As winter weather continues to create a really dry environment for my skin, I focus on keeping it healthy by nourishing it and adding a lot of hydration back into my skin.
To achieve this, I use a skincare routine that combines ingredients and techniques that will leave my skin glowing the next day.
Nighttime Skincare Routine Steps
Step 1 - Double Cleanse
For the first cleanse, I wash my face with an oil cleanser to remove all impurities, sunscreen and make-up, and then use a wash cloth to remove it.
For the second cleanse, I use a gentle cleanser that will not strip my skin.
If you want to understand more or have questions about exfoliating skin, read this topic to learn everything you need to know about exfoliation.
Step 2 - Detox Mask
I use a mask to purify my skin. I apply and leave the mask on for 5 minutes.
I follow this up with a toner for my morning and nighttime skincare routines.
For this routine I'm using a resurfacing toner with 10% Glycolic acid because it exfoliates my skin without irritating it or causing it to react.
I find that Resurfacing Water is a great alternative to many toners out on the market including the cult favorite, Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, since it is also an exfoliating facial toner that exfoliates, purifies and balances the pH of your skin using alpha hydroxy acids and is able to give your skin barrier a boost without smelling like salad dressing.
Step 3 - Apply A Serum
I love Recovery Serum since it helps to balance, heal and nourish my skin. I amp it up a little bit by mixing a booster with it.
Mixing a booster with a serum will always help to augment the serum's benefits for your skin.
Step 4 - Hydrating Mask
Instead of a moisturizing cream, I use a hydrating mask that can also intensely hydrate and sooth the parched skin during these harsh cold days of winter.
A hydrating mask is also good for doing a "lazy mask", where you can apply and massage it in, go to sleep with it on, and then remove it in the morning when you cleanse your skin.
I use a dime size amount to massage into my skin, until my face looks like a glazed donut. Yum!
When it comes to face massage, there are only 2 rules:
- Always lift as you move in an upward direction and glide sideways
- Never drag the face down
If you're interested in learning some DIY facial massage techniques, watch this YouTube tutorial on face massage, as it takes you through the steps in real time, so you can follow along.
Step 5 - Eyes & Lips
I like to apply my eye cream last.
I recommend using a gel or water based eye product for the nighttime to help prevent puffiness in the morning.
Finally I like to apply a lip mask to keep my lips hydrated and prevent them from chapping.
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