And I'm back with the second part of my skincare routine (click here if you haven't seen part one yet).
We're kind of getting into the more exciting stuff, with a few products that I hope you'll enjoy reading about~
|Nivea Pure and Natural Cleansing Toner, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, Sanctuary Spa Youth Boosting Facial Oil, Rosehip Oil Roll On, Models Prefer Deep Repair Eye Cream|
Step 3 - Toning and Targeted Skin Repair
Toning is great for removing any itty bitty last traces of makeup that might've been missed after cleansing. The toner I really like is the Nivea Pure and Natural Cleansing Toner - note that it has the word 'cleansing' in it. Some toners are like glorified water, but this one has cleansing properties too, so it cleanses and tones (and preps the skin for moisturising). It feels really lovely and cooling on the skin - this was provided to me as part of a beauty trial, and I actually went and bought a second bottle as I loved it so much.
However, I must confess that I've been skipping the toning process very often lately - I guess when I use a makeup remover and then a cleanser - effectively double cleansing, that I feel I don't need to tone after all that...
The SK-II Essence is a mini sample of their super raved about yeast essence, that I got as a magazine freebie. It's the newest addition to my skincare routine, having used it for about a week now.
Unfortunately it's not really working for me, so I am considering stopping it. For those who are curious it looks and feels very similar to water (maybe slightly thicker), and it has a strong yeasty scent. You pat it on after cleansing, and it's supposed to help serums and moisturisers absorb better, and it's also meant to make your skin look radiantly glowy as the yeast properties aid in skin cell renewal.
I found it a bit drying, and it also doesn't work well with my moisturisers as it makes my skin itch after application. A shame, since the reviews are really great!
After toning (or not toning, lol) I move onto facial oils, which I am a huge fan of. I used to be scared of them due to my blemish prone skin, but I've tried a few, and they've never broken me out so I'm a facial oil covert now. The two I have on rotation is the Sanctuary Spa Youth Boosting Oil (you may have noticed I'm using quite a lot of Sanctuary Spa products atm - it's fast becoming my favourite Western drugstore skincare brand!), and the Rosehip Oil Roll On.
I love both equally, but if forced to choose I'd go with the Rosehip Oil - purely because I find it ever so slightly more hydrating. I normally save the Rosehip Oil for when my skin needs the extra hydration, otherwise I tend to favour the Facial Oil as my nightly oil. They both have hydrating and healing properties for anti-ageing, dullness, and redness.
Eye cream has been something I'm trying to get into the habit of doing, but I have to confess it's difficult to remember to do it nightly! I'm more concerned about undereye dryness and dark circles rather than wrinkles, so the eye cream I'm using at the moment is creamy but not thick, and which absorbs quickly.
|Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream, Mizon Snail Recovery Gel, Nature Republic Moist Steam Cream|
Step 4 - Hydrating
Although my facial oils are hydrating, my skin veers towards dry-dehydrated on the main part of my cheeks, so I always follow up with moisturiser. I actually use two at the moment, the Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream, and then the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel. They're probably the closest I've come to HG moisturisers so far, and I'm determined to stick with these as I did notice improvement to my skin in the last few months I've been using them. If you didn't see my reviews yet, yes there is snail secretion in these moisturisers, but no the creams aren't slimy or sticky and gross :P
Snail secretion supposedly has great anti-wrinkle properties, as well as blemish fighting, hydrating, regeneration, and healing properties.
The Moist Steam Cream was an 'use occasionally product as the buttery texture is quite rich and hydrating, and a little heavy - or it was until I decided to try using this again when my skin became extremely distressed these past few weeks due to stress.
My skin was showing signs of dryness and dullness that not even my facial oils and snail creams could conquer, so I decided to try using this on top of my facial oil and moisturisers. And you know what, it didn't have that heavy feeling that I used to get whenever I used it prior - instead the buttery cream applied like a dream to my skin, leaving it feeling soft and protected. I woke up with hydrated skin - no dehydration in sight. I guess the steam cream is a little too rich for when my skin is fairly good, so now I know to use it when my skin's stressed out instead.
I also have this Lioele Sleeping Pack, which I occasionally use as a mask which can be worn to bed. It's a really interesting and cooling blue lotion texture, that makes teeny water bubbles appear when rubbed into the skin. It's hydrating enough for normal skin, but my dryer skin type generally needs something a little richer. It's still great for a pick me up every now and then though - my skin tends to feel really soft and smooth the next morning.
Step 5 - Lip Care
The last thing I do before I get into bed is to apply a good lip balm on my lips before bed. I am prone to dry lips, and if I want to be able to have smooth lips for the next day, lip care is essential. I'm really liking the Maybelline Baby Lips lately - they apply smoothly, and decently hydrate my lips too.
And tah-dah! That's the end of my evening skincare routine~
I blabbed about it so much it had to be split into two posts, lol. If you've read this far, thanks for sticking it out ^_^
Thanks for reading! Do you have any evening skincare favourites at the moment? What's your skincare regime like? Let me know!
Will chat to you later - bye, bye~