Traveling does a number on my skin. Since fourteen my dermatologist has had me follow a strict skincare regimen. As I’ve gotten older, I realize this is not a game. The air on planes can be dry and just plain nasty with germs from people coughing. Then, factor in changing climates from being on a sunny beach in the Caribbean to mountains halfway around the world. Keeping a consistent routine helps prevent breakouts, peeling/flaking, and other skin irritations. Below is a breakdown of the bedtime routine I follow at home and on the go.
- Wash my face with Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser or Cerave Facial Cleanser using a white washcloth. I buy the multipack from Target because they are cheap and you can toss them guilt free when they are starting to fade. (I don’t need to exfoliate every night but Clarins is gentle enough to use daily or several nights per week)
- A few drops of Simple or Bioderma micellar water on a cotton ball to remove any leftover dirt. If you notice residue on the cotton ball, you definitely didn’t remove all the dirt and grime while washing your face the first time and the micellar water can only do so much.
- Apply Clarins Double Serum. Nobody is going to stay young forever but you don’t have to have a face full of wrinkles in your twenties and thirties. I am a firm believer in a good serum.
- Tap Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate under your eyes and just outside your outer eyes where they crease. Be gentle but firm. Half the time people assume I am half my age because I don’t have wrinkles around my eyes. That’s a beauty tip I learned at a Nordstrom Galleria Dallas event.
- Just a few touches of Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream. Don’t forget your neck. In an upcoming post, I’m going to talk about French beauty products you can find at Target and there’s one I substitute here. If you’re not familiar with Embryolisse yet, they are one of my favorite alternatives.
- Oil! My favorite for bedtime is the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil because the fragrance is calming and helps me sleep soundly. This keeps the moisture in which is imperative to soft and bouncy skin. I use a different oil for day and I’ll blog about it in another post. There are several different oils to try so it’s not a one size fits all type of thing.
Note: If you’re like me and use dermatologist prescribed topical ointment, apply this according to the instructions your doctor gave you. I use mine before step three, as I want to make sure it’s working to get the maximum results but that is because I am following the instructions from my doctor and the pharmacist. I’m not a doctor and have never been to med school (and I wouldn’t trust anyone with medical advice so I am definitely not giving it out).