Today (in partnership with Sephora) I am going to share six skincare products I am LOVING right now, especially when I want to wake up super glowy. This little routine will give you the true definition of beauty sleep – it’s the perfect nighttime routine!
A Bedtime Routine for Glowing Skin
My skin type is naturally pretty dry so my biggest concerns are dryness and dullness (and of course aging – fine lines and wrinkles, fighting off free radicals, etc!). I do this exact skincare routine 2-3x a week but have been using the cleansing balm, lip mask, and emerald face oil every night. I will get into how I use each product below but on the other nights I’ll either just do my favorite night cream… or I will do retinol (2x a week max – this one is my favorite), followed by lots of face oil. For bonus points and to reaaaallly relax and pamper yourself, start your routine with a bath… some bath salts or essential oils, a face mask… and then all of these things!
Also! I left eye creams out of this post but this one is one of my favorites.
I’ve said this before but my skincare routine is all about giving it what it needs.
If my skin is dull and dry I’ll do a face scrub or Vitamin C. If it’s feeling sensitive I’ll back off the retinol and serums; I just do a really gentle cleansing balm (the Farmacy one is a good one), moisturizer, and face oil. If it’s a little oilier than usual I’ll switch to a lighter moisturizer. I think that the two most important things you can do for your skin (besides sunscreen everyday – someone will ask, right now this one is my favorite) are establish a consistent bedtime routine (cleanse – treat – hydrate) and listen to your skin and what it needs. It’s taken me a long time to get to a place where I know what my skin needs!
I am going to share the exact routine but need to gush for a sec about the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum. I had been dying to try it ever since Beverly gushed about it in her Day in her life feature. This is probably the product I’m most excited to share (and if you buy one thing from this post, this should be it).
This serum is amazing, and very very potent (it’s a blend of FOURTEEN PERCENT AHA/BHA/gentle flower acids. You feel it working the second you put it on.. gently tingling – it’s that glycolic acid. I will say that this product is probably not for you if you have really sensitive skin. Because it’s strong. But man – it’s effective – probably the most effective exfoliating serum I’ve tried. The next day you’ll immediately see a difference in uneven skin tone and texture and with time I’ve noticed fewer fine lines.
I LOVE this serum – cannot say enough good things about it!
The first step is the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm which is super gentle but still very effective.
Farmacy is quickly becoming a favorite if you can’t tell! If I’m doing a double cleanse I also love this cleanser from them – it smells amazing and is so gentle. I like this one because it’s really lightweight for a cleansing balm, but takes off all of my makeup. I like to leave it on a little while and do a little facial massage if I have the time. The name of the product is spot on – it really does melt your makeup and any other dirt or oil away. I like to take it off with a hot, steamy wash cloth – it makes for a nice ritual.
After cleansing (NOT every night… 2-3x a week) I do the Honeymoon Glow.
(As mentioned above I also do retinol 1-2x a week or just go straight to night cream.)
On nights where I do the Honeymoon Glow I like to let it soak in a bit (usually brushing my teeth, getting into PJs etc) and then apply a layer of Summer Fridays Jet Lag Face Mask to lock it all in. I LOVE this mask. It’s ultra rich and hydrating and can double as a face cream if your skin is feeling really dry. I did a more thorough review of it here but it is an amazing face mask and has been one of my holy grails for ages; especially when I’m traveling. But it’s also just really great at home as a mask – you don’t have to wash it off if you don’t want to.
I will usually tissue off the mask after 10-15 minutes and then I will apply face oil.
The Herbivore Emerald Hemp Seed Deep Moisture Glow Oil is my favorite right now and I use it every night as a last step. This one is incredibly nourishing and soothing. It actually contains cannabis sativa seed oil which helps to calm skin (making it the perfect complement to the Honeymoon Glow serum!) and it’s really hydrating.
I always do oil as a final step – it feels good, it delivers additional hydration, and it helps seal in any active ingredients in your serum and/or moisturizer.
I love to use the Herbivore Jade Facial Roller before bed. Honestly, I have a lot of tools and use them all differently. I always get asked questions about which one I like better and the simple answer is (sorry) I love, need, and use them all!
In my personal experience…
- The jade roller helps with product absorption. I love using this after all my serums and oils to help push them further into my skin.
- The gua sha tool helps with lifting the skin, especially at the brow and jaw.
- Ice rolling is great for puffiness, especially at the jaw line.
The last step is a small but important one – the Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask! It’s so hydrating! But I never miss it before bed. My lips get really chapped and this is very effective and very hydrating. It’s also very pretty on – it instantly plumps up lips delivers just a hint of pink shine.