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A while back, I asked on Instagram what you all wanted to see on the blog. By far, most of the responses said more beauty content. I am so thrilled that you all want that on iamsamthorpe.com because I'm a total beauty nerd. You had a lot of questions about my skincare routine, so today I am sharing my nighttime skincare routine with you! To say that I'm intense about my skincare might be an understatement... or just something that everyone who's ever known me has said. 😳 You only get one face, and I firmly believe that you should treat always it the best you can. Some of the products I use are on the expensive side, but they work well for me, and I believe in investing in my skin!
Step 1: Micellar Water The first step in my routine is to use micellar water to remove makeup. The micellar water I've been using for about 6 months is the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water, and it's super affordable. I also really like the Simple Micellar water. I soak a cotton pad in the micellar water and gently swipe it all over to remove makeup—even mascara!
Step 2: First Cleanse After using the micellar water, I wash my face with Cera-Ve's Hyrdating Cleanser. This cleanser is SO gentle and I've been using it for years. It's perfect for my sensitive skin because its non-scented, non-irritating, and contains hyaluronic acid. If my skin is acting up this is the only cleanser I'll use, and it's very affordable. My dermatologist recommended this to me when I was in high school, and I always have it on hand!
Step 3: Second Cleanse When I don't wear makeup, I'll usually only cleanse with the Cera-Ve, but on days when I wear makeup or a lot of sunscreen I do a double cleanse. For my second cleanse I use the Soy Face Cleanser from Fresh. This is perfect for sensitive skin, and contains rosewater and cucumber extracts to soothe skin. This cleanser suds up more than the Cera-Ve, so it's perfect if you're using a cleansing brush like a Clarisonic, or just on its own.
Step 4: Mist/Tone After my second cleanse, I use a water mist. This is one of those frivolous steps that I do just because I enjoy it. I don't use a toner because I have very dry, sensitive skin and find that most of them just irritate my skin. However, I do take a moment to prepare my skin before moving on to serums and oils. I like to spray a water on my face such as Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water, Evian Mineral Water Spray, Mario Badescu Facial spray, or my favorite Caudalie Beauty Elixer. This stuff is incredible and smells so good! It makes you feel so glamorous when you mist it over your face, and it's the perfect way to prep for your serum!
Step 5: Serum After misting, my skin is just damp enough for me to apply my serum. My favorite serum is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. This stuff is amazing, and it's been such a help in fading old acne scars. My skin is super fair, and that means that every bump leaves behind a red mark. I'm seeing actual improvement with this product. I gently apply this over my entire face and let it sink in.
Step 6: Eye Cream Eye cream is next in my routine, and its such a crucial step. Eye cream is not "just for old people" as I've heard so many people say! The skin around the eye area is the thinnest skin on your face, so treat it kindly! For eye cream, I use Clinique All About Eyes Rich eye cream, and I love it. Ive gone through 3 of these jars, and I have to say its the best eye cream I've ever used. I used to be loyal to the Kiehls Avocado eye cream which is also great, but what I love about the Clinique one is how thick it is. I apply this to the entire eye are and only use my ring finger as to not stress the skin.
Step 7: Facial Oil After letting the eye cream sink in, I move on to my facial oil. Finding this product was the turning point of my skincare routine. The Luna Sleeping Night Oil from Sunday Riley made me fall in love with Sunday Riley... and agree to wear a blue oil on my face every night. It's THAT good. The Luna oil is a retinol which means it reduces pores, uneven texture, and dryness. It has a ton of anti-aging properties as well. Along with the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum, it's helped to repair redness in my skin, and heal scars. I apply this all over my face and down my neck, and gently rub it in until it's no longer visibly blue. I have been using this for about a year and a half, and I don't think I'll be giving this up anytime soon!
Step 8: Lactic Acid Treatment The final step to my nightly skincare routine is another Sunday Riley product. I seriously love the brand, and 100% think it's worth the price! After applying my Luna oil, I wait 5-10 minutes for it to fully absorb into my skin before applying the Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. This can be irritating to my sensitive skin, so sometimes I only use it every other night, but this really makes your skin GLOW. ✨ When I first started using Good Genes, I kept catching Conner sneaking and using it. Now he has an entire skincare routine that he built around this product. The lactic acid treatment makes your skin look radiant and glowing! I hope you enjoyed getting some insight into my skincare routine, and hopefully learning about some new products that could be added into your routine! I'll be making a morning skincare routine soon, so definitely look out for that!