Evening Skincare Routine

Hi Lovlies, following up on my morning routine post, is my evening skincare routine. I use a bit more products in the evenings,  I enjoy my evening routine more, self care is important guys💕


I double cleanse every night.

First cleanse is to remove makeup and sunscreen. I apply my first cleanse with clean dry hands on a dry face, massage, add a bit of water massage again and then wipe of the emulsified mess with the makeup eraser cloth, rinse then start my second cleanse.

Second cleanse is to remove any residue left over
*Concentrate on the perimeters of the face, I find that I miss this part the most with my first cleanse.
**You don’t need to have two different cleansers, you can use the same cleanser twice. But using a gentler cleanser first prevents stripping the skin
***Micellar water is great as a first cleanse followed by a more traditional cleanser. I wouldn’t double cleanse with just micellar water, I dont think its very effective in this regard and even though most say not to rinse off, micellar water has sufactants in it that can dry out the skin if not rinsed off.


As mentioned in my AM routine, I use hydrating toners to soften, balance and prep my skin for the steps that follow.

Serums and Treatments – my different evening skincare routine serums and treatments

This part of my routine is where the products deviate the most.
I have five different evening routines that I rotate.


Helps with cell turnover, acne, pigmentation, melasma and anti aging. Its the purest form of vitamin A and the only thing that has been proven to help with wrinkles. I’m using it for anti aging, pigmentation and melasma mainly.
Con: prescription in SA, but some of the ladies have mentioned that you can just go to a GP and get a script, no need for a dermatologist.
I started out using The Ordinary Retinol 1%, they have a great range of retinols.
*Retinol is something you have to acclimatise your skin too, do not start with the highest percentage first.

Cosrx AHA/ Clarifying Treatment Toner and Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
As mentioned in my last blog post BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid),works by clearing out the pores from the inside out. AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) exfoliates the skin. The toner sprays out a fine mist, the consistency is like water, absorbs easily and does not sting eyes, no scent.

The Cosrx Blackhead Power Liquid is a bit more viscous than toner, it still absorbs easily. 

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
Is a potent antioxidant that improves skin texture and tone. ALA can also help reduce swelling and puffiness and enhances the skin’s exfoliating capacity, so that your skin cells can shed naturally. It’s sensitive to sunlight and should only be used at night, 2 to 3 times a week. This really gives me glowy skin the next morning. It does have a smell of sulphur to me-some people don’t experience any smell at all

Innisfree Green Barley Overnight Peeling Mask
Contains AHA and BHA for skin turnover. The AHA and BHA encourages healthy skin turnover(exfoliates), improve moisture retention, unclog pores, reduce inflammation. Other ingredients such as Glycerin and extracts of Barley seed, Rice, Tangerine peel, Orchid, Green tea, and Prickly pear, helps to keep the skin hydrated, supple

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
This is an 10 minute rinse off exfoliating masque. AHA exfoliates the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. BHA also exfoliates the skin and helps clear pore congestion. These two ingredients combined helps blemishes and improves skin radiance. This peel is AMAZING my skin feels softer and glows, pores are cleared out and smooth. Highly recommend this one

Tretinoin Routine 
First Cleanse: Miniso Sakura Water Bright Cleansing Balm
Second Cleanse: Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
*Even though this is a morning cleanser I use it at night cos it cleans without stripping my skin
Toner: I pat on 3 different toners, Tretinoin can dry the skin out
-Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin
-Hada Labo 
-Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner
Tretinoin: You have to wait atleast 30 minutes after toning to apply tret. Tret must be applied to dry skin
Moisturizer: Jelly Pack
Eye Cream: Bioderma Sensibio Eye
*I apply this to my lips as well and seal in the moisture with Burts Bees Lip Balm

Bha Routine 

Cleansers: Same as above
Toner: Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner 
Serum: Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
Moisturizer: same as above

Alpha Lipoic Acid routine 
Cleanser: Same as above
Toner: Hada Labo 
Antioxidant: Ala 
Mosturizer: Same as above

Hydration Routine
Cleanser: Same as above
Toners: I pat on 3 different toners
-Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin
-Hada Labo 
-Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner
Essence: Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence AND Snail Bee High Content Essence
Moisturizer: Innisfree Green Barley Overnight Peeling Mask

Twice a week I use The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Cleanser: Same as above
Wait until completely dry
Aha/bha Peel:10min then rinse off
Hydrating toners:
-Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin
-Hada Labo 
-Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner
Essence:Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence AND Snail Bee High Content Essence
Moisturizer: Same as above

And finally a good hand cream because our hands always betray our age…we can’t have that now can we😜 Don’t forget to apply spf to them in the morning as well.

Where to buy

Korean Skincare (online): Glow Theory and Butterkup Beauty

Japanese Skincare: Butterkup beauty

The Ordinary SA Stockist(online): Muse Beauty and Bay One For Africa.

Cult beauty is where most ladies buy The Ordinary from, with customs its still cheaper than SA stockists, try to keep your order under R450 and you may not incur customs- this is not guaranteed

Hope you enjoyed reading 🙂



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