To follow up my morning skin care routine, I now present to you my nighttime routine! Now, I do use a couple more products at night, and this is largely because I like to make sure all of my makeup is off so that my pores aren’t filled with gunk throughout the night. And if you’re guilty of sleeping with your makeup on, stop doing that starting today! Lady Gaga once famously said that she actually sleeps with her makeup on, but alas we’re all not super-talented entertainers with ridiculously, gorgeous genes.
Cleansing oil, say whaaat??! If you’re new to this idea and you’re about ready to completely toss your phone/laptop/desktop, hold on and let me explain. The oil cleansing method is just another way to wash your face. Traditionally, you make a concoction of different oils with castor oil being the base oil that pulls out dirt and grime from your face. Depending on your skin type you would use more or less castor oil along with other oils like avocado oil if you have dry skin, jojoba oil if you have oily/acne-prone skin, or sweet almond oil if you don’t have any major skin issues. There’s a plethora of other oils that may be used as well, but if you decide on going down this DIY route I have one tip for you: NEVER. EVER. USE COCONUT OIL OR OLIVE OIL ON YOUR ENTIRE FACE. These two particular oils are known to be extremely comedegenic, meaning they may clog your pores and give you acne. Some people have no issues with using either of these oils, but I say better to be safe than sorry and just avoid these two all together when it comes to cleaning your face.
If, however, you want to skip the DIY-oil-blending-concotion-making process, One Love Organics’ Vitamin B Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover is for you. This cleansing oil is probably the most expensive skin care product I own, but to me, investing in my skincare is much more important than investing in expensive makeup. And I also asked for this during Christmas, so shout out to my dad for buying this bottle of goodness!
This bottle is seriously like a yummy little tropical oasis that smells like pineapple and coconut, almost piña colada-y to me at least. To use it, you simply get 1-2 pumps of the cleansing oil into your clean hands and then you rub the oil all over your dry face for a couple of minutes, just as you would with the traditional oil cleansing method. If this type of cleaning is new to you, it may be a weird sensation at first. I suggest rubbing the oil everywhere except for your eye area. Leave that area last so you’re not spreading eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara all over your face.
Then you take a warm (or in my case, as hot as I can handle), damp washcloth and place it onto your face for some steaming action. Once it cools down, use the washcloth to wipe off all of the oil that’s on your face. I like to repeat this process 2-3 times depending on how much makeup I have on. If you’re tired at night and you don’t have time for the steaming process, just take a wet washcloth and gently wipe your face until everything comes off.
The ingredient list includes: helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, di-ppg-2myreth-10 adipate, polyglycerol-3 beeswax, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil* (and) lecithin* (and) cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil* (and) papain*, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, tocopherol (natural non-gmo vitamin e), proprietary natural & organic fragrance.
The little asterisks [*]mean that those particular ingredients are organic.
Remember how I said BEWARE OF COCONUT OIL!!!! I only said that about using it all over your face. Coconut oil is actually a great multi-purpose product that you can use sparingly on your hair, as an all-over body moisturizer, or even in cooking. In this case, I like to use an organic, extra virgin, and unrefined coconut oil as an eye makeup remover whenever my eye makeup likes to be stubborn and not come off easily. The reason I use this type of coconut oil is because it’s basically coconut oil in its purest form because it hasn’t been heated or transformed.
To use, each eye will need about a pea-sized amount of oil. Gently rub in the oil in your eye area and when you’re ready, you can either use the cleansing oil washcloth you used previously or you can get a damp cotton pad and carefully wipe away your eye makeup.
This step isn’t something I always do, but sometimes I need that extra help to get my eye area clean.
I can usually get away with just using the One Love Organics Cleansing Oil, but when my face feels especially oily, I like to follow up with this scrub. Just like their Deep Pore Wash, this face and body scrub from Alba Botanica’s ACNEdote skin care line contains salicylic acid from a willowbark extract. In the past, I’ve used the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and honestly the little exfoliating pieces in the scrub were so harsh that they would irritate my skin. In the ACNEdote scrub, the exfoliants are actually made out of grounded walnut shells and are evenly shaped so it definitely feels nicer on the skin. If you do happen to have sensitive skin, I would say be cautious of this product because it may be too drying for you.
To use, you only need a pea-sized amount of scrub for your entire face. Seriously, a little goes a super long way (this 8 oz. bottle will last you a while because I’m on my first tube and I’ve had it for over a year now)! Take it easy and gently scrub your face, making sure that your not apply too much pressure onto your face or you may end up with irritated skin from scrubbing too hard. Then just wash off your face and pat yourself dry!
The ingredient list includes: Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 2.0 % Other Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder , Glycerin, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Rhizome/Root, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil (2), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil (2), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil (2), Algin, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Cellulose Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool (1) Certified Organic Ingredient; ((2) Natural Fragrance
(1) means Certified Organic Ingredient and (2) means for scent only
I’ve mentioned this serum in my previous post, but seriously it’s so good that I like to use it twice a day so that my pimples heal super quickly. Check out my full review here.
This moisturizer does have dimethicone and phenoxyethanol, which can be potential red flags to some because they aren’t the cleanest ingredients, but this moisturizer is nice to use when I don’t need a heavy cream or intense moisture. It smells delicious and tropical, much like the One Love Organics Cleansing Oil, and because it isn’t incredibly hydrating, this is perfect for oily/acne-prone skin types. For me, I experience a little tingling sensation on my face, so I wouldn’t recommend this for sensitive skin. If you can get past the potentially concerning ingredients, I would say go out and try this. However, I don’t plan on repurchasing this because I want to try a different moisturizer that has cleaner ingredients once I use this up.
The ingredient list includes: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Octyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Dimethicone, Glyceryl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(1), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract(1)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract(1), Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tromethamine, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum).
(1) means Certified Organic Ingredient
If you click the above link to Amazon.com you’ll notice the product name is super long and descriptive. I’m not sure why it’s like that, but I am sure of this product. Argan oil has been called “liquid gold” and for a good reason. It’s rich in Vitamin E and is incredibly moisturizing. Just like coconut oil, argan oil is a multi-purpose oil that can be used to moisturize face, body, hair, and even your cuticles. At night, I like to use just a 2-3 drops of this oil when my skin is drier than usual and when my Alba Botanica moisturizer just won’t cut it.
When buying argan oil, pay attention to four things:
1) Where the argan oil is being produced
2) The bottle it is sold in
3) The price of the oil
4) The smell of the oil.
True, organic argan oil is made by the Berber women in Morocco and it’s quite an intensive process to extract the oil. The company you buy argan oil from should be involved in a co-operative with the Berber women if the argan oil is truly pure. Other varieties of argan oil can be harvested in Morocco and then processed in places like China, which tampers with the effectiveness of the oil. Argan oil is also light sensitive and should be packaged in a dark bottle to prevent the sun from damaging the quality of the oil. Because extracting the oil is an intensive task, the price for argan oil should be fairly expensive. If you find a certain brand’s oil to be a steal, it may not be fully be pure, organic argan oil. In terms of smell, argan oil has a subtle nutty fragance and if your argan oil does not smell this way then it could be spoiled or it may not be pure. For more information about pure, organic argan oil’s characteristics check out this site.
And that pretty much raps up my nighttime skin routine! Tell me what products you use in the comments below!
– Honestly yours,