My K-Beauty Night Routine
Last week I shared with you my K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) morning skincare routine. Today, I give you my 10-step nightly routine.
Step 1: First cleanse
DHC Cleanser — everyone swears that this product is the Holy Grail and it really is. It cleanses without stripping, feels like silk on your face and doesn’t clog pores.
Step 2: Second cleanse
Whether you’re wearing a ton of makeup or not, you need the second cleanse. For that, I use Banila Clean-It Zero. This product is like shaved ice that melts in your hand and goes on like oil. Plus, it smells amazing. People are crazy about this product and it just went through a reformulation that is even better than before. Oh, also, some K-Beauty fans will swear you’re supposed to use a foam cleanser as the second step but I would never recommend a foam cleanser as it’s way too harsh on the skin.
Step 3: AHA/BHA toner
In K-Beauty you can do a toner now and then exfoliate later, or you can do a chemical exfoliator/toner combo, which is my choice because there are already so many steps and I never used a toner before doing this routine, so this works for me. For this step I’m using and loving Skin Renewal Program AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner. I don’t even bother with a cotton pad, I just splash a bit on my skin, let it dry for a few seconds and then move on.
Step 4: Retinol
You could argue that you shouldn’t use AHAs and Retinol together, but I don’t find the above toner very drying, and I am not using a harsh retinol right now but if you did use a higher percentage then I would skip the AHA/BHA toner and use a gentler toner to balance your pH levels on days you’re using retinol. I tend to use retinol about 5 nights a week to give my skin a bit of a break and I never use it on days when I’ve been skiing as my skin’s already too dry and just needs moisture. I’ve been alternating between Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% and NeoStrata’s Comprehensive Retinol 0.3% Night Serum when I’m travelling and my skin is dehydrated from sitting on planes and drinking wine.
Step 4: Essence
Just like in the daytime routine, I use Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. It feels goopy when you pump it out, but it really soaks into the skin and once you layer all the other products you’d never know you had put something so thick on earlier.
Step 5: Ampoule
Time again for the Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule. Just a few drops.
Step 6: Serum
Just like in the morning, I alternate between a whole bunch of serums: Klair’s Rich Moist Soothing Serum, Avon Anew Hydra Fusion, Caryl Baker Hyaluronic Hydrating Gel and Vivier Hydragel Advanced B Complex Hydrating Gel with Hyaluronic Acid are all fairly light and feel nice. Some are called serums and some are called gels and they feel interchangeable to me in terms of texture. Skinceuticals H.A. Intensifier Multi-Functional Serum is higher-end and you feel like you only need a few drops. I also like using Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Broad Range Antioxidant Treatment. And then I also really like Vivier’s GrenzCine Serum, which contains Polyamine-DAB, which is a patented ingredient but basically is supposed to thicken the epidermis over time, increase luminosity, increase skin’s firmness and hydration and offer UV protection. I also sometimes use Lise Watier Sublimessence Nuit Regenerating Serum because it feels so nourishing and it’s so pretty (full of petals).
Step 7: Mask
If I’m doing a mask (which I do about 2x a week) I’ll use it at this point. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes, then massage in the excess serum.
Step 8: Night Cream
I am obsessed with two night creams right now: Lancome Absolu Soft Cream, which starts out super thick, massages into a really light and almost-oily cream, and then completely protects skin by thickening again on the skin. It’s like wearing a warm blanket to bed. I also love IDC Ultime Nuit, which has a similar texture but stays super rich and thick.
Step 9: Eye Cream
I like applying the eye cream after the night cream so I can spot treat around the eye and right now I’ve been using Estee Lauder Advanced Recovery Synchronized Eye Cream that combats the blue light damage from your phone to help repair the fine lines and dark circles under eyes.
Step 10: Sleeping Mask
Finally, right before bed, I’ll smooth on Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask. It’s lighter than the above creams but I find that those creams will have kicked in and then I want to add one more step right before bed.
If you missed my K-Beauty Morning Routine post, get ready to be inspired to K-Beautify your morning routine too!
What products are you loving at the moment? What does your nightly skincare routine look like? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!