My Not-So-Basic Evening Skincare Routine

evening skincare routine

My evening skincare routine has a lot more steps than what I do during the day because I’m not rushing to go anywhere. The products have a chance to sink in properly before moving onto the next step and I think this helps them to work better. Now more than ever I feel that continuing to do my routine helps me maintain a sense of normalcy. By the time we’re done with this situation my skin is going to look good AF. Keep reading to see my current nighttime products.

Skin type: combination skin with an oily t-zone and normal everywhere else

Skin issues: hyperpigmentation leftover from hormonal acne and a sudden reaction to dairy

It’s important to note that I always wash my hands before starting either of my routines.

Micellar water

I’m required to go into the office once a week. On those days I’ll wear makeup so I have to be a little more intensive with my cleansing. I apply micellar water on a reusable cotton pad to remove my eye makeup before heading to the bathroom to remove the rest. I’m not a fan of using balms or cleansing oils on my eyes because they’re always left cloudy and end up watering most of the night. Products of choice: La Roche Posay or Simple.


Oil cleanser

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Oil cleansers contain emulsifiers that help to break down the makeup for removal. Since my skin tends to hate anything heavy, I go for oils that are lightweight like grapeseed, cottonseed, and sunflower. Currently I use the Sephora Collection Supreme Cleansing Oil to remove my face makeup. It’s lightly fragranced but there are plenty of others out there that are fragrance-free.

Face cleanser

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To get rid of the oil from the previous step, next I go in with a face cleanser. I love a good face cleanser probably because it gives me instant gratification seeing my face clean afterward. I’m currently rotating between 2 cleansers that have very different textures. Krave Beauty’s Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser looks like jelly, feels like gel, and hydrates like a cream. I was expecting this to leave my face feeling dry like some cleansers with a similar texture but it’s very hydrating.

I alternate Krave’s cleanser with the recently acquired Milk Makeup Vegan Milk cleanser (read my short review here). To add onto it, the consistency reminds me of hair conditioner and I initially doubted it’s effectiveness at cleaning. To my surprise, it’s been really good at removing any traces of makeup not caught by the cleansing oil.

Micellar water

Okay so after I wash my face I go in with micellar water yet again to make sure there is absolutely no makeup left, paying extra attention to my hairline.


As mentioned in my daytime skincare post, my faves at the moment are the Klairs Supple toner and the Trader Joe’s Rose Water Facial Toner (not available online). I apply both to my fingertips and then pat gently onto my face.

AHA/BHA serum


My main skin concern is clearing hyperpigmentation so most of the treatments that I purchase target this. Right now I’m using the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum and even though I’ve only been using this for about 3 weeks, I’m loving the results. My cycle came on and I didn’t get any hormonal acne like I normally do and it’s thanks to this product.

This serum is a lightweight texture and has a thicker consistency than most serums, almost like a thin lotion. It doesn’t have a fragrance and reminds me of the Dr. Dennis Gross Vitamin C + Ferulic serum.

There was a slight tingle I felt when I first started applying it but that stopped as my skin got used to it. I’ll apply 1-1.5 pumps of this serum all over my face before my toner has a chance to dry completely. If there’s anything left on my fingers I’ll apply the rest on my neck as well.


Eye cream


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I use the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream that comes in the set I mentioned in my last post. I’m not sure if this actually does anything significant or not but I like the way it feels when I apply it. It’s gentle enough to moisturize my under eyes and gentle


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Moisturizing for me can be tricky. If I use something too heavy, it’ll cause me to break out. One of my favorite moisturizers to use at night is the Elf Hello Hydration Face Cream. It’s lightly fragranced but if that bothers you they have a fragrance-free version as well. I apply about a nickel-sized amount all over my face and my neck.



rosehip seed oil
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The Ordinary’s Rose Hip Seed Oil is used applying moisturizer on the nights that I’m feeling a bit dry/dehydrated. Since I started using this a couple of months ago I’ve been reaching for it in place of moisturizer most of the time and I’ve been liking the results. When I wake up, my face is less oily yet feels

Lip mask

carenel lip mask evening skincare routine
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Last but certainly not least, the lips. I strayed away from using my trusty old Vaseline and purchased the Care:nel Lip Sleeping Mask. It’s a dupe of the one by Laneige and comes in a 3-pack on Amazon. Honestly, this stuff is better than Vaseline and I’m never going back. I wake up with the most kissable lips I’ve ever had. It has a thick consistency which I think contributes to it lasting throughout the night, unlike my former love (take that how you will).

Do you have an evening skincare routine? Have you adjusted it in the past few weeks? Do you find yourself constantly trying new products or sticking with the ones you have? Anything I should add to my list? Let’s chat below.

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