I had shared my morning skin routine with you a couple of weeks ago here. Today I am going to share with you my night time skin routine.
Wholesome Organic Sugar / Clarisonic Mia / Philosophy Purity face wash / Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel / Mario Badescu Drying Lotion / Jose Maran argan oil / Jan Marini Instant Refining Exfoliator
I wash my face every single night before bed (EVERY night) and I always use my Clarisonic Mia. After wetting my face and the Mia I use the Philosophy Purity wash. After washing I put some Dickinson's Witch Hazel toner on a cotton ball and use it all over my face. This stuff is so cheap, can be found at most drug stores and it all natural. It rivals any "fancy" toner product on the market and really works. Non-drying, non-irritating.
After thoroughly cleansing I put several drop of Josie Maran argan oil on my finger tips and massage it all over my face and neck (whatever is left on your hands I always massage into my cuticles and around my nails!). It feels amazing and you wake up with your skin feeling so hydrated and healthy. I can't imagine a better moisturizing product for overnight.
Once or twice a week I will exfoliate my face and lips (yes, lips! It will smooth them like nothing else :) with the sugar and a little water (this is my favorite brand). I do this right after I wash my face and before using the witch hazel. Just apply a little water to your face and hands and then gently rub about a tablespoon of sugar gently over your face and lips for at least one minute. The sugar will begin to dissolve. You can rinse with luke warm water afterwards.
In addition I will use the Jan Marini Instant Refining Exfoliator (see pic below) once a week. I do really like this product, but I like exfoliating with the organic sugar just as well - maybe better. Jan Marini is not cheap (about $90 for this container) so I don't think I will buy it again.....just not enough "bang for my buck". It is probably the best performing exfoliator I have found on the market though and I have used a few. It you currently don't exfoliate then I would recommend starting with the organic sugar - I want to stress to use the organic. You do not need to be rubbing bleached sugar with chemicals all over your face - yuk! It you don't like that then you could always try out a product like Jan Marini. It is definitely more refined and maybe easy for some people to use (less abrasive than sugar crystals).
The one product I forgot to picture with my other items was my eye make-up remover (see stock photo below). I have tried so many eye makeup removers from every drug store brand to high end department store brands. The best one (especially for the money!) to me is the Maybelline Expert Eyes (for waterproof eye makeup). I apply it to a cotton ball and then hold it on my closed eye lid for a few seconds before wiping the makeup away. This helps to keep you from needing to rub the eyelid too much which stretches out that delicate skin and can pull your eyelashes out. It is also so moisturizing which can be hard to get used to at first (can feel "greasy"), but it is so good for that skin around the delicate eye area.
I do go for a micro-dermabrasion facial each quarter (4x per year) and more often if I can. My skin feels incredible afterwards. I have tried dozens of different facials and this is the one that I go back to and use consistently. It is by far the best treatment for my skin.
I also use a Retin A product every other night on my skin before I put on the argan oil. This helps me tremendously with the brown spots/hyper-pigmentation.
So there you have it! I think that is about all the info I can give you about my skin care routine (between this post and my morning routine here). I hope that maybe there is something that you learned and thought might help you with your current routine.
I would also love to hear about yours....I am always open to knowing what other ladies do for great skin and willing to try something that may work better for me than my current routine :)
Hope your week is great so far....Happy Tuesday!!!