Tuesday, 24 September 2013

My Evening Skincare Routine - Part One of Two

Hi babes, how are we all? Today I'm just going to blab about my current evening skincare routine ^_^

I like looking at others bloggers' routines, and sometimes I even come away with a list of new skincare I want to try, so I hope this is of interest to you in the same way. 

I think my skincare routine is relatively simple compared to some other beauty bloggers, but now that I've piled all the products together it suddenly looks quite complex! It's not, I promise, as many of these items I don't use all at once, or even everyday. Some I use weekly, some bi-weekly, and some hardly. 

First step - Makeup Removal

Makeup removal is an essential step in my skincare routine - I always, always do this, even if I'm feeling super tired or lazy. Since I'm blemish prone, it's important to me to take off as much makeup as I can before moving on to actually cleansing my face. Sometimes just using a cleanser won't remove all traces of makeup, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts, especially if that cleanser's quite a gentle and weak one.

I have one remover specifically for waterproof eye makeup, and three removers for the rest of my face. You don't need 3 face makeup removers, but I do like trying new products so that's why I have more than I need! You don't need a separate eye and face makeup remover either, if you can find a good all in one remover.

L-R: Sanctuary Spa Ultimate Facial Cleansing Oil, Models Prefer Eye Remover, Nivea Pure and Natural Cleansing Lotion, Dove Foaming Makeup Remover

My current fave is the cleansing oil from Sanctuary Spa - it just dissolves my bb cream in seconds! The oily feeling is quite bizarre at first, but it's also quite soothing as I give my skin a mini massage while removing the makeup. The only con I've found with this is that it can't be used to remove eye makeup, because if the oil gets into the eyes it's difficult to wash out. 

I'd also highly recommend the Dove foaming cleanser - it's perfect for using in the shower, removes bb cream really well, and it's non-drying. I've gone through 3 bottles of this (but only because my sister uses it too). The only con is that it doesn't remove waterproof eye makeup as easily as it claims. 

The Model's Prefer remover is good at removing waterproof mascara, but it burns like heck if you get it in your eyes! I'd recommend Garnier's Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover instead~

Second Step - Cleansing or Exfoliating

After makeup removal I move straight onto either cleansing or exfoliating. 

L-R: Olay Regenerist Cleansing System, Etude House Baking Powder Scrub, Sanctuary Spa Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser, Bioré Blemish Clearing Scrub

My current evening cleanser is the Hot Cloth Cleanser from Sanctuary Spa. And I LOVE it so much - seriously, don't even wait for me to review it, just get it! Haha, I don't tend to get excited about cleansers much, but I seriously love this one as its turned cleansing from a chore into an enjoyable experience. 

The hot cloth refers to the thin handkerchief-like cloth provided with this creamy cleanser. What you do is soak the cloth in hot water and place it over your face for 30 seconds to open up the pores. Then you massage the cleanser onto your face and then use the cloth to 'polish' it off. Then you soak the cloth in cold water and place it over your face to close the pores, before finishing off with a splash of cold water. 

It's time consuming, but I've grown to love the whole process as it's sooo relaxing. And my skin looks bright and feels smoother after. 

Get it, get it, get it! I can't recommend it enough~

As for exfoliating, since I have dryer skin I used to skip exfoliating a lot, but in recent months I've tried to exfoliate about once or twice a week depending on the condition of my skin. I think the tip is to find a gentle and non-drying scrub. 

I recently tried the Olay Cleansing System, but sadly it broke me out, so I've relegated it to only be used once or twice a month. 

As for face scrubs, the two I have at the moment is the Etude House Baking Powder Scrub and the Bioré Blemish Clearing Scrub. 

The Etude scrub is a very fine scrub with a lemon candy scent, that's gentle and non drying. It's a good option for dryer skin as the microbeads are really tiny and non-abrasive. 

The Bioré scrub was given to me as part of a beauty trial, and not one I would've purchased on my own as I've used many acne targeted scrubs as a teen, and they just were too harsh or drying. However I was really impressed with this one - although it has larger microbeads, the scrub isn't harsh or drying, and my skin feels really fresh and smooth after usage. The citrus scent is nice too. 

The only thing I disliked about it is the zingy-minty sensation, wherein the scrub made my face tingle and go hot and cold like I've put minty toothpaste on my face. Some people like this 'refreshing wake me up' sensation, but I'm not much a fan. Though I would purchase this in the future, since it's a acne fighting scrub that works well for me. 

This post is looking far longer than I expected, so I'll stop here and have an Evening Skincare Routine Part Two post instead~

The next three steps are Toning and Targeted Skin Repair, Moisturising, and Lip Care. It's not as fancy as it sounds, I was just feeling creative about the headings, lol. 

Thanks for reading lovelies! Do you have a stable skincare regime? And is it a simple one or a complex one? 

PS I'd also like to give a shoutout to the lovely Jenna, from The Chic Cupcake for nominating me for the Elegant Blogger Award a few weeks back. You're so sweet, thank you ^_^

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  1. I like these kind of posts ~

    Currently in my skin care I am using Nivea Pure and Natural Cleansing Lotion , but I hate it , I think it doesn't remove almost everything and the smell is too intense and a bit aggressive on my sensitive skin >.<

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  2. I love the tingly feeling of mint on my face! It's so refreshing XD

    Wow, my night time routine is just to cleanse my face...>_<


  3. It depends what products I'm trying to use up, haha! Right now I'm using 6 products for my night time skin care :) I exfoliate and use sheet masks weekly :)


  4. TriedandTestedBlogger25 September 2013 at 14:24

    I've been eyeing off the Hot Cloth Cleanser from Sanctuary Spa for ages now! I'll have to buy it when I finish my spending ban!

  5. meishenmeweishenme26 September 2013 at 01:55

    I am really interested in Hot cloth because my cleansers open my pores and never close :( Nowadays I have a big pore problem and don't know how to close them back :'(

  6. Thanks for sharing your skin care routine. Nivea Pure and Natural Cleansing Lotion has always been on my list..but it doesn't clean at all..

    Secrets Of Camille ❤

  7. The Nivea lotion works better for me when used on dry skin - and using cotton wipes to take it off before rinsing my face helps too. But yep, there are nicer cleansers out there! Thanks for reading ^_^

  8. Hehe, I don't get how it feels refreshing - all my skin does is feel hot!
    Well, cleansing is probably the most important basic step, so you've got that covered ^_^

  9. Ooh, 6 products is not bad :)
    I used to use sheet masks weekly, but since the ones I like have whitening properties, it made my face too pale so I had to stop, lol.

  10. You must try it once your spending ban finishes! I adore it ^_^
    Good luck with the spending ban too!

  11. I heard the hot water opens the pores, and then splashing cold water will close the pores (that's what it says on the hot cloth cleanser directions anyways).

  12. Thanks for reading ^_^
    I found it cleans well only if applied with dry hands on dry skin - and I massage it well before taking it off with cotton pads, before cleansing again with a foaming or cream cleanser. It doesn't work on a damp face as I've tried before T_T

  13. I love hot cloth cleansers especially in the winter time, it's so lovely! The one I'm currently using is from No7 but might check out the Sanctuary one after :)

    When reading your post I was like wow that's a lot of products!! But when I thought about my own I probably have just as much!

  14. I felt the same when I did my skincare post. It looks like a lot, but it's so quick and easy for me.

    I'm really loving the Biore scrub. And I love everything that Sanctuary Spa does :)

  15. I never expected to have so many skincare products! But yep, it definitely doesn't feel like a long routine to do though.
    Sanctuary Spa is definitely one of my current fave brands atm!


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