Pm skincare routine
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Your pm skincare routine (bedtime skincare routine) is very important and should be done properly.
After a long tiring day at school, I always look forward to my pm skincare routine because it’s a form of selfcare to me and I find it therapeutic.
In this post, I will be sharing a pm skincare routine that will clear your acne & hyperpigmentation, the right skincare order as well as great affordable skincare products you should try.
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Night skincare routine order
First of all, you don’t need a 12-step skincare routine. When it comes to skincare, I found that the simpler it is, the better. Keeping your routine minimal will also make you become more consistent. So what’s the right skincare routine order?
- Eye cream
- Spot treatments
As you can see, it’s that easy. Now let’s break down each one even further, shall we
Cleansing your skin is the most important step in your skincare routine, especially at the end of the day. This will allow you to wash away the dirt and makeup. Skincare products work best when applied to a clean fresh face. If you still use makeup wipes, girl is everything okay at home?
Makeup wipes are not enough to get all the makeup off your face and they irritate the skin. If you wear makeup, try using a cleansing balm to break down the makeup, and then go in with a foaming facial cleanser to get everything off.
This is the most important step in your pm skincare routine. Make sure you take your time and cleanse properly.
Cleansing balms to try:
- Good molecules instant cleansing balm
- Banila Co clean 3 in 1 cleansing balm
- Heimish All clean balm cleanser
Great facial cleansers:
- Cerave foaming facial cleanser
- La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Wash for Oily Skin
- Panoxyl Acne Foaming Wash, Maximum Strength 5.5 oz
Pro tip: a lot of people add their cleansers directly to their face and then work it in with their palms. It works but here is a better method. Squeeze your cleanser (1-2 pumps) into your palm and rub them together. This kind of activates the cleanser and then rub it into your damp skin.
I have seen a lot of improvement since I started washing my face this way. Try it and see if you like it.
Toners are optional but I recommend them if you have oily skin like me. Look for toners with BHA (beta hydroxy acid, like salicylic acid). This helps to break down blackheads with time, unclog pores and help to prevent breakouts.
Depending on what your skin type is, there is probably a toner just for you. Here are some of my favorites:
Essence is a water-based skin care product that contains a high content of active ingredients to hydrate, protect, and boost the overall health of the skin.
Serums are essentially just shots of extremely concentrated nutrients, hydration, and antioxidants.
As you can see, they are quite similar but not the same thing entirely. They are hundreds of serums out there depending on the skin condition to need help.
Some hydrate your skin, others help to fix your skin barrier and some treat your dark spots and hyperpigmentation with time.
If you haven’t started using serums In your pm skincare routine, this is your sign to. They will take your skin to the next level.
Eye creams are totally optional but if you want some hydration and brightening around your eyes then you should opt for one. I don’t use an eye cream every day but I do when I feel the need. I like to use a super lightweight yet hydrating eye cream.
This is the cherry on the cake. If you’re suffering from dark spots and hyperpigmentation, you need to try out some spot treatments. Just like the name implies, the product goes only on the “spot” that needs it.
However, if you’re using niacinamide (vitamin B3) which gently brightens the skin and fades marks, you can apply that on your entire face.
Pro tip: when you’re starting out with niacinamide, it can easily irritate the skin. Start with a low percentage (maybe 3%) and see how your skin is responding to it before bumping it to 10%.
I started with 10% niacinamide but I will add a few drops in my hand and mix it together with my moisturizer before applying it to my skin. That way, I didn’t experience any irritation.
If you’re starting with spot treatments, these ones will never let you down:
- Faded topicals
Moisturizer is very important. No matter how oily you think you are, you need to be using a moisturizer. There are oil-free moisturizers and a lot more kinds for every skin type. It helps trap all the products underneath it to make the ingredients even more effective.
Here are my go-to moisturizers:
Extra: Sheet masks
Completely optional but I love putting on sheet masks, especially during my selfcare routine. Sheet masks are packed with a lot of nutrients that penetrate really well into the skin leaving it feeling plump, and smooth like never before.
The best time to put on a sheet mask is immediately after cleansing before toner. Once you remove it, gently pat in the leftover into your skin and carry on with your skincare routine.
If you’re wondering what I will recommend, get the following:
Retinols are amazing for those with fine lines and wrinkles. they also fade dark spots, smooth scars, clear pores, prevent breakouts, and brighten skin.
Although there are a lot of opinions on when to start using retinol, I think you should wait till you’re in your 20s. Always start with a small percentage or even better, talk to your dermatologist first if you’re seeing one.
Here are some great beginners friendly retinol:
Final thoughts on pm skincare routine
That brings us to the end of this post. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did while writing it. What’s your current pm skincare routine? Let me know in the comments.
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