Why is our night time skincare routine essential to getting a clear, beautiful skin

I believe the most important part of my skin care routine is in the evening. Therefore I thought it might be a good idea to write about what products I use before bedtime. I will mention what I use in the morning in a future article. No matter how much we love our makeup or how tired we are, cleansing our skin is mandatory in order to have a beautiful skin! ūüôā

Personally, I have tried all kinds of makeup removers: lotions, creamy ones, micellar water and makeup tissues. I must say I’m¬†not a fan of any of them. Why? First of all, I don’t feel like my face¬†is cleansed properly (which leads to clogging pores and to¬†various problems that I don’t even want to think about), and secondly, when I use wipes / cotton pads I feel like the cleansing movements are wrong – you have to pull the¬†skin a little to catch all the makeup.

And so I started looking for other options and this is how I found my favorite shower oil that you can use on both face and body. Initially I used a shower oil from Bioderma, but its¬†perfume was way too strong for me (which by the way – I never saw the utility in using perfume as an ingredient in skin care products) so I searched a bit more and found one from Uriage. The Bioderma one wasn’t as moisturizing as I wanted, either.

The consistency of the shower oil is quite fluid and has a highly moisturizing formula. Hence the name of shower oil, but it’s not an actual oil.

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What I find very interesting is that the makeup just slides right off your face, it doesn’t get¬†into your pores when they are opened and the skin remains so soft¬†afterwards. The amount of product that I bought is 400 ml but you can find bottles of 150 ml or 1 L as well.

Uriage is a brand I really enjoyed using, the quality is really good but unfortunately I will not continue buying their products after I finish the ones I have at the moment. Recently I sent them an e-mail because I was curious to find out if they test on animals and / or sell in China. Their answer:

“Dear Amina,

Thank you for your message.

We don’t test in animals. And yes, we distribute in China.

Have a nice day,

Uriage Team”

I was very disappointed to find that they are not cruelty-free. Yes, maybe they don’t test on animals themselves, but they sell in China, where – as a company, you must agree with your products being tested on poor animals as it’s required by law. A brand that has integrity and respect for the planet and doesn’t only care about money, wouldn’t agree with that. That is why I stopped using other brands such as Bioderma, Avene, which unlike Uriage, they even test on animals themselves, not only when trying to break¬†into the China market. Most likely I will start looking for similar products from the The Body Shop, they have incredibly quality products and they’re completely cruelty-free. As PETA say on their website: “What is beauty without bunnies?” … By torturing (because that ‘s what actually happens in laboratories) and being extremely cruel to animals I think we’re turning into ugly unhuman beings, contrary to the physical appearance and the beautiful skin we want to get¬†when using these¬†products that are not cruelty-free. I recommend you join the PETA website to find out what brands are on their black list and those good brands that deserve our attention.

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The second product is the Uriage Cleansing foam which I use after the shower oil to make sure there’s no trace of makeup left on my face. Sometimes I go back with oil – washing my face the third time and I use¬†an exfoliating glove from The Body Shop to exfoliate my skin.

The third step is to use a face mask and / or a toner. My favorites so far are: a deep cleansing lotion / toner (I must find a replacement soon Рdifficult, but not impossible) and a face mask with avocado and oatmeal from Freeman that is cruelty-free and extremely good. They both help you get beautiful skin by minimizing pores and treating those little annoying imperfections. I wrote a full article about these two products here.

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The last step is moisturizing. The eye cream and the serum are also from Uriage:

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I’m really not crazy about this eye cream. Isoliss range is designed for young skin and first wrinkles (age 25+). I would’ve liked to see¬†a little more consistent texture, it is quite fluid and it leaves¬†sparkling particles on my skin after I¬†apply it, that don’t do anything for me. I mean it’s okay I guess, just not great. I know I’ll find something better and cruelty-free so I can’t wait to finish it.

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The serum on the other hand, I find it very good and I use it before the moisturizer. The Isofill range it’s designed for mature skin but it suits mine¬†perfectly as well. It is liquid and after I put it on I feel like there’s a slightly sticky sensation but after I apply the moisturizer, the stickiness goes away. It provides brightness and matifies the skin, which I really appreciate but I can’t say much about the appearance of the wrinkles (the serum’s main purpose), because I don’t¬†have wrinkles and I don’t¬†want to mislead you guys. But the point is…I get such a beautiful skin after using it.

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I’m very excited about this moisturizer from Apidava that has only natural ingredients. It’s for sensitive skin and a little goes a long way. I found it in a mall from Romania and I thought I¬†had to try this.

Ingredients: cocoa butter, shea butter, calendula oil, argan oil, carrot oil and honey.

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It has¬†30 ml but the consistency is not so thick as I had expected. I would say that it actually melts on the skin, it becomes very fluid (I know that shea butter has this property). The fragrance is soft, very nice¬†and pleasant. Not to mention that when I wake up, with or without the serum, my skin still feels so hydrated. I don’t¬†know how to describe the feeling but you can definitely still feel the moisture when you touch your face.

The last step… sleep well! :))

I know this was a long article but I hope you’ll find it useful. Deeply cleansing your face is the only way to get a clear, beautiful skin.

xo1

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