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June 03, 2013

UPDATED Skincare Routine: My Nighttime Routine

I've never proclaimed to have perfect skin. Hell, I've never even said I have good skin. As I've said countless times on this blog, my skin is very temperamental; one minute it's good and the next it's terrible. To see one of my latest skin explosions, click here

I've given my skincare routine a compete overhaul so I decided to give you guys an update. I'm really happy with this routine but, don't get me wrong, I still have breakouts and am still very much prone to spots. This routine just minimises that and helps tackle blemishes before they become huge problems. 

Given that I have three separate skincare routines, I decided I'd do three posts! A couple of days ago I uploaded my morning skincare routine. Click here to check it out! To see how I remove my make up at the end of a day, click here

Before I start, I figure I should give you a tiny bit of insight into my skin. I have combination/oily skin that's quite prone to blemishes. It can be quite dehydrated.

To see what I use in the evening, click here!
*This routine is done on skin with no make up on it, often after I've just completed my removing make up routine*
1. Exfoliate
I use the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant nightly to exfoliate my skin. This rice based exfoliating powder activates on contact with water and exfoliates the skin really nicely. I've noticed a definite difference in the texture of my skin since using this product. It's so much smoother! I didn't realise this but it also contains Salicylic Acid. Score!
I pour out about a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon amount of product into the palm of my hand, mix it with a few drops of water and massage it into my face, rinsing at the end. 

2. Cleanse
To cleanse I use the Clean & Clear Advantage Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, as featured in this haul. This cleanser contains 5% Benzoyl Peroxide and, as far as active ingredients go, I've heard/read that it's great for clearing up troublesome skin. I use this cleanser as I would any other. Apply, work into the skin and rinse! 

3. Tone
As I mentioned in my Morning Routine post, I really like the Clean & Clear Advantage Pimple Control Kit and, if I have the toner from that kit, I'll use it. If not I use the Clean & Clear Essentials Oil-Control Toner. They both work quite nicely for me and both have salicylic acid in them. If you're wondering why I use both toners, the one in the kit is only 45mL so doesn't last very long. The Essentials Oil-Control Toner is 100mL so lasts a lot longer. 

4. Moisturise
I use two different products to moisturise my skin; Kosmea Skin Clinic Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil* and Clean & Clear Pimple Control Moisturiser (yes, it's from the Clean & Clear Advantage Pimple Control Kit). On days where I feel like my skin needs a fair bit of spot treating I'll use the Clean & Clear Pimple Control Moisturiser because I feel like it's not as heavy. If I don't want/need to use a spot treatment or I feel like my skin's a little hydrated, I'll apply the Kosmea Skin Clinic Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil. Sometimes I'll leave the oil to absorb for about 10 minutes and apply the Clean & Clear Pimple Control Moisturiser over the top! 

5. Eye Cream
 I pat the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream on my under eye area every evening. I haven't noticed a dramatic difference since using this product but it's nice!

6. Spot Treatment 
I use two different spot treatments, depending on the blemish. For white heads (sorry if this is gross) I'll use the Clear & Clear Advantage Fast Clearing Spot Gel. This product comes in the Clear & Clear Advantage Pimple Control Kit, however it can also be purchased by itself. This spot treatment contains witch hazel and salicylic acid and I think it's just amazing. 
Whilst I get white heads, I also get my fair share of 'blind' pimples. I use the term blind loosely because, let me tell you, they're the furtherest thing from blind. They're absolutely massive! Not  long ago I had a massive one on my chin and, in a moment of despair, I headed to a Kit Cosmetics counter. The lovely sales assistant gave me a sample of the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion and, even though I was skeptical (I've tried so many things targeted for these bad boys), I gave it a try. Holy guacamole! This product reduced the blemish by about half in just the first night. I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet but, needless to say, it's on the top of my shopping list! 

Anyway, that's Part Three of my UPDATED Skincare Routine series. I like to typically do this routine one to two hours before I know I'm going to bed. I figure that gives the products, especially my spot treatments, a decent amount of time to be absorbed into the skin so less is going to rub all over my pillows. Does anyone have the same logic? 

* - Indicates products that were provided for review or as a PR sample. Whilst I was sent this product, it is a part of my routine because I genuinely like it.

** Throughout this series you're going to see a lot of Clean & Clear. Yes, Clean and Clear did send me one of their Advantage Pimple Control Kits about a year ago but, since then, I've repurchased it at least twice. Why? I love it.

What products make up your nighttime skincare routine? Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? 

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  1. Great post! I used clean and clear cleanser and moisturizer before but it didn't suit my skin. It broke me out. :(

  2. Love Dermalogica, best skincare brand! :) x

  3. I've never really tried much from ELF but that blush is so pretty, I might have to make an Skinlastin you are the ultimate face cream connoisseur, share all your secrets with us please :)!!


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