by Christina in


As a beauty blogger and lover,I tend to get the question quite often- asking what products I personally include in my own skincare routine. There are also many requests in regards to any tips and tricks I might have when going through my normal regimen. If you've ever felt lost when trying to decide in what order your products should be applied, the best way for application, and more- then you're probably not alone!

I have definitely felt this way myself and it's easy to see why...there's a tremendous amount of marketing, advertising, and products available with the click of a button- they can all be purchased without ever evening leaving your home. Although there are a lot of positives from all of these changes over the years, there's a downside as well: it's become increasingly difficult to score the right products for the right price, while still getting the results you are looking for!  

With all of the new technology, tools, and products out it's fairly easy to get overwhelmed. No worries! That's where I come in- I thought I would share today the tips and tricks of my nightly skincare routine, in addition to the product line-up I'm currently using and why ;) Now of course this routine is not a one-size-fits-all solution and it should be noted that although this will work for most people, you may want to use this as guideline and tailor it to  your specific skin type as needed.

As a bit of background about me, if you're new to The Beauty Closet's blog: I have very fair and sensitive skin that's also prone to breakouts, cystic acne, and skin irritation. When it comes to difficulties with one's skin, I'm very familiar with it's challenges. These tips are things that I've picked up on through the years and seemed to have worked well for me :).


1. One of my biggest tips for keeping my skincare working effectively is to "mix-it-up". What do I mean by that?! For example: I utilize 3 special facial treatments a week, that I apply each product only one time during the week.

My top 3 picks:

Mondays- [re]fresh Skin Therapy Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel [$34.95]*as needed!

Wednesdays- dr.brandt PoreDermabrasion treatment [$58]

Fridays- Oz Naturals Amino Herbal Hydration Mask [$12.77]

2. Make sure that you have the right cleanser for your face! If you have super oily skin as I do and are prone to breakouts, then you will probably want to stick with oil-free and foaming clarifying cleansers that are gentle as well. I utilize a different cleanser at night than I do in the am. as well. Why?! Your environment and skincare concerns are not the same during your days versus the nighttime. 

My FAV nightly cleanser right now: obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser

3. Try a Konjac Sponge! You may have seen these different colored sponges around lately [only the natural ones are colors of dark red, white/cream, and black!] and they really are one-of-a-kind. Not only will this sponge allow your cleanser and remaining products to penetrate deeper into the skin, but you will get softer and healthier skin as a result. 

Looking for a great one to try? : Konjac Facial Puff Sponge in Bamboo Charcoal from the Konjac Sponge Co. [$12.37]

4. Once you've washed and lightly patted your face dry with a towel, follow with a toner that contains brightening and pore-reducing properties.

The toner I use on a nightly basis: Yalmeh Glorifying Vitamin C Toner [$20.15] . This stuff WON'T cause more breakouts for me and smells wonderful- plus it brightens my skin and leaves it feeling ultra smooth and soft. 

5. Don't forget to moisturize! I'm sure you've probably read or heard this one a time or too, but it's super important- even for those of use with sensitive or break-out prone skin. Without it, you're left with imbalance that can leave your skin looking and feeling may even end up with MORE breakouts :0

What works for me?! : I use boscia's Sake Treatment Water [$46] and it works perfectly at providing oil-free hydration and brightening properties all at once :) 

6. Have you added a serum to your routine?! If you answered no, I would DEF pick out one that works and addresses at least one concern. You want to take care of your skin now and prevent things like those dreaded signs aging before they actually start! Get a "leg up" on problems and beat them at their game ;) 

My top pick and current nighttime serum: Manuka Secrets Deep Nourishment Manuka Honey UMF 18+ Serum  [$55.99]. I absolutely LOVE this serum- it's perfect for those with even acne-prone skin and has the fighting power of certified organic UMF 18+ Manuka Honey that makes it a serum that's difficult to beat-especially when it comes to effectiveness and quality!

7. When I'm almost near my routine, I address the concern of my eyes and undereye area. For me, I've started to see some small signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, puffiness and dark circles. There are TWO products that I utilize every night to tackle these issues:

*Anaiti Advanced Eye Gel [$39.99] & dr.brandt glow revitalizing retinol eye cream [$55] . Both of these product have worked wonders for me- the lines around/underneath my eyes are disappearing, the puffiness and circles are all but gone, and the area around my eyes is much brighter. It should be noted however, I didn't see big results with either of these until about the 1 month mark and it's continued to get even better as I round several weeks for each :)




8. If you have blemishes or spots that are prone to breakouts...OR you can see one that's around the corner- prevent it from getting worse than it already is or even starting in the first place. I apply small dots of acne treatment gel before the final step in my pm. skincare regimen and then allow the product to fully dry! 

Is there one that works for me? Yes! Try: ClarityMD Clarifying Serum [$23.20]. It only takes a small dab on each area and around 3-5 minutes and you're all set! This stuff really works and I normally see either the blemish gone or greatly reduced the next morning. 





9. Once a week: to ensure that you're removing the layer of dead skin [yes, yuck!] that's built up over the past few days. I do this at least once a week, sometime twice a week if it's needed. 

What I currently use weekly: Peter Thomas Roth Strawberry Scrub Fruit Enzyme Polisher [$38] . This product will rejuvenate your skin and leave it smooth, super soft, and it smells awesome as well :)

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