2016 Skincare Routine (Part 2)

Without further ado, my nighttime skincare routine. I know, it looks like a lot. But I promise, it isn't as crazy as it looks!

  1. Remove Makeup: For my eyes, I've only used The Body Shop's Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover (8.4 fl oz, the price is no longer on the site, but I remember it being under $20, and you can often get it on sale). I have sensitive eyes, and this doesn't irritate them but still does a good job taking off my eye makeup. Usually, I saturate a cotton pad with the makeup remover, lay it on my eyelid for a bit, wipe off the makeup, and do the same thing to the other eyelid with the other side of the cotton pad. For the rest of my face, I've been using the Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil (6 fl oz, $32), which I've been loving. It takes off all of my makeup while keeping my skin feeling nourished. I plan on trying the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (6 fl oz, $18) and the Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (5.1 fl oz, $48) next, so keep an eye out for those reviews ;)

  2. Clean the Face: The Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser (8.4 fl oz, $21) is not only a holy grail item, but also a game-changing item for me. Out of everything that I've used in skincare, nothing has changed my skin for the better as much as this has. It contains 1.5% salicylic acid, which goes far in helping to fight breakouts. This is the biggest reason why I went from acne prone to breaking out only once in a blue moon. It actually leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed after a long day of makeup wear.

  3. Exfoliate: I love exfoliators, and I use them sometimes up to 5 times a week. The one I currently use the most is Origins Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion (4.2 fl oz, $39.50). It's effective, but gentle enough for frequent use.

  4. Tone: For nighttime, I've been using the L'Occitane Angelica Face Toner (6.7 fl oz, $24). The L'Occitane one is alcohol-free, has a pleasant, expensive smell, and does a good job of moisturizing and prepping my skin for the rest of my skincare. I'm running out though, so I need to either replace this one or find another good one ASAP :(

  5. Exfoliate Again: After toner, I use the Paula's Choice 2% Salicylic Acid BHA Liquid Exfoliant (4 fl oz, $28). It's a leave-on exfoliant and claims to unclog pores, diminish wrinkles, and improve skin tone. After over 6 months of use, I have to say that it's done all of that for me. It's not a product that gives you immediate results, so if you want to give this a try, you have to be patient.

  6. Use a Mask (2-4 times a week): Once a week, I'll use a clarifying mask. I used to really enjoy Origins' Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores (3.4 fl oz, $26), which was really effective in clearing pores, but it's become too intensive and drying for my current skin. Now, I use the Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay (3.4 fl oz, $26), which is similar but less intense. The other 1-3 times a week, I'll use a moisture mask. Usually, I just throw on a cheap sheet mask that I picked up from the nearby Korean beauty store, and I find that it does the job. Occasionally, I'll use the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask (5 fl oz, $52) instead and leave it on overnight.

  7. Apply Serums: On nights that I don't use a moisture mask, I use a moisturizing serum. I enjoy the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence (1 fl oz, $78), which I first discovered as a Sephora point perk. I plan to purchase a full size after I use up my current Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Serum (1 fl oz, $43), which does the job, but isn't as good as the Murad. Almost every night, I'll use the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster (1 fl oz, $48). It does what it says it will - my skin has felt more firm and radiant since I started using it. Since I have it, some nights I'll use the Invigorating Night Treatment (1.7 fl oz, $58) instead, though I don't like it as much.

  8. Moisturize: I'm not that picky with my moisturizers, but I go for the lightweight ones that still give a good dose of hydration. My current one is the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation (1.7 fl oz, $40), and some other ones I've used and liked are the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream With Super 7 Complex (1.7 fl oz, $45), the Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $43), and belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb (1.68 fl oz, $38).

  9. Apply Eye Cream: I'm currently using the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II (0.5 fl oz, $58). It's a really rich, moisturizing eye cream, but honestly, I feel like there are other eye creams out there that do the same but for less. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye (0.5 fl oz, $37) is one such eye cream. I plan on trying Ole Henriksen's Ultimate Lift Eye Gel (1 fl oz, $42), after I finish the Estée Lauder one, so let me know your thoughts if you've tried it before!

And that concludes my current skincare routine. It's a little high maintenance, but I feel like it's worth it. You only have one face your whole lifetime, so you might as well take good care of it. :)

beautyCathy Liu