After posting my morning skincare routine last month I've finally remembered to write the second half, my evening routine! I've been trying to carry on the simple theme into the evening with my skincare though I do sometimes get a little carried away. For the most part my skin is behaving itself and my dermatitis is the best it's been in a long time, typical though that as I'm writing this I can feel that familiar itchy pain that tells me my chin is brewing up a nice surprise (one too many mini cornettos... but who can blame me when they're 99p for 4??), hopefully I can keep it under wraps though and luckily I work from home so nobody needs to see my mug! ;)
First up in the routine, and only if I've been wearing heavy-ish makeup, I use a micellar water to begin the cleansing process. Currently Bee Good's 3-in-1 Cleansing Water* is my go to, it's nice and refreshing and doesn't leave a residue on my skin. Next up is a gentle creamy cleanser, I like my cream cleansers to be light and fluid, not a thick gloopy cream and so this little (totally adorbz) sample of their Moisture-Rich Cleansing Lotion from Suki is perfect. I've nearly used all of this up now after receiving it in my content goodie bag last month and I'll be oh so sad when it's all gone. It removes makeup so easily and doesn't leave any film or build up behind on my skin once it's rinsed away, just super soft cleansed skin.
My skin had been looking really dull up until recently and I realised it was because I was lacking an exfoliating step in my routine after my very unnatural exfoliating toner finally ran out. Instead of looking for something new I've decided to bring the clarisonic back into my routine after having a break for a few months, and it was just what I needed as my skin is looking so much better already. I use it every other night with my Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap for a deep clean and serious skin-buffing session.
For toner I religiously use the Therapi Lemon Myrtle Toner* as it's purifying, anti-bacterial and yet still quite soothing as there's some rose water in there too. I then combine either the Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner or the Elemental Herbology Cell Food with my current favourite facial oil, the Pacific Face Oil* from True Nature Botanicals (used to be Marie Veronique Organics). I haven't been using a night cream lately as I don't actually have one, most creams I own are better for daytime use and I'm loving this combo so much anyway that I don't feel the need to add an extra layer to smother my skin. Both the Active Gel Toner & Cell Food are light aloe or water based serums that hydrate, soothe and treat many of my skin concerns, and I simply mix two drops of the Pacific oil into whichever I am using and massage into skin. Mixing the oil into my serum this way means it absorbs a lot easier into my skin and doesn't leave me looking too greasy afterwards (not that I mind at night anyway). The oil itself is an absolute dream and I can't get enough, just take a loot at the ingredients and you'll know why! *swoons*
What do you think of my evening skincare routine? too OTT?