Alarm goes off. Groggy and red-eyed, I stumble into my bathroom and turn the sink on. I cleanse my face day and night with my Clarisonic Mia that I SWEAR by. For serious, I can’t wash my face without it. I use the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush which feels a little more plush than the other heads. I splash warm water on my face and run the brush head under the water then apply cleanser directly onto the brush. I use Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. I always get a certain reaction when I share that I use this drugstore find, but I think it’s important to stick to what works for your skin. This cleanser lathers really well and creates a super foamy consistency that makes your skin feel extra clean when you rinse. Unless I’m in a hurry, I always let my Clarisonic go the full 60-seconds. After I rinse off the cleanser, I dry my hands but keep my face wet to apply toner. I don’t know why I started doing this, but it works so I don’t mess with it. I use Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I love incorporating natural products in my skincare regime when I can. ACV contains alpha-hydroxy acid which comes from apples. It breaks down sebum and helps exfoliate your skin naturally, prompting quick cell turnover. I soak a cotton round (I prefer these over cotton balls,) and rub this over my wet face. Avoid your eyes and any open cuts/blemishes. The cotton round will soak up the leftover water on your face, which I found can help temper the stinging sensation from the vinegar. I wait about 60 seconds to let my face dry before applying moisturizer. My go-to moisturizer is Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Moisturizing Oil. I shake the bottle and fill the dropper up about halfway. I apply the oil directly to my face on the forehead and cheeks then rub it in a circular motion with my hands. I always use the leftover oil on my hands and rub it on my neck, elbows and tops of my hands. This whole process takes about 5 minutes and you’ve cleansed, toned and treated!
I’m usually winding down around this time and getting in bed to scope Instagram with Netflix streaming in the background. I always have some sort of makeup on at this point so I like to remove as much of it as I can before cleansing. I like Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I never wear much eye makeup so these cleansing wipes dissolve my mascara completely. If you’re someone who wears more eye makeup, I would suggest using a cold cream like, Ole Henriksen Wonderfeel Double Cleanser. After removing makeup, I rinse my face with warm water and repeat my cleansing routine with my Clarisonic and Neutrogena face wash. I keep my face wet and apply Apple Cider Vinegar to tone. However, these next steps change a little for nighttime. As my face absorbs the ACV I use a needle roller to help speed up cell turnover. You can buy them online for about $15, like this one. When rolled over your skin it creates micro cuts that triggers your body to produce collagen to heal the “wound” (don’t worry, this doesn’t break the skin or make it bleed.) This process is especially good for people with dark spots/hyperpigmentation, divots in the skin from acne or aging skin. Directly afterwards you want to treat the skin. I like Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. This particular oil has Retinol in it which helps with (you guessed it) cell turnover! Blue Tansy and Chamomile soothe redness and calm stressed skin. If I’m feeling a blemish coming on or treating an already present one, I like to spot treat overnight. My two constant favorites are Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment and Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask. Just apply these masks to the affected area with a q-tip and rinse off in the morning. Now get to sleep, beauty!