I haven’t been blessed with the best skin. Blame it on genetics, hormones, sensitivity or inadequate cleansing, I’m not sure what it was but in my teens and twenties I was breaking out on the daily. With so many options available on the market today, I knew that it was just a matter of time before I would find the products and a skincare routine that kept things in check.
After experimenting with SK II, Clinique and Neutrogena, I decided to try Ole Henriksen (OH), which had been getting great reviews on Sephora. OH products are a little pricier but my skin has never looked or felt better. My night time routine does take a bit of time but I think it is entirely worth it. You’ve only got one face so its best to pamper it right? Mind you, its not quite the 10-step Korean skincare routine, but rather 6 steps that takes about 15 minutes.
1: Remove eye makeup with Vaseline petroleum jelly. It sounds weird but I like how it dissolves my waterproof mascara without drying the skin around my eyes. I just close my eyes, rub into on my lids and lashes, then give about 5 minutes before wiping it off. It’s inexpensive and a small tub of it lasts a long time.
2: Cleanse with OH African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser. This is my go-to in the evening (and morning) – it’s lightweight, smells citrusy and rinses off easy. I’m generally oilier in the T-zone and I’ve found this helps to balance things out without drying my out.
3: With a cotton pad, I apply OH Grease Relief Face Tonic. I had read that toners can excessively dry your skin, but decided to try it out anyways to remove any extra makeup from the day. I really like this product. It does a great job of removing any makeup that I missed, controlling excess oil and tightening the pores on my nose.
4: Dab some L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Eye Cream around my eyes. I picked this up in a duty-free shop at some point during my travels and I really like it. It’s lightweight and absorbs quickly. I don’t really have issues with bags, puffiness or dark circles, so this stuff is suitable for my needs and the price point is nothing to cry over!
5: Apply a thin layer of OH Invigorating Night Treatment. I’m still working on some old acne scars and I find this helps to smooth my skin tone and texture. This gel-like product does sting a little bit, so if you have sensitive skin I wouldn’t recommend it.
6: Finally, I have been getting into the habit of applying lotion at night. It’s while we are dreaming away that our body is working hard to repair itself, so I wanted to find something light enough to not feel like a mask on my face, but still contained the right ingredients to bring my skin back to life. I did some research online (very technical) and was hearing great reviews on Cerave products. I hadn’t heard of it before but luckily found that London Drugs carried it in my city. A couple pumps of Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM patted onto my face and neck is all I need. The lotion contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide – all designed to help moisturize the skin and reduce redness. I love this product and use their AM Lotion with SPF 30 during the day.
I also recently started using the Clarisonic Mia once or twice a week with the OH cleanser. After reading great reviews on it, I decided to purchase one. At around $150 it’s up there but appears to be good quality so far. The brush gets deep down to clean my pores and I’ve found that it does make my skin “glow” afterwards. The only thing I don’t like is that is does make a bit of a mess (perhaps I need to use a more creamy, less watery cleanser) and that when I’m running it over my nose the vibrations tickle so much that I have to sneeze almost every time. On the advice from other users, I found the best way to keep the Mia in good working order is to remove the spinning brush after every use and rinse it and the unit under the tap, then let air dry!
For me, finding a good skincare routine was through trial and error, reading reviews from others (I found Sephora was great for this), and patience, lots of patience. Generally, if something wasn’t working after a couple weeks, I’d pass it on to my mom or sister, so everyone wins! The most important thing to remember is that everyone is unique – what works for someone, might not necessarily work for me. Ultimately, drinking more water, taking a multi-vitamin, exercising regularly, eating a proper diet and getting eight hours of sleep is a sure bet – but who has time for all that?! Would love to hear what types of products you swear by!