I am currently enjoying some time off, which means I spend a lot of time at home, but I’m also trying to get back into working out, so I don’t wear much makeup, but I am in heated spaces a lot which dries the skin out. I live in London, and we all know the air here isn’t great for the skin either, so I have to really give it as much moisture as I can.
When I do wear makeup, I think it’s quite important to double cleanse in the evening, so that I can remove all makeup, grime and sweat, and prepare my face for a double shot of moisture.
These are my favourite skincare products to use before I go to sleep so that my face is happy and pretty in the morning…
Step 1 – Cleanse with an oil-based product
I start by removing my makeup with Lancôme Bi-Facil eye makeup remover. It’s one part oil, one part water, to remove all eye makeup, including stubborn mascara, but really doesn’t feel oily on the skin and doesn’t irritate my eyes, which is quite nice. I have tried other oil-based products before and really didn’t like how they made my eyes water after each use, so this one is a good choice for sensitive eyes. Shake the bottle so the two liquids mix well before applying some on a cotton pad gently taking all the makeup off.
Step 2 – Double Cleanse
Next, I use my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, which I talked about in a previous favourites post. It’s quite a thick cream, and the ingredients include cocoa which hydrates the skin and eucalyptus and chamomile which soothe and purify.
The eucalyptus feels so fresh on the face and I feel like I’ve done a good job removing the daily dirt and any makeup leftovers. I apply it on dry skin and use a cloth which I soaked in warm water to remove the cream. I used to use the cloth that came with it, but I forgot it back home in Sofia, so now I’m using a flannel and I think I prefer it, as it’s gentler.
Step 3 – Hydrate
Now that my face is clean, it’s time for some extreme hydration with The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5.
HA is in all the popular moisturisers right now, including my morning one. Hyaluronic Acid is a super popular ingredient which promises to lock in moisture in your skin, as one gram of it can hold up to six litres of water. It works miracles on the skin, making it look soft and radiant. It’s suggested use is in humid conditions, so it doesn’t draw moisture from the skin itself, but from the air. England is a good place to use it then, huh?
What I like about this one is that it really makes my skin look plump and fresh. It combines three different molecular weights to work at different skin depths. I massage a few drops onto my face and neck before moving on to my moisturiser.
Step 4 – Hydrate even more
I’ve been using the Garnier Moisture Bomb Night Cream for over a year now and I am just about to run out of my current pot, and I haven’t decided yet if I want to switch creams or not. I quite like this one, because it’s lightweight and refreshing. It’s a gel-cream which makes it feel quite nice on the skin, especially after cleansing and boy, does it hydrate.
Step 5– Relax
Now that my face is clean and nourished, it’s time to light some candles and climb into my bed l with a cup of tea and put on something to watch (probably Friends, because it’s on Netflix). I spray my pillow with the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray for ultimate relaxation and a better night sleep.