Since we have transitioned from Winter to Spring (to Summer in Vegas speak) my skin has already yielded to signs of rampant dryness trying to adjust to the changing climate and weather conditions on top of having to run the AC basically full-time already. My skin is a classic normal/dry type with it being normal for most of the year. However, once it hits the 80’s my skin instantly becomes drier and reacts with a severe bout of flakiness on the cheeks as well as around the eyes and nose area. While anti-aging is at the core of my focus when it comes to skincare, for Spring and Summer I tend to shift gears to full-on hydration in order to keep my skin optimally moisturized and hydrated.
Over the years my nighttime routine has steadily increased to more complex and nowadays involves a lot more steps and products I rotate between. As I’ve aged I have learned that my skin can behave differently from day to day due to a variety of reasons and that one product is not the fix-all to every issue. I’ve also found that aside from anti-aging, my skin needs an added boost of moisture since it contributes to the overall health of the skin. When we sleep our bodies go into repair mode and essentially restores itself overnight, this accounts for the skin as well so this is why I focus heavily on applying the right products at night so my skin can restore itself properly. I prefer lightweight products so they don’t feel heavy or clog my pores.
Masks & Moisturizers
- Tatcha The Water Cream ($68 / 1.7 oz – 50 ml | reviewed here) – is my favorite moisturizer for both day and nighttime. This is a very lightweight but super hydrating cream. The Water Cream delivers a refreshing, luxurious spa-like experience balancing hydration as well as clarifying and refining the skin by tightening pores and smoothing out texture. Has a touch of 23-karat gold and it does give the skin a really fresh glow when you use it overnight
- Belif The Moisturizing Eye Bomb ($48 / 0.84 fl oz – 25 ml| reviewed here) – is a super lightweight, refreshing eye cream that smooths fine lines with a 26-hour burst of moisture, boosts elasticity, and increases the resilience of the skin for flawless makeup application. It has a pleasant cooling texture and the formula instantly bursts with hydration, almost feeling like water on the skin, and blends seamlessly for a supple, radiant and plump eye area
- Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask ($36 / 0.84 oz – 25 ml | reviewed here) – I like to use in combination with the Belif The Moisturizing Eye Bomb because it really intensifies the hydration and keeps my eyes from becoming flaky due to dryness mainly from running the AC. The First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask is a leave-on, intensively moisturizing mask with a pudding-like texture that provides 360-degree eye care for delicate and sensitive eye areas. It has a cooling and hydrating formula that instantly cools, relieves puffy and tired eyes and prevents visible wrinkles by improving the resilience of the skin around the eye by replenishing its moisture levels
- Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf and Hibiscus Firming Mask ($54 for 3.4 oz/100 ml) – is one of the newest masks from Kiehl’s and something I picked up during the Sephora sale after it kept selling out. This is a sleeping mask that is formulated with sustainably sourced ginger leaf and hibiscus. The hibiscus flower closes at night to preserve its nectar and in this mask it helps to preserve moisture. The mask helps to visibly firm skin while you sleep and reduce the appearance of fine lines over time. I’ve been using the mask every other night since I received it from the first sale weekend and so far I’ve noticed that it is helping to soften some of the lines on my forehead and make my skin look plumper overall. It has a soft creamy texture but it is only moderately moisturizing, I suggest using a light oil or serum underneath
- SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($17 / 1 mask) – provides intense hydration and I think it works wonders to plump up the skin. When it comes to sheet masks, this is hands down the most deeply-hydrating one in my opinion. It’s moisturizing but is not heavy and has a nice dry down. After using it skin feels smooth and almost lifted. The skin is radiant, glows and looks noticeably brighter
Essence, Mist and More
- Caudalie Grape Water ($18 / 6.7 oz – 200 ml) – has been my ride or die face mist for years. I like to spray this on morning and night between the essence and serum steps for an added boost of hydration. It’s just a great refreshing multi-purpose spray that is super hydrating and even feels slightly cooling on the skin – perfect for dealing with heat and dry climates
- May Coop Raw Sauce ($14 / 40 ml) – is a gentle toner, emulsion and essence all-in-one that intensively hydrates and nourishes the skin. Formulated with 93% maple tree sap, skin-nourishing fructan powder (eco-cert certified), and Asian herbal and fruit extracts, the essence supremely hydrates the skin while leaving it feeling soft and dewy. I own quite a few essences but this one is the best in terms of hydration
- Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26 / 0.52 oz – 15 g) – has been a long-time staple of mine and I’ve gone through quite a few tubes over the years. It’s ultra hydrating and plumps the lips. Consistency is a little bit on the thick side but with dabbing of the ring finger all over to disperse product solves that issue. The formula itself is really effective, almost instantly healing dry and chapped lips while it also naturally plumps the lips without any irritation. I use this mask every single night
- Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($26 / 0.15 oz – 4.3 g) – I swipe on after the lip mask has had time to settle a bit. This ultra-hydrating lip treatment corrects and conditions lips for a smooth, youthful-looking finish and is scientifically proven to repair the lips – significantly boosting moisture, enhancing volume, and improving the definition of the lip area. This combo has been so effective for me in terms of keeping my lips from severely drying out because of the AC blowing. Once I wake up my lips feel incredibly healthy, super soft, smooth and not to mention conditioned and hydrated
That rounds up my current nighttime skincare routine for hydration and firming. I’m always testing new products so this lineup might not stay the same for long. One thing I’d like to explore more are face oils but I’m so afraid of them clogging up my pores and causing to breakout my skin. If you have any favorite face oils or general skincare you like to use at night let me know in the comments!