While my current skincare routine is nowhere as complicated as it used to be, it’s still a process that requires time and effort. However, after a late night out, all that goes out the window. I know it’s bad, but who has time for eye creams and serums at 3am? I just want to sleep! Ok, so we all know that sleeping with your makeup on is bad. So even at 3am, I still make a note to at least clean my face with makeup wipes. And maybe if I’m not passed out by then I’ll even use an exfoliating toner, but that’s it. Still pretty bad, which is why I specifically have an SOS skincare routine for the day after:
The makeup wipes might have removed most of the makeup, but I’d only trust in my cleansing oil to remove all the dirt and grime and whatever makeup was leftover. Currently I’m using the Pond’s Pore White Cleansing Oil, but I’m looking forward to trying to Garnier Cleansing Oil next. To make sure my face is squeaky clean, I’ll follow with my regular cleanser afterwards.
Maybe it’s the lack of cleaning the night (morning?) before, but my face always feels extra dirty the day after a long night out. So of course, I rely on my Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask to help with the deep cleansing. This always makes my face feel super clean and refreshed, and I’ve definitely noticed my pores getting smaller with each continuous use. A less expensive (and less effective IMO) alternative is the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask.
No scrubs, no peels, just an exfoliating toner to remove whatever impurities are left on my skin and any dead skin cells. Currently I’m using the Pixi Glow Tonic, which I like for its all-natural and alcohol-free ingredients. In addition to exfoliating, toners also hydrate (goodness knows my skin needs that after all the alcohol the night before) and prep the skin for my next step.
Nothing offers a surge of moisture and skin goodness like a sheet mask. Usually I use brightening sheet masks, but for my SOS routine I’ll switch to a moisturizing one like the My Beauty Diary Hyalurunic Acid Moisturizing Mask. My skin definitely feels hydrated and nourished after each use.
The final step of any skincare routine is to moisturize, and I prefer to use a lightweight gel moisturizer. Currently I’m using a simple aloe gel moisturizer I bought in Taiwan, but I do miss my Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and how soft and hydrated it made my skin.
Even when I don’t go out, I’ll use this routine in place of my regular routine on a weekend morning just to give my skin the extra TLC it needs. Do you have any special products or routines after a late night out? Do share!