#StayHome Skincare: Night Routine

Picking up right where last week’s morning skincare post left off, today I want to talk about my current nighttime skincare routine.  I’m not against using the same products morning and night, but as things have shaken out, I only have one overlapping product at the moment.  As you’ll see, I haven’t been using a toner at night, and I’ve also been skipping eye products in general for the last little bit, though I’m sure I’ll add one back in soon enough.

Here’s a look at what I’m using on a nightly basis:

Zion Health Ancient Minerals Cleansing Oil Make-Up Remover
I'm still wearing makeup most days, so my first step at night is to take that off using one or the other of these first two products. Oil cleansers are my general go-to most days and Zion Health's is a great one!  The Cleansing Oil is a non-emulsifying blend of fractionated coconut, apricot, grapeseed, and wild flax oils, plus olive squalane, vitamin E, ionic clay minerals, and grapefruit and orange essential oils.  It’s a thinner oil, so a little goes a long way. It glides across the skin easily, while effectively removing both face and eye makeup.  Because it doesn’t emulsify, you’ll need a cloth to wipe everything off, but it smells great and is nice and gentle on the skin.

Beauty By Earth Erase Your Face Makeup Remover
If I don’t want to oil cleanse or if a bit of eye makeup is left behind, Beauty By Earth’s water-based makeup remover is what I grab for.  I’ve never been able to find a natural watery makeup remover that could take on full eye makeup before, but this one truly delivers.  With a base of organic aloe vera juice, vegetable glycerin, and witch hazel, plus cucumber and green tea extracts, the oil-free Makeup Remover formula effectively breaks down makeup and feels ultra-gentle on the skin too.  I don't wear waterproof makeup, but I've had no issue removing a full face, including darker smokey eyes, mascara, and eyeliner.  I pour a small amount of product onto a reusable pad (I'm using these from Facekins currently) and gently swipe across my face, starting around the eyes.  The Makeup Remover never requires excessive scrubbing and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes either.  
Where my morning cleanser was a new addition to my skincare shelf, the Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel is a product that I’ve loved for years.  I've used both the original and new versions of this cleanser, and while some of the ingredients have changed, I don’t notice much difference in either feel or performance.  The Cleansing Gel is a lightly lathering cleanser that features probiotics, willow bark, aloe vera, vitamin C, sodium PCA, and mild fruit acids.  It smells delightfully citrusy, is gentle and non-drying, and although it’s targeted at oily and overactive skin, I think it’s a great basic gel cleanser that almost any skin type would enjoy.  

Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
The highlight of the Phyto-Retinol Serum, alongside Biossance’s customary sugar cane-derived squalane, is rising star bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative that’s taking the skincare world by storm.  Bakuchiol, which has retinol-like benefits without the irritation or photosensitivity usually associated with retinoids, has been shown to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and reduce discoloration, and the Phyto-Retinol Serum also includes niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate to further enhance its formula.  After using it consistently for over a month now, I haven’t seen shocking, transformative results in terms of fine lines, but my skin does seem smoother and more even.  I'm curious to see how things will look in another month or two. The Phyto-Retinol Serum has the consistency of a light lotion and is scented with bitter orange essential oil.

{save} Skincare Ultra-Light Moisturizer
I talked about the unscented Ultra-Light Moisturizer in my morning routine, so I’ll keep it short here.  I love this moisturizer for its lightweight texture and how it combines with other products, as well as its ingredient deck which features, among other things, probiotics, prebiotics, and bakuchiol.  At night, I’ve been mixing in a few drops of the next product for a more intense overnight treatment.

Black Chicken Remedies Nocturnalist Night Serum
I like using a richer oil at night and the Nocturnalist Night Serum is a beautiful one, specifically formulated to deeply nourish, moisturize, and repair the skin while you sleep.  The luxe blend includes prickly pear, acai, argan, meadowfoam, sunflower, and sweet almond oils, plus vitamin E and a fragrant mix of essential oils.  Obviously you could use the serum alone, but I’ve really been loving mixing it into my {save} moisturizer, which I feel helps to pull it a little deeper into the skin.  

And that’s it for my nighttime lineup!  Next will be my occasional and extra products, up shortly...

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