Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve considered my skincare routine to be crucial in many ways. Beyond vanity, our skin reflects our health. And our skin is also our largest organ, which means we should keep it hydrated and treat it with care. I started wearing sunscreen on my face daily right before college because I was out in the sun so much walking to class, marching at band practice, and lying by the pool. At twenty, my hormones changed quite a bit and I struggled with acne after an allergic reaction, which left me with some facial scarring along with a heavy dose of insecurity.
Before then, I didn’t wear foundation or concealer. I just wore mascara, some blush, and my trusty lip gloss. So my making my nighttime routine was very simple: wash with St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub, put on some moisturizer, and hit the hay. However, But after my bout with acne – which I sometimes still struggle with, though not to the same degree – I started wearing more makeup and learned how to apply it so my scars would be less visible. Because of this, and because of the natural aging process, I’ve had to adjust my nighttime skincare routine and find what works best for me. I’m 29 years old now and just last week I had two people tell me I look younger now than I did ten years ago! I’m not sure about that, but I will say that I’ve picked up a few tips along the way and I’m here now to share them with you.
My nighttime beauty regimen looks a little something like this:
1) Remove the makeup
Before I go to bed, I always remove my makeup. I think this is absolutely key to having healthy, vibrant skin. You don’t ever want to leave junk on your face while you sleep because your pores can become clogged, which only increases oil production and causes acne. I’m a mom of a toddler now, so this part needs to be easy for me. I’ve tried quite a few different makeup removal wipes, and my favorite is Pond’s Original Fresh. They’re textured so they pick up all the extra bits of makeup that can sometimes get left behind.
2) Exfoliate (twice a week)
I usually do this in the morning or in the shower, and I still use my favorite St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub. It’s inexpensive and it never leaves my skin feeling dried out.
I’ve become a big fan of natural remedies in the last year or so, and I use a toner I made myself (thanks, Pinterest!). Apple cider vinegar has a variety of uses because it’s a natural disinfectant with anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties, so I mix a tablespoon of this incredible stuff with 8 oz. of water and voila! The perfect, easy toner.
Keeping skin refreshed is just as important as keeping it clean. I go with a natural remedy for this step, as well. It might surprise some – considering I have oily skin – but I use raw, virgin coconut oil (which you can find at Trader Joe’s or in the natural foods section of almost any grocery store) to moisturize before bed. It seems a little odd to put oil on oily skin, but it actually balances the skin by preventing excess oil production. And not only does coconut oil smell like the beach, it’s also antiviral, antibiotic, and has a natural SPF of 4, which is always a plus. Since I began using it about a month ago, my acne scars have started to fade and those little crow’s feet starting to pop up around my eyes have evened out, too.
What does your nighttime beauty regimen look like?