A Stripped Down Bedtime Skincare Routine

After my surgery at the end of April, my skin went a bit haywire. A common side effect for me of all the drugs pumped into my system (and the fact that for about a week all I could stomach was salty crisps), I came out in quite a few spots around my chin and jaw, and my skin was just generally quite congested and unhappy.

Whenever my skin has a freak out, I tend to strip my skincare routine back to basics. In the mornings I stick with a quick cleanse and a light moisturiser, I don’t really find my skin requires more than that. The evening is where I go in with the problem solvers though, so I thought I’d run you through my pared back evening skincare routine, that has gotten my skin back on track in record time.

Post cleanse, the first product I go in with is the La Roche Posay Effaclar DuoThis is a product I used to use a lot to help heal breakouts, so I purchased a new tube (thanks Boots points!), post surgery. It’s a light gel textured serum that sinks into the skin super fast. You only need a little, but a little works wonders. Not only is this great for healing breakouts, it helps keep my skin looking clear with prolonged use too.

Next I go in with my The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc SerumI did a full post on why you should be using a niacinamide serumso check that out for the dirty details on why it’s a great product, but the gist is this stuff keeps my skin seriously healthy looking. I’m probably going to switch back to the Glossier version of this serum, just because I prefer the texture of theirs, but they’re much the same. I apply a few drops of this to the skin, and I’ve been using my Rose Quartz Roller to massage it in. Facial rolling is relatively new to me, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s such a lovely thing at the end of a long day to have a cooling face massage, and it’s good for the lymphatic system too.

I follow up with a thin layer of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Maskwhich my skin just loves. It’s the perfect hydration drink for my skin, and I don’t hate the orange scent either. A little of the Glossier Mint Balm Dot Com and that’s it, skincare done and dusted!

The whole routine takes maybe two minutes, and my skin feels so happy that it’s worth every second!

What does your evening skincare routine look like at the moment?