It wasn't until very recently that I enacted a nighttime skincare routine. Ain't nobody go time for that, right? Until recently, my evening ritual simply involved steaming in the hot shower until I felt like I was going to pass out, and then maybe, on a good day, following up with some moisturizer. How can I even be considered a beauty blogger with a "routine" like this? I don't know, but hopefully ya'll can take a page from my book and avoid some of the beauty and skincare mishaps that I have.
Needless to say though, this non-routine didn't work out. When I started having some random acne flare-ups this summer, I decided to get my a** in gear and really figure out a nighttime skincare schedule that worked for me. And now? My skin's never been quite so flawless. After all, our skin is the largest organ (yes, organ) in our body, so why neglect it?
Here are a few easy-to-implement tricks to help improve your skin and establish a luxe nighttime routine you'll love:
invest in a quality face mask
Face masks are great for a few reasons. According to Elle Canada, they're the most concentrated, and results driven products for your skin on the market. There's also a never-ending list of probs that masks can be used to combat, such as dry, oily, acne-ridden or aging skin, just to name a few.
Not sure what you're even looking for? A great place to start is with a detoxifying mud mask. There's so many pollutants in the air, and let us not even mention the chemicals found in many makeup and skincare brands, so a good detox is pretty safe bet. Otherwise, look for a mask that can specifically target issues you're having with your skin. This one is perfection if you're having a bad skin day and experiencing some random acne like I was.
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utilize bath bombs & salts as more than a relaxation tool
I'm a huge, huge, huge fan of bath bombs (as you can tell from here). Of course, they can be super pretty and fun to watch dissolve, but they're also beneficial to your skin and overall nighttime routine. A lot of bath products contain moisturizing elements that can work wonders, as well as essential oils that can aid in relaxation and sleep (which are just as important of a nighttime beauty practice as topical treatments, if not more). Just make sure you're checking the ingredients of the items that you do decide to use, since there can be a lot of junk in bath and beauty products nowadays!
DIY TIP: It's also super easy to DIY your own relaxing salt soak! Just add 1-2 cups of epsom salt to the tub along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
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GET IN THE HABIT OF DRY BRUSHING
I've said it before, and I'll continue to say it again...and again, and again. Dry brushing is amazing. Not only does it slough off dead skin, but it can help to improve circulation and even reduce the appearance of cellulite. I've been saying that I'll do a full in-depth post on dry brushing forever, but until then just know that it seriously is incredible for your skin. I was absolutely skeptical at first, but now find myself practicing it religiously pre bath time. Just remember to work from your feet upwards, in a circular motion, moving towards your heart. You can also apply a scrub like this if you'd like to expedite the exfoliating process.
DIY TIP: There's tons of DIY sugar scrub recipes you can make at home to avoid splurging...
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use an in-shower moisturizer
Has anyone else noticed that the beauty world is completely and utterly obsessed with coconut oil right now? It's for good reason. There are so many uses for this natural gem, but one of my favorites is as an in-shower moisturizer. I swear this has improved my skin by a tenfold, and has also helped me reduce costs of buying other moisturizers that don't even work as well. I typically use this ingredient in body scrubs (like this one), but you can also use it alone. A lot of beauty experts will recommend applying coconut oil post shower, but I'm not a fan because it's literally oil. Therefore, it's going to be greasy #nothanks. Instead, try lathering up with coconut oil in the back of the shower (or while the water's off to conserve some energy). Let it soak for a few minutes and rinse it off right before you hop out of the shower. You should still feel moisturized but avoid the greasy residue.
splurge on a face serum
Not everyone understands the power of a good serum. In fact, some don't even know what they really are. Serums are extremely potent skincare products that are designed to be applied after cleansing. They have the ability to deliver super powerful ingredients to the skin and combat a vast array of skincare woes. Though they can run a little bit on the pricier side, you don't need to use very much to see results. It's definitely something worth looking into if you're interested in giving your skincare routine a big boost.
I'm currently using the Nora Bloom Botanicals Revitalizing Pear & Rhubarb Serum*, which contains ingredients like citrus (brightens), plant collagen (plumps), organic pear juice (speeds up cellular turnover), and rhubarb (improves circulation). I would definitely recommend, especially since the ingredients are organic and the brand focuses on holistic beauty. Got to love that!
Do you have any nighttime skincare tips/tricks? What's your essential nighttime beauty product? I'd love it if you let me know in the comments, so I can try 'em too!