Everything In My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine
There are some parts of keeping up with a beauty routine that totally seems like a chore. Organizing my products after blowing through my vanity area like a hurricane before an important event, getting rid of expired products, and even removing my makeup are all things that I truly dread. But one thing that I will never, ever skip — no matter how tired, hungry, or drunk I am — is my nighttime skincare routine.
As a girl with eczema, severely dry skin, and some serious sensitivities, I really can’t afford to be cavalier with when I do and do not apply my products. If I skip my routine for whatever reason, my skin immediately lets me know the following morning with some dry patches and flakiness. I always think of them as little gifts to remind me that my nighttime skincare routine is absolutely essential.
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I double cleanse with oil and micellar water before going in with a wet cleanser.
Okay, don’t come for me, y’all. I know that coconut oil is on everyone’s no-no lists nowadays, but I love double or triple cleansing, and this is the only thing that has ever worked for me. Not only does coconut oil not clog my pores, but it truly gets every speck of makeup off my face without irritating my eyes like other makeup removing oils and balms do. Don’t knock it till you try it.
After removing my makeup with the coconut oil, I run a bit of this micellar water on a cotton pad all around my face to get rid of excess oils and to prep my skin for wet cleansing. This Garnier one is such a steal because the giant bottle lasts me months, and I love how gentle it is on my sensitive skin.
WET CLEANSERS & EXFOLIANT
The Tatcha cleanser is my daily go-to, while the Glamglow one is used once every other week for a little extra cleansing. I use the exfoliant around four times a week.
I originally thought that this cleanser was going to be too abrasive for me because of the Japanese Luffa fruit fibers in it, but this is actually really gentle and it doesn’t bother me when I use it every day. I’ve also found that it’s a great cleanser no matter what condition my skin is in — sensitive or thriving.
This cleanser is perfect for the days when I need my face to be super clean. I use it after events or shows, and I’ll usually cycle it into my routine once every other week or so just to give my skin a little extra boost. The three different active charcoals really unclog my pores and make my face look spotless.
Because of my skin sensitivity, I can’t use chemical peels or any harsh physical exfoliants. But because of my dryness and flakiness, I absolutely need some kind of exfoliant in my routine. This one from Tatcha is the answer to my prayers. It exfoliates with a foam that’s activated when you mix the powder with water, so it’s super gentle but leaves my face feeling totally smooth. I use this upwards of four times a week and have never run into issues with my skin sensitivity.
ESSENCES & TONER
Immediately after cleansing, I apply one of the two essences, then follow with the toner.
When I tell you that this essence completely changed my life, I am not joking. It’s truly one of the greatest things to ever grace my face. It hydrates my skin when it’s used on it's own, but it also helps all of the skincare I layer on top of it work so much better. I see and feel a noticeable difference in how soft and even-textured my skin is when I am and am not using it.
Whenever I’m out of the Peach & Lily essence, this is what I use instead. It’s just as hydrating, and contains antioxidant-rich ingredients like green plum blossom and Korean yuja extracts so that my skin stays hydrated all night. I also love the light rosewater fragrance, which is so soothing for nighttime, and surprisingly isn’t irritating on my skin.
Admittedly, toners aren’t really my thing. I feel like they dry out my skin and make my face feel tight, but this one from Dr. Jart+ is the exception. I love their whole Ceramidin line (as you’ll notice below) because it’s deeply hydrating without oiliness or greasiness. A few drops of this after my essence is a perfect base for the next steps in my routine.
I typically use all three of these during my nighttime routine, but I’ll skip the exfoliating acids if my skin is particularly sensitive.
This serum is sort of a mix between an essence and a serum, so I love using it as a transitional layer between those two steps in my routine. Natural fruit acids help lightly exfoliate my skin without irritating it, and my skin started looking visibly brighter after I used it for a month. Needless to say, I’m never going without it in my routine.
This is… quite possibly the best serum I’ve ever used in my life. It’s hydrating, illuminating, brightening, soothing, and refining all in one. If you’ve ever wanted your skin to look like a K-beauty skincare ad, this is the product to buy. It contains unique ingredients like East Asian mountain yam and more familiar ones like hyaluronic acid to really help resurface the skin and make it look not just glowy, but healthy.
I know that this serum is pricey, but believe me when I say that it is worth every penny. As I mentioned, chemical peels are really irritating on my skin, but this serum gives me all the benefits of a peel without the harshness. Lactic acid is generally pretty gentle, and this serum makes the ingredient simultaneously exfoliating and hydrating. Win-win!
I only use one moisturizer at a time because all three of these are deeply hydrating, and I usually layer a sleeping mask on top of it anyway.
This moisturizer has been awarded the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance, so you know I had to get my hands on it. This cream is richly moisturizing even during dry and cold months, and the Indigo extract and oatmeal in it soothe and calm irritated skin. This is an absolute must for me when I’m traveling because that’s when my skin is most sensitive.
This moisturizer from Drunk Elephant is perfect for day-to-day use. I can use it both in the daytime and at night, which makes it easy to take with me when I’m traveling, and the pump top ensures that it stays sanitary for the entire life of the product.
I told you I love Dr. Jart+’s Ceramidin line. This is another awesome daily moisturizer that feels a lot lighter than it looks. What I like about this one (and the Drunk Elephant one as well) is that it works to shield and protect the skin’s moisture barrier while you have it on, which is perfect for nighttime when my skin is regenerating.
I use both of these interchangeably (depending on what mood I’m in) to seal in all of the goodness that I put on my face in the previous steps. I really don’t prefer one over the other — they’re both calming and hydrating, without being oily or clogging my pores. I’m a face oil advocate for life, and these two are some of the best.
Like the face oils, I use my overnight masks pretty interchangeably depending on my mood. All three of these formulas are meant to keep skin extremely hydrated so you wake up looking fresh and glowy — exactly the kind of vibe I go for everyday. I’ll usually use one of these over my moisturizer and skip the face oil.
RINSE-OFF & SHEET MASKS
This is a step that I’ll add to the beginning of my nighttime skincare routine if I feel like my skin needs a little extra TLC.
I don’t know if I will ever find a sheet mask that I love as much as this one. It’s quite a commitment — $12 per mask, and you have to leave it on for 45 minutes — but the splurges of money and time are both worth it for the results. Every time I use one of these, I’m floored by how much brighter my skin looks and how soft my face feels. I have never used anything that gives me the instant results that this mask does, so I know that I’ll be a repeat customer for life.
This is one of those masks that’s just easy. I don’t usually love potted or tubed masks because they tend to make a mess, and I find that the hassle isn’t worth the payoff. But this one is so easy to apply and leaves my skin looking and feeling glowy. It simultaneously hydrates with oils and exfoliates with rose flower powder so my skin emerges looking fresh. Plus, you only have to leave it on for 10 minutes. Easy-peasy!
Whenever my skin just needs a quick boost of hydration — whether it’s on a plane or right before bed — I can count on this mask to do its job in 15 minutes or so. It’s a hassle-free sheet mask that does exactly what the name says it will: It gives you a gorgeous glow. I also love that the fiber of the sheet itself is so soft and comfortably hugs my skin. I always take a handful of these whenever I travel just in case I need a little bit of hydration help.
Last but not least. I love using face massagers and other tools to relieve pressure in my face and even out my texture.
Obviously, this is not a face massager, but I feel like it’s worth mentioning because I only ever use it at night. If you’ve been following my beauty journey on Instagram, you probably know that I shave my face once a week to get rid of peach fuzz and even out my skin’s texture. It’s one of my favorite skincare hacks that I will always keep in my regimen, and this razor made the process so much more enjoyable. If you haven’t yet, peep my story on HelloGiggles for the step-by-step process.
Until recently, I had only ever had gua sha done to me during facials, but I’ve always loved it, so I decided to get my hands on a tool for myself. The flat edges are meant to help you push lymphatic fluid away from the center of your face, and the shorter sides can be used to help stimulate blood flow in the more delicate parts of your face. It takes some practice to be able to do it on your own, but once you figure it out, there’s no turning back.
There are very few places where I haven’t expressed how much I love this face roller, so though it doesn’t need repeating, I’ll do it anyway. This face roller is — excuse my French — the shit. The rolling parts somehow always stay cool, regardless of where it’s stored, so it instantly depuffs my skin as I use it. I also love placing this right on my cheekbone or jawline to help give my face a more lifted look, and I’ll even use it over sheet masks to push the serum further into my skin. It’s truly one of my favorite things in my beauty collection.
This amazing thing not only massages your skin as you move it across your face, but it vibrates. I use it at night to encourage my skincare to work deeper into my skin and to sculpt out my jawline and cheekbones. But I especially love using it in the daytime because it helps increase blood flow to my face and perk me up before I have to start my day. It’s also the perfect pick-me-up after a nap because it just instantly makes my face look alive. I use the flat edge to run all across my face, and the rounded points to apply minimal pressure to the more delicate spots on my face.
Now that you know literally every single thing that goes into my nighttime skincare routine, is this something that you’d want to try? Leave me a note in the comments below.
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If you made it this far, I give you major props. I hope you found my recommendations helpful — especially if you’re someone who deals with eczema, dryness, and skin sensitivity like I do. Leave me a comment below with which product you would try, or if you already have one of these in your regular routine. Until next time!