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?