I think washing my face is one of my favourite parts of the day, is that sad? Maybe lol. But, it’s true! It’s something I make time for every single day, and if I ever happen to miss it I’m truly sad over it. Obviously it is important to take care of your skin, but it is also important to take care of YOU in whatever way that is. For me having a few minutes to myself at the end of the night to wash my face (whether I am wearing make-up or not) is that time. I always feel refreshed, and I find such joy in going through the routine each night before bed. I use to be in a pattern of getting home from work around 5 and if I didn’t have plans for the evening I would take my make-up off right away before dinner but now I don’t normally get around to it until Greyson is in bed for the night. So now it is usually how I end each day, get Grey to sleep, wash my face, crawl into bed (with the heated blanket cranked to high because it is FREEZING in Alberta) and off to bed I go!
My product line-up is forever evolving, as I am always up to trying something new! But, this routine is one I have been using consistently since about September (some products longer). As I am a true skincare junkie I definitely do use some items at a higher price point, but there are TONS of products I love from the drugstore too, and am open to sharing products I like to use in a future post if anyone is interested. 🙂 I have just found the value personally in investing my beauty budget in my skincare rather then other items! But, everyone has there own thing.
With all that said, let’s hope into my routine!
Step One: Remove my eye make-up with Bioderma. This is one of my all time favourite products that I have repurchased over and over again! (Cheaper alternatives that are also amazing the Garnier Micellar Water, and the Simple Micellar Water)
Step Two: Remove face make-up/first cleanse with Sunday Riley Blue Moon Cleansing Balm. I love me a good cleansing balm and this one does the job very well! This product was new to me in September but I will definitely re-purchase!
Step Three: Cleanse my skin with the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I am a big fan of this product, it is so gentle but really makes your skin feel so clean, and it smells like cucumbers which is a big bonus for me! Smells like a clean spa.
Step Four: Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, I use this as a serum however the bottle says you can also use it as a treatment where you would apply more and then wash off after a little while. I personally use it every night as a serum and leave it on the whole night. This product absolutely changed my skin, and is what made me fall in love with Sunday Riley as a brand, and really see the value in a good skincare line up. I feel like whenever I use this people ask me what I have been using on my skin, it’s a game changer for sure!
Step Five: Applying a beauty oil! Normally this is where I use my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil which is a personal fav, but for Christmas I was kindly gifted the Luna Oil by Sunday Riley, so I have been using it since then. It’s a gorgeous product, extremely blue which can be scary when you use it for the first time, but don’t worry it won’t dye your skin blue! I have only been using it a couple weeks, but lately my husband keeps touching my face and telling me how soft my skin is so I guess it’s working!
Step Six: Time for eye cream, and I have been using the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado for about 2 years now and I have yet to find anything I like better! This little pot is about $35.00, but it will last you FOREVER as you only need a little bit each time.
Step Seven: Okay I know this is a lot of steps, but I’m telling you there is something so relaxing about going through a process like this every night! Or, I am just a crazy skincare product lady. I am okay with that too. Lastly for my face, I apply a moisturizer, I like to let the oil sink in for a few minutes first and then add this. Tidal by Sunday Riley is my favourite moisturizer of 2016 and is carrying through to 2017. However any gel moisturizer is really what I am looking for, I like the light weight formula and the cooling affect it gives. It’s the nicest.
Now, I would also like to add that while it is important to take care of your face, the rest of your skin needs attention too! So that leads me to this next routine…
Lips, feet, hands, and body!
Step Eight: Lip balm! If you live in cold temperatures you feel me on this I’m sure. Alberta is cold and dry. Dry and cold. All the time. That can lead to some very dry and cracked lips if you don’t take care of them! I apply so much lip balm every night. This one by First Aid Beauty I love, but really any heavy duty lip balm will do the trick.
Step Nine: Is anyone else really bad at remembering to moisturize their whole body? For some reason I am all over it with the face skincare but I always forget hey maybe your arms and legs would like some attention too… I was really on top of it when I was pregnant, and I am still trying to keep that effort going strong! I like anything that is a body butter since I have such dry skin. I normally just go for a Body Shop one, but recently have been trying out this Josie Maran one, and I really like it! Plus it smells like lavender which is delightful right before bed time.
Step Ten: I had a pedicure recently and the girl doing it was like uhhh I think you need to give your heels some love. She was right, they are normally a cracked mess. Alberta weather, I’m telling you! So she recommended to me this Footlogix Mousse and it has been making a big difference for my poor little feet so I have added it to the routine! It’s kind of funny using a mousse for your feet, but it is nice because it absorbs so quickly and you don’t feel greasy after applying it!
Step Eleven: The final step, you still with me? HANDS. If you have read my blog a while or watched any of my YouTube videos you know me and my hands have a complicated relationship. In that, they are always dry, splitting, and hurting. I really will keep trying anything and everything until they are fixed. I was also kindly gifted this La Mer hand cream for Christmas so that is what I am currently trying! Also a winner in this area is the Aveeno Eczema Hand Cream, which is a much cheaper alternative but I like just as much!
Thank you for reading. I hope you all have a little part of your day that makes you as happy as washing my face does for me. If not, I hope you could maybe find something! It doesn’t have to be this obviously, just any small activity you can find that helps calm you and make you smile. Love you guys!