20 minutes at the end of my night really help centre and relax me because I’ve placed meaning and purpose in my night time routine. My days can be so hectic, and I think it is important to take time and reflect during my night time routine. I know that I don’t really have time to fit in reflection during the day, and since I know I always have the last minutes to myself before I go to sleep, it’s the perfect time to fit it in.
The consistency you maintain with your night time routine can also help you with consistency in other parts of your life. Or at least help you realize what steps you need to take to get there. When you think about it, many habits (good and bad) exist because you got into a routine of consistently maintaining a behaviour or a group of behaviours that eventually turn into a habit.
Alright, I hope that I’ve somewhat convinced you that routines are important and maybe even swayed you to want to start developing routines of your own. Now here are all the products I use in my own routine!
I also didn’t mention this in my previous post, but generally after washing your face, you want to apply your products in order of thinnest to thickest! I realize that many of the products I use are high end, but I personally see skincare as an investment, so I really don’t mind spending a bit extra for better quality products and faster results.
1. Cleansing Oil
Applying a cleansing oil is the very first step in my routine. Since I wear makeup most days, this doubles as a makeup remover and cleanser, but even on my makeup free days, this is still the first step in my ritual. Since oil pulls oil, it will bring any excess dirt and oil to the surface of your skin, making it easier to wash away with my second cleanser. This one is not my favourite cleansing oil, but it does the job.
It can be pretty confusing to use at first but it’s pretty simple. Just pump some into your hands, massage it onto your face. Then wet your hands and massage your face again to emulsify the oil, which just a fancy word for combining oil and water together to create a thicker substance – in this case a lather. After you emulsified the oil, just rinse the lather off!
I’ve said this at least 10 times on this blog alone, this is my holy grail cleanser. It works perfect for my skin as it is very gentle, it doesn’t break me out and keeps my skin smooth and hydrated. I don’t think those with problem skin will find this to be very effective for them, but those with dry and oily skin may find that this cleanser helps to restore your skin to a more normal level. In other words, if you are dry, this cleanser eradicates any excess flakiness and roughness, and if you are oily, it helps keep your oil at a manageable level as it doesn’t strip you of any oil in the first place. I know this from firsthand experience!
I find that it works especially well when I use my Clarisonic (on nights where I’m not sleeping at home, I yearn for the moment when I can go home and wash my face with this dynamic duo. It’s that good).
This is another holy grail product of mine, and it’s definitely been a game changer. I never really used toners, until I began using this one. It’s played a huge part in getting rid of the texture around my chin and high points of my cheeks and it works so quickly. I noticed the difference in texture in a couple days! Although it is an exfoliating toner, I find that it isn’t harsh at all and definitely adds to how smooth my skin feels before I go to bed.
I apply a bit of toner on a cotton pad (don’t soak the pad! My rule of thumb is that if it soaks through to the other side of the cotton pad, you’ve used too much) and rub the cotton pad on my face in upward motions. I do this so that I’m not accelerating the formation of wrinkles or lines by dragging my skin downward.
I really like this Ole Henriksen serum. I’ve been using this for quite a while now and I think that over time, it has really helped to brighten and it works really well with my moisturizer, so it also helps to soften my skin. It’s supposed to help with fine lines and wrinkles, but I didn’t have any when I started using this, so I can’t really attest to those claims. Then again, I haven’t developed any fine lines or wrinkles so maybe it is working?
I squirt out half a pump (that’s really all you need to cover your entire face, this stuff is potent and fast absorbing) and massage it into my face. When it’s almost all absorbed, I like to tap my face with my fingers to make sure the serum gets fully absorbed into all layers of my skin.
5. Facial Oil
I am a huge advocate of using oils on your face (read my post about how game changing face oils have been in my life) and this one is no exception. Ever since I started using the Luna sleeping night oil, I’ve noticed the most dramatic changes in how my skin feels. It always feels so soft, texture free, and so plump in the mornings.
This oil is very potent so I just apply one drop on each of my cheeks and half a drop to my forehead. I massage it into my skin and usually let it absorb for a couple minutes (during this time, I’ll just floss and brush my teeth).
After the oil has absorbed onto my face, I apply this treatment right after. I find that they work really well together and when used together, it really helps to amp up your results. (I reviewed this, and a bunch of other Sunday Riley products if you’re interested in reading it!) This has helped with lightening some of my old acne scars, as well as evening out my skin tone and brightening up my complexion.
Half a pump is really all you need of this, because it is another pretty potent product. But sometimes if I’m feeling extra, I’ll just do a full pump. I dot it evenly onto my face and massage it in, concentrating on my problem areas.
I really don’t have anything new to say about this moisturizer that I haven’t already said in other posts. I have been using this forever and it always keeps my skin soft and hydrated! (I usually also apply Vaseline or a lip balm to my lips to keep them moisturized through the night)
8. Spot treat
This is by far the best spot treatment I have used. It completely dries out the pimple (hence the name, Drying Lotion) and within a couple days, your pimple will pretty much fall off. As far as I know, there is only one place that sells Mario Badescu products in Calgary (Urban Outfitters, if you’re wondering), so it can be hard to get your hands on when they run out of stock. I find that when I go, there’s either tons of Drying Lotion available or there is literally none, so whenever you see it, buy it. I’m currently out of it right now, and there’s never any available whenever I check and I have had a huge obvious pimple in between my eyes for the longest time, which would have been gone by now if I had Drying Lotion on hand.
This won’t do much for you if your pimples are the ones that are small, colorless bumps. This works the best on those red, painful pimples with a white head. Don’t shake the bottle!! It’s everyone’s first instinct. Grab a q-tip, dip it in the pink sediment and apply on your pimple. It burns at first but it goes away