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What Is YOUR Nighttime Routine?

1 Aug

Simplify your nighttime routine!

29 Jun

If you read my previous post regarding washing my face at night, you know for awhile, I was using SpaSilk washcloths and water.

This is a great and cost-effective way to wash your face before bed. Water – free from the tap. SpaSilk washcloths – $9 for unlimited uses. Environmentally friendly because you’re not washing any soap down the drain (except when you wash them) and you’re not throwing anything away. The only con, I found, was if I fell behind on my laundry, I ran out of washcloths. Kind of a pain in the rear, and traveling with them isn’t really a viable option, either, given that I can usually barely find enough room for all my shoes in my luggage. I decided to try other options.

Enter Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths.

I got a free pack of these in a Nordstrom sample bundle. I packed them in my overnight toiletry case and started using them at a hotel overnight with some girlfriends… and then kept using them when I got back. They’re easy, disposable, soft, and get all my makeup, even eye makeup, off. However, their steep price made me decide to shop around and see what else was out there.

Next up was Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes.

I have a real fondness for Korres, and have in the past used their Pomegranate Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes, but they are becoming harder and harder to find for some odd reason. These wipes had a bit more fragrance than the Koh Gen Do wipes, but were also softer. I liked them about equally, but I wasn’t done yet. I decided to try one last wipe – one you can get in a drug store.

The final contender: Bioré Pore Perfect Daily Deep Pore Cleansing Cloths.

Two most annoying things about this product: the long-ass hard to remember and type out name, and the fact that there doesn’t seem to be a photo larger than a thumbnail anywhere on the internet. Otherwise, love them. Cheapest of the three, takes off my makeup, handy refillable container (other two do not offer this, just adhesive flaps), and the cloth is very slightly (deliberately) rough to aid in exfoliation. Here’s your breakdown:

  Cost* Texture Quality Organic/Natural?
Koh Gen Do $1.30/wipe Soft, non-abrasive Spa – 5 stars Yes
Korres $0.60/wipe Very soft, non-abrasive Specialty – 4 stars Maybe
Bioré $0.28/wipe Exfoliating Drug store – 3 stars No

Make your decision accordingly. If you have ultra-sensitive baby skin, you may want to splurge for the Koh Gen Do. I have pretty sensitive skin, though, and so far have been happy with the cheapo Bioré wipes. Key to all of these wipes, in my opinion, is that they are NO RINSE – you simply use them to wipe off your makeup and the day’s grime, then moisturize as usual. If it’s something I have to dampen, lather up, and then rinse off, it’s just added an extra ten minutes to my routine that I could be using to blog. So no thanks to that nonsense.

If you’ve found love with another face wipe, I’d love to hear what kind!

*Based on the unit cost on Amazon without shipping.

AM Skin Care: The Estée Lauder Edition

24 Feb

I change my skin care up ALL THE TIME, so this is only the first installment in what will be ongoing skin care reviews.

Right now, I am on an Estée Lauder kick. In the shower, I use Estée Lauder Soft Clean Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser.

I like it for a number of reasons. One, no sulfates! Two, it’s thick, but still foams. Three, it cleans my skin but doesn’t dry it out. And finally, it’s hydrating without being oily or greasy – I cannot STAND washing my face with something that feels like it’s left a film on my skin. Only complaint is that it’s a little strong on the smell for my taste. (Note – I use a Clarisonic in the shower, as well as an exfoliator 2 – 3 times a week, but those aren’t Estée Lauder, so I’ll cover them in a different post.)

When I get out of the shower, I pat my skin dry, then start with Estée Lauder ‘Idealist’ Even Skintone Illuminator.

I used Idealist in the AM and PM for a few weeks and found a very noticeable, positive change in my skin tone. With my vitiligo, I am prone to blotchiness and uneven skin tone, and Idealist really seemed to make a difference in that. I now just use it in the mornings before moisturizing, and am still a huge fan.

Next it’s time for eye cream. I used to spurn eye cream as pointless, but I was perpetually plagued by milia, and an esthetician finally told me one day when I was getting a facial that they can be caused by using face cream around your eyes! Apparently (according to her), face cream is too thick for the delicate skin around your eyes, and can clog up the pores and cause milium. I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve had ONE since I started using an eye-specific cream, so she may very well have been right. I’m currently using Estée Lauder Time Zone Anti-Line/Wrinkle Eye Cream.

I like it. I can’t say I have noticed a huge wrinkle difference, but as I mentioned, the milia have not reappeared, so it’s a-okay.

My final step in the morning is moisturizing. I have been using Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15 and REALLY like it.

Smooth and velvety, it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized, but not heavy or weighed down. I look dewy and healthy but not too shiny. Finally, it has a nice, light, cucumber smell that I find really pleasant and spa-like. Totally endorse this 100%.

I can’t say if it’s these products, the products I use during my nighttime routine, the Clarisonic, or some combination thereof, but my skin has looked pretty fabulous lately. Even complexion, rosy cheeks, dewy, elastic skin tone – a definite plus at almost 34 years old.

I’ll post the evening routine later!