The most common beauty question I get is on Slumber Party Beauty is about my skincare routine. I am considerably older than I look, and though much of it is due to my fly Mom's genetic code, a lot of it also has to do with my skin care regimen and lifestyle.
It's not fun. I don't drink, don't smoke cigarettes, and I stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen every single day. I'm also vegan, though that's a more recent thing, so it probably hasn't had much effect on my skin yet.
I'm not going to lie to you. It's a lot. I spend about 20 minutes each night removing my makeup and slapping creams all over my face. I, personally, love it. I view it as taking time for self care and investing in MYSELF.
Anyway, you probably want to get to the good stuff. So here we go.
My Nightly Skin Care Routine
Part 1: Wash Your Damn Face
Guys, it should go without saying, but a shocking amount of people I've talked to don't wash all their makeup off every night. I get it. You're tired, maybe you're drunk, whatever, I'm not judging your lifestyle but I AM going to judge your dirty faces. You know what happens when your pores get clogged? They get mad and throw little pimple tantrums. WASH YO FACE!
1. Mascara Remover
I wear waterproof mascara, so I use a mascara remover to take it off. This stuff is from Japan, so it's called Heroine Make, which doesn't make any sense, because Japan. You put it on, let it sit for a couple minutes while you feed your cats their midnight snack, and then gently wipe it off with a tissue. No more scrubbing! It takes forever to ship but it's worth it and it's only $12 [link]
2. Micellar Cleansing Water
Next, I take a cotton round and gently wipe the rest of my makeup off with some Micellar Water. I don't really understand what this stuff is made of that it can be so cheap yet so effective, but this really does the trick to get even my most stubborn waterproof eyeliner off. You can get this at any drug store or on [Amazon] for $6.59.
3. Oil Cleanse
I am a huge fan of Korean skin care products, and this Banila Clean it Zero is no exception. It has a waxy gooey kind of consistency and you just take a little dime size scoop of it and massage it into your face, then rinse it off with water. [link] $16.90
4. Foaming Cleanser
Then I use a foaming cleanser to get the rest of the residue from the oil cleanse off and to remove any remaining dirt and makeup. [link] $17.20
Part 2: Tone and Moisturize Baby
So after you've cleaned your face, you're not done. You gotta lock in all that moisture and do some preventative and restorative care for your little wrinkles and uneven complexion baby.
All toners are not created equal. Some toners restore the pH balance to your face, some exfoliate and prep your skin for moisturizer. I use Pixi's Glow Tonic, which contains 5% Glycolic Acid. It sounds crazy to put acid on your face, but that's just a fancy word for an exfoliant. I can't tell you which kind of toner will work best for you, but this one works wonders for my skin. They sell Pixi at Target or you can get larger sizes on their website [here] from $6-$29.
6. Vitamin C Serum
Ooh baby I love this stuff. What does Vitamin C do? Isn't that the shit that's in oranges? Well, apparently it does a lot. “Vitamin C performs a variety of functions within the skin, including stimulating new collagen, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, protecting the skin from environmental pollutants with its antioxidant properties, helping reduce visible discolorations on the skin and providing enhanced protection against UV exposure,” - Jennifer Linder, M.D., founder of Linder Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center. [source] I opted for a serum that uses Asorbic Acid as the active Vitamin C ingredient and I got it on [Amazon] for $14.95.
7. Eye Cream
Guys, I don't know if this stuff works, I'm gonna be honest. It's one of those things I've done forever, but had no control comparison, so I don't know how much worse the bags under my eyes would be if I'd never used eye cream. What I do know is that the skin under and around your eyes is very sensitive and more prone to wrinkles and discoloration due to sun damage, tugging and rubbing, and allergies. So I'm going to keep using it and hoping that it's doing something. I also don't remember this stuff being so expensive when I bought it, so I'll probably get a cheaper one when I run out. $34 from Sephora.
8. Night Cream
I live in Los Angeles, which is a literal desert with very dry air. I invest in some heavy duty Shiseido night cream which locks all the moisture in and it also feels and smells pretty fancy too. It's the most expensive item I buy regularly, but I have tried a lot of other moisturizers and they simply don't do the trick. My face is bougie. You can get it from Sephora for $60 or at any Shiseido retailer or department store that carries it. Make sure to get your neck too!
Part 3: Optional Stuff
9. Spot Treat
I don't have blemishes that often, but when I do, this little pink drying lotion does the trick. I don't understand what it is, but you just dip a q-tip into the pink stuff and put it on your blemish and by the next morning it's GONE. I mean it probably would take longer to work on cystic acne or really stubborn spots, but for the little annoyance here or there this shit is awesome. Hot Tip- let the pink stuff settle to the bottom so that it's thick before you use it. I got this at Nordstrom Rack ya'll, but they also sell it all over the place so be on the look out for it or get it on [Amazon] for $17.
10. Clay Mask
About once or twice a week I'll use this exfoliating red clay mask. It's red/brown so it looks like I'm in blackface when I wear it, so maybe just wear it by yourself and not outside to let your dog out. I got it for shooting some promotional videos for Algenist, and it's kind of expensive, but there are all sorts of clay masks that will probably do the trick. You can get it at Sephora for $55.
11. Moisturizing Face Mask
Less frequently, I'll put on one of these moisturizing face masks. I stocked up on them when I went to Korea and Japan because I meant to give them to my friends but I kept them all for myself. You can get these kind of masks at Sephora or on Amazon or any Korean grocery store. Look, here's a 16 pack for $9.75.
That is my NIGHTLY skin care regimen. It's a lot. I know. I do it because I have the time and means to do it, and also because I LOVE it. I realize, though, that this is unrealistic for most people who live busy lives. Also, this is what works for my skin, it may not work for yours! I have found this routine through trying out a ton of different products, and I'm sure if you ask me in a year it will be different.
At the very least, I recommend that you wash your face every night and moisturize. WASH YOUR FACE. Seriously. Wash your face.
Do you have any holy grail skin care products you swear by? Let me know in the comments, I want ALL the secrets.