Monday, December 14, 2015

My evening skincare routine







A couple weeks ago, I went into detail about my morning skincare routine with Kiehl's, so this time I will go through my evening skincare step by step. If you are someone that wants to finish your skincare in 5-10 minutes, then this isn't the routine for you. My whole process takes about an hour each evening ( I know, crazy, but I know others who spend longer than that every night!). So without further ado...

After a long day of work, it is so crucial for me to get rid of all my makeup, 100%. Clinique take the day off cleansing balm does exactly that. I've used cleansing waters and oils, but I believe cleansing balms are the best at cleansing your skin of all the makeup and dirt that accumulates during the day (I do use a makeup remover for my eye makeup first though!). Then, I use an exfoliator. I'm currently trying out a pumpkin enzyme mask, and so far it's proving to be a fantastic exfoliator. I'll probably do a separate post for this. After exfoliating, I apply my first mask of the night while I'm taking a bath. Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque is a must every single night for me - the air in Tokyo is so dirty that I need something strong enough to get rid of all the dirt and debris from my skin, and clay masks always do the trick. Sometimes I alternate with Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, which is also a great clay mask for instant purification. After washing off the clay mask and stepping out of my bath, it's time to moisturize, moisturize, and then moisturize. As in my morning skincare routine, I spray my face with Avene Thermal Water, then with a cotton pad, apply Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, the best toner for even sensitive skin like mine. It preps the skin well for application of serums and moisturizers to come after. At this point, I apply yet another mask, this time a moisturizing sheet mask. I was using Korean sheet masks for a while, but Lululun sheet masks are affordable and also do the job well. Sheet masks are so necessary during the drier seasons to prevent flaky, dry skin. After leaving that on for 20-30 minutes, I apply my serums and moisturizers. First, the Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, a powerful serum with continuous delivery of 10.5% pure vitamin C. I've also been using face oils recently, and they seem to be working well. I'll either use Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate or Josie Maran's Argan Oil. When using a face oil, make sure you only take a few drops, rub it between the palms of your hands to warm it, then apply until it sinks into your skin. Last but not least, moisturizer and/or creams. I use an eye cream by Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer to, of course, get rid of the dark circles and puffiness underneath my eyes. My final step is face cream. My favorite right now is Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream, which is one of the best creams I've ever used. By the time I've finished with this last step, my skin is feeling very soft, supple and clean. 


This might be a handful for some, but was this helpful for any of you? Do you use any of these brands or products in your routine? Let me know in the comments!

12 comments:

  1. wow, an hour every evening! that's a commitment! :) but if that's what works best for our skin.. ;) i would really love to try kiehl's products!

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  2. No wonder your skin is always flawless! The time and commitment you put into it really pays off. One day I hope to achieve this kind of care :)

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  3. Wonderful evening skincare routine! I want to try more Kiehl's products...I've heard so many great things about this brand!

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  4. I've heard great things about the detox mask, thanks for the great review Samantha! I've been using their toner and really sees a difference on my skin, oh and have you tried that grape scented hand cream? A life saver for wintry days! :) xo~ Lena
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  5. First of all, I would like to say a big thanks for sharing this article. It is very important to keep your skin moisturized in all season. Use Sakare products to get beautiful skin.

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  6. great products...i love kiehls. i want to try those hydrating sprays like the evian and avene.

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  7. Thanks a lot, darling ;D

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  8. Excellent brands and products Sam! Your skin shows it! :D
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  9. Always love hearing about people's morning and evening skincare routines! I am such a fan of Kiehl's products.

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  10. Great review and products you got here. I use half of them and I can confirm all you have said +_+
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  11. Do you use any anti-aging cream? I need some good recommendations

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  12. That's a lot of steps, woah! It totally makes sense why your skin is so fantastic though.

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