And now, for the second part of the skincare roundup, but instead of the hop-out-of-bed-and-go sort of stash, the evening counterpart involves a bit more...oomph.
Textbooks and The Great Gatsby sorted and put away (just don't ask) - I hit the Bioderma to remove makeup and SPF so that I don't have to double cleanse. Although it doesn't exactly get an A++ for the waterproof eye makeup, it still manages to get it "off", but takes everything else off like a dream. Then, I follow the same cleansing regime using Rose Water, but my cleanser of choice for the evenings is the REN Clarifying Clay Cleanser. This is my second bottle of the stuff and I adore it. It calms redness from breakouts, doesn't strip my skin, and gently exfoliates to get rid of spots more quickly. It also contains clay to draw out impurities...is there anything this cleanser can't do?
Now, onto the fun part. Toner is just the same as the morning - Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner. Then, I layer on a bit of a Retin-A sort of treatment. This is a prescription only, but it's one of the only things that has still stuck around from my dermatologist, as I find it really agrees with my skin. I think the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is quite similar, but uses another chemical exfoliant. If I've got any spots, then I put on a bit of Origins Super Spot Remover at this point and let it dry until I put on a serum. Since I'm impatient, I spend the drying time of the spot treatment to throw on the eye cream. The Lierac Diopti Calm is making yet another appearance, but it's a good un' so it's quite fitting. Now, onto the self-confessed "can't live without it" serum - Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I've already written a whole ode to it here, but I just can't get enough....and I'm going to continue the rave. It will save your skin no matter what skincare woe you've got goin' on there. If you've already got really good skin, you should still get it...it will help in the future. Last but not least, I layer on the moisture with the Origins High Potency Night A Mins Oil Free and now to sleep.
I have a hard time falling asleep until I know that my skin has been cleansed, toned, moisturized and whatever else there may be to do with it. With my speedy little hands, I can throw it all on in under ten minutes. Don't give the whole "I don't have time for skincare" thing. If you'd rather stay up and watch whatever feast worthy TV show than take care of your face, then...no comment. On the other hand, maybe share some of your favorite TV shows so I can stop buying all these skincare products?