My nightly skincare routine

Hey Guys!!

I took a bit of a hiatus, but now I am back and ready to share even more beauty tips and tricks as well as share...well...everything! I love sharing everything I've learned, products I've tried, etc. I believe all women should feel their best and there are many bloggers who have helped me feel that way. Since I know how much that helped me, why not pass that along? Women shouldn't be scared to share their beauty secrets with other women. We should want to empower every woman possible! Quite frankly, we all deserve it, right? Okay, I'm climbing off my pedestal now :)

Let's talk night time regimes. We all have them, whether we try to or not. We all at least do one thing every night before bed. One thing I did without for years was a night time skincare regimen. Now, it's a must! It's so important that I actually look forward to it! Is that weird to say?

When I wash my face, it feels like I'm washing the day away. I'm ridding myself of any stresses and settling down for the night. It's also a way for my brain to say "OK, it's time for bed, so I need to relax."Today I'm going to share with you my nightly routine and fill you in on some products that I can't do without!

Step 1: Wash it off!
Even if you aren't wearing any makeup, it's important to wash your face. Throughout the day, oil and dirt take residence on your face, and if you're like me, you may find yourself even touching your face which can make it worse. Washing your face gives your skin a jump start to the rest of the products that are soon to follow. If you're still not convinced that you have to wash your face, just think of adding moisturizer to a dirty face. All that moisturizer is going to do is spread the oils and dirt all over your face more and THEN you're going to lay down on that nice, clean pillow. Did that convince you?

I personally make my own face wash with Dr. Bronner's castille soap and just add water! I also like to add Manuka honey to my face wash for even more benefits. (Manuka honey also makes for a great face mask! I have a post about it on my Instagram)

Step 2: Toner
Toner plays an important role in your skincare routine. To put it simple, it balances your skin and picks up any remaining dirt your soap may have skipped. What's even better, is you don't have to buy toner after toner after you run out. Toner can be easily made with water Apple Cider Vinegar. I like to add water to my ACV, because it tends to be a little acidic. The water helps to dilute the ACV and make it not as strong. ACV helps remove dirt and balance your skin's pH balance while helping to improve your acne and acne scars. I like to keep my toner in a small spray bottle and spray it onto a cotton round. It works perfectly.

Step 3: Serum
I use serum for anti-aging benefits as well as a type of moisturizer. When I use serum, my face looks firmer and smoother. I don't use this in place of moisturizer, but serum does have moisturizing properties and it absorbs into my skin; whereas moisturizer is used as a "top coat" or barrier for your skin. I make my own serum with rosehip oil, jojoba, and different essential oils that I like to switch out depending on the time of year.

Step 4: Spot treatment
I don't use a spot treatment every night. I only use it when I have a breakout and need some serious repair! I haven't made any of my own yet, but I like to use Alba Botanica's acnedote invisible treatment gel. It really works and it doesn't take much.

Step 5: Eye cream
I think we all know the importance of eye cream - especially as we get older. I'd like to think that I will age gracefully and not opt for botox and face lifts, but one thing I do not want is crow's feet and bags under my eyes. Gravity can not take that from me! I won't let it! (I'm not even sure if gravity is the cause of bags but I have to blame something). A while back, I came across an amazing eye cream to make and it has been amazing. In fact, I need to make more because I am completely out! It's made with unrefined shea butter, essential oils and beeswax pellets. As soon as I find the author of that recipe, I will share it here and give them a mention.  With that said, there are tons of eye creams out there and some are highly rated.

I've gathered a few for you to try out:

Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate
Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream
Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream 
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream

Step 6: Facial Oil
There's only one facial oil that I have used for the past few years and it's the only oil I ever see myself using. It's Josie Maran's 100% Pure Argan Oil. The great thing about this oil, is it's great for all skin types. My skin goes back and forth between dry and oily depending on the weather so I don't like buying products that are just for dry skin or just for oily skin. I need products that work for me all year round. This oil helps with wrinkles, dry skin, and overall nourishing. The best part about Argan oil is it can be used for more than just your skin. I will sometimes apply it to my cuticles or run a small amount through my hair for extra shine.

Step 7: Moisturize
The final step is moisturizing your skin. Moisturizer is key to staying away from dry skin. If you have dry skin, it will cause wrinkles and dull skin. Moisturizer acts as a protective layer of moisture to keep your skin from cracking and helping your skin look better in the morning. Right now I'm using a moisturizer that came in my Birchbox, but I love the one that I make. It's made with aloe vera, rosehip oil, lavender essential oil, and almond oil.

Side note: Keep in mind that moisturizer is also important to apply after taking a hot shower. I don't know about you, but I can almost feel my skin tightening immediately after I get out of the shower because all of the oils have been stripped and dried my face out.

Do you have a favorite nightly skincare product that you can't do without? I'd love to hear!


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