Today’s post is all about what I do to my face at bedtime, and you may notice a focus on GLOW! I have normal to very dry skin, but this varies depending on the time of year; typically my skin is pretty normal and manageable in the summer and a dry, flaky mess in the winter. At the moment, these are the products that seem to be doing the trick, and keeping my skin baby soft and smooth. The first step in my routine is to remove my eye makeup using a micellar water. I have tried both the Simple and the Garnier micellar waters, and I can’t tell much of a difference between the two. Neither seems to be too drying, neither irritates my eyes, and both remove eyeliner and mascara pretty easily and gently.
Next, I bring out the big guns for makeup removal and go in with a cleansing oil or cleansing balm. At the moment I’m using this Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, and I have to say, it’s not my favorite. It’s just a little too thick and greasy for my liking, and I definitely prefer an oil with a thinner consistency, making the cleanser a bit easier to remove. With this balm, I have to do quite a bit of rubbing with a washcloth in order to get everything off, whereas with an oil I can usually just rinse it away. I have a bit of a love affair with the Boots Botanics line, however, and this is the only product I’ve tried from the range that I haven’t liked. I buy Boots products at Target, but I believe they are also available at Ulta.
About two times a week, I follow up my cleanse with a swipe of one of these Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads. This is a chemical exfoliant that makes the skin really bright, clear, and smooth. Don’t forget to use a sunscreen on your face during the day when using a glycolic acid product, though, you don’t want your freshly revealed layers of skin to get damaged!
Now, to restore moisture to my clean skin, I apply a generous amount of the Boots Botanics “All Bright” night cream. I am OBSESSED with this cream. This is one of those products that makes a visible difference to my skin if I stop using it for a few days. This cream contains natural AHAs for gentle exfoliation and keeps my skin texture free and so so soft. If I have a couple extra minutes to spare, I will spend some time really massaging my face with this cream – I can’t even tell you how relaxing it is. Plus, it’s a pretty pale pink and it smells absolutely wonderful, what more could you ask for?
Finally, I finish things off with a few drops of a nourishing facial oil. I am currently using the L’oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal oil, but I think I prefer the Boots Botanics facial oil, as it has a slightly thicker consistency and feels more nourishing.
I have always been really happy with the skincare products that can be found at the drugstore, since as a college student it’s not really very practical to be spending $30 on a face cream. What are some drugstore skincare products that you can’t live without?