I've gotten a couple of questions on the continuation of this series, and I do apologise for not elaborating on it. I'm doing this bi-monthly, so there will be an installment every 2 weeks.
Now, to kick things off, let's talk about the giveaway in the first installment. Congratulations to MIEZA for winning the Algotherm serum! Yay! I'll send you an e-mail soon to get your details.
Now, on to my night routine. I'm currently in the midst of trying out different cleansers and moisturisers for use at night, but the changes on that front don't seem to have made much of a difference to my skin. I do think a lot of it is down to the steps involving toners through to serums. So, without further ado, come down the rabbit hole with me!
Let's kick things off with cleansers, which should be the first step. This is purely because I don't wear makeup daily, and I'll be doing a separate post within this series with regards to makeup removal because that is a whole ritual of its own for me. Regularly, however, I start off with a cleanser.
[La Prairie's Advanced Marine Biology Foaming Mousse Cleanser]
I have reviewed this here, and it isn't as stripping without the toner in the series. I'm still not a fan of it though and I'm just trying to use it up because it's so damn expensive!
For recommendations on good cleansers, please refer here.
At night, I use my cleanser with my Olay Pro-X, which is essentially the cheaper version of a Clairsonic. I don't doubt the Clairsonic is better, but I haven't convinced myself that I need to shell out that kind of cash when this works perfectly fine. It's available for around RM100 in Watsons, and the replacement heads are reasonably inexpensive (RM20+ for 2). I wouldn't recommend this for anyone with sensitive skin, however, because the bristles aren't the softest. Another mistake people make is pressing this into the skin. You're meant to just let it sit on the skin and rotate, instead of pushing it in because that may overexfoliate and irritate. I have a full review of this coming up soon, so let me know if you'd like me to bring that forward.
As I've taken to using exfoliating and clarifying toners, I have to use a separate product for my eyes. I do recommend this because it's not only soothing, but it removes any residue of the day, as well as any residual cleanser which may be left on your skin.
[Jasanga's Rose Water]
As I've mentioned in the morning edition, I don't have an affinity with any particular brand of rose water at present, but this works perfectly fine and it keeps my eyes happy and healthy. I soak a non-textured cotton pad with the stuff and hold it, very lightly, over my eye and undereye area for 10 seconds each.
I then follow this up with an exfoliating toner.
[Lancome's Exfoliating Toner]
This is actually my first foray into an exfoliating toner, and I absolutely love it! I bought this on a whim and I cannot express how grateful I am to sleep-deprived past Arpita for that! I've noticed that it does wonders for keeping my skin clear, and because it helps to remove dead skin cells, the rest of my skincare sinks in a lot quicker and easier. LOVE! I wouldn't recommend this for sensitive skin, but if you have acne or are prone to breakouts due to PMS or other forms of stress, this will work wonders for you.
I leave the toner on for 5-10 minutes. I just swipe it on after my shower (I cleanse my face in the shower) with a textured cotton pad, and then I go about putting on body lotion and getting dressed. I will say that it does have a bit of a warming sensation which some people might find distressing, but I sort of use that as a guide for when I can continue with my routine. When the warming sensation subsides, I move on to the next step.
I would also like to talk about textured cotton pads. I feel that they do in fact make a difference because cleansing doesn't remove all the residue on your skin, especially if you're doing it purely by hand. An exfoliating cotton pad just helps to remove any traces of dirt which may still be left on the skin.
For suggestions on other toners which may suit your skin type, please refer here.
Because exfoliating toners are just so stripping, I follow it up with intense doses of hydration.
[Melvita's Rose Extraordinary Water]
I've done a full review on this here, and you can feel your skin plump up immediately. Prior to using the Lancome toner, I was using a regular, hydrating toner and I have noticed that this absorbs much quicker into the skin (almost immediately) with use of an exfoliating toner. It's lovely!
I also use a face mist, which is completely optional, but I enjoy it!
[Nuxe's Refreshing Moisturising Mist with Rose Petals]
I don't particularly like this particular mist because of the scent. I enjoyed it at first, but after a while I noticed that it smelled a bit like stale, dead roses. It's also a bit of a "heavier" face mist, in that it's extremely moisturising and wouldn't be a good refreshing mist for those of us who are oily. I have a full on face mist post coming up as well, so stay tuned! I've been testing a ton of them out. On the whole, this isn't something I would repurchase again, and I am almost out of it thankfully!
On occasion, I get a spot or two, or a scar from a previous spot just won't heal, so this is the point at which I would put any treatment on.
[La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo]
This is absolutely amazing! It definitely helps to heal spots faster, as well as speed up the process of fading scars left by any breakouts. I have always had an issue with the length of time it takes for a scar to go away. It's maddening!
The next step should be essential to all and sundry: Eye cream!
[Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado]
This is the thickest, most soothing eye cream ever. You definitely have to rub it between your fingers and spend about 30-40 seconds patting it into the undereye area, but you will wake up feeling like your eyes are well-nourished. It's one of the few eye creams that I truly, truly love and until I find something else that doesn't expire quite as quickly at the Antipodes' Kiwi Seed Eye Cream.
Now, serum time!
[The Body Shop's Nutriganics Drops of Youth]
Previously, I reviewed this as a serum, but unfortunately it stopped working as effectively as well after around a month and a half. It sort of plateaued, and I started using it as a pre-serum, which is one of the main intentions of the product in the first place.
It works fantastically as a pre-serum, but if you're oily like me, I would avoid using too many layers during the day.
This picture above is of the bottle I'm using at present, and you know how it is with skincare, sometimes drops fall on the packaging. I've noticed that where this occurs and it's exposed to the air, mold has started to form, and I took the picture just to illustrate that it's a truly natural product with active goodies in there to help your skin! I've since cleaned it off obviously!
I really do like this product, and I do think it helps my following skincare absorb deeper and do a better job.
[Algotherm's Marine Life Serum]
I've done a full review on this here, and I really do enjoy the use of this twice a day. I find that with use of Nutriganics prior to this, is actually absorbs better and nourishes my skin through the night. I never sleep on time, and it is in fact 2:38 am right now, so if I weren't using stuff of this sort, I would probably look a lot more haggard than I do at present!
For suggestions on other serums which might benefit you, please refer here.
And the final step: Moisturiser!
[La Prairie's Advanced Marine Biology Revitalizing Emulsion]
I've done a full review of this here, and as I mentioned I'm still playing around with this step in my routine. I do think this is far more suited for day use because it actually does a really good job of keeping me shine free. I quite enjoy thick, nourishing moisturisers at night, and it has to do, at least partially, with the next step.
[The Body Shop's Face Roller]
I love this! I like slathering on a thick moisturiser which helps this glide across the skin. I spend a good 5 minutes using this all over my face, avoiding the eye area. Can you tell that I love skincare? I do feel like this helps with circulation, and I don't look as exhausted in the morning when I use it regularly. As it's exposed to the air and dust and whatnot on my dressing table, I use an inexpensive toner to wipe it before and after use on my skin. At the moment I'm just using the Beautymate Hydrating Toner I got free in the many beauty boxes I used to be subscribed to. This is just to maintain hygiene and ensure there aren't oils from the moisturiser left on which could breed bacteria.
Now, let's talk options! I've got a few options for things that I've tried in the past which you should definitely consider if you're looking for a switch up.
[Options, Options, Options!]
The first thing I want to talk about is something I'm disgustingly excited about. I'm going to attach a caveat to this though and say that I only got hold of it a few days ago courtesy of Melvita, and it's being released in stores this month. I haven't, by any means, tested it fully, but for now I absolutely adore it! I'll have a full review of the stuff once I've tried it in its entirety, but it's been my nightly companion for the last few nights, and I do enjoy it.
[Melvita's Pulpe de Rose]
This is a bi-phase product in that the oil sits at the top, and their rose floral water sits at the bottom. You shake it up, spritz it into your hands and pat it into the skin.
Needless to say, it smells divine! I've been substituting Melvita's Extraordinary Water with this, and it does an impeccable job. I shall report back with a full review in due time!
As for pre-serums, there are definitely alternatives to Nutriganics, and one of the better products out there is Nuxellence Jeunesse.
[Nuxe's Nuxellence Jeunesse]
I've done a full review of this here, and I still stand by the fact that it is an amazing, amazing product! I abandoned it for a while in favour of trying out new stuff, but once my moldy bottle of Nutriganics is through, I'll be going back to it!
Next up, we have something that is marketed as a pre-serum, but works extremely well as just a serum as well. In all honesty, any pre-serum could function just as well when used a serum as long as you follow it up with something else with skincare benefits.
[Chanel's Le Jour]
I've written about this here, and I do enjoy this, but I've yet to take the plunge and purchase the full size. I have too much stuff in my stash, and I really don't need to buy another serum at present. We all know I'm working through Project Hoarder, and I've done an update on it, with another on the way!
I know this says "La Jour", but it actually did a pretty good job as a serum at night as well, and I had no issues breaking it out of its mould! Need I say how divine it smells? I actually think Chanel's skincare is actually better than their makeup!
Of course, this post wouldn't be complete without mentioning my HG serum!
[Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair]
I've spoken to death about this, both in person and on my blog. It is still the best serum in the universe, and everyone should give this a shot at some point. I haven't found anything that compares, and I'm convinced I never will! Even though it says "Night Repair", this could very easily be used during the day because it's extremely lightweight, and sinks in impeccably. It's less of a shine-inducer than the Algotherm and/or Nutriganics even! Truly, truly miraculous stuff!
Another product I've been tossing into the mix is a dedicated night-use serum from Antipodes.
[Antipodes' Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum]
This is just a little baby size of the stuff, but you don't need very much of it. I like it so far, but like Melvita's Pulpe de Rose, I have to test run it a little more before I can provide a comprehensive review. It's really rather fantastic though, and I do think it would be something that anyone can use, but those with drier skin might see a quicker difference.
Now, let's talk night creams! As mentioned above, I'm currently using La Prairie, which I'm not totally satisfied with. It gets the job done, but it doesn't wow me.
Our first stop with with h2O+.
[h2O+'s Total Source Night Cream]
This is an anti-aging product which I've reviewed here, and one which I would seriously consider picking up again. I did thoroughly enjoy it, and I got 2 tubs of the stuff because someone else didn't need anti-aging in her youth! It isn't a miracle worker by any means, but it definitely get the job done, and does it well! h2O+ in general has never disappointed, so it's worth looking into if you just want something light and effective.
[Ren's Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream]
I really did enjoy using this while it was in my rotation. It had a very light scent, and it was rather soothing to use. It's also on my might-buy-in-full-size list, but I have so many other little tubes of lotions and potions to test out that I can't justify a purchase of anything right now.
[Antipodes' Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream]
I have a full review of this coming up, and it's a little tube of the stuff that came in an introductory kit with the Antipodes serum mentioned above. This is definitely targeted towards dry skin, but if you sleep with air-conditioning, you should probably invest in something like this. It's so thick, and so rich that it worked amazingly well with my face roller! However, because I sleep with a fan, it was a tad too greasy for my skin, although it didn't irritate my skin at all, or cause any breakouts whatsoever. That's a shocker right there because I've never used something this rich without clogged pores before! If you have dry skin, I would highly, highly recommend this. It's absolutely amazing in terms of how nourishing it is. Sadly, it's not suitable for my skintype. I could definitely get away with it, but I shall continue my search!
Finally, we come to another of Chanel's little marvels.
[Chanel's La Nuit]
This is actually marketed as a "top coat" for your skincare at night, and I wrote about it as such here. However, because of my skintype, the sheer amount of stuff bogged me down a bit, and I didn't enjoy how greasy it felt to have both a moisturiser and a top coat over it. So, I started using this as my night cream and I loved it! This too is a potential full-size purchase, so I have lots of thinking to do on this front! No doubt there will be others which turn up on my to-consider-purchasing list, but this is definitely a fighting contender. It too smells like Frankincense, and if you have insomnia as I do, this aids in soothing your mind and your skin!
And finally, let's have a giveaway shall we?
I'll be giving away a full-sized Nutriganics with this installment, and all you have to do is let me know why you want it down below. This giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm on the 14th of June, 2014.
As always, if you would like reviews on any of the products mentioned, do let me know and I'll be happy to have them up for you!