Take The Day Off: My Evening Skincare Routine

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Last week I walked you through my everyday makeup look. Today I’m walking you through my weekend evening skincare routine. On weekends, I whip out the face masks. I don’t know what it is, but weekends are always reserved for a good pampering session. This routine is as complicated as it gets for me. With skincare, I stick to a streamlined routine. Cleanse, tone, hydrate. Sometimes I’ll throw in a serum, an exfoliator or an acne spot treatment. I do always use an eye cream every night. But other than that I really don’t do much else. This year, I’d like to expand my skincare routine. Add a new step. Find new products. Expand my rather limited knowledge. Disclaimer: I’m no skincare guru like Caroline Hirons. As I just mentioned, my knowledge is limited. Everything I know about skincare I know from reading Into the Gloss. Below, I included every step of my routine in order, how I apply each product, and my brief thoughts on each.

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Vichy Pureté Thermale Cleansing Micellar Oil

First things first: taking off all my makeup. I always, always use a cleansing oil to take the first layer of makeup off. I take a pump or two, massage the oil in using circular motions with my fingers for 30 seconds, add some water to the mix, keep massaging until the oil gets milky, and wipe everything off with a damp washcloth. I also bring this down my neck. Too often the neck gets neglected during skincare routines. Show it some love! Cleansing oil helps break down makeup but won’t get rid of everything. I am a firm believer in the double, or in my case triple, cleanse. Double cleansing helped drastically improve my skin’s overall health. Fewer pimples, more glow. Plus, I love using an oil to give my face a little relaxing massage.

Right now I’m testing out the Vichy Cleansing Micellar Oil. I’m on the fence about it. It doesn’t do a great job at removing all of my makeup. At least, it’s not as good as my Burt’s Bees, especially when it comes to removing eye makeup. The Vichy barely breaks down my non-waterproof mascara and even my eyeshadow lingers. The scent is nice but overwhelming. The oil itself is lightweight and runny when compared to the Burt’s Bees, but I’d rather a thicker oil to make massaging easier. The packaging is stunning, as always with Vichy. It’s so hard not to like something with such nice packaging! This isn’t a massive disappointment. As far as cleansing oils go, this one falls somewhere in the middle. I’ll continue using it but I won’t be repurchasing.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I don’t just stop after a round of cleansing oil. Removing my makeup takes three steps in all. I’m very anal about getting every bit of impurity off my face. A few years ago, I would have only used a cleansing oil. Not sure how I managed to get away with that! After the cleansing oil, I always take two cotton pads soaked in the Garnier Micellar Water all over my face and neck. I concentrate on the eyes because I find that there’s usually a bunch of mascara left behind after the cleansing oil. I like to place the cotton pads over my eyes and just let them rest for a bit as I press them in. Then I gently rub the cotton pads back and forth while pulling them down, taking the mascara off. I’m not doing a very good job of explaining this! Go watch Lisa Eldrige’s video! She demonstrates the maneuver. The Micellar Water gets rid of the remaining makeup bits. You’d be surprised how much makeup comes off your face!

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

Final cleansing step! Yes, I know I go overboard but I find that three steps are needed to get all the makeup, dirt, and pollution off my skin. A final rinse-off with the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser is next on the list. This cleanser is a new-ish discovery of mine. It doesn’t wow me as much as my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser but this does a great job at cleansing. I take one or two pumps and massage it into my skin with water. This doesn’t strip my skin of any moisture leaving it soft and clean. It also doesn’t leave a soapy residue. Afterwards, I pat my face dry with a washcloth.

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Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack

On weekends I always grab a face mask or two. On tonight’s menu, the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, a “detoxifying” clay mask. I smear a thick layer all over my face and bring a bit down my neck. Just let it dry down for 20 minutes or so and rinse it off with water and a washcloth. If you’ve read my Glossier brand review, you know that I’m not a fan of this. However, I’m trying to use it all up. Wasting skincare products is one of my biggest pet peeves! I don’t find that this clay mask does anything drastic at all. My blackheads don’t budge. My skin feels about the same. A bit softer but the same. I will say that this is one of the most soothing clay masks I’ve ever tried. Often my skin can get red and irritated with more abrasive clay masks. The worst was with the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask, which burned into my skin.

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Thayer’s Natural Witch Hazel Toner in Rose Petal

To tone before or after a mask? I’ve always done the latter but I’m still unclear even after several rounds of Google searching. Even Into the Gloss didn’t have the answers! I figure toning after a clay mask makes the most sense but I could be wrong. Feel free to correct me! Anyways, the Thayer’s Witch Hazel is a fab toner for anyone on the hunt for a redness reducing, soothing gentle toner. Anytime my face acts up, I instinctively reach for this. I soak a cotton pad with this and run it all over my face and take down my neck. This instantly soothes any irritated skin from the clay mask.

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Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask

Another step I’m unclear about… Should I just apply this directly after the clay mask? Or tone and then apply the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask like I usually do? You see?! I still have lots to learn. I’m no skincare expert! When I use both face masks I do it this way. Even if it’s just the Moon Mask I still tone beforehand. In the winter my perpetually dry skin demands a hydrating face mask. I personally enjoy using Glossier’s option. It does a pretty darn good job. The texture is as if a gel and a yogurt had a love child. Spread this on your face, let it sink in for 20 minutes, and wash it off to reveal supple hydrated skin. There might be better options out there. For now, at least, I’m perfectly content with this one.

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Origins Super Spot Remover

This week my acne is acting up. Boo! I got a big ol’ bright red cystic acne on my nose four days ago that won’t go away and some little pimples on my chin. I struggle with hormonal acne that can only be tamed with a heavy dose of acne pills (Spironolactone, to be specific) and birth control. The Origins Super Spot Remover is a goodin’ for getting rid of smaller pimples overnight. No joke. I dab drop or two of this on any pimple, let it dry down (it’ll sting), move on to the rest of my skincare routine, and wake up to dried up, inactive pimples. Cystic acne? Not so much. Sadly, this won’t help with those.

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Pixi Rose Oil

My newest obsession! My face looks so glowy after applying this. Hello, healthy looking skin! If I’m going makeup free, I often use the Pixi Rose Oil in lieu of a moisturizer just because of how radiant my skin feels and looks. I’ve had this facial oil for over a month now, but have only recently fallen head over heels for it. This oil is a bit on the thicker side, a perfect consistency for a little face massage. It is rose scented but not overwhelmingly so. I take a few drops of this into my palms, rub my hands together to warm it up, and massage the oil all over. Afterwards, I let this sink in for ten minutes or so.

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Glossier Priming Moisturizer in Rich

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that the Priming Moisturizer in Rich is not my favorite evening moisturizer. The label might say rich, but let me tell you this is not rich enough. I have very dry skin in the winter so I thought this would provide the perfect intense hydration I do desperately need in the evenings. It’s not! For my skin needs, this is fine as a day moisturizer. However, this doesn’t do enough to help my parched skin out during the evenings when I like to layer on the intense stuff. I do love the velvety cream texture that sinks into skin rapidly and the fresh lavender scent. Other than that, this is a miss for me. That being said, I am using it tonight because I want to use it up. I hate tossing lightly-used products in the bin! Paired with a nourishing facial oil, the Priming Moisturizer in Rich is decent. My advice, folks? Save those precious $35 for a better moisturizer! (The Clinique Moisture Surge Intense is life changing.)

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ROC Retinol Eye Cream

I don’t know what it is about January, but I feel like this is the month when all of my skincare products run out. My Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado was the latest victim. Two weeks ago I went on an emergency run to my local drugstore to find a replacement. I picked up the ROC Skincare Retinol Corrextion Eye Cream. I’ve heard about this brand before but haven’t tried any products from their line. I’ve been using this in both the mornings and evenings since I bought it. I just gently dab a tiny amount under my eyes with my ring finger. I also dab some on my temples. I like that it’s light enough to use any time of day. The product is a light gel-cream that works well under makeup. I can definitely feel it firming up my under eye area. I haven’t used it long enough to notice improvements in my (few) fine lines. The claim that it reduces dark circles and puffiness is a bit of stretch. I haven’t noticed any difference. Overall, I think this is an OK product. I’ll continue using it and report back!

Well, there you have it! My weekend evening skincare routine featuring some new products, some meh items, and some old favorites.


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