Removing your makeup and cleaning your skin is essential once you start wearing cosmetics. Here is what I do every single night, regardless of the time. I make sure all makeup is removed, my skin is moisturized and my face prepped for dreamland. Good thing there aren’t any hot boys there. hah.
NOTE: this is for picture purposes. There’s a bit of liner in some of the photos when there shouldn’t be, but don’t fret, I removed everything after I took all the pictures, it was just faster for me this way :) Also, this is the way I do things, let me know how you roll too :)
Step 1: Removing the Makeup
I use J&J Cleansing wipes that pretty much do the trick. Remember, it’s always a 2 step process. 1. Remove your makeup, 2. Cleanse your face. If you don’t do this, you’re cleaning the makeup layer and never cleaning your skin surface and that could lead to clogged pores and more.
You don’t need to use makeup wipes, but I do it because it saves a lot of time and I use one wipe per removal session. It doesn’t take off all my liner especially on my waterline so I will be using a separate eye-makeup remover to remove that. I do understand that this isn’t the most environmentally friendly way of doing things, but feel free to use cleansing oils and creams. Whatever suits your fancy, just get that makeup off babe!
Here is when I take a shower:
Just Kidding. :)
Step 2: Removing the Remaining Eye-Liner
After taking a really nice hot shower, oh yeah, the little remaining of my eye makeup sort of drools down a bit which makes it easier for me to take it off with one of my favourite if not my favourite eye makeup remover from Simple. I love this because it takes it off but there is no oil in it whatsoever, and I hate oily makeup removers. This is great also if you make an error doing your makeup because of its non-oily formula. Plus, you save mooh-lahs because it’s a drugstore product. Sweet.
I use a cotton round, fold it in half and sweep that liner off.
Step 3: Oral Hygeine is Important
If you don’t brush you’re teeth every night, you’re gross. No excuses.
Step 4: Cleanse your Face
Today I decided to use the Biore Pore Unclogging scrub (for I need to exfoliate days), but I interchange between the Oxy Triclosan (for bad skin days) and Biotherm Hydramineral Cleansing mousse (for dry days). I know, I heard it’s bad to change it up, but just do whatever floats your boat. Imagine me taking a picture while I wash my face, yea, thought so.
Step 5: Moisturise
After patting my face dry with a towel, I moisturise! Wee. Probably the only moisturiser I’ve ever liked – Elizabeth Arden Intervene Radiance Boosting Moisture Lotion. It’s supposed to be a day one, but I love the formula because it’s so light and it blends into the skin like a dream. it’s not overly greasy or anything and I haven’t had problems with dry or flaky skin ever since I started using it. It’s cool that it has anti-aging properties too :)
I squirt one pump for my right cheek, another for my left, and one on my forehead and blend away!
Step 6: Acne Medication
This is the stuff that got rid of all my previous acne problems, the wonderful Proactiv Repairing Lotion because of its benzoyl peroxide. The only thing from Proactiv I like and still use. It makes my skin red for a while, but most zits don’t stand a chance. It depends though, because this product doesn’t work for everyone.
The directions say to use a minimal amount, but the only way I got rid of anything was to pile it on. Ditch the directions. Note that benzoyl peroxide isn’t for everyone, you could be allergic to it so remember to do a patch test! I know, layering it isn’t good for you but no pain no gain! kidding. It’s just how I roll.
Bye Bye Zits.
Step 7: Lip Protectant
It’s super dry in Melbourne during the winter and having something to prevent dry and chapped lips is always a plus. I find the EA 8 Hour Cream Lip protectant to be really useful for me, I whip it on every morning..and night :)
A super smooth, syrupy formula that glides easily over your lips! It has a lemon-grass sort of scent.
Step 8: Moisturise everything else..
Meaning my arms and legs. I use the Physiogel Cream. This stuff rocks! It makes my arms super smooth, no kidding and my arms haven’t been smooth since I was little and decided never to moisturise. Really happy with this product and glad to use it during the dry weather.
So that’s it. It’s a lot of steps I know. You don’t ever have to do what I do, make your own routine, what’s your nightly beauty routine, comment below because I wanna know! That rhymed. Props for that.