One thing that has changed over the past few years is my need of an efficient and relaxing night routine. The thought of going to sleep with my make up on, or without washing my face thoroughly—as I did sometimes in college—is unbearable. Nothing feels better than going to sleep with clean skin! So without further ado, here is my daily night time skincare routine.
Step 1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Step 2. Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner
Step 3. Masks
Step 4. Eye Treatment
Step 5. Face Oils
As you can see, I’ve provided the particular product for the first two steps and not the others. This is because after trying many different products (and I will provide product reviews in other posts), I always return to the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and the Kiehl’s Calendula Toner, and they have never failed me. For steps 3 to 5, I switch around products depending on the season, or mostly, depending on my mood. Here’s a review of products I currently use; oh, and I have Asian, combination and sensitive skin.
Step 1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
This. Is magical. I actually got this from my mom after her trip to Seoul, despite her high praises for it, I was skeptical and left it untouched for a few months. Then one day, I ran out of my make-up remover, so I decided to give it a try. Let’s just say, nothing has ever lived up to this cleanser. It never fails to leave my face feeling clean, hydrated, and lifted!
How to use: without wetting your hands and face, two pumps in your palm; then use three fingers and gently rub some of the oil around your eyes; clasp your hands together to warm up the oil and massage your face with the rest of the oil; rinse off.
Step 2. Kiehl’s Calendula Toner
I don’t know why I ever tried other toners, because I loved this toner from day one! But sometimes I just get tired of the same routine and want to spice it up. I came back to this a few months ago and my skin has thanked me.
How to use: lightly soak a cotton pad with the toner, then gently wipe your face avoiding eye area.
Step 3. Four masks addressing different concerns
There are four masks that I currently use on rotation: Fresh Rose Face Mask, GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment Sonic Blue, Aquaringer Skin Clinic Sheet Mask, and My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Mask.
The Fresh Rose Face Mask is easy to use, smells amazing, and leaves the skin feeling fresh and hydrated. I use this the most because there’s not much thinking involved. If I had a long day and not much time (or energy) at night, I apply this mask and leave on for 15 minutes before rinse off. This mask can also be used on a daily basis because all it does is soothe and tone.
The GlamGlow GravityMud mask is fun to use, Sonic cool, and leaves the skin with a tightened and lifted feeling. After trying some other GlamGlow masks, I bought this one to try—but mostly to get the limited Sonic Blue edition. I use this mask once or twice a week when I have more time in the evening, as it takes some time (30 minutes or more) for the mask to dry for peel-off. One thing I love about this mask is the brush applicator, it is super easy to use and the bristles actually feel nice on my face. Bonus Point: This mask makes for a fun girls’ night! Play a game and see who can peel off the mask in one whole sheet!
The Aquaringer Skin Clinic and My Beauty Diary Black Pearl sheet masks are not the most convenient (as most sheet masks) to use, but they address hydration and brightening issues, respectively. I use these randomly on weekends (or week nights if I have time) for an extra hydration boost or for an overall brightening tone when I feel like my skin is dull from a windy day. For both masks, I also like to wait until the sheet is dry to apply the extra essence from the bag. Note that the Black Pearl mask is drenched in essence, and will drip down your neck and chest. Some people find it annoying, but I embrace it!
Step 4. Three eye products I currently use
The three eye products I currently use are the Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream, Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, and Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate.
You’ve probably noticed now that I am a big fan of Fresh’s rose line products. I may do a post just about that line of products actually… but really, the rose eye gel is amazing! I wear contacts and work on a computer all day, I feel like when I apply the rose eye gel at night, my eyes are jumping for joy.
There is a reason that the Kiehl’s avocado eye cream is one of the best rated eye creams out there. It does what it claims and I love it, I even got my fiancé to use it everyday! The only thing is that it is creamier than the rose eye gel. It is in no way greasy, but it is thicker. So some nights I opt for the eye gel over the eye cream.
I recently started using the Shiseido ultimune eye power infusing eye concentrate (let’s call it eye concentrate), and I really like it. It’s slightly thicker than the rose eye gel, but like the avocado eye cream, it is not greasy at all. I use this specifically for night because it doesn’t work very well with makeup in the morning.
Step 5. Three face oils I currently use
Ever since I jumped on the wagon for face oils, I could not get off. If I could use them during the day without having to wait for absorption or get oil mixed up in my makeup, I would use them all. the. time. So I take advantage of night time to use them. I currently use the Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy.
Once again, roses, I just love incorporating them into my beauty regiment! I love the smell of this oil, and I love the feeling of my skin in the morning. It feels soft and smooth, not oily at all, and my face looks like it got a solid 8-hour sleep even if I didn’t. I use about 3 drops for my face, and it seems to really help with my oily t-zone.
I’ve used Kiehl’s midnight recovery for years now, and it has never failed me. Like the rose oil, I love the smell of this oil too. It is less oily overall compared to the rose oil, so I don’t worry as much about getting oil on my pillow. I fall asleep quicker when I sleep on my tummy, so after a long and tiring day, I like to use the midnight recovery concentrate without worrying about getting oil all over my pillow.
I got the Farmacy sleep tight night balm as a sample about a year ago, and I am happy to report that it has become a permanent member of my skincare cabinet. To use, I scoop some of the balm into my palm, rub together, and pat it onto my cheeks and forehead. Then I rub the extras onto the rest of my face. I love this balm, but opposite to the midnight recovery concentrate, I can’t face plant into my pillow when I use this. So I use it mostly on weekends when I would watch Netflix for an hour (or two) before falling asleep.
And that’s my simple 5-step night time skincare routine! Have you used any of the products in this post? How do you like them? What is your favorite night time skincare product at the moment? Let me know in the comments!