I love skincare! For me it’s not just limited to getting rid of acne or solve other skin issues, skincare makes me happy. It’s my way of self-indulgence and relaxation.
When times get tougher and there’s a lot of stress and anxiety, once in a while I go back to doing elaborate nighttime skincare right before bed to pamper myself. If you’ve been feeling the same way, you might want to give a pamper night skincare routine a try!
All the products I mention are cruelty-free to the best of my knowledge. We all know that skincare is personal so you can always tweak it a little depending on what works for you.
Pamper Night Skincare Routine
Step 1: Oil Cleanse
Gone are the days when we used to hurt our skin with a makeup wipe. A good cleansing oil or balm takes off all the makeup and sunscreen without tugging your skin. Give yourself a gentle 1-minute massage to melt off all the makeup and then wash it off with water.
Step 2: Second Cleanse
While the oil cleanse takes off all the makeup, there could be some traces and oil residual left behind. A gentle gel (Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel) or foaming cleanser (By Wishtrend Acid Duo Cleanser) will take off everything and make sure your skin is all clean. And there’s zero pore clogging!
Step 3: Clay/Mud Mask
In skincare language, masking is no less than therapy. I love a good clay mask like the Pixi Glow Mud Mask to give my oily skin a deep cleanse and also because it feels really nice. If you have dry skin, you might want to opt for a nourishing wash-off mask.
Step 4: Exfoliation
Now that your skin is all clean and clear, it’s time for a gentle exfoliation. You can opt for a leave-in treatment like The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner or a wash off one like the Pixi Peel & Polish that combines enzymes, exfoliating acids, and physical exfoliators to give softer skin.
If you’ve used a leave-in treatment, wait for 5-10 minutes before going in with the next step.
Step 5: Toner/Essence
Instead of using both toner and essence, you can choose either of two to give your skin a boost of hydration. This is especially amazing if you have used a wash-off exfoliating treatment. Not only do toners and essences increase hydration, they’re also packed with nourishing ingredients that make your skin healthy.
Step 6: Sheetmask
Remember when I said masking is like therapy to me? While I don’t use sheet masks regularly because they’re just a one-time wonder and not environmental-friendly, I do put one on when I’m really stressed. Putting on a sheet mask and taking a 30-minute power nap is my way to relax… it’s my perfect partner for a pamper night.
Step 7: Serum
A serum basically has highly concentrated skincare actives that can target your skin concern. If you need more hydration and skin-soothing, you can try the By Wishtrend Propolis Drops or if you need something to combat pigmentation and ageing, a good retinol treatment is what you need.
Step 8: Eyecream
An eye cream or eye serum isn’t a necessity for everyone but this is a nighttime skincare routine that’s dedicated to a lot of self-pampering. It’s completely fine to be extra! If you want to moisturize your under-eye area, reduce fine lines, and brighten it up, look for an eye cream with active ingredients like Vitamin C, Peptides, Retinol, etc.
Step 9: MoisturiZer
If you have oily or combination skin, look for lighter moisturizers like Pixi pHenomenal Gel or The Ordinary NMF to moisturize your skin without the heavy feeling. For dry skin types, you’d need a moisturizer that’s thick and contains occlusives.
STEP 10: Oil + Jade/Guasha
This step would be the best for people who have dry/dehydrated skin types. A facial oil would lock all the goodness and reduce the Transepidermal Water Loss so you wake up with softer, well-moisturized skin in the morning.
You can use a jade/rose quartz roller or a guasha to give a gentle massage to your skin. This will help increase circulation and is a perfect way to relax for a little.
STEP 11: Lip mask/balm
The skin on the lips is thin and that combined with the constant licking and cold dry weather makes them chap easily. Apply a thick layer of lip balm to keep your lips moisturised.
That’s all you need to sit back and have a relaxing pamper night skincare routine. You won’t just sleep with a lighter head and cheerful mood, you will also wake up to perfectly beautiful skin!
I hope this routine helped you in de-stressing a little!