As a self-proclaimed workaholic I understand the importance of taking care of my skin. Work can cause stress, sometimes good and sometimes not so good; stress can cause aging. There are a few great things you can do for your skin, eat lots of healthy foods, drink a pile of water and get lots of rest. But when these things start to slip it’s important to have a good skincare routine in your back pocket to save the day.
I posted my night time skincare routine on my YouTube channel but I thought I should write a blog to go into a bit more detail. So say goodbye to fine lines and tired looking skin and say hello to bright, dewy skin!
- Remove your makeup. I don’t wear much makeup however any time I wear mascara I will use Neutrogena Makeup Remover towelettes. I like these mostly for the convenience.
- Wash your face. I actually like Cetaphil, I have used it for years and it just works for me. It’s gentle, and work well with sensitive skin. I will lather up the cleanser and then use the Olay facial cleansing brush to buff off any dry skin and ensure all makeup or remaining sunscreen is taken off.
- Then I will exfoliate. I typically do this about twice a week. So once a week I will use the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel pads. And the other time I will use Exfolikate by Kate Somerville. Exfoliation is an important part of preventative care and anti aging. This helps in getting all dead skins cells off of your skin to allow fresh skin to come to the surface.
- Now for the Gua Sha.Gua Sha is a fairly new concept for me, it is a practice in Chinese medicine to scrape the skin. You use a flat stone like tool typically made out of jade or rose quartz and scrape your skin, starting with your neck you scrape down into your chest, the “dumping area.” Then you will scrape sections of your face starting in the middle and then up towards your hairline. Check out my YouTube video for more details in how to use the Gua Sha. This is fantastic for lymphatic drainage and removing stagnant blood cell build up to allow for fresh blood flow.
- Time for a serum. I like Dr. Dennis Gross Vitamin C serum, it leaves my skin looking totally energized. A little bit goes a long way with this process.
- Finally the moisturizer. I prefer a drugstore brand moisturizer since I use a ton of it. I swap between a few different brands, but lately I have like the No. 7 Beautiful Skin for Dry skin. This Canadian winter has really done a number on my skin and it needs a bit extra moisture.
- A little bit more attention to your eyes. If you’re like me and you smile a lot, you will want to use a pretty intense eye cream, I use one with retinol, StriVectin Adanced Retinol Eye Treatment. Retinol should be used twice a week if you are in your 20s, three times in your 30s, etc. I heard this on a podcast with Kate Somerville and thought it was great advice. Retinol is a very strong ingredient and can make your skin susceptible to burning.
- Final touch is a lip balm. Last but not least you can not forget your lips. Especially in the winter! Mine get terrible dry and I like to apply a generous amount of Khiel’s Lip Balm #1.
So that’s it! My night time skincare routine that leaves my skin refreshed and supple even after a busy day!