Sunday, March 9, 2014

Green Beauty: my nighttime routine



Happy March! Can't believe it's March already. We're only twelve days from the official start of spring! And 10 days away from my 25th birthday. It's an exciting time! I'm feeling upbeat, motivated, and excited for this change of seasons.

I posted my morning routine a little while back during #NoBuyJanuary, and I've been meaning to add my night time routine for a while now. Like I've mentioned, I think I've finally found the routine to keep my skin happy. It's taken almost two years to perfect this after going off of hormonal birth control and transitioning fully into natural products for my skin. Blogs, research, and trial and error have finally gotten me to this place. I know it is difficult to breakup with products that kept your skin happy and clear if you're having trouble going more "green." But it is possible. Best of all, you aren't simply treating the symptom with natural products, you are actually solving the problem. For good.

I alternate my routine because I like both honey and clay masks. On "Night A," I'll begin with a honey mask and on "Night B," with a clay one.


STEP 1: CLEANSE

May Lindstrom's The Honey Mud (review here) - I combine this with manuka honey and let it sit on my face for at least thirty minutes. Usually more. Like an hour. I feel like it's a waste to use this product as a cleanser and not allow it to sit and work its magic. Especially when you take in the price...I mix it with the manuka to spread out its life and for the added benefits of the manuka. It's a very nice combo.

May Lindstrom's The Clean Dirt - On "Night B," it's time for a clay mask! The one I use most often is definitely this one. I mix one teaspoon of powder with another teaspoon of water, aloe, a hydrosol, and maybe a dash of honey. I mix it in a bowl and apply it to my face with an old foundation brush. It's like May's bowl and brush set on the cheap. Again, I let this sit on my face for at least thirty minutes, but usually more. I also alternate this clay mask with others from Prada Lab and S.W. Basics.

I remove both of my masks with my Pai Organic Muslin Face Cloth review here.


STEP 2: TREAT

Arcona The Gentle Solution - This has been mentioned in past favourites. I use this after a honey mask to gently "resurface," my skin and even out the tone. Since I use a gentler cleanser beforehand, I like to combine this resurfacer with it.

Blissoma Solutions Smooth A+ Perfecting Serum & DIY Brightener (review here) - I use this on "B Nights," after a clay mask. The serum is more soothing and creamy and not acidic like the Arcona solution, so I like it best in conjunction with the more drying clay mask. I've raved about this serum before, and I still love it. I'm almost done my first bottle and will definitely be repurchasing. I combine it with the DIY Brightening Serum created by Rebecca Bailey of nomoredirtylooks. It's slightly grainy with the DIY brightener, but the brightener has significantly lightened my old acne scars.


STEP 3: MOISTURIZE

May Lindstrom's The Blue Cocoon or Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Serum - I alternate between applying these moisturizers to my forehead and down my nose according to my fancy. I like both a lot, and they are both very effective. They smell great too! I haven't risked applying them to my "problem areas," like my cheeks/chin yet. Thankfully, those parts of my face don't get dry. My forehead, however, does show it if I'm not moisturizing. These two definitely reduce lines and leave the area more plump.

Blissoma Solutions Bright Eye Vitalizing Nutrient Serum Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm - I apply this winning combo every night. First, I smear a thick coat of the eye balm all over my lids, especially massaging it into crow's feet territory. Then I put a thin, small drop of the serum over top, focusing on the outer corner of my eyes. I have really noticed a difference in the tone, youthful appearance, and developing lines around my eyes.

There you have it! A working nighttime routine. Any products you swear by overnight? Are you loving the promise of spring?

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this sweets! I love snooping in on people's beauty routine! Do you not use a toner? I find it interesting that you use masks as a cleansing method. I doubt my skin can handle daily masks, but I totally get your point about making them work their magic on you since MLS isn't the most affordable brand. The Blissoma smooth a serum is in my wish list - do you think it helps to prevent hormonal breakouts? Lastly, what moisturizer do you use on your cheeks then? As I grow older I find that not only my forehead is getting drier, but my cheeks too, and they're not doing so well the past week, for some reason. Sorry for the many questions, and happy birthday in advance! xx

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    1. Thank you for this awesome comment Ru! I actually do use a toner. I rotate between so many. Usually, I use a "cheaper," one like Thayer's or Rose water as a double cleanser to help wipe off my mask. After that, I've been applying May Lindstrom's the Jasmine Garden or One Love Organics Vitamin D mist. Since these products are technically cleansers anyways, I just leave them on for longer. It makes me feel wasteful to wash off the clean dirt or the honey mud after only ten minutes. In my mind, it doesn't give them the proper time to work their magic!

      My breakouts were mostly hormonal I think as they were in my chin/mouth area. I think the blissoma serum has helped with it, but the major game changer has been my diet i.e. eliminating gluten, dairy (some grassfed dairy), sugar, and vegetable oils. In terms of moisture, the A+ serum serves as my moisturizer since my cheeks and chin do not get dry or flaky with this current routine. I do extra moisturization on my forehead which is the only area of my face which gets dry and can handle heavy moisturizers.

      I loved the questions! Thank you for the early birthday wishes :)

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  2. Super routine! I love the products you are using! Blissoma and May lindstrom arenext in line in my product wish list.
    I often try to keep the same morning and evening routine ( except that I may do face srub and mask 1/2 times of week).
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    1. Thank you so much! Both of those brands are great. I really love the A+ serum! My routines have switched around a few times, but I think this one will stick.

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  3. Oh May Lindstrom products, when will you come to my home? :D You have a lovely routine :) xx

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    1. I know they are so amazing. She always includes very generous samples with all of her orders!

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  4. Ooh love your routine! Glad you've found what makes your face happy :) You've reminded me to put that Blissoma Serum back on my list to try.

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    1. Yes, you should def try it. I love it, and it's worked so well with my skin. I love the smell too :)

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  5. I hadn't heard of May lindstorm before so I'll have to give it a go! If you ever find yourself on the hunt for a great skin regime again maybe have a look at the Dr Alkaitis line, it's so great... I'm always chopping and changing my skin regime but these products I've stuck to! xx

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    1. I have tried the sample pack of Dr Alkaitis! I love the soothing gel :) May's stuff is so amazing if you get the chance!

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