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My 7-Step Evening Skincare Routine

And the products I love so much, I use them every night.
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My biggest aging regret is that I didn't solidify a better skincare routine until I reached my 30s. When I was young, I spent a ton of time in the sun (sans sunscreen!), rarely washed off my makeup at night, and didn't place any importance on skincare. After I shared my nighttime routine last week on Stories, I received a lot of requests to have it here too—here's what my evening routine looks like these days:


One of the most important rules I set for myself is to never go to bed without washing my face. I try to make it as easy as possible on myself as possible, which is why I often end up doing it immediately after putting Sloan to sleep. That way, it's done and I can enjoy dinner with G or a movie, without having to go through the whole routine when I'm already exhausted. After throwing my hair back into a ponytail, I put on a terry cloth headband to keep my hair from getting wet and wash my face. Most nights, I use a Caudalie soap-free foaming cleanser that removes makeup without stripping my skin. 

For nights when my skin is looking a bit dull, I use the Goop exfoliating instant facial, which is somewhere between an exfoliator and a mask in one. I apply it to dry skin, rub it all over, and then let it sit for two to three minutes until it gets a little tingly and then I wash it off. It leaves my skin looking really clean, refreshed, and very soft. 

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I remove my eye makeup using Muji cotton pads (I'm very particular about them since they're large enough to use on both eyes and don't come apart) with Lancome Bi-Facil Makeup Remover. It gets off even the most stubborn of mascara/eyeliner/glitter/shadow, leaves a glowy finish, and never stings my eyes. 

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This next step isn't one I do every night - it's more of a when-I-feel-like-it addition, which involves using a toner. The Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Unscented Toner is my go-to since it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized.

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Perhaps the most important step in my skincare routine is serum and since I use it every morning and night, I go through it quickly (which also leaves room to try out lots of new kinds). I rotate between several, depending on what my skin needs at that moment. In the winter, I love Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum. It smells incredible—like a luxurious spa—and a little goes a long way in making my skin look radiant and sleek. When I want something to make my skin tone look more even and less red, I'll use the Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum. It dries quickly, which is a plus when I'm looking to get through my skincare routine as fast as possible when it's late and I'm ready for bed. 

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Then, since my skin is always on the pretty dry to super-crazy-dry scale, I add a layer of Caudalie Premier Cru Rich Cream (preferably after letting my serum sit for a minute or two). It smells divine and though my skin usually soaks up most creams immediately, this one takes a while to penetrate since it's so thick. Then I dab on some of the Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream, which is part of the same, seriously emollient collection. I tap it on under my eyes then kind of go up around the side of my brows and then on top of my brow bone. 

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At this point, if I have any blemishes on my face, I'll add a Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch (or as many as I need). I like that the product stays on top of my blemish all night, which makes it super effective, while simultaneously covering it so that I'm not tempted to pick at it. 

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And while I don't add my lip balm at this stage (it's always the very last thing I do right before bed, so I keep it on my nightstand), I apply a generous coat of Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Balm. I used to be someone that had perpetually chapped lips until I added this step to my routine and now they're always soft, which says a lot based on how much lipstick I wear. 

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I don't do this every evening, but when my face needs a little extra help, I'll apply a mask. I always keep these eight face masks on hand, which can cure pretty much any ailment. 

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