Monday, 15 September 2014

My evening skincare routine - September 2014

First step - makeup remover // Clarins Instant Eye Make-up Remover

I always start by removing eye and lip products, so as not to smear them all over my face when I cleanse. I soak two cotton pads in this and leave them on my eye, alternating so I can see through the other eye, until all product has been removed. I strongly advise against rubbing and pulling, which can cause fine lines - it really is important to invest in a good eye makeup remover that, with a little time and patience, will take off all the product without too much elbow grease. 

If I'm sporting a bright lip, I'll use a micellar water as well.

Second step - first cleanse // Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil 

The first skin cleanser is intended to break down your makeup; you then go in again to cleanse your skin. For this initial cleanse, I've been using this cleansing oil, which is absolutely divine - it is silky, smooth and has a lovely subtle scent. I spend a little while gently massaging my skin to really get off any face products, then I wipe off with a flannel.

Third step - second cleanse // Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

This step is designed to really get your skin clean. Having loved my Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (which recently ran out), I have moved to this Clinique offering and it's lovely. It's non-scented and creamy, and you need the tiniest, tiniest bit to do your face. I imagine I'll be using this until early next year. I then soak a flannel in warm water and take it off. Note that at this point, there should be no remnant makeup that comes off when you wipe your face - that would indicate you hadn't entirely removed all your makeup in the first cleanse.

Fourth step - eye cream // Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

I mentioned this in my morning routine, and it is just as lovely, if not lovelier, to use at night because of its richness.

Fifth step - toner // Lush Eau Roma Water

I spritz a little bit of this on my cleansed face to help my serum and moisturiser to sink in better. It's a beautiful mixture of rose and lavender waters.

Sixth step - moisturiser // Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream

Although my skin is not dry, I do enjoy using this cream for a super does of hydration. Vitamin E is so essential to moisturising the skin and although this product is quite basic, it works really well.

Seventh step - oil // Caudalie Polyphenol Overnight Detox Oil

I'm going to do a post on this product because it has cleared up and brightened my skin like nothing else. Two or three drops of this does the trick. Twice a week, I use instead Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate to really give my skin a boost. 

What's your evening skincare routine like?

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