Nighttime Skin Care Routine for Sensitive Skin

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Skincare products can be labeled “natural” and “for all skin types” yet still do more harm than good. Your nighttime skin care routine can be damaging if you fall for the notion that physically cleaner skin equals clearer skin.

Natural skincare products can still contain harsh sulfates, such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). SLS is the ingredient used to make cleansers foam up, leaving your skin feeling squeaky clean. Unfortunately, it’s also a known irritant that can damage & dry out your skin. And skincare companies continue to include SLS in their cleansers, knowing that consumers hold onto the belief that squeaky clean skin is the answer to clearing problem skin.

Have you used a foamy cleanser that cleared up your acne initially then led to horrible breakouts? I experienced this with popular “all-natural” products, and I was devastated because I thought I was doing everything right. I found that natural doesn’t always mean gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Fast forward to 2015 when I found the magic of oils and realized SLS & synthetic fragrance were the culprits for my skincare problems. My nighttime skin care routine is now filled with cleansers that remove makeup without drying my skin, heavy moisturizers that sink into instead of melting off my face, and oils that clear & protect my skin instead of wreaking havoc in the form of acne.

Remember when “oil-free” used to be the only thing we looked out for when buying skin care products? Now I’d choose oil products over “all-natural, oil-free” products any day. Read more about why I started using oil products in my Biossance Squalane Oil review here.

Do you have acne or sensitive skin? Check out this nighttime skin care routine for sensitive skin that balances oil production and calms redness & irritation. It includes an oil cleanser to remove makeup, a non-drying clarifying cleanser, a gentle exfoliator, dark spot corrector, acne treatment, anti-aging oil, and a hydrating mask. #acne #oilyskin #combinationskin #dryskin

Below, I listed my nighttime skin care routine in the order that I use them. These products moisturize & keep my sensitive, acne-prone, & combination skin feeling healthy. I no longer experience dryness, tightness, itchiness, or irritation & my acne-prone skin has minimal acne, no more breakouts, and no oil slick throughout the day.

Since my skin is sensitive to synthetic fragrance, my entire skincare routine is fragrance-free & SLS-free–great for highly sensitive skin!

Squalane Antioxidant Cleansing Oil

1. Biossance Squalane Oil + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil

I double-cleanse using half a pump of this cleansing oil first to gently remove all my makeup, so feel free to skip this step if you didn’t wear any. It feels great to massage my face with oil after a long day, and I’m happy to report that it washes off easily with no heavy oil film left!

Tip: Apply Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil with dry hands on a dry face. This keeps the product in oil form to effectively break down makeup. Once you rub it all over your face, apply water. It turns into a milky solution that easily washes off!

See my full review of Biossance Squalane Oil products here.

Another cheaper alternative I love: LATHER Blue Chamomile Makeup Remover*. A gentle makeup remover that leaves your skin feeling fresh. It has azulene (blue chamomile), amino acids, and aloe vera, which calm & protect your skin. I love using it before naps when I’m too lazy to do my entire skin care routine.

LATHER Blue Chamomile Makeup Remover - Do you have acne or sensitive skin? Check out this nighttime skin care routine for sensitive skin that balances oil production and calms redness & irritation. It includes an oil cleanser to remove makeup, a non-drying clarifying cleanser, a gentle exfoliator, dark spot corrector, acne treatment, anti-aging oil, and a hydrating mask. #acne #oilyskin #combinationskin #dryskin

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Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser - Do you have acne or sensitive skin? Check out this nighttime skin care routine for sensitive skin that balances oil production and calms redness & irritation. It includes an oil cleanser to remove makeup, a non-drying clarifying cleanser, a gentle exfoliator, dark spot corrector, acne treatment, anti-aging oil, and a hydrating mask. #acne #oilyskin #combinationskin #dryskin

2. Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

I switched from Youth to The People – Superfood Cleanser to this cleanser for the added benefits. Both are great gel cleansers that foam without harsh sulfates, but Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser also tightened & firmed my skin with lycopene and hydrolyzed wheat protein (safe for gluten intolerance since it’s too large to get absorbed by the skin). I truly felt a huge difference in my skin after just a few days!

I use a full pump twice a day (AM + PM), and every time it feels like my skin hits the restart button. My face feels clean & refreshed–no dryness!

It also doubles as an exfoliating mask–just leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing.

Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA Face Exfoliator - Do you have acne or sensitive skin? Check out this nighttime skin care routine for sensitive skin that balances oil production and calms redness & irritation. It includes an oil cleanser to remove makeup, a non-drying clarifying cleanser, a gentle exfoliator, dark spot corrector, acne treatment, anti-aging oil, and a hydrating mask. #acne #oilyskin #combinationskin #dryskin

3. Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA Face Exfoliator in rotation with ACURE Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub

I’ve been using Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA Face Exfoliator for almost a year now, and it’s done an amazing job at toning down my dark spots and acne scars while preventing any new ones from sticking around.

For those that are worried about the cost of Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA Face Exfoliator, it’s been 9 months since I bought it, and I still have half a bottle left!

Apply Kale-Lalu-yAHA Face Exfoliator with a cotton pad. You’ll want to be careful when starting and slowly incorporate it into your routine. Since it has alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), it can make your skin feel dry & irritated if you use it more than needed. I found that my skin only needs it every other night, so I use it in rotation with ACURE Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub.

Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub

When I use ACURE Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub, I notice that my skin needs a little more hydration since the physical exfoliants remove any moisture my cleansers may have left. I make sure to spray my face with the toner I use every morning (either Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner or Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist) to set my skin and help my oil products lock in more moisture!

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

A great alternative for travel: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. I used these pads for a year before I switched to Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA Face Exfoliator. They’re still a great option for sensitive skin!

LATHER Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract - Do you have acne or sensitive skin? Check out this nighttime skin care routine for sensitive skin that balances oil production and calms redness & irritation. It includes an oil cleanser to remove makeup, a non-drying clarifying cleanser, a gentle exfoliator, dark spot corrector, acne treatment, anti-aging oil, and a hydrating mask. #acne #oilyskin #combinationskin #dryskin

5. LATHER Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract

I use this mask twice a week. It’s a life-saver during exam weeks when my skin looks STRESSED OUT.

LATHER Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract keeps redness & dryness at bay. It calms down the little bumps on my head and keeps my skin hydrated even during winter.

When you use this mask, you can end the skin care routine here. It’s a leave-on mask!

Apply a thick layer and leave it on for 20 minutes. You don’t have to wash it off–just rub it in when the 20 minutes are up. It’s amazing how much sinks into your skin!

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When I don’t use this mask, I go onto my next step…

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

6. Biossance – Squalane Oil + Vitamin C Rose Oil

I only use 3 drops twice a day (AM + PM), and it lasts me a long time! The vitamin C + rose oil helps brighten & even skin tone. I apply this oil anywhere I have redness/dark spots (mainly my T-zone from past breakouts). I dab remaining oil around my eyes & lips because it also prevents fine lines & wrinkles.

This oil absorbs super fast, and I don’t have to wait to apply other oils. There’s no stinging or irritation, and it lightened up my redness and most of my dark spots within a few days! I fell in love with Biossance after trying this!

See my full review of Biossance Squalane Oil products here.

Herbivore - Lapis Facial Oil - Do you have acne or sensitive skin? Check out this nighttime skin care routine for sensitive skin that balances oil production and calms redness & irritation. It includes an oil cleanser to remove makeup, a non-drying clarifying cleanser, a gentle exfoliator, dark spot corrector, acne treatment, anti-aging oil, and a hydrating mask. #acne #oilyskin #combinationskin #dryskin

7. Herbivore – Lapis Facial Oil

The main ingredient for this product is Blue Tansy oil, and it’s the only non-drying oil I’ve found that reduces redness & inflammation and prevents acne as an anti-bacterial. I was so close to buying Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, but I figured if salicylic acid dried out my skin before, why would salicylic acid mixed with oil be any better?

Before I found this product, I used organic lavender & tea tree essential oils mixed in jojoba oil to combat acne for 3 years. They cleared up my skin but not without creating dry spots.

I no longer have to worry about applying makeup over dry spots & dense oils as this oil plays perfectly with other oils. Lapis has a combination of jojoba & squalane oil, which in combination remain lightweight. They’re both oils I trust to balance sebum production. I use two drops twice a day (AM + PM) to prevent acne and calm my skin.

Blue Tansy oil is everything for acne-prone skin (that’s why I use Herbivore’s Resurfacing Clarity Mask for my morning skincare routine)! If you want to try both the oil & mask without breaking the bank, there’s a gift set with mini versions at Sephora for under $50.

Acure also has a cheaper alternative under $13 called ACURE Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil. I haven’t tried it because it’s not fragrance-free, but I’ve heard it’s great for sensitive skin!

Herbivore - Orchid Facial Oil - Do you have acne or sensitive skin? Check out this nighttime skin care routine for sensitive skin that balances oil production and calms redness & irritation. It includes an oil cleanser to remove makeup, a non-drying clarifying cleanser, a gentle exfoliator, dark spot corrector, acne treatment, anti-aging oil, and a hydrating mask. #acne #oilyskin #combinationskin #dryskin

8. Herbivore – Orchid Facial Oil

This youth-preserving oil is heaven-sent. It smells AMAZING due to the orchid extract & Japanese camellia flower oil. Both combat free radicals, support natural elasticity, and protect against premature aging with vitamins & fatty acids.

Now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I wanted to incorporate an anti-aging product into my nightly routine. I pat on two drops on my entire face AND neck at night. The layered oils sink in within 5 minutes.

The last 3 oils I mentioned are expensive, but each product lasts at least a few months. If you’re hesitant to commit to the full price for this product, try the mini version first!

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