As a follow-up to my post about my morning skincare routine, here is what I use in the evenings and why:
Cleanser: make p:rem pH 5.5 low-irritant foam cleanser. I’m testing this one and love it so far! Review forthcoming. (If I have on make-up or sunscreen, I use Boscia’s oil cleanser first. I love this stuff and have been using it for 6+ years.)
Acidic Toner/exfoliator: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W. It has a pH of 3.0 , my review is here. I always order it from Vicki Morav, they have wonderful customer service and always provide generous samples.
Essence: Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence, pH of 5.5. This is a great hydrating essence with hyaluronic acid. It also has hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid which I believe is a low molecular weight which means it will penetrate rather than just sitting on top of the skin. I used to use a very expensive presciption that was just a low molecular weight hyaluronic acid. Now that my insurance doesn’t cover it, I’m always looking for something that could duplicate the effects.
Curology (pH of ~4.5). This is prescribed by an online medical provider. I can’t imagine not using this! My formula is Vitamin C, Niacinamide, and Tretinoin (aka retin A). If anyone needs a referral link for a free trial, here’s mine. Because it is a prescription, it works.
I recently started using the Skinmedica TNS Essential Serum (pH of 4.75) and just realized I used lot of Skinmedica products. It is super expensive but I noticed a lot of dermatologists use it so thought I should try it. I’m starting with only using it at night and will soon begin using it twice a day. I like it a lot so far but it might be too expensive for me to continue using it. I’ll write a full review soon.
I haven’t tested the pH levels of any creams that I use but in case anyone is interested, they are:
Eye Cream: Skinmedica TNS Eye Repair. This is expensive and totally worth it. I’m on my fourth or fifth jar. I also recommended it to my sister-in-law and she likes it so much that she is recommending it to friends.
Night Cream: Skinmedica TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream. I find that my skin can be on the dehydrated side and I think I my skin needs ceramides. I like that this is an inexpensive cream and moisturizes really well. In general, I like that this brand is sold by dermatologists and that unlike that other brand that is also sold by dermatologists (i.e., Skinceuticals) the products aren’t full of parabens.
Neck Cream: DHC CoQ10 Neck Cream. I recently switched to using this one because the neck cream I was using didn’t include retinol as an ingredient. I started using a neck cream a few years ago because my neck is really sensitive. If any of my face creams found their way onto my neck, it would become irritated.
I forgot to include facial oil in the pic. I’m currently using Odacite Sensitive Serum. It has the word “serum” in the name but it is actually an oil. I often use this in the morning as well. I don’t know if the oils in the serum are actually beneficial but I feel like my skin looks less red when I use it. Other times, I’ll use a 100% argan or maracuja oil from Garden of Wisdom.
If you want to see my morning skincare routine, please check out my previous post.