Today we will be getting into a nighttime skincare routine to achieve “glass skin”. Glass skin has become a recent trend in which the skin on your face is imperfection-less and super dewy, creating the glass look.
Although this has become the trend, it is important to stay realistic in your pursuit of clear skin and not compare yourself to what you see on the internet. Consequently, many images are filtered, edited, and photoshopped before they are posted!
Stay confident in yourself, regardless of the condition of your skin!
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Let’s get into it!
1. OIL CLEANSE
The first step in your nighttime routine should be an oil cleanse. An oil cleanse is important in deep cleaning your skin and removing excess sebum, cleaning clogged pores (blackheads, whiteheads), removing makeup and dirt. Apply your cleansing oil and massage your face for at least 45-60 seconds. This is actually very relaxing and gets rid of waterproof makeup with ease! You’ll then add water to emulsify the oil cleanser and wash it off. Implementing oil cleansing in your regular routine is amazing and will eliminate your need to use pore strips! Using regular oil is not the best choice because it is not formulated to emulsify with water. This means it can leave an oil film on your face even after cleansing, and this can cause breakouts.
2. SECOND CLEANSE
The next step is a second cleanse! Depending on your skin type, your cleanser should differ. For oily skin types, I would recommend a foamy cleanser or gel cleanser. Normal skin types can use any type they wish, I would recommend a gel cleanser in summer and a cream/milk cleanser in winter. For dry skin types, a milk or cream cleanser would work best! You will want to do this second cleanse using the 60-second technique that I spoke about in my morning skincare routine post here. This second cleanse is essential in treating the pH of your skin and removing any excess oil that may be left behind. The first cleanse removes the dirt, makeup, and pollutants and the second cleanse truly “cleans” your skin.
As per my morning skincare routine post.
“I will say this first. Toners are not necessary. Most toners act to prep the skin by dampening it to allow you to better absorb your subsequent products BUT most of the time, the action can be replicated by softly patting your face with warm water and applying your next product. Right now, I use a spritz of rose water all over my face after cleansing because of the added anti-inflammatory properties.”
At this point, you will want to use a serum to address your skincare needs. For dry skin, a hydrating hyaluronic acid or snail mucin serum would be amazing in adding moisture back to the skin. Normal skin can use any toner they wish depending on what they are treating. Oily skin can use a niacinamide serum which is great for reducing oil and reducing acne. For dark spots, hyperpigmentation, or melasma, a vitamin C or an azelaic acid serum is amazing in brightening and reducing hyperpigmentation, respectively.
5. SPOT TREATMENT
Since it is wintertime, I would recommend using a thick moisturizer for your nighttime routine. This will protect your skin from the drying elements of central heating. If you have a humidifier or do not suffer from dryness in wintertime, I would recommend the Cetaphil moisturizer. Cetaphil is a basic moisturizer for sensitive skin. If you are 20 years old and older, I would recommend introducing a retinol moisturizer in your nighttime routine.
Retinol not only prevents wrinkles but reduces oil production, dark spots, and acne. Using retinol is almost a cure-all and provides most with smooth skin within months. Retinol is a big choice to make, so make sure you spot-test before trying it!
Retinol almost comes with a “retinization” process meaning you will most likely experience dryness and acne for a couple of weeks when starting your retinol product. This is because your skin is increasing its turnover rate, causing pimples to come to the surface and dryness. After this process is over, you will experience smooth, dark-spot and acne-free skin! I highly recommend using one! If you use one you have to make sure your toner and serum ingredients do not conflict with retinol. This means avoiding AHAs, BHAs, and vitamin C in those steps.
In my nighttime routine, I now only oil cleanse, second cleanser, moisturizer with retinol, and top it off with rosehip oil. Surprisingly, this routine has brought me better skin than my 10+ step routines in the past, but you must find what works for yourself.
Finally, the last step is oil! Oil is great for sealing in all your products and keeping your skin soft throughout the nighttime. It is important to use the oil after a moisturizer because moisturizers can not penetrate the skin if applied on top of the oil. For oily skin types, I would recommend jojoba oil! Regular skin, I would recommend squalene or argan oil. For dry skin types, a “thicker” oil would be best like almond oil or grape-seed oil. For any skin type, shea butter or rosehip oil are amazing as well. Oils are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E which are great for healing your skin and give you that dewy, glass look!
What is your favourite skincare product? Let me know in the comments below!