[SKINCARE] Current Night Time Routine


Night time skin care is one of my favourite times of the day. There's something almost meditative (!?) about it that really helps me wind down after a long day.

I have sensitive-dry combination skin for the most part. I try to keep my routine as simple as possible but I do still follow the typical line up of...

Cleanse -> Toner -> Serum -> Moisturizer -> Eye Serum/Cream -> Lip balm

I will skip the cleanser for today as I will do a separate post on that soon and focus on the skin care part in this post :)

Toner:


Your skin never stays the same and you should always use products that suit your skin's needs on that day. On days where I need an extra boost of moisture, I use the Hada Labo Gokujyun Clear Lotion. I have talked about this product before and I still love this! It can act as a toner to prep your skin to help better absorb products following. If you have oily/combination skin, this alone may even be enough to be a stand alone moisturizer for daytime. Remember to rub the products in the palms of your hands before patting it onto your skin for better absorption.

On regular days, I use the NRK Essential Rose Astringent Lotion (click for full review on this product). This is a rose-based toner that helps balance the skin and tighten pores after cleansing. I love to use this after a deep cleansing session with the Clarisonic or after a mud mask to help close the pores back up. I put this toner into a spray bottle to spritz onto my face after so I can save on some cotton pads :)

Serums:


I'm rotating between two serums at the moment - one for moisture and the other for skin renewal. The last big bottle is the famous Lancome Geneique Yeux Light Pearl - a serum for the eye area. Probably the most expensive item out of all my skincare products but well worth the splurge.

1. Super Hyaluronic Acid  Moist Essence EX by Hada Labo 
My all-time favourite serum for a very long time now. Gone through 2 bottles and always going back to this. One pump is all you need. Like all hyaluronic acid products, warm it up by rubbing it between your palms and then gently pat it all over your face. Absorbs within seconds and you're left with plump soft skin and 0 sticky residue. This is a LIFE SAVER for the dry winters in Canada and helps heal my dry patches very quickly.

2. Dr. Wu Intensive Revival Serum with 18% Mandelic Acid
Mandelic Acid is a type of AHA acid which are often used in skin peel treatments. It is an almond extract which is much gentler than most skin renewal serums out there. I use this around 3 times a week to help my skin "rejuvenate". This is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin and there is no tingling sensation after. With that being said, the results take longer to achieve for fading scars and pigmentation. I've been using this for around 3 months and it has helped lighten scars on my forehead. However, you do get an instant glow the day after using this. Bought in Taiwan on sale for around $400 NT (~$15 CAD) in the 15ml size - regularly $800 NT (~$30 CAD). Available on Amazon and eBay :)

3. Lancome Genefique Yeux Light Pearl Eye Serum
Eye creams are usually too heavy for me and generally don't do much except give me more problems. I decided to give this a try half because I'm a fan of Lancome's skin care and the applicator caught my attention. They call it the [360° massaging Light-PearlTM applicator] - Hah :p


It's pretty much a cooling bead that rotates 360 degrees and you can use it to massage the serum into your under eye area. This is the ONLY eye product I've seen significant results with. I have really puffy and dark eyes because of my allergies. After using this, you can see your under eye lighten up and fine lines fade slightly as well. Well worth the splurge - $88 CAD + tax

Moisturizers:


1. Etude House Collagen Moistful Enriched Cream
This is an EH best seller so I picked it up during my trip to Asia in January. I bought the enriched formula because it was unusually dry in Hong Kong during my stay. Perfect for dry Canadian winters and days when you need a boost of moisture. Might be too sticky for those with oily skin though so best to stick to their regular formula then!

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin
This is my day time moisturizer and night time when my skin is feeling not so bad. No perfume, non-sticky. Huge bottle with a hygenic pump and affordable. Love it!

Lastly, I slap on some lip balm and I'm currently trying to finish off my Smith's Rosebud Salve Balm in a tube. Trying to finish it off because I absolutely hate the smell - nothing like roses but more like something that's gone bad, yuck. It is very moisturizing though...

And that is all for today's long and windy post!

Kristine Lam

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