Nighttime Skin Care Routine

I’m a firm believer in great skin care.  Every night, I wash my face and I use a moisturizer.  I’ve had this routine for as long as I can remember, but the products I use have changed over the years.  I’ve thought about sharing what skin care products I use but by the time I form an opinion and sit down to write a post, I’m usually finishing the bottle and moving to the next greatest thing.  Right now half of my skin care products are repeat purchases and I really love the recent additions so I thought I’d share with you what my nighttime skin care routine looks like (I’m even doing it before I’ve changed my mind this time).

This is the third time that I’ve bought the Tula cleanser.  Every time I finish the bottle I swear that I will not buy another because it’s expensive.  But when I try another cleanser it simply does not get my makeup off as well as the Tula cleanser.  So yeah, this stuff is amazing.

Does anyone else feel like their skin “gets used to” a moisturizer?  Please tell me that’s not just me.  It seems like I could love something on day 1 but not so much on day 200.  Like it just doesn’t work as well any more because my skin has already figured out how to ignore that I’m applying it.  I first tried the Tula illuminating face serum more than a year ago and I didn’t buy a new bottle when I ran out.  After a few weeks I noticed that my skin tone looked different and it my sun spots started coming back.  I think my face missed this serum because after I bought a second bottle I noticed that my skin looked more even toned.  Apparently when your skin gets used to a moisturizer, it’s not always a bad thing.  It may just be telling you that it needs whatever is in the one you are using.

I also use L’Occitan immortelle divine cream on my face.  For me, I actually put the Tula and the L’Occitan on in layers.  (I’m starting to think that moisturizers may be a bit like sports superstitions, you just go with what works, even if it makes absolutely no sense.)  I started using this cream a few months ago and I love it.  It’s an anti-aging cream that reduces the appearance of wrinkles.  I can’t say 100% of my wrinkles have reduced (because I’m a tough critic) so let’s just say that I love the way that it feels on my skin and I like the way it makes my skin look.

For years, I’ve wanted to try the La Mer line but I think it’s very expensive so I’ve held back.  Some time in the Fall, Nordstrom sold a trial size trio that included the moisturizing cream for a discounted price.  I jumped at the chance to finally try the stuff for less money.  I’m convinced that this cream is the reason this winter, why my skin isn’t as dry as it normally gets.  Needless to say I think the cream is great.  It is very thick, and that may take a little getting used to.  It’s almost like it’s trying to tell you to not use a lot of it.  I don’t think that it’s something that I would use in the summer months because it’s heavy, but that’s okay.  Since it’s pricey, I use the cream every other night, alternating with the Tula and L’Occitan regimen.

About once a week I use a face mask.  I’ve tried a number of products but I like the Tula exfoliating treatment mask the best.  This is the second bottle that I’ve purchased.  For lack of better words, it just makes my skin feel good and smooth.  I follow up with one of my moisturizers.

In the winter my lips get dry very easily.  I tend to ask my husband about 47 times a season if my lips look redder than normal.  He laughs and tells me I’m not dying of anything and it’ll all be okay.  I live for the Vaseline lip therapy.  If I stop using it then my lips get dry again so clearly my lips love this stuff.

Let’s talk about the Slip pillowcase.  It’s not exactly skin care but it is related.  Some time last year I noticed that I was waking up with creases in my face.  You know, marks from the sheets.  I read that silk pillowcases can help to reduce those darn sheet lines, as well as reduce age lines and hair loss.  I tried an inexpensive version a while ago and I liked it but a part of me kept wondering if a more expensive brand would yield even better results.  I treated myself to this pillowcase as a Christmas present to myself.  I love it.  Is this me being a brand name snob?  It’s possible.  It’s 100% silk, so I’m pretty sure it should not matter what the brand name is.  All I know is that I really love this one.

This should go without saying, but the legal beagle in me wants to reinforce that these are my opinions.  Not everyone’s skin is the same so not everyone will love the same things as me.  (And you may even have negative reactions to things.)  I like to know what people use because it  helps me to decide what’s best for me.  So if you’re in the market then I hope my reviews have helped.









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