Good morning friends! How was your weekend?! Are you getting ready for Fourth of July?! We didn’t make any plans other than to chill out at home and then head to the pool! Maybe we’ll go see some fireworks since Houston puts on a pretty good show!
A few months ago, I shared my Morning Beauty Routine and have gotten a lot of requests for the nighttime routine. Truthfully, it’s not all that different, just a swap in some of the products I use, but there’s also a big emphasis on getting a good night’s sleep and I aim for 7-8 hours. So today I thought I’d share my nighttime skincare routine with you!
GETTING READY FOR BED
I love getting up early in the morning and working out, so it’s key that I get a good night’s sleep, which is also important for our health and beauty.
I usually head upstairs for the night around 9 p.m. I’ll bring my hot cup of peppermint tea with me and set it on my tea warmer (did you know that peppermint tea promotes sleep?) and turn on my lavender diffuser. The scent is intoxicating and fills the room with a lovely, relaxing lavender scent. I also turn the lights on dim so that it signals it’s time to wind down.
Before getting into bed, I spend a few minutes on my nightly skincare routine. If you’ve followed me for the last couple of years, you know I’m fanatical about Colleen Rothschild’s skincare line. I even got my mom hooked on it and Ali-Shaun and have heard choruses of “thank you’s” from many of you after you’ve tried it for yourself.
I’m a big advocate of the Colleen Rothschild line because it’s done so much for my sensitive and aging skin. Being in my 40s, I’m no spring chicken, and I’ve seen such a big difference in the texture, brightness, and condition of my skin since using her products.
So, let me break down the whole routine for you, and it’s actually pretty simple because, at the end of a long day, I want a skincare routine that only takes a few minutes. Even though it’s a quick routine, if you have time, doing the routine slowly and intentionally is a great way to relax and unwind before bed.
MY SIMPLE NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE
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I start with using the Cleansing Balm to wash my face. I used to feel like this stuff was so good that I had to “save” it for special occasion cleansing, then I realized I was being silly. The cleansing balm is so rich and creamy and luxurious, it really feels like a mini spa treatment every night. My skin loves it and it truly leaves my face looking radiant – just like the name says – after I use it.
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Next, because I am getting older and want to reduce those signs of aging on my face: texture, dehydration, elasticity, fine lines, radiance, and tone, I use the Age Renewal Super Serum. The concentrated formula is infused with more than 20 potent ingredients, including peptides, collagen boosters, amino acids, vitamins, and plant extracts. Combined, this serum helps to restore the skin’s complexion to its most youthful radiance and texture. It also helps reduce those photo aging affects.
How to Use: After cleansing, gently massage several drops of Age Renewal Super Serum onto face, neck, and décolleté.
I still cannot believe how much I love putting oil on my skin and how it doesn’t break me out! I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, and using oil just sounds so counterintuitive to me. You’d think you want to keep oil away from your face, right?! But, honestly, I started with the Face Oil No. 9 (which I’ll talk about below) and since then, haven’t skipped a night without it! My skin always wakes up looking refreshed and restored.
This special Retinol Supreme Night Oil combines the regenerative benefits of retinol (which encourages healthy skin renewal) with the moisturizing properties of nine plant-based oils that replenish moisture and help prevent irritation and flaking. The highly potent Vitamin C counteracts the havoc of free radicals and environmental toxins. I use it a couple times a week, then alternate the other nights with the Face Oil No. 9.
How to Use: Gently massage 3-4 drops onto your face and neck. Or if you’re like me, you also rub it into your hands!
Tip: When using retinol, your skin can become sensitive to UVA and UVB rays, so use a broad spectrum SPF when going into the sun.
The Extreme Recovery Cream is creamy and goes on light and will quickly become your favorite daily moisturizer. It immediately soaks into my skin and doesn’t leave it greasy or oily. I also like how there’s no taste to it- I apply it on my lips and hands too! It moisturizes and evens out skin tone and texture, while improving fine lines and wrinkles.
How to Use: Gently massage into a cleansed face and neck. If my skin is feeling particularly dry, I make a ‘cocktail’ out of the Extreme Recovery Cream and Face Oil No. 9 by dipping my finger in the cream and then adding a couple drops of the oil and rub them together in my hands before applying to my face.
I’ll alternate between this face oil and the Retinol Supreme Night Oil. The Face Oil No. 9. gives a deep moisturize boost to nourish thirsty skin and the active combination of precious oils and vitamins offers protection from oxidative stress that results in the appearance of spots and wrinkles. But the cool thing is, it leaves no greasy residue.
I was just in Denver, Colorado and the air is super dry there compared to the humidity we have in Houston. I was sooooo glad I brought both the Extreme Recovery Cream and Face Oil No. 9 because I was slathering them on everyday (morning and night)! They totally saved my skin while I was there. And I use them both in Houston too, just not as much. A little goes a long way!
How to Use: If my skin is feeling particularly dry, I make a ‘cocktail’ out of the Extreme Recovery Cream and Face Oil No. 9 by dipping my finger in the cream and then adding a couple drops of the oil and rub them together in my hands before applying to my face.
Finally, I swipe a bit of this amazing lash serum to my eyelashes every night and it has truly helped grow back my lashes to lushes fullness!
In addition to my nightly beauty routine, about 2-3 times a month I’ll do a mask- my favorite being the Clarifying Detox Mask.
I like this mask to get in there and really remove all the trapped dirt and debris that can build up over time. You might look funny while it’s on (like you’re wearing mud on your face!), but it’s a good way to get a laugh out of the kids. It’s activated charcoal and French Kaolin clay detox your pores and leave behind a balanced complexion. It has a blend of Vitamin C and Willowherb extract to brighten and soothe inflamed skin. It’s good stuff!
How to Use: Apply a layer to face and neck, avoiding eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes, allowing mask to dry. Rinse with tepid water then gently pat dry. Use 2-3 times a week or as a spot treatment as needed.
Might as well take advantage of those 10 minutes to relax with a good magazine! I subscribe to a lot of magazines on my iPad, but the Magnolia Journal is one I like to read while holding in my hands. Do you get that magazine? It’s my fave! What are your favorite magazines?
When you rinse that mask off your skin will feel amazing!
WHERE TO START
You might be like I was originally, and have no idea where to start.
But, lucky YOU, Colleen has her personal recommendations online with her recommended routines. That’s a great place to start, but you can also search by your own specific skin concerns (blemishes; fine lines/wrinkles; uneven skin tone; pores; dehydration).
My personal recommendation would be to start with the Discovery Collection. The Discovery Collection is a 7-piece kit that is the best way to get you familiar with the best selling Colleen Rothschild products, including my favorite Radiant Cleansing Balm. It also saves you $55 off the normal price.
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I’d love to hear what skincare products you swear by! Do you have a nighttime skincare routine or stick to one or two things?
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