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  • Regina Thomas

Nighttime Routine!

Whether you are a makeup wearer or not, your nighttime skincare routine can make a huge difference in how your skin looks! I mean you should never sleep in your makeup (it ages your skin 7 times faster), but even if you don't wear makeup, think about how much you touch your face during the day (after touching who knows what), germs can build up on your skin! There are also things like free radicals to consider. What the heck is a free radical?! It's an unstable atom that causes cellular damage. Free radicals can come from the atmosphere, pollution and even your cell phone! Going to bed without properly cleansing your skin can cause enlarged pores, congestion leading to acne, premature aging, and dirty pillowcases!

So, now that I've persuaded you that caring for you skin at the end of the day is critical, lets talk routine!

Over the last two months I've really become interested in the Korean skincare routine. In Korean culture, having beautiful skin is a top priority. I will say, however, that it's quite a lengthy routine:

Step One: Oil Cleanser.

Step Two: Foam Cleanser.

Step Three: Exfoliator.

Step Four: Toner.

Step Five: Essence.

Step Six: Serum, Boosters, or Ampoule Treatments.

Step Seven: Mask.

Step Eight: Eye Cream.

Step Nine: Face Cream.

Step Ten: SPF

Don't panic! I'm not going to suggest you take all of these steps every night-we need our sleep! My routine looks more like this:

Step One: Oil Cleanser.

Step Two: Foam Cleanser.

Step Three: Serum.

Step Four: Eye Cream.

Step Five: Face Cream.

Half the steps! In my interpretation it's wonderful to treat yourself to a mask about once a week, and I only exfoliate two to three times a week. Toners are a great bonus for your skin, but I don't think they're a make-or-break-your-skin type of product. I also haven't incorporated Essences into my routine because to be honest, I still need to learn more about them to understand their purpose.

When it comes to products, I'm in love with my Skin Script line. I used it for a month prior to choosing to use it in my Esthetics practice and I can honestly say my skin has never looked better! I don't currently retail my products online, but I keep them in stock at my spa if you'd like to come and check them out! That being said, I'll include alternative products to consider as well!

Step One: Oil Cleanser- Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil ($48 If you read my October favorites post, then you know how much I LOVE this product! I always wash my hands before cleansing my face and dry them really well before using this product. It may seem counter-intuitive to put oil on your face or to start with your skin being dry, but this is not pore clogging in any way. The oil melts your makeup (or the yuckies of the day) off to prepare your skin for a true cleanse. When you rinse this oil from your face it becomes a cream and rinses clean!

Step Two: Foam Cleanser-Skin Script Green Tea Citrus Antioxidant Cleanser ($26.50): Now that the surface debris is clean from my skin, I use a foamy cleanser to really clean the skin itself. I like to use a gentle foaming cleanser for this purpose. I love the Green Tea cleanser because it's super concentrated (I'm all about a good value), it smells great, and it cleanses my skin without stripping moisture. An alternative foamy cleanser would be the Murad Daily Cleansing Foam ($30 Sephora) or the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser ($10 Target).

Step Three: Serum-Skin Script Ageless Hydrating Serum ($30): My skin is beginning to show signs of aging, but I haven't gotten to a place where I need Retinoids or Vitamins A or C. My concern is that my skin is dry and the Ageless Serum has ingredients like honey and Hyaluronic Acid that pull moisture into the skin and keep it feeling plumped and comfortable! Another great hydrating serum is The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid ($7

Step Four: Eye Cream-Skin Script Peptide Eye Serum ($30) and Skin Script Tri-Peptide Eye Serum ($30): Some people think it's okay to use their face creams around their eyes and I couldn't disagree more. The skin on your face is much more resilient and products are formulated stronger to ensure results. The skin under your eye is like paper and the skin on your eyelids is like tissue-it is very important to select products specifically developed for your eyes! Also, the eyes have unique skin problems like dark circles, puffiness, crows feet, and milia and there are products on the market made specifically to target those issues! I wish I would have taken a before photo when I started using the Skin Script eye creams! I started with the Peptide Eye Serum for dark circles, it has caffeine and a peptide blend to lighten the circles and increase bloodflow to decrease puffiness. I honestly was super skeptical, but I don't even feel like I need concealer under my eyes anymore and compared to other products on the market, thirty bucks is super reasonable-that's the same price point as Oil of Olay, but with more active ingredients and it's cruelty-free! I loved the Peptide Eye Serum so much I had to buy the Tri-Peptide serum and after using it for just a week, I already love it! The skin around my eyes gets super dry, I get little red, itchy patches at the outer corners and on my eyelids, but this serum makes my eye area feel hydrated and comfortable! The product is intended to hydrate and soothe the eye area and reduce wrinkles over time and I can't wait to see how my results are after using this for a month or two. If you're looking for an alternative, I have only used two other eye creams: Murad Retinol Eye Cream ($85 Sephora) and Sanitas PeptiDerm Eye Serum ($75 Both products were nice, but I couldn't justify the expense of them so I didn't use them more than a month, which isn't long enough to see a big difference!

Step Five: Face Cream- Skin Script Hydrating Moisturizer ($23): I personally like a face cream that feels a little heavier on the skin for my nighttime moisturizer, so this moisturizer is perfect for me. This moisturizer is formulated with Squalane, Rose Hip Oil, and Shea Butter so it's very moisturizing and wonderful to slow aging of the skin. Also, it smells like a cupcake so there's that! Another option for a nighttime face cream is the CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream ($14 Target), which also has Shea Butter.

I think it's important to note that everyone's skin is different and what works for me, may not be what's best for someone else! For instance, if you have acneic skin, Shea Butter is a no-go. If you're more concerned with deep wrinkles than with dryness, a Retinoid Serum would be more useful than a Hyaluronic Serum. It's important to get to know your skin and choose the products that will provide you the best results for your skin goals!

I hope you've enjoyed this post, I'd love to hear feedback about other skincare or makeup topics you'd like to learn about!

Happy Thanksgiving!



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