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I regularly share skincare products I use on Instagram Stories and have received several DMs asking for more information on my nighttime skincare routine so I decided to share it in a blog post and a video! The other night when getting ready for bed I propped my phone in my medicine cabinet to capture it. The whole process takes less than ten minutes but I edited it down to 59 seconds. Below I share my current nighttime skincare routine and the products I use:
- Now that I have bangs, I hold them back with a spa headband so they don't get full of cleanser and lotion. I got this three-pack on Amazon for a super nice price and they've held up great through multiple washings.
- I've been using Colleen Rothschild Cleansing Balm for a couple years now and it is by far my favorite cleanser, especially at night. I love that it will take off all my makeup including mascara and primer without a lot of rubbing.
- I love using a hot washcloth to remove the cleansing balm, letting the washcloth sit on my face for a while before rubbing off the cleanser. However, especially in the winter it takes running the water a very long time to get it hot so I've learned to do it with cold water. I did purchase this mini fridge/heater thinking I can keep already moistened washcloths in it and turn it on heat, I just haven't set it up yet in the bathroom.
- To be sure I got off all makeup and all cleanser, I then wipe my face with Colleen Rothschild Matcha Tea Treatment Toner. It's not stinging or drying and leaves my skin feeling happy and fresh. I use reusable makeup remover wipes in place of cotton balls or pads; I keep a lingerie bag in my bathroom and toss them all in there and throw them in the wash with towels and washcloths.
- My sister got me on the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol eye serum. At first I didn't like it until she shared she used it under a more moisturizing eye cream. I think it's effective in making the eye area look less crepey and saggy. And the price is scary but I only need one light pump for both eyes. I once read that Estee Lauder always put her remaining eye cream around her lips and it helped prevent fine lines and lipstick bleeding so I do it too.
- I am obsessed with this eye cream from Prai Beauty. I have never loved eye cream until I tried this. It's super thick but it absorbs nicely and truly makes my eye area look hydrated and happy without causing my makeup to slip off.
- I then use some sort of treatment on my face. I have a couple I rotate through but 75% of the time it's Colleen Rothschild Retinol Oil which I've written about before. I don't just put it on my face, it's all over my neck (back too), behind the ears, my decolette, and anything leftover goes on my hands.
- After treatment, I use a hydrating oil. I vary between a few different brands, but right now I'm digging this one from Kiehl's which isn't too greasy and smells like a day spa. This too is all over face, neck, chest, and hands.
- Over the oil I put a night cream. Many suggest putting oil over night cream, but my skin seems to like the night cream as the final step. I have been using Colleen Rothschild Extreme Recovery Cream for a while. I like that it's not greasy and really leaves my skin looking happy in the morning. This is also a great cream to use on no-makeup days when you want to give your skin a bit of a hydration or healing boost.
- I then use a roller to help get all the products deep into the skin. A roller also helps with puffiness and drainage and it just feels great. This one is from Undone Beauty and I like it better than the jade roller I got (and then dropped and broke). Since it's stainless steel it feels more hygeinic; it also always stays cool (though if you want to you can stick it in the fridge for more cooling/depuffing). It's also a fraction of the price of the fancy skin rollers from brands like Skin Gym.
- Once at bed, I apply almond oil all over my arms, shoulders, and chest. I then put on lip balm (Aquaphor is my current fave) and a hand cream (right now I'm using Aveda).
I used to be pretty lazy with my skincare, but once I started making it a mandatory part of my bedtime routine, it has improved my skin exponentially. Also, I now can't go to sleep without a clean and hydrated face, it just feels… icky. The whole process helps me slow down and I find I can fall asleep more easily. Below I share links to all the products I feature here and in the video, as well as the alternative products I mention. When spring comes, my routine will change as my skincare needs will change. I'll be sure to share when that happens!
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Disclosure: All of the products by Colleen Rothschild, Prai Beauty, and Undone Beauty were gifted to me. However, this is not a sponsored/paid post. I chose to write it, the brands have no idea I'm writing this, all thoughts are my own, and I truly use these products every night because I like them and find them effective.