Air-conditioning, pollution, sun damage; our skin really is up against it throughout the day (particularly if you live in the city). That said, your evening skincare routine is the optimal time to repair and rejuvenate your complexion. So take this time to indulge your skin with nourishing textures and active ingredients, and allow them to work their magic while you sleep.
Ideally, your PM routine should begin the minute you get home to avoid pollution, dirt, and grime from sitting on your skin; clogging up pores and building congestion. And while it can sometimes seem overly complicated, it doesn’t need to be. We’re going to talk you through how to build the foundation of your evening skincare routine in just a few steps.
Two words to live by: double cleanse. Why? Your first cleanse works to gently break down makeup, SPF, dirt, grime and excess oils from the skin, whilst your second cleanse will address your skin type and key concerns, such as breakouts, dehydration, and redness. Start with a gentle oil-based cleanser such as Clinique’s Take It Away Cleansing Balm and then move onto a lightweight, hydrating gel-based formula such as the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (trust us, this will become a staple in your evening routine).
After cleansing, follow with a toner to help to sweep anyway any excess dirt, oil and dead skin that your first cleanse alone hasn’t removed. The iconic Pixi Glow Tonic is formulated with a low percentage of Glycolic Acid to gently resurface the skin, making it suitable for all skin types (even sensitive) whilst the added Aloe Vera will help to calm stressed-out complexions and boost your glow.
Got 10-15 minutes to spare? Treat yourself to a targeted face mask 1-3 times a week tailored to your current skin type and concerns. If you’re more on the oily side and getting those pesky breakouts, go for a clay-based mask such as The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque to help withdraw excess oil and decongest. Feeling a little tight or flakey? Try more nourishing formulas such as the GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment.
Serums and Treatments
During the AM, your skin is busy protecting itself from environmental aggressors. At night, however, your skin is in the ultimate chill-out mode ready to repair and renew itself – making it the perfect time to apply all of those active ingredients including retinoids (a form of vitamin A), alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs; e.g. lactic and glycolic) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs; e.g. salicylic acid) which all help to increase cell turnover overnight. Just opt for one of these hard-working ingredients per routine to maximise the results and minimise irritation.
As a final step in your routine, nourish your skin with moisture-boosting ingredients. A good all-round moisturiser that you can’t go wrong with is the Revolution Skincare Hydration Boost. This hyaluronic acid-based oil-free, fragrance-free gel-cream magically transforms into a water-like texture when you apply to the skin. Serving hydration for all skin types. Finally, finish with a spritz of Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray to seal in all of that goodness with some added skin-loving vitamins and plant-based ingredients.