My Nighttime Skincare Routine

skincare-01I take my skincare very seriously. I’ve struggled with the state of my skin for years. I’ve gone through bouts of terrible cystic-like acne, dry patches, oily patches, you name it. I’ve taken antibiotics, used Proactive, was a slave to my Clarsonic, and over exfoliated. Finally at 31 I think I know my skin pretty well. My nighttime routine is about giving my skin what it needs and deserves.

Step One: I remove my make up using Garnier Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion. I like this because it’s gentle and slightly moisturizing. It is really good at removing waterproof eye makeup. I put it on my dry face and work it all over. I then wipe clean with a damp bath cloth.

Step Two: Last summer I read about how French women don’t use soap on their faces. Instead, they use micellar water. Since I continually wish I was a cool French girl I did as the cool French girls. I use Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water to remove any leftover make up. I soak a cotton pad and wipe over my face.

Step Three: I’ve been a fan of toners for a long time. I recently tried Pixi Glow Tonic. I apply with a cotton pad (sometimes I use the ones with the little bumps for extra exfoliation) and wipe my face. I just ran out of the Glow Tonic and I’m thinking about trying this toner now.

Step Four: This is another step I’ve been into for a little over a year. Like your body, your face and skin need nutrients and vitamins. In the past I used Estee Lauder Night Repair but when I ran out I decided to switch to a serum/oil that I could use day and night if I wanted to do so. I had heard a lot of good things about Sunday Riley and decided on the Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil because it sounded like the best for my needs. I pat in a few drops all over my face and neck. Patting is key!

Step Five: Eye cream is my ride or die product. I am on my third tube of RoC Multi-Corrextion 5-in-1 Eye Cream. In the past I was loyal to L’Oreal Eye Defense but I like the consistency of this one and that it’s in a tube instead of a pot. It’s not too greasy or thick. Again, I pat a little dot around my eyes. Pat, pat, pat!

Step Six: Basically if anything claims “radiance” I’m going to give it a try. The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask really delivers for me. When I wake up my skin looks even and hydrated. It’s really thick and feels kind of weird but think of it as a mask you don’t wash off. This is awesome for me especially during the winter when my skin is on the drier side. I had a month or so when I ran out of this and I could really tell a difference in my skin… in a bad way.

Bonus: Once or twice a week I will use a mask. It depends on the condition of my skin but sometimes I use an Indian Healing Clay mask, Peter Thomas Roth pumpkin enzyme mask, or a  Clarifying mask.


  • Pay attention to your skin. When does it feel dry? When does it feel oily?
  • Identify your concerns
  • Research products and read reviews before you buy
  • Think about products as an investment – buy the best you can afford
  • Sometimes it takes a couple weeks or more to see a difference in your skin
  • Be consistent with your routine
  • Never go to bed with makeup on your face!

Just remember, you only have one face and it’s FOREVERRRRRR!


  • At age 28 my skin has started going crazy on me, unfortunately 6 months before my wedding! I’ve been seeing different facialists and trying different products but sometimes it seems like the more I try the worse my skin reacts. I’ve heard good things about the Juno oil so I think I will need to give that a try.

    • Hi Molly! Oh man I feel you girl. Ironically when I published this post yesterday I developed a nice zit on my cheek through the course of the day. I decided on the Juno over the more popular Luna because I read it is good for inflammation and protection against free radical damage which I wasn’t using anything like that at the time. It soaks in nicely and does seem to leave my skin more even. You can probably get a sample from Sephora if you want to try it. I hope your skin gets it together before the big day!

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