This is the evening portion of my current summer skincare routine. My morning routine is described in this post. These are the products I’ve primarily been using the past several weeks. As a reference, my skin is normal – not dry nor oily, and though I’m not prone to breakouts, I do have a stray blemish here and there in the summer.
The very first thing I do is remove all of my makeup with coconut oil, and for about six months I’ve been using Cocovit. This does a great job at removing not only all my face makeup, but all my eye makeup, too (you can read about my love of this product here). After I massage the oil into my skin, I wipe it away with a hot wet cloth. I’ve used other oils in the past, but have found that when it comes to single ingredient makeup removers, I vastly prefer pure coconut oil over others, such as jojoba oil.
Once my makeup is removed, I do my second cleanse with the Meow Meow Tweet Tea Tree Charcoal Bar Soap (pictured setting atop of the Cocovit). I actually purchased this soap hoping it would be a more affordable alternative to the excellent Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap, and while I’m not sure that they are equals (OK, they aren’t), the MMT works really well. It lathers very nicely but is never drying to my skin. I love ingredients like charcoal and tea tree oil for summer when my skin needs the extra cleaning power.
Après cleansing, I immediately spritz my face with a hydrating toner. Lately it has been the 100% Pure Jasmine Green Tea Tonique. Toners are one of my favorite products to try, so I’m not yet loyal to any one particular toner. I do really like the Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator, though (but I must confess that I’m not a fan of the white plastic bottle packaging as I prefer glass bottles).
Next, I use a face serum, either Pacific Face Serum with Retinol (this product does not exactly exist anymore…I do believe that the Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Night Serum is an equivalent product. Correct me if I’m wrong.) or Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Booster Serum. Serums typically are lightweight and are quickly absorbed into the skin – these two products are no different and do just that. I use these products as a targeted treatment to prevent fine lines and pigmentation.
Next I use an oil on top of the serum. This summer I’ve alternated between the Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops or Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum (which to me is an oil, not a serum) and they are both very nice.
Occasionally I’ve been using the Mahalo Rare Indigo Balm on my face (maybe twice a month) and I will often use it on my neck and décolletage. I plan on primarily using this product during the fall and winter, though, due to the fact that it is a balm and therefore much heavier than an oil.
Lastly, I smooth a little One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm under my eyes. This is my favorite under-eye treatment I’ve used in natural skincare. It is so thick it’s almost a paste, which I love. A little bit truly does go a long way and one pot typically will last me around 8 months.
My night routine may seem long and tedious, but it isn’t in actuality. Furthermore, it is a self-care ritual that I enjoy. Taking care of my skin is a small thing I do each day, just for me, and it’s relaxing and beneficial mentally and physically.
What products do you love for your night skincare routine? Have you used any of the products listed above?