A PM Skincare Routine
This video was created in partnership with Dermalogica Australia
I titled this post 'A PM Skincare Routine' as apposed to 'My PM Skincare Routine' because right now, I don't really have a routine. I get sent a lot of skincare products to try so I'm constantly testing out news stuff and swapping out this for that. Think of today's video as more a 'sample menu'; a selection of products that I think work well to remove a full face of makeup and prepare my skin bed.
First on the agenda is the makeup removal and treat this as a separate step to cleansing. 'Double Cleansing' is the only consistent part of my PM skincare routine and I can confidently say if I skip it and lazily opt for the one-and-done method, I will wake up with breakouts. Right now I'm using Dermalogica's PreCleanse to melt off all my makeup. This oil based cleanser breaks down every scrap of makeup (waterproof mascara included) when massaged onto dry skin. I take a good 2-3 minutes to work the slippery lotion into every nook and cranny, then splash some water on my face to emulsify it. This magically turns the oil into a milky water, which can then easily be rinsed off for a clean and grease-free complexion.
Next we cleanse the skin itself now that there is unimpeded access to it's surface and the pores. I've been using the Pixi Glow-Mud Cleanser for a couple of months now and really like it. It's a clay based cleanser with 5% glycolic acid to gently exfoliate. I apply a good dollop to damp skin, massage it in and let it sit there for a couple of minutes to give the clay and acid time to do some work. Although I'm a huge advocate for staring into space and taking some me-time when opportunities like this arise, I do usually brush my teeth at this point to up my productivity for the day. I then use a damp muslin cloth to remove the cleanser and gently buff away any dry or flaky patches of skin.
I don't use a mask every day, but a couple of times a week I do enjoy a pamper, and after a recent face-mapping session with Dermalogica that confirmed suspicions about my skin being both dehydrated and terribly oily, I've grown to enjoy multi-masking. This is the process of using multiple masks on different parts of your face to cater to that area's specific concern. In this routine, I chose the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask for the centre of my face to draw out impurites and clean my pores, and the Body Shop's British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask to hydrate the periphery.
20 Minutes later I rinse to reveal skin that's been both comforted and thoroughly cleansed - if not a bit red. The charcoal mask also contains chemical exfoliants which can leave me looking a little pink, so I like to follow up with a spritz of the Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist, a refreshing spray that infuses the skin with hydration and soothes the redness.
The final step is Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Mask-in-Oil, an ultra nourishing salve that replenishes and comforts my skin after a fairly aggressive cleansing routine. It feels luxurious and lightweight at the same time, absorbing quickly but leaving a slight tackiness that I really enjoy. When I wake the next day, the product has been entirely absorbed so don't let the 'oil' in the title put you off; if anything I think this is actually helping to regulate the oil in my skin.
Want to see this routine in action? Press play on the video below.