My Basic Summer-to-Fall Nighttime Skincare Routine

Monday, September 21, 2020

Growing up, I rarely had issues with my skin. I would get an occasional small pimple or raised bump every year or two, but nothing worth stressing over. Until last year, when all hell broke loose and my skin betrayed me. Okay, it's not that dramatic 😬 But it was pretty bad, and I knew nothing about skincare. So I looked up some YouTube videos, as one does in this day and age when one needs information quickly, and now I am obsessed!!! My wallet is definitely hurting a little, but my skin has thankfully been on the road to recovery and she's doing very well!

Basically, I say all this because I am no expert but I still wanted to talk about what has been working for me. Hopefully this will be helpful if you are figuring out what to try next!

Right before I shower, I massage Hanskin's Pore Cleansing Oil all over my face. Even if I didn't wear makeup during the day, I still use this to remove sunscreen! It's a very gentle product, and I don't need to rub hard to get off waterproof mascara. It also exfoliates, which I love and very much need. I can't say how well it works with blackheads (mine are very stubborn) but my skin definitely feels smoother.

For my last step in the shower, I use Krave Beauty's Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser. (This helps to remove water-based impurities.) When my skin was at its worst last year, I'm pretty certain it was because of my foam cleanser. It really dried my skin out, to the point where it felt like sandpaper. (Side note: Not all foam cleansers are bad—that particular one just didn't work well for me.) This cleanser has a jelly texture, which doesn't strip away anything and is hydrating. I've been using it for about half a year now, and I love it. It lasts a long time too—I still have about 1/3 left!

I'm still experimenting with how my skin reacts to toners, so this is just my ... findings so far. I use Acwell's Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner every other night, or every two nights, depending on whether I think my skin needs it. I love the way it makes my skin feel so smooth, but I think I'm sensitive to this. (If you have any tips on choosing a toner, please let me know!)

It's still really warm at night, so I've been using Benton's Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel to keep my cheeks from breaking out. My acne scars are still healing and they've been fading very slowly, so I don't want it to happen again. I don't really know how to scientifically explain how this gel works, but I know it helps my skin breathe by allowing heat to evaporate and not stay trapped under my moisturizer. All I know is this: if I don't use it, the redness from my acne is more obvious.

Speaking of moisturizer, the one I LOVE is Primera's Alpine Berry Water Cream. It is the perfect consistency for this weather! When I wake up, my skin feels so hydrated without being oily. (My only issue with this product is the price point 🥴)

And that's it! I'll use an essence or serum sometimes, but these are the core products I stick to every night. I still have a lot to learn, obviously, but I know it's going to take a while. Even though I've been intentionally experimenting for a year now, I'm still figuring out what my skin needs and how to make sense of how it reacts to certain products.

I'm going to be documenting all the things I test out on Instagram, so if you're curious ... check out what I'm up to at @amarisafloria!

What are your nighttime skincare staples?


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