Another one from much requested skincare routines – this time around, I will share with you my evening skincare routine. Since there was very little Spring and we jumped from a cold, almost late Autumn weather into a hot and sunny Summer, it seems in a day, I had to quickly change and adapt both my morning and evening skincare routine, and, of course, my makeup routine – this one follows next week. With hot Summer times, the biggest change in my skincare routine is using less (but still some) oils and oil-based skincare products, switching them for light skincare products, mainly in a form of light serums and moisturisers. My already abundant use of hydrolates only intensifies. In general, I tend to use less products in Summer time, less layering and I make sure there are days when I use only hydrolates in my evening skincare routine. There are also a few products which overlap in my morning and evening skincare routine.
My Evening Skincare Routine: Cleansing
During hot Summer days, I switch from using oil cleansers and cleansing balms to a gentle, light creamy cleansers. Even though I don’t wear layers of makeup as it is, even during Winter, I use it even less during Summer, which means a gentle cream cleanser does the proper cleansing. Currently I am using, for both my morning and evening skincare routine alight creamy Alteya Organics Gentle Cleanser, which I apply all over my face and neck. Usually, before I apply it, I spray my face with a hydrolate, then massage the cleanser for a few minutes, before rinsing it off. As an eye makeup remover I am using a cleanser, which is not designated as an eye makeup remover, but I’m so impressed with the way Pure & Light Dual Action Cleansing Cream removes my eye makeup, I am almost solely using it as such. Once a week I use Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm (I got it in my Love Lula Beauty Box), which quickly melts on the skin. I remove it by first rinsing my face with water, and then I gently press a gentle face towel or a muslin cloth against my face. Do not, under any circumstance, drag a towel all over your face, pulling your skin in every direction (whoever came up with this idea must at the age of 40 look like an 85 year old drunken “lady” of the night; how’s that for an intermezzo?). The cleansing balm is the followed by a gentle Alteya Organics Cleanser, to clear up the pores from any balmy and waxy residue that might take camp in my pores. Given how hot it is, I am now putting the cleansing balm aside till Autumn.
My Evening Skincare Routine: Toning
After I thoroughly cleanse my skin, it’s time for the favorite part of the skincare routine: toning. I generously spray a hydrolate all over my face and neck; currently I am using the Alteya Organics Chamomile Hydrolate and Alteya Organics Lavender hydrolate – sometimes separately, sometimes I spray both of them – and why not? I’ve been mixing various hydrolates for decades: either layering them or mixing them into toners after my taste.
About once a week, I use a very serious Jane Scrivner AHA/BHA Resurfacing Exfoliator – not a toner per se. It’s very strong, very concentrated combination of both AHA and BHA (review soon!), which I use after hydrolates and before a moisturiser.
My Evening Skincare Routine: Moisturising
If my morning skincare routine and then a following makeup routine is as light as possible during hot days, so is my evening skincare routine: I gravitate toward light, non-oily skincare products and I layer skincare products very rarely; but when I do, it’s not all over the face. Currently I am using Madara Deep Moisture Fluid (got it in my Love Lula Beauty Box), both in my morning as a makeup primer and evening skincare routine, as it’s light, cooling and refreshing. I alternate the fluid with Jane Scrivner OO Cream, which is light, fast absorbing cream. I’ve been using it for a while now, and while it wasn’t as hot as it is now, I used it over a serum or a moisturiser or over a face oil. At least once a week I use the Madara SOS Mask, most often alone, as opposed to being used over some other skincare product. During colder days, I used the Oils of Heaven Help Balancing Oil (got it in my Love Lula Beauty Box) both in my morning skincare routine, or more precisely – mixed with a liquid foundation, as well as in my evening skincare routine, but now I only use a tiny drop here and there on those parts of the face which need an additional balancing and nourishing pampering. Regardless which source of hydration I use, I always spray a hydrolate over it, be it a cream, a serum, a mask, an oil…
My Evening Skincare Routine: Masking
Masking is an integral part of my skincare routine as it already, but during Summer, I kick it up a notch as I make sure I leave my skin just be during the night, but still want to pamper it with hydration, detoxing, nourishment. That’s why I use only a mask before sleep, followed, of course, by a generous amount of hydrolates.
Every week or two, or so I use Madara Peel Mask, a glycolic acid based mask, which I follow with a generous amount of hydrolate and a light moisturiser and a tiny drop of Hemp oil where I feel a bit of a tightness. When I use Madara peel Mask, I make sure there’s a few days in between using the Jane Scrivner AHA/BHA Exfoliator. About once a week I use Bloomtown Soothing Mask, followed by a hydrolate only. And about once a week I use Bloomtown Clearing Mask (I am testing another charcoal clearing mask; more on this one soon), followed by a hydrolate and a light moisturiser or a bit of Madara SOS Mask here and there.
My Evening Skincare Routine: Exfoliating
Exfoliating is a must part in my skincare routine, but I make sure I do not over-exfoliate, either with mechanical or chemical peels, and I also make sure that either of the peels do not fall too close to one another. Currently I am using the L’Odaïtès Gentle Exfoliator, followed by a hydrolate and a light moisturiser or a tiny drop of Hemp oil. However, I am also using my go to for many years now exfoliator – the Andalou Naturals Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub; the review of this permanent gem in my skincare routine is so long over due! Whenever I use a mechanical peel, I make sure to follow it with a hydrolate and a moisturiser in order for skin to more readily absorb nourishment and hydration.
My Evening Skincare Routine In Short:
- Cleansing: Alteya Organics Gentle Cleanser and Pure&Light Cream Cleanser as eye makeup remover; once weekly a Lyonsleaf Balm for a double cleanse
- Toning: Alteya Organics Chamomile and Lavender Hydrolates; once weekly the Jane Scrivner AHA/BHA Toning Exfoliator
- Moisturising: alternating between Madara Deep Moisture Gel Fluid and Jane Scrivner OO Cream, with a drop here and there of Oil of Heaven Hemp Oil and Madara SOS Mask
- Masking: Bloomtown Soothing and Clearing Masks, Madara Peel Mask
- Exfoliating: alternating between L’Odaïtès Gentle Exfoliator, but mostly and for many years – Andalou Naturals Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub
As with morning skincare, I do not alternate between too many various skincare products nor use too many all at once, especially not during such hot days (and nights) as are now, in order to let the skin breathe and not be over-burdened with too many products. However, hydration is still needed, but I make sure I “listen” to my skin’s needs and act accordingly.
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For some of the products I’ve already posted a full review and some will be reviewed soon, so make sure you check back.
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How does your evening skincare routine look like? Which are the products you never skip during your evening routine? Let me know!
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