Today I thought I'd share with you one of my night skincare routines. I do this routine every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you haven't already, check out my V1 of my morning skincare routine by clicking here. I do a variety of other night skincare routines on the other days, dependant on what's going on with my skin. I will share those with you soon. My skincare routines are aimed at adults (25 and over) and are for both men and women (as are my homemade, all-natural skincare products, available for purchase in Johannesburg).
This routine includes the usual cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser scenarios, but with some additional steps to make your skin younger-looking and radiant. I do use all my own homemade and all-natural skincare products (links to each will be in the description section of my YouTube video or you can check them out on my blog, only available in Johannesburg for now). You can check out the full video here:
As promised in my video, this blog will serve as a written version of it.
TO SHOWER OR NOT TO SHOWER BEFORE REMOVING YOUR MAKEUP?
There are two schools of thoughts on this matter. One is that the steam from the shower opens up your pores and lets the makeup and dirt into your skin. The second is that it is better as the steam loosens the makeup and dirt making it easier to remove afterwards.
I always shower before I do my night skincare routines, so I hang out with the second school of thought gang.
Also, would you believe (duh) that you can also remove your makeup in the shower, as many of you do already?
Basically, it’s not the end of the world either way, but is a commonly asked question – so there is your answer.
CREATING A RELAXING AMBIENCE
I like to light some candles and get some happy aromas flowing through my room and bathroom with my oil diffuser. I'm a bit on the esoteric side, so I find that this also creates positive energy in my room before I go to sleep. I use a combination of candle colours.
White - Cleanses and repels negative energy. Healing, purifying and provides protection.
Gold - Promotes well-being, confidence, wealth, success and wisdom.
Red - Grounding and help eliminate pessimism and negative attitudes.
Blue - Promotes healing, patience, kindness and inner calm.
Black and white - The black absorbs negative energy. For more info check out my blog post here.
STEP 1: REMOVING YOUR MAKEUP
Obviously skip this step if you don't wear makeup, but for those that do, here are some tips and tricks.
I remove my makeup with a magical (literally) makeup remover cloth. All you do is rinse it under lukewarm water and remove away. Click here for more info on this amazing product.
Alternatively, you can use Micellar water. Here is a link to a video that includes all you need to know about Micellar water and why this is a great and healthy way to remove makeup, dirt and grime from your face.
STEP 2: CLEANSER
Next up you’re going to use a cleanser on your skin to get rid of all the shit on your face. I’m still using my anti-ageing Zit Zapper Cleanser, as it’s nearly period time and that’s when I’m most likely to get a zit or two and my homemade, all-natural cleanser helps keep those buggers at bay.
Rinse off with lukewarm water. Warm water helps loosen the dirt, while still preserving your skin’s natural hydrating oils.
Hot water is too abrasive on your skin and dehydrates it. Cold water is not as effective in removing the daily grime you acquire on your face – as per my morning skincare routine video, only use cold water in the morning to tighten those pores for younger-looking skin.
STEP 3: TONER
I then apply my homemade Rose Water by spraying onto a cotton pad and rubbing over my face and neck to make sure all my makeup is off properly before I dive into my next step. Rose Water helps remove dirt that has accumulated in clogged pores and balances your skin’s pH. If you do not have a bottle of Rose Water at home, I am both shocked and appalled and judging harshly. Go get some – on that note, I will start selling my own next week. Yay.
STEP 4: ORGANIC COLD-PRESSED SESAME SEED OIL FACE MASK
A couple of years ago I started researching and studying Ayurvedic skincare and lifestyle and as a result, have discovered some incredible skincare secrets that will make your skin and look great. A little insight into Ayurveda lifestyle and wisdom...
Ayurveda is not just another system of disease treatment, but rests upon a profound inner science of positive health and natural living. It shows us how to harmonize ourselves with the greater universe within and around us, with all its secret powers and divine blessings. Ayurveda's concern is not simply with the treatment of disease but with optimal well-being for body, mind, and consciousness extending from every cell of our body into the Infinite.
- Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom, Acharya Shunya
During my research, I came across the most amazing product that is great for both body and skin. Click here to find out more why organic cold-pressed sesame seed oil will change your life. It is another skincare product (say what?!) that you must have in your bathroom or kitchen ALWAYS. Apocalypse or not people!
In a nutshell...
Antioxidant – this means the little gem can fight damage from free radicals that can harm the cellular structure to your skin.
Antimicrobial – oh sweet lord, it can kill harmful vomitous micro-organisms and even stop their growth.
Anti-inflammatory – it can reduce inflammation and swelling.
Low on the comedogenic scale – won’t clog those pores of yours
Contains Vitamin E – protects skin cells from damage caused by environmental factors (UV rays, pollution and other toxins).
How to use >>
Apply with a cotton pad (or with your hands) over your face, neck and chest.
Leave on for 10 minutes.
Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Pat your face, neck and chest dry with a towel.
STEP 5: TONER
I then spritz my face with my homemade Rose Water toner. For more information on why using a toner is so important, have a read through my blog post, just click here.
STEP 6: SERUM
I apply my anti-ageing, homemade, all-natural Shiv’s Serum from my Yummy Youth range after my toner. For more details on this product and more info on serums and why they are a must for your skin, go to my blog post, just click here.
Serums 101 >
Serums deliver powerful ingredients directly into your skin.
Serums are made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients.
You get two types of serums, water-based and oil-based serums.
Water-based serums (like Shiv's Serum) go under your moisturiser. They are super important as they nourish the inner layer of your skin.
Oil-based serums go on top of the moisturiser because they have a bigger molecule and they're supposed to keep the moisturiser, well moist, during the entire day.
STEP 7: MOISTURISER
I use a homemade all-natural Korean based potato and rice-based product that I’ve pimped up with essential oil goodness. I heat it up in the microwave for 10 minutes.
This concoction reduces fine lines, dark spots, tightens your skin, basically, it’s amazing.
Then I follow immediately my anti-ageing Zit Zapper Moisturiser.
Beauty Tip: Also try and massage on your moisturiser with upward strokes. As we age, our skin sags, so we want to pull it up.
STEP 8: EYE CREAM
Then I apply my homemade, all-natural eye serum (which I’ll be launching soon). It gets rid of wrinkles, bags, fine lines and dark circles – all while you sleep. Dab on gently under and around your eyes.
STEP 9: FACE MIST
I haven’t launched this product yet (as of today’s date), but I use my 4-in-1 Face Mist which acts as a:
Make-up setting spray.
Hydrating & anti-ageing.
Mood Booster (aroma).
The last 2 benefits are why I finish off my night routine with this amazingness, so I can go to bed happy.
Here's to amazing skin!
Artist playing on Google Play Music, whilst writing this blog: Khalid
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