MY EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE
Serum aside, I’ve always loved mixing my skincare up: it has to suit my mood, match the day I’ve just spend or simply meet my skin needs. Yet last February, my skin proved me wrong and got really upset: I believe it got lost somewhere along the many deluxe samples I was trying to go through. And so, just like that, I have given up my skincare mishmash and chosen an evening skincare routine instead.
Since I couldn’t change my habit of not having any overnight, I have kept my wide choice of cleansers, masks and acid toners: as most cleansers don’t truly influence or affect the skin and masks or acids always tackle a specific skin issue, it seems fair to me. From mist to lip balm, however, I stick to a simple routine. While most mists do not achieve much except prepping the skin for the following skincare steps, my sensitive skin truly relies on the Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner -review- to bring back the comfort it has lost throughout the day or sometimes throughout the double cleanse and/or acid toner. Its apricot scent also has the same effect on me: I got used to it and it almost acts as the signal which tells me to stop the overthinking in the evening. I was already faithful to the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum in my skincare mishmash days, so I naturally keep using it. Everything about it, from its texture to its rich content in Hyaluronic acid, agrees with my skin, and if I try to do without it, my skin experiences dehydration, dullness and sensitivity. It’s one of the few skincare icons which deserve their cult status!
Also rich in Hyaluronic acid, the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Yeux has both the perfect light consistency and dose of hydration for my young eyes. And if I hate myself for saying that, there isn’t no better way to describe its fresh, gel texture than to compare it with a cold glass of water. Also from La Roche-Posay, the Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care -review- is my newest addition. In a simple fashion, it soothes my skin, nourishes it and generally takes care of its sensitivity, from breakouts and skin texture to redness and discomfort. The Mixa Soin des Lèvres Anti-Dessèchement -more about it- is another example of simple skincare: it simply yet efficiently nourishes and beautifies my lips. Finally, the Guerlain Midnight Secret Late Night Recovery Treatment -review- is the only exception I allow myself when I know my following night will be a short one. If I’m not sure how it does it, it is the only skincare treatment which truly erases the fatigue on my skin: overnight, my skin becomes as smooth and soft as the cream itself, it is fresh and healthy looking.
Overall, the consistency I have chosen to put in my skincare routine has definitely resulted in a much more consistent skin itself. It means that I am never badly surprised with what I see in the mirror first thing in the morning or once my makeup is off: my skin is clearer, healthier and its sensitivity is reduced to almost nothing. That being said, a skincare lover remains a skincare lover. I will forever want to try new things, but I believe I will now do it with more moderation than before.