Nighttime skincare is arguably the most important part of keeping your face as fresh and lovely as possible. In my morning routine, I set up and prep my skin for whatever that day has to throw at me: makeup, the sun’s rays, pollution, stress, etc. Our skin actually goes through a lot, which validates how important it is to get it back to great condition before bed.
When I first started implementing my skincare regimine I had almost identical steps for both times of day. Then I started to branch out to learn which ingredients are better suited for certain times of day like a heavier moisturizer or retinol. Again, if you’re looking to creating skin care that works for you it is about slow experimentation. I say slow because it can sometimes take a while for some ingredient’s results to show. Just like I mentioned in my morning skin care post, “listen” to your skin, it can change with the seasons, age, and hormones to name a few.
As I explained in my story of how I cleared my acne, I developed a structured skincare routine that helped put me on the right path to getting my skin clear and keeping it that way. I tried out numerous kits from the store with the built in 3 or 4 step programs. The problem I had with those kits was that it assumed everyone’s skin had a “one size fits all” solution which isn’t the case.
I realized I have to personalize for my own specific problems. Finding and choosing products can be very intimidating so I used the guide on Paula’s Choice website to help me. I started experimenting while “listening” to my skin. I added and removed products as I felt out what was working and what wasn’t. As the seasons change I found that I do need to adjust a few products since I get oiler in the humidity and dryer in the colder months.
I wasn’t one of those people who struggled with acne all my life. I thought I was one of the lucky ones, seeing my peers and even brothers suffer with the unsightly red stuff. Of course I got blemishes when I was a teenager but nothing especially horrible and definitely not chronic. I had about every bad skin habit in the book. I would just use a generic face wash occasionally when I remembered to, slept in makeup, ate tons of sugary foods, worshipped the sun, worshipped the fake sun (tanning beds, yikes!) and just all-in-all beat the crap out of my poor face. Sorry face.
The first step is to admit you have a problem… Hello and welcome. If you’re looking to go beauty product cold turkey, then you may want to click away.
Should I preface with “You’re beautiful just the way you are, blah, blah, blah”? Ok now that’s out of the way, we both know you’re already beautiful. But we also both know make up and other products are just a really fun way to express yourself and change up your look, not to mention enhance your already awesome features. But dude, it can get expensive. And if you have a serious love, then it can get really expensive. As a small town girl I can remember my first time entering a Sephora wide-eyed and leaving empty-handed… Wait sometimes that still happens. Who knew beauty carried such a high price tag?! (Over $62 billion industry in the U.S. alone!) I don’t have a magical coupon (though I really, really wish I did!). But there are ways of getting your beauty fix while still being kind to your wallet doing it.