Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Geek Looks: beauty works at night

One of the things I've had to actively work on and incorporate into my life over this winter is a "night-time beauty" routine.

Part of it was out of necessity of late; winter has made my skin so dry and discomforting that my skin broke out into a giant rash due to an allergy that rarely rears its ugly head.

Another part is that in order to easily fall asleep, it is best for you to have an easy and recognizable routine every night that tells your body to fall asleep.

And a really big part is that when you have to wake up early some mornings for work - and you're not a morning person - it's good to at least be able to take care of your body at some point between asleep and awake.

So this is my beauty routine... at night!

1. e.l.f. Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths

It isn't always nor does it have to be these cleansing cloths that I use for this important step. Really, any generic brand that you can get at any drug store works just as well. Also, if the inherent wastefulness of these wipes is a concern for you, a regular bottle of make-up remover solution or just sticking to a decent scrub of your choice of facial cleanser can also substitute.

 Really this is just an expression of the ever important step of removing the day's make-up and grime from my face as a means to start fresh.

But what I do like about e.l.f. make-up remover cleansing cloths is not just how the solution so gently and easily removes all the gunk from your face, but all for an increadibly affordable $3 CDN! Good for all budgets!

Plus, with the resealable plastic top, it's very easy to bring with you when you travel and it's less likely to dry out over time.

2. Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion

A relatively new addition to the routine, but it really is the most important one and one of the primary reasons why I've decided to stick to a routine.

I've previously been plagued by dry, itchy skin over the winter, but this year has been downright the worst for it, to the point that I've had severe skin allergy reactions because of it. Since the enormous breakout, I've made it my business to minimize its impact on my life (and it really did, and still does, make life very uncomfortable) by making full use of this lotion.

One of the great things about this is that it is made to relieve itchy, extra dry skin and keep the skin moisturized for 24 hours. With both natural colloidal oatmeal, a proven ingredient that relieves itching, and also a cooling menthol that also helps relieves itching, it makes my nights easier to deal with.

And it's not that expensive. This can be found at any major drug store at less than $10.

3. e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliator

This was one of the first things I purchased from e.l.f and I think it's brilliant. Made from a "sweet sugar and smoothing sensation, infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils to nourish and protect" your lips by removing dry and chapped skin. It feels great when I use it and makes my mouth feel that much better after enough exposure to the cold air in Canada.

It's also a wonderfully affordable $3 via their website, or I assume any place that carries e.l.f. cosmetics.

 It also goes well with this next step.

4. Sally Hansen Overnight Lip Recovery

This was actually something I found at my local Dollarama (for $2), but I assume this can be found at any drug store as well.

It's a little bit heavier and harder-core than a regular chap stick, which I guess is something that can also be used in place of something this specialized, but with how the weather has been going and how much I hate chapped lips, I made this a part of the routine.

It works like a gloss actually, and feels like a gloss, but it is a little more 'jelly' than gloss too, if you know what I mean.

5. UNT C*Clarity Ascorbic Brightening Serum

Now this is probably the most specialized of my routine as this was purchased specially for the fact that according to the UNT website when I bought it, it was made to be applied at night. It also closed a significant gap in my fight against dark spots.

This serum contains 20% L-ascorbic Acid, which is the maximum that your skin can absorb at once, to supply your skin with a large amount of highly concentrated vitamin-C which in its purest form, helps brighten your skin and smooths the complexion. It's a bit on the pricey side, coming in at around $25 CDN but for what I'm working towards I'm willing to swallow the price.

As for the link, it's Amazon, because for some reason, it's no longer available through the main UNT website from which I originally purchased it. Huh.

Now I can't tell you how well it works, but it is a runny and oily product. And from time-to-time it can feel a little too harsh for my skin. Which is why I incorporated the next step in my routine.

6. Neutrogena Light Night Cream

Despite my recent issues with dry, itchy skin, one thing I can be glad for is that my face has remained relatively safe of the same consequences. It is neither overly dry nor is it overly oily in its most natural state.

Which is why I chose a relatively light night cream to deal with my face when it does need some TLC, and even then it feels like too much or too heavy for my skin, which is why I sometimes restrict its use to my cheeks, which is at the greatest risk of drying out.

At around $10 from any local drug store, it is my chosen brand until I run out of it for now in any case.

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