Skincare: Nighttime Routine

You requested it and it’s finally here: my skincare nighttime routine. A lot of people, more-so recently have been inquiring about products and complimenting me on my skin. I figured it would not only be fun to create the video, but also to get the information out to any and every one interested. The video itself goes through the process with brief mention of the products used. This entry, will encompass a more high level overview of the products mentioned.

  • For reference, my skin type is Combination/Oily. Skin concerns, fine lines, hydration, acne, blackheads, pores, and pigmentation.
  • To view the video

 


Step 1: Cleansing

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Over the years, I was so concerned with preventing and/or fighting acne that it never dawned on me that my cleanser could potentially be doing more harm than good. The cleanser I was using was a acne fighting cleanser, but it always left my skin feeling totally stripped, dehydrated, and tight. About last year when I started working for M.A.C. Cosmetics, I became very interested in GlamGlow products. I started sampling them at Sephora and after that, it was pretty much history. I found cleansers I could truly love AND are beneficial for the skin. I have three out of the four daily cleansers GlamGlow produces: “YOUTHCLEANSE,” “SUPERCLEANSE,” and “THIRSTYCLEANSE.” Each one has their own key claims, but I will talk more in-depth regarding the “SUPERCLEANSE.”


SUPERCLEANSE:

 Size/Price

1 oz/30 mL ($14.00)

5 oz/ 150 mL ($29.00)

(not including tax)

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination

What it is:
A revolutionary Mud to Foam™ daily cleanser that changes color and transforms from mud into a gentle, effective foaming lather to dissolve oil, makeup, and impurities.

Solutions for:
– Blemishes
– Oiliness

If you want to know more…
Based on the top selling SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment, SUPERCLEANSE™ is the natural next step in the SUPER family for problematic skin. The revolutionary daily cleanser transforms from mud into a foaming lather to dissolve oil and makeup—rinsing away pore-clogging debris and impurities. It’s designed to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and create a mattified, super clear complexion.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Ingredients:

-TEAOXI® Technology (Eucalyptus Leaf Powder): Delivers natural eucalyptol, natural linalool oil, and powerful flavonoids to soothe and treat skin.
-K17 and Mediterranean Clays: Detoxify, refine skin texture, and balance problem-prone skin.
-Bamboo Charcoal: Provides balanced replenishment to the skin with essential bamboo minerals.
-Black Cumin Seed Extract: Provides antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to help provide a more clear complexion.

Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Nigella Sativa Seed Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Carbon (Bamboo Charcoal), Propanediol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Powder, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Link to Sephora’s GlamGlow SUPERCLEANSE


Step 2: Treatment

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When I turned 30 this year, I felt quite a few things. I wasn’t necessarily frightful of 30, but it certainly made me feel like I needed to start taking even better care of myself. I wanted to treat myself by revamping my skincare. In my quest for truly great products, I conducted a fair amount of research and heard quite a few positive things regarding Sunday Riley. (If you would like to learn more about Riley, check out her interview with PixieWoo.) The brand makes quite a few products, and truthfully they are not exactly cheap (at least for me, I’m not clocking anyone’s pockets). So I wanted to get products that focused on my top concerns. I narrowed them down to three: (1) U.F.O. ULTRA-CLARIFYING FACE OIL (2) LUNA SLEEPING NIGHT OIL (3) GOOD GENES “ALL-IN-ONE LACTIC ACID TREATMENT.” Below you will find product details regarding each one. I also wanted to start utilizing a toner on a consistent basis, but would struggle finding one that did not dry out my skin until I tried the L’Oreal “HydraFresh Toner.” I will say, while I did like other toners such as Bobby Brown and F.R.E.S.H., I personally did not want to spend a fairly expensive amount on a toner. So I opted for the drugstore L’Oreal instead.

L’Oreal HydraFresh Toner

Size/Price

8.5 oz ($6.29)

Claims:

HydraFresh Toner’s gentle, nondrying formula refreshes and softens skin in a splash, revealing a smoother, brighter complexion and leaving skin smooth and supple. Beta Hydroxy Acid gently sweeps away dull, tired skin while Pro-Vitamin B5 helps protect against moisture loss. 99% alcohol free. Dermatologist tested for gentleness.

 


U.F.O. ULTRA-CLARIFYING FACE OIL

Size/Prize

0.5 oz/ 15 mL ($40.00)

1.18 oz/ 35 mL ($80.00)

(not including tax)

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A quick-absorbing, medicated dry oil to clear congested pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for clearer, smoother skin.

Solutions for:
– Acne and blemishes
– Blackheads
– Pores

If you want to know more
With 1.5 percent salicylic acid, this fast-acting, quick-drying, medicated oil clears acne and blackhead-causing buildup and debris from congested pores for smoother, blemish-free skin. Tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil support clear skin, while hexylresorcinol and licorice naturally brighten the appearance of old acne discolorations for a more even-toned complexion.

Counterbalancing the potentially drying effects of salicylic acid, milk thistle and cucumber seed oil nourish the skin and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles, without leaving a greasy residue. Chamomile and neroli soothe stressed, blemish-prone skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Ingredients:

-Salicylic Acid 1.5%: Clears congested pores; treats and prevents acne and blackheads.
-Tea Tree Oil and Black Cumin Seed Oil: Help purify the skin and supports clarity.
-Licorice Root and Hexylresorcinol: Naturally brighten the appearance of dark spots.

Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Ethyl Linoleate, Hexylresorcinol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisii (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Amino Esters-1, Amber Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Pearl Powder, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil.

Link to Sephora’s Sunday Riley page


LUNA SLEEPING NIGHT OIL

Size/Prize:

0.5 oz/ 15 mL ($55.00)

1 oz/ 30 mL ($105.00)

(not including tax)

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A next-generation retinol oil that boosts the look and feel of skin plumpness, while improving the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly younger-looking skin.

Solutions for:
– Fine lines and wrinkles
– Dryness and rough texture
– Pores

If you want to know more
Luna works throughout the night to deliver more visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin in the morning. Trans-retinoic acid ester (retinol) complex reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness. Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils—both rich in soothing, blue azulene—the look of redness and sensitivity are visibly balanced for a calm, even-toned complexion. Luna is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, radiance, and skin smoothness in as little as four weeks, while advanced retinol ester mixed with potent botanicals makes this product the ultimate transformational, soothing, sleeping night oil.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Ingredients:

-Trans-retinoic Acid Ester: Supports healthy skin with the power of retinoids, but without the irritation of traditional retinol; encourages exfoliation and revitalization for the appearance of smoother, younger-looking skin.
-Blue Tansy and German Chamomile: Help to calm and soothe for a reduce the appearance of redness.
-Chia Seed Oil: This richest botanical source of omega 3 also provides alpha-lipoic acid.

Persea Gratissima (Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Organic, Cold Pressed Concord Grape) Seed Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Cold Pressed Blackberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Cold Pressed Chia) Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide (and) Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Tanecetum annuum (Blue Tansy) oil, Anthemis nobilis (English Chamomile) oil, Eriocephalus punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) oil, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Vetivera zizanoides (Vetiver) oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, CI 61565 (Green 6), CI 60725 (Violet 2).

Link to Sephora’s Sunday Riley page


GOOD GENES “ALL-IN-ONE LACTIC ACID TREATMENT.”

Size/Prize:

1 oz/ 30 mL ($105.00)

1.7 oz/ 50 mL ($158.00)

(not including tax)

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry

What it is:
A clarifying, line smoothing lactic acid treatment.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Dark spots
– Fine lines and wrinkles

If you want to know more
Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Ingredients:

-High Potency, Purified Grade Lactic Acid: Exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells to instantly clarify and reveal smoother, clearer, younger-looking skin, while fighting visible signs of hyperpigmentation.
-Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra): Naturally brightens the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
-Lemongrass: Helps boost radiance.
-Aloe: Helps soothe the skin.

Opuntia Tuna Fruit (Prickly Pear) Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf (Blue Agave) Extract, Cypripedium Pubescens (Lady’s Slipper Orchid) Extract, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract & Saccharomyses Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Lactic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Ppg-12/Smdi Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol And Ceteareth20, Glyceryl Stearate And Peg-100 Stearate, Arnica Montana (Flower) Extract, Peg-75 Meadowfoam Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Triethanolamine, Xantham Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, Dmdm Hydantoin.

Link to Sephora’s Sunday Riley page


 

Step 3: Moisturize

Last, but certainly not least, moisturize. Again, I did not feel the need to go all out with a daily moisturizer. I do have a few more expensive moisturizers I use for certain occasions such as M.A.C.’s Mineralize Time Lotion, and GlamGlow “GlowStarter.” Primarily I will use the “Clean & Clear Dual-Action Moisturizer.”

Size/Price

4 oz/ 120 mL ($4.99 – $7.99)

(Not including tax)

Solutions for:

Dryness, Pimples

Claims:

CLEAN & CLEAR® Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer combines oil-free moisture with a proven acne-fighting ingredient. It can help to moisturize dry skin while treating and helping to prevent breakouts. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Ingredients:

Active Ingredients

Salicylic Acid (0.5%)

Inactive Ingredients

Water Dicaprylyl Ether Cetearyl Alcohol Glycerin Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate Dimethicone Dicetyl Phosphate Ceteth-10 Phosphate Methyl Gluceth-20 Menthyl Lactate Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate Steareth-20 Sodium Hydroxide Steareth-2 Fragrance Neopentyl Glycol Diisostearate Lecithin Xanthan Gum Disodium EDTA Magnesium Aluminum Silicate BHT

Clean & Clear product link


Hopefully you guys enjoyed this as much as I did and maybe you even learned something new. Feel free to comment, suggest products, etc. I’m always open for feedback and interacting with others (as long as it’s respectful). Until next time, continue to be blessed.

  • Alex N. Wanderland