I last wrote about my nightly cleansing routine back in January; since then I’ve switched up the products I’ve been using and thought I’d fill you in on the updates! A good skincare routine can be a wonderful part of your personal self-care; whether its primary function is to remove makeup or if it’s simply to clean your face before bed, nightly cleansing is key to healthy and happy skin.
So what have I been using to cleanse? Let me know what your routine looks like in the comments below, and whether or not you’ve tried any of these products.
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I was thrilled to find that Tropic’s award-winning Smoothing Cleanser* was included in the goodie bag I took away from their event in March, as I’d wanted to try it for a while. As a cloth cleanser, the product comes with a bamboo face towel which can be used to gently wipe it away. The packaging is very sturdy, with a pump to dispense just the right amount.
I massage two pumps of product into my skin, taking particular care where I’ve worn makeup – on my eyebrows and on my chin and under eye areas – to work the cleanser in. While the instructions direct you to rinse makeup off with water before reapplying cleanser and removing it with the cloth, I usually go straight in with the bamboo cloth at this point, soaking it in hot water and very gently wiping product off my face. From my experience, rubbing too abrasively at your skin with this bamboo cloth will cause the fabric to break down very quickly, so do be wary of that.
This creamy cleanser gives a strong scent of eucalyptus, leaving my skin feeling refreshed and free of congestion. It boasts several nourishing ingredients including almond, avocado and jojoba oils. It’s a brilliant all-round cleanser and a real joy to use, whether it’s to take off the day’s makeup or simply prepare skin for sleep.
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Madara is a brand I’d not heard of until their Multi Action Micellar Water* was included in a Love Lula subscription box some months ago. Although I’d previously not seen much of a need for such a product as part of my skincare routine, I’m now a micellar water convert; it’s great for catching the last dregs of makeup, acting as a second cleanse to really purify the skin.
Certified by Ecocert, all of Madara’s products are free from parabens, perfumes and other synthetic chemicals, and many of their range are vegan too. The micellar water is incredibly moisture-rich, nourishing the skin while also removing makeup and impurities. I dispense several drops onto one of my reusable cotton pads, before gliding it over my entire face (the product is suitable for use on eyes and lips, too!).
I have a few gripes with the micellar water, the first of which is the price (£14). Given the amount of product you use and the size of the bottle, I’d be more inclined to purchase a cheaper dupe (though it would likely not boast the natural/organic ingredients or certification). The packaging – my second pain point – makes it harder to dispense a smaller amount, so I’ve found that I’m using rather a lot of product each time I reach for it, which in turn means it’s running out quicker.
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Could toning be my favourite part of a cleansing routine? There’s something so enriching about a refreshing spray toner, and Tropic Skin Care’s Vitamin Toner* is no exception to the rule. With its top two ingredients being aloe vera and rose water, the Vitamin Toner is a lovely balancing product, applying to skin as a revitalising mist.
I go for two to three spritzes straight after re-cleansing and, instead of wiping the product away, I let it sit on my skin for added moisture. The toner is rich with vitamins E and C, and features plant-based preservatives, vegetable glycerin and olive squalene – proving once again that animal-derived ingredients have never been less necessary as part of your skincare routine.
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You might have guessed by now that I’m a big fan of Tropic Skin Care. Their Super Greens Serum* is one of my favourite skincare products and a valued part of my nightly cleansing routine. While you can use a serum as your sole moisturiser, I prefer to let this be its own standalone step. I use the dropper to dot product on my cheeks, chin, nose and forehead, before massaging it into my face for a good few minutes, letting the various nourishing and healing oils do their work.
I find this step a great opportunity to incorporate mindfulness into your skincare routine. Simply taking some time to slowly and gently rub the oil into your face can be a calming experience, as you focus on the feeling of the product on your skin and the scent of its various nourishing ingredients.
For more of my thoughts on the Super Greens serum, check out the full review here.
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Nighttime is a great opportunity to let a moisture-rich cream really work on your skin over the course of a good eight hours. I love going to bed feeling like my face is really, deeply nourished, and Conscious Skincare’s Enrich Day Moisturiser* has been hitting the spot for me lately in this regard. It’s fluffy, mousse-like texture is softened by the serum already applied to my skin, so it seeps in effortlessly, leaving my face feeling extra soft and replenished.
Read a full review of this product here.
And that’s it! Five steps might sound like a lot, but in reality this routine takes around 10 minutes to get through. I’m not one to stick to the same products for long, but this crew will be a hard combination to beat.
*This post was not sponsored, but I did not have to pay for these products