This is the first of a three part series about my personal nighttime skincare routine.
Nighttime skin care is one of the most important regimens for the health of your skin. Not only do you wash away the day’s makeup, toxins, pollutants, and dirt that your face may have accumulated, you also prepare your skin for a night of rest, repair, and recovery. In this blog post, I will describe my nightly double cleanse routine in the hopes of inspiring you to try these invigorating steps in your routine. I am also including the products that I use so that you may incorporate one or more of them into your nightly regimen.
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Step 1: Double Cleanse
Double cleansing involves using a cleansing oil, balm or micellar water to first break down makeup, dirt, toxins, pollutants on the surface of your skin, then following with a deeper water-based cleanse.
I usually double cleanse my face and neck at night to get rid of makeup and other pollutants from the day. It’s quite refreshing and leaves my skin feeling extra clean. Here are three products that I use to double cleanse along with a spin brush to fully penetrate the pores.
A1. Cleansing Oil or Balm
Using a cleansing oil or balm removes makeup, sweat, bacteria and old skin cells from the surface of the skin. For the first round of cleansing, it’s best to wash your face until there isn’t a single trace of make-up or residue visible on the cotton pad.
First, I use the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm because I’ve found that it’s one of the best at removing makeup and other residue from the face and neck. Usually, it only takes one time to remove everything with this Clinique product. I have seen this product recommended by several bloggers and YouTubers and I have had excellent results myself.
A2. Micellar Cleansing Water
After I wash my face with the cleansing balm, I take one or two cotton pads and cover them with micellar cleansing water to ensure that all the makeup, dirt, and pollutants have been removed. I use Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water which has had great results for me.
B1. Cleansing Creme
A second round of cleansing will clean much deeper into the pores to remove any impurities. Once you’ve removed the surface grime, it’s time for a fully-fledged water-based cleanse, not a quick splash of water to the face. Whether you are double cleansing or not, be sure to massage your cleanser in for a minute or more to thoroughly remove make-up, toxins, pollution and buildup.
I use CereVe Hydrating Face Wash which is perfect for the second part of the cleanse because it’s water-based and removes the leftover oil or balm from the first part of the cleanse.