Claire Saliu Makeup Artistry

Makeup Artist, Beauty and Lifestyle blogger and busy Mama.

Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

Nighttime skincare routine

It’s been a while since I did a post on skincare routines and I’ve been using a few new products and rediscovering old favourites over the past few weeks so I thought I would share those with you today. I know that skincare is a very subjective topic, and that everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to lotions and potions, so this is just my view on what works for my skin type.

I’m definitely not a skincare expert and I would never claim to be – so if you have particular skin issues that need addressing, do talk to a specialist or a dermatologist – just putting that out there! But for now, here are my thoughts and what I’ve found has worked for me over the past while. For reference, I have skin that is on the dry side and prone to redness on the cheeks. I also struggle with an oily t-zone which I’m still trying to find a cure for! I’m also in the age bracket that needs to be really upping their anti-ageing game with the fine lines, frown lines and laughter lines creeping in. I won’t tell you my exact age – a lady never tells – but I was a child of the eighties anyway ;)

Makeup Removal.

Penneys PS Face Cleansing Mitt.

Primark Cleansing Mitt
Primark cleansing mitt
primark cleansing mitt

Jennifer Rock from The Skin Nerd  was the innovator who brought the first microfibre cleansing mitts to Ireland and many brands have followed suit since. These white ones from Penneys/Primark have a smoother microfibre side and a waffle fabric exfoliating side. I’ve been experimenting with these mitts as a gentler way to pre-cleanse instead of using micellar water and I’m very pleasantly surprised by these. I’ll have a full review soon on the blog but I’ve been using this to remove the excess makeup before going in for a deep cleanse with the Cailyn balm. At €3 for 3 cloths they are an absolute bargain!

Cailyn Dissolv’It Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm.

Cailyn Dissolv It balm

 As the name suggests, this is a balm that dissolves and remove makeup, even of the waterproof variety. I wrote a full review on this product recently which you can find here but I use a quarter- sized amount, massage into the face and gently over closed eyes. The balm reacts to your body temperature and transforms into an oil to gently dissolve makeup and after massaging into the skin for a minute or two you rinse it off with warm water. If you read my review post you will know that I absolutely love this product and will definitely be repurchasing it. It’s so gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling soft and clean without feeling dry or tight. I am also prone to redness on the cheeks if a cleanser is too harsh and thankfully this doesn’t have that effect. You can find this on the Cailyn Ireland website and selected pharmacies too such as Inish Pharmacy and Sam McCauleys.

Freedom Makeup Pro Studio Radiance Tonic.

Freedom Pro Studio Radiance Tonic

I’m not 100% sure of my verdict on this toner yet. It is an exfoliating toner, similar to the much-loved Pixi Glow Tonic and is meant to even out skin tone for a cleaner, brighter, more glowing complexion.
I have tried a sample-sized bottle of the Pixi toner and while it was too small a quantity to form a full opinion over several weeks, I would say that the two products are quite similar yet the Freedom Makeup version is a much lower price. I sweep this over my T-zone – forehead, nose and chin after cleansing to remove any remaining product and to refresh the skin. I have been avoiding using anything more than a slight sweep of this on my cheeks due to the aforementioned redness though. I bought mine here on theTam Beauty website.


Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum.

Botanics Radiance All Bright Serum

You might have already seen my review of this serum back in January - but if not you can check it out hereThis serum is part of the Botanics All Bright range which claims to give a visible radiant glow and contains natural AHAs from the hibiscus flower to act as mild exfoliators and leave the skin smoother and brighter. 

Botanics Radiance All Bright Concentrate Serum

Due to the gentle exfoliants in it, my skin definitely feels smoother and more refined after use and its absorbs really quickly into the skin. You only need about two drops of this for the entire face and a little goes a long way. I've been using this since December and it's almost finished at this point so I'll be on the lookout for a new serum then..

Eye Cream.

Aldi Vitacell Eye Cream.

Aldi Vitacell Eye Cream

 As you might have guessed, I can’t pass up a bargain and this was another recent skincare launch from Aldi. (And no, I’m not sponsored by Aldi although sometimes you might think it!) The Vitacell range was another anti ageing range, this time containing another complex called TCR3 to help reduce fine lines. It contains stem cells from sea plants to improve structure and elasticity of the skin.

The texture is a cream but it feels quite light and non-greasy on the skin. Patted into the under-eye area, I do feel that it helps reduce the puffiness and dark circles that inevitably come with parenting!

Facial Oil.

Ultrapure Laboratories Certified Organic Rosehip Oil.

Rosehip Oil

This is an old but firm favourite in my night time regime. Rosehip oil is brilliant for rehydrating dry or damaged skin on the face and neck and it is known to have various anti ageing and anti oxidant properties too.

If you would like to read my full review on this wonder product you can find it here but in short, two drops of this oil gently massaged into the face and neck under night cream will really improve the look and softness of your skin by the following morning. Some use this under their day cream too but I find it a little too rich for that especially at this time of the year.

Night Cream.

Skin Chemists Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream.

Skin Chemists night cream

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Skin Chemists to ask if I would like to try out their new night cream and when I heard more about it, I decided that it would definitely be something that I would like to test. The name is most certainly a mouthful but essentially the Pro-5 Collagen range is a range of skincare designed for skin showing the early signs of ageing. It aims to boost skin elasticity and even out skin tone.This was designed based on research that your skin is in its most restorative state as you sleep.

Skin Chemists night cream

 The main active ingredients in this cream are:

-Gatuline Bio – which I’ve never heard of – to promote skin regeneration and hydrate the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
-Matrixyl 3000 – also another ingredient I’m not familiar with – to help even out and mattify the complexion. 

The aim of these ingredients is to stimulate collagen production within the skin – and collagen is what keeps our skin firm. The levels of collagen in our skin decrease as we get older hence these types of ingredients to replace it.

One of the first things I noticed about this product was the unusual packaging – instead of the standard glass jars that a lot of night creams come in, this comes in sleek yellow and silver packaging with a pump dispenser.The next thing I noticed was the texture – it’s a gel-cream like texture, similar to the Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep cream that I’ve used in the past – and is not as rich as some night creams as a result. This would make it suitable for skin that is on the oiler side – and as I have an oily t-zone this suits me also. Similar to the Aldi serum, this has a subtle shimmer running through it too

I use two pumps to cover the entire face, massaging gently after I’ve applied the rosehip oil. I do concentrate the rosehip oil on my cheeks, forehead and neck and tend to avoid putting it on the oily T-zone otherwise my nose is still shiny the following morning! The night cream also absorbs easily into the skin – and in combination with the above products, I find that the following morning, my skin feels plumper and more hydrated.

It’s probably a little more expensive than my own usual night cream, to be fair, with an RRP of €84.90 on the Skin Chemists website, but it is very much in line with other prices on the luxury end of the skincare spectrum. 

If this is a little out of your price range, then you might be interested to know that I'm running a competition in the next day or two over on my Facebook page where you can win one for yourself. I received two to test out due to one parcel going missing but seeing as I only have one face and I'm a nice person, I'm giving away the other :) So do keep an eye on the page for details very soon!

It really is so important to choose the right night cream, oil or serum to best suit your skin type as it really affects how your skin will look when you wake up. At the moment, all of these combined work great for me and I will definitely continue using them all.

I would love to know what your current skincare favourites are and what your night time routine involves? Do let me know in the comments below!

Bye for now,

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*Some of these products were sent to me for the purpose of testing and reviewing but that does not have any influence over my opinion of the product, and all views are entirely my own! : )

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