The routine I’m about to share with you is obviously nothing revolutionary. The principle is old but still ever-so effective. This specific routine is also my usual night ritual – exfoliating,treating et all. Without any further ado – here are my 3 steps to some seriously radiant skin.
Right now, I’m all about cleansing milks. I just love a good oil-in-water emulsion because it will leave your skin anything but dry & tight or oily & tacky. After cleansing my skin, I splash some cold water on my face and I pat my face dry. It’s important not to leave any water on your face’s surface – don’t let it just evaporate. Please – pat.your.face.dry. I’ll elaborate on why in a different post. The cleansing milk I’m currently using is Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk. I also really like Bioderma’s Sensibio Cleansing Milk.
Exfoliate / Peel
This step is très crucial. Unless you’re rotating between a chemical exfoliator & a gentle physical exfoliator , it’s not really needed every day. Nevertheless , it’s still very crucial . I use a chemical exfoliant about twice a week, the rest of the week I use a physical exfoliator when needed.
I love AHA-exfoliants because they remove dead skincells so thoroughly , reveal brighter skin, improve skin texture and really give that glow I long for ( especially during winter months in Europe ). Also, if you happen to have any blemishes or uneven skintone, then AHA is the way to go. If you have acne or are acne-prone skin then using a good BHA exfoliant or AHA+BHA exfoliant is very advisable – it will penetrate the skin better and do a great job at unclogging pores while simultaneously sloughing off dead skin.
I’m currently using Alpha Hydrox 14% AHA swipes. In my experience, it’s been a dream to use . It does contain a few ingredients that can irritate skin – hasn’t done so with mine – so after swiping a pad over my face, I let the product work its magic & then I rinse my face with some water. 14% is high so you may want to build your way up, I used to use Thomas Roth 40% triple acid peel & before that Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel. The Alpha Beta Peel was alright but I found that it contains a big amount of alcohol – which is a skincare no-no – so I stopped purchasing it. Thomas Roth 40% peel however was good because it had both AHA & BHA which made it a good all-rounder.
I like using Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant. It’s gentle enough yet thorough and it contains salicylic acid ( = BHA ) which helps me steer free of blackheads,whiteheads, blotchy patches and pimples caused by clogged pores. I usually use it in the evening right before applying my night treatment (I alternate between a few treatments).
Whether I choose to exfoliate chemically of physically, exfoliating always preps my skin perfectly for the next step.
Depending on which exfoliant I used in step 2. , I’ll either use a ultra-hydrating yet nourishing mask or a brightening serum in this last step. I also love using DIY masks or concoctions but I rarely do so before bedtime… I save those for lazy afternoons and indulgent home-spa days. Below are the 3 treatments I’ve been using these past 8 weeks and have had lovely results with.
Twice a week, after using Alpha Hydrox 14% aha swipes ,I use Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. A mask packed with vitamin A, C, F &E + a few other hydrating ingredients. As soon as I apply it on my face I can feel it work (?) . It’s soothing and will leave your skin looking energized and fresh while also looking wonderfully nourished and hydrated ( moisturised ). I really like this mask and it has become a staple in my skincare routine. The price is a bit steep but the tube lasts quite a long time. You can also leave it on as an overnight treatment but when I do, I tend to find a few orangey streaks on my pillow. Who sleeps on their back all night long?
This post is getting waaay longer than I initially anticipated , btw.
After using the microfoliant, I tend to opt for either Trilogy’s Rosehip oil or Andalou Naturals : Tumeric + C serum or I mix them together when I need a boost. I discovered the Tumeric + C serum not too long ago and I absolutely love it. It doesn’t contain any bad chemicals and it’s full of natural goodness. It contains rosehip oil, aloe vera, tumeric extract , Sea Buckthorn oil ,Hyaluronic Acid, vitamin E + C , Grape seed oil and a bunch of other skin nourishing + brightening ingredients. Although it has a good dose of oils in it, it’s still very lightweight and it absorbs so easily into the skin – thank the aloe vera gel-base for that. Try it, really, you’ll see a difference after a few days – a brighter, healthier looking complexion.
As for the rosehip oil – it’s just an amazingly nourishing & moisturising all-rounder and packed with some really good fatty acids and vitamin A. I use it on my face, legs , hair , elbows…Like I said – an amazingly nourishing & moisturising all-rounder. Glowing skin , guaranteed.
If you’re in need of a stronger brightening serum to use overnight, give Alpha H Liquid gold a try. I shall endeavour to review it in a different post. It’s that good.