This is the 2nd installment of my Summer Skincare Routine. Click here to head over to my ‘My Summer 2017 Morning Skincare Routine’ blogpost, where i explain more about my skin type and why i opt for the products i do. This post is all about the products i use at nighttime only.
Strangely in the Summer i actually use less products at night, compared to the day and at night throughout the other 3 seasons of the year. In the summer my skin is really oily and a lot more congested, so i do not use a moisturiser/face cream throughout the summer nights or any products with pore clogging ingredients. So, lets take a look at the products i do use shall we…..
First Cleanse (Makeup Removal)
I find in the summer months my skin gets easily congested, so i tend to prefer using a fluid cleansing oil as opposed to a balm, as many of these can leave what feels like an occlusive film on the skin. The *Klairs Black Deep Cleansing Oil has by far been my favourite to use, and now i cannot remember what it was like not having this in my life! I’ve barely picked up any other cleansing oil since receiving this from the lovely Jenna of Buttermilk Skincare last year. I dabbled about with the Heimish All Clean Balm, which is really popular in the Korean Beauty community. However just like the Banila Co Clean it Zero cleansing balm, i find that it irritates my eyes and makes them go cloudy. Which is obviously something i really hate as my eyes are extremely sensitive and i wear glasses. So if i do reach for the Heimish balm i go in with a cleansing water first to remove any eye makeup. My most reached for is the *Katherine Daniels Essential Micellar Water which feels like it has been out of stock for forever! Katherine Daniels PR were lovely enough to send me a couple of the travel-size bottles to use, which have come in really handy. However because its still out of stock i have had to accept that i will have to try other cleansing waters, which encouraged me to start using the cute *Thank you Farmer Back To Iceland Cleansing Water sample that Maree kindly sent me. In fact i like this so much, i think i will go on to purchase the full size next month. The newest oil-based makeup removing cleanser added to my routine is the Jordan Samuel Plié cleanser. I purchased this earlier on in the year at Jordan and Jane’s meet and greet, but as i hate opening too many cleansers at once, i waited until i passed some other cleansers along before opening. The consistency and slip reminds me of my 2 long-time favourites the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and Su-Man Purifying Cleansing Gel Oil. Just like them, Jordan’s cleanser also has a delightful subtle, sweet-scent, it emulsifies beautifully and washes away nicely, leaving no residue behind. I have a brand spotlight post coming up before the end of the year.
Second Cleanse & Exfoliation
In the warm summer evenings my skin is definitely much more oily. So, i prefer the cleansers i use for a second cleanse to be purifying, especially if i have worn a lot of makeup. I pretty much stuck to the same few cleansers at nighttime over the summer time. The *Bella Aura Gentle Purifying Cleanser was my most used! It’s best described as a lightweight cream cleanser that is purifying yet, nourishing. It’s packed full of anti-oxidants, fatty acids and minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium – all of which work together to provide protective benefits for stronger and healthier skin. My oily skin just loves this and i also really enjoy the refreshingly-clean herbal scent that all Bella Aura products have. I’ve also really enjoyed using this cleanser in conjunction with my Clarisonic mia 2, three evenings out of the week for a deeper cleanse and exfoliation. I have my eye on the Foreo Luna next. When my skin wasn’t as oily and felt more balanced i reached for the *Samaya Ayurveda Kapha Hydrating Cleanser, which is a beautiful, gentle cream cleanser. This luxury priced green-beauty cleanser feels like cashmere on the skin. Every time i use it my skin feels instantly soothed and is left balanced, hydrated and nourished. The delicate texture means this cleanser goes a long way and will last you some time, making the high price tag a bit more justifiable. On the odd occasion when i have wanted to use an oil again for my second cleanse (mostly because i want to give myself a facial massage and pampering) i loved the *Mun Skincare Akwi Purifying Cleanser. I love that it’s unique, in that it is a gel-based oil cleanser, that purifies the skin like a cream, gel or clay cleanser would. I’ve never tried anything like it before. I won’t go into too much depth on this cleanser as i have a MUN Skincare blogpost coming up soon.
I have only used one toner at nighttime and obsessed is an understatement. I usually find using a chemical exfoliator at night helps my products afterwards to absorb better. However in the summer months i don’t like to use a harsh exfoliant, so i look for something that either exfoliates naturally, or is super gentle. The only toner i used all summer was the Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads. I purchased these last year but finally incorporated them into my routine this summer, and i must say i have not looked back since. I actually have 2 back up’s in my stockpile. That’s when you know i love something when you get back up’s. Not only are the pre-soaked pads super-convenient, but i find because of the natural BHA ingredient (Betaine Salicylate) they work to gently exfoliate, remove excess sebum and really penetrate the pores. Honestly these pads pull out impurities invisible to the naked eye. Even when you think your skin is clean, these will show you if anything is lurking deep within those pores still. I’ve noticed since incorporating these into my routine that i experience way less breakouts, and when i do break out they seem to clear up much quicker. Though i’m not a big fan of the slight tea tree scent (i personally hate anything menthol or minty) the results of these pads are totally worth it, and the smell doesn’t linger on the face. They are super gentle yet amazingly effective, and if you are someone who wants to take a break from strong acids or has sensitive skin, i highly recommend trying.
As i mentioned in my morning routine, using an Essence is an important step for me. It’s not seen as an extra step but more of a extra bit of pampering and preparation. At night i enjoy a slightly richer essence, and the newest addition was the May Coop Raw Sauce (which i discovered through Stefanie Nicole). There isn’t currently a UK stockist that sells the May Coop Raw Sauce, and even though Sephora sell it and ship worldwide (Peach & Lily also sell it) i personally find it works out more affordable for me to purchase directly from a Korean Retailer. Made up of Maple Sap, Soy Bean, Rice Bran Extract, Olive and Grape Extracts it helps to hydrate, repair and brighten the complexion. However i do not like that it contains Alcohol, and that the alcohol smell is obvious. It also contains Methylparaben & Parfum fragrance, which doesn’t make it very appealing either. However, despite containing these unwanted ingredients i don’t find this irritates my skin at all – which is surprising as many synthetic-fragranced products and alcohol-fueled products do (not good fatty alcohols). Just to be careful i DO Not use this essence on the nights i use my Clarisonic to reduce my risk of irritation. On those three nights i used my *Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence instead. Snail mucin is known for it’s regenerating and healing properties, making it fantastic for following exfoliation and for those with problematic skin. Snail secretion is amazing for those with acne-prone, problematic skin, and it also helps with scars. Its incredibly hydrating and soothing and it’s no surprise its one of Cosrx’s star products.
No matter the time of year i always wear a serum – and i don’t like switching them up a lot (its where i’m the biggest creature of comfort. I mean if it isn’t broken, why fix it right?). I think it’s down to the serums i use that maintains my skins healthy state. When it is hot i cannot stand any heavy or rich serums, the lighter in texture the better. In the summer i focus more on anti-ageing, hydrating serums. This summer i rotated two natural anti-aging serums aimed at boosting collagen production and regenerating the skin. My face serums are definitely where i invest most of my money as they are the most powerful and effective. I loved the Kypris Antioxidant Dew so it was only a matter of time before i tried their Moonlight Catalyst. The Kypris Moonlight Catalyst is a naturally derived retinol alternative, especially ideal for those with sensitive skin. Packed full of 15 natural active ingredients including pumpkin enzymes, Algae, Rosehip Seed Oil & Sea Buckthorn, it helps to regenerate the skin and increase cell turnover, whilst also providing hydration. Biomimetic growth factors, antioxidants and essential fatty acids help to simulate the skins natural regeneration cycle, strengthen the skin barrier and also sooth and heal the skin. The result come morning is smooth, youthful, plump and glowing skin. If you are used to strong retinol treatments, you wont find this effective enough. The Oskia Super 16 Serum is the OG of all serums! It’s taken a lot for me to even put it down and introduce the Kypris serum, lol. The Oskia Super 16 is exactly as the name suggests, a ‘Super Serum’. It’s one of those serums that truly does it all. A pure potent blend of sixteen super nutrients and bio-actives, to target signs of skin ageing. Bakuchiol (which comes from Indian Babchi seeds) acts as a natural retinol equivalent to help the signs of skin-deterioration and prevent any future skin damage – Acting as both a cure and preventative, but without the irritating side effects of Vitamin A. Making this fantastic for those with sensitive and problematic skin. The Super 16 Serum also helps to boost collagen production, build up skin resilience, add and retain moisture and deliver high-level free radical defense against the elements. I mean when you have this serum why would you need any other right? Its pricey but i truly think this serum is what has had my skin in the amazing condition it is. I’m on my second bottle which is close to being depleted.
Eye products are something i reduced using at night thanks to the recommendation of the lovely Julian. Jules i met when visiting the Biologique Recherche counter in Liberty London. The first thing i noticed was how amazingly flawless and smooth his skin is. We talked for a good amount of time and later started following each other on Instagram. He is extremely well informed when it comes to skincare, especially French skincare. So when his well-educated-in-skincare self gives me a tip, you betcha i follow it! I noticed since reducing using night cream at night, my eyes are a lot less puffy come morning. I used a retinol-based eye serum every other night, to help gently renew my skin and help reduce the dryness and fine lines. The Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum was my go to nighttime eye product. It’s a rich gel-textured serum that claims to target wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. However i don’t feel any eye product is a miracle worker for my dark circles, and i didn’t notice this did much in that aspect. However the potent antioxidants, ferulic acid and retinol did help reduce the appearance of crepiness i had on my eyelid and under the eyes – my eyes also felt a little tighter. Even Beautypedia recommends the Dr Dennis Gross Eye Serum. However for some strange reason its now impossible to find it in the UK, i don’t know whats happening but i hope they bring it back. Us Brits need it too! If my eyes were feeling extremely dry i would apply a tiny amount of the *Katherine Daniels Multi-Tasking Eye Balm over the top, rich is one of the rare few richer, eye balms that don’t irritate my under eye or give me milia bumps. Every time i teamed these two products together, by morning my eyes would look way less dry.
The next step is face oil. During the summer i skipped moisturisers at night, opting for a deeply hydrating sleeping mask. I fell head-over-heels in love with the *Lina Hanson Global Face Serum. I discovered her Global Treasures Balm and her Global Face Trio last year, when i treated myself to them from Content Beauty for my 32nd birthday. I swear this oil is one of my most beautiful, intoxicating, invigorating, self-indulgent face oils on the market today! I favor it over my May Lindstrom Youth Dew and Kypris Beauty Elixir II and have not put it down all summer! Though the natural fragrance of the Global Face Serum is as close to experiencing heaven, it’;s much more than just a pretty smelling oil. Thanks to it containing the purest, potent organic oils sourced from all over the world, you really can expect the highest quality. Some of the ingredients include Camellia, Neroli, Baobab, Pumpkin, Marula and Frankincense oil. The Global Face Serum is highly rich in antioxidants and it helps to rejuvenate the skin, improve overall skin tone, brighten, minimize sun spots and improve elasticity. It’s also healing, soothing, moisturizing and balancing. So if you are after a fast absorbing, ultimate skin-hydrator (that absorbs without sitting on top of the skin) and a beautiful glow, then look no further. It works for all skin types and all four seasons. Definitely one of my favourite discoveries of 2017. Thank you so much Lina for sending it to me to try, i am truly honored. Another oil i adored was the Hera Beauty Boosting Oil. As the name suggests it is a glow-boosting facial oil – formulated with Cell-Bio Glow™ technology. Basically a harmony of four natural botanical-oils, such as: Coconut, Argan, Jojoba, and Rosehip together that add a beautiful illuminating-glow to the skin, whilst also smoothing out skin texture and soothing any dry flaky patches. The silky, lightweight texture allows it to absorb quickly into the skin, without any stickiness or greasy residue left behind. I also enjoy using this in the daytime over my moisturiser, as it gives my skin this beautiful naturally highlighted dewy glow under my makeup. It really is a promising choice for those who aren’t sensitive to coconut oil and want that youthful, fresh look. Midway through summer i introduced the *ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil into my routine also. I never thought i would ever find an oil that helps balance my oil production and calm blemishes, until this beauty came along. I won’t go into too much detail as i have a blogpost coming up on this. However i will say that if you have oily skin and found that the Kiehls Midnight Recovery oil did not work for you, then i highly recommend you try this instead. It does everything i wished that oil to do, and so much more! I went through a stage of being obsessed with the Mauli Supreme Skin Face Serum also, which is packed full of rose otto, rose absolute, lime, blood orange, sandalwood, jasmine, moringa, argan, calendula to name a few. Together they create the most beautiful, relaxing scent. It is honestly one of the most beautiful smelling face oils i have ever tried. However i do feel that it will suit my skin better in the winter, so expect to see this beauty make an appearance in some of my upcoming blogposts.
For lips there was only product and it was none other than the *Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Though i loved the soveral mandarin Lip balm during the day, i needed something richer overnight. This sweet-strawberry, emollient lip balm has been a must-have staple in my nighttime routine since winter of last year. A little goes a long way and by morning i wake up with softer, plumper more hydrated lips. I have extremely dry and sensitive lips, so this has been a true blessing.
Some extra products i swore by this summer for my oily skin, that were used maybe 1-2 times a week like: Sleeping Masks, Sheet Masks and a Wash-off Masks. I will share some of these in a follow-up blogpost, so keep your eyes peeled
Skincare Routine Product Price List:
Klairs Black Deep Cleansing Oil* | (c/o Buttermilk Skincare) | £17.90
Heimish All Clean Balm | £13
Katherine Daniels Micellar Face & Eye Makeup Remover* | (samples c/o KD Cosmetics) | £20.95
Thank You Farmer Back To Iceland Cleansing Water* | (sample c/o Beauty & Seoul) | £23
Jordan Samuel Plie Cleanser | $20
Bella Aura Gentle Purifying Cleanser* | (c/o Bella Aura) | $45
Clarisonic Mia 2 | £125
Samaya Ayurveda Kapha Hydrating Cleanser* | (PR Sample) | £69
MUN Akwi Purifying Cleanser* – (c/o MUN Skincare) | £53 / $60
Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads | £19
May Coop Raw Sauce | $43
Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence* | (c/o Buttermilk Skincare) | £22
Oskia Super 16 Serum | £82
Kypris Moonlight Catalyst | £74
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum | $68
Katherine Daniels Multi-Tasking Eye Balm* | (c/o KD Cosmetics) | £35.50
Lina Hanson Global Face Serum* | (c/o Lina Hanson) | £75 / $
Hera Beauty Boosting Oil | £68
Mauli Supreme Skin Face Serum | £54
ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil | (c/o ESPA Skincare) | £59
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask* | (c/o YesStyle) | £12
What products have worked for your skin over the summer months?
Have you tried any of the products i mentioned?
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