A few weeks ago, I shared my morning vegan skincare routine. For the sake of symmetry (and an excuse to talk more beauty), I want to share my nightly vegan skincare routine.
Even when I’ve had the best of days, there is something so lovely about “washing off the day,” whether that means a full-on shower or simply a thorough face cleansing. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t even flop on the couch at the end of the day for a little Netflix cruising with my husband without taking off my makeup and going through my nightly skincare routine. It’s become a key activity to help me transition into Relax Mode.
Aside from the psychological aspects of my nightly routine, it’s a huge part of keeping my skin as clear as possible, well-nourished (from the outside, at least), and happily moisturized. We’ve all heard how important it is to remove our makeup before sleeping. This beauty rule is non-negotiable not only because it helps prevents breakouts, but also because it allows our skin to breathe and properly absorb the antioxidants and emollients in our skin treatment. Plus—you just owe it to yourself—wash the day off!
I love this cleanser because it’s not too drying on my skin, but it’s strong enough to remove my mascara (without stinging my eyes). Don’t let its foaming powers fool you—it’s free of harsh detergents like sulfates. Rather, it contains a slew of skin-calming ingredients like lavender essential oil, aloe, rose water, green tea, and chamomile.
I pair my facial cleanser with my Luna (I use the one for combination skin). I had been using a Clarisonic Mia 2 for quite a while, but I always felt that the bristles were just a little too abrasive for daily use. Not to mention, I was seriously concerned about the green slime that collected under the brush head (no joke!). I’m glad I invested in the Luna. It’s far gentler, and because the bristles are silicone (and not porous), it’s a good deal more hygienic.
After cleansing my skin and gently patting (not rubbing) dry with a washcloth, I give my face a generous spritz with my favorite rose toner, which I’ve previously raved about.
Sally B’s antioxidant serums (both morning and night) have an interesting, earthy smell that some reviewers really dislike. I can see why this would be, but this smell takes me back to moving into my last apartment with my husband (then-fiancé). It was a time of transition and self-discovery, which I will always associate with Sally B’s!
But onto the good stuff…this antioxidant serum is wonderful if you have dull/dry skin. The first ingredient is hyaluronic acid, accompanied by Vitamin C, CoQ10, and sea buckthorn oil. I massage a few drops over my entire face. It’s great for boosting glow and skin plumpness.
I follow my antioxidant serum with a lovely Acure eye cream, which I also use in my AM routine. I pat it around my entire eye area using my ring finger. My husband thinks this process looks kind of strange, but they say that the ring finger is the gentlest, so he’ll have to get used to my alien ways.
I’ve come to adore this oil. Not only does the smell of sandalwood and frankincense oils make me feel like a goddess, this night oil is perfect for someone who, like me, knows the struggle of post-acne hyperpigmentation (ugh) because it promotes cellular rejuvenation and the fading of scars. Also, the blend acts as an astringent to help prevent and treat breakouts. I warm a few drop between my fingertips and press the oil onto my face. This oil may be used alone or combined with your favorite moisturizer.
Okay, is anyone else weirdly obsessed with applying lip balm pre-tuck in? I sure am. I especially like this simple lavender and spearmint blend because I feel like the flavor complements my minty toothpaste, which is obviously an essential chapstick quality. Apricot kernel oil and sunflower oil make this lip cream extra nourishing, you’ll wake up with a pretty pout.
What is your PM routine? Any favorite skincare tips?
More skincare tips: 7 Uses for Essential Oils
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Photos: Mary Hood Luttrell