My evening skincare routine

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 Skincare

In the early days of my blog, about six months ago, I wrote a post about my skincare routine. In that time, my routine has changed a bit AKA become more complicated so I feel like now is the time to update you all on what I use. This is going to be a long post, so settle in as I go over allll of the skincare I’ve been using in the evening. My products of choice seem to change fairly often, but these have been staples for a while now, and I would recommend them. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, but this is keeping my dry, acne-prone skin in reasonably good shape.

Garnier micellar water, cetaphil cleanser, plantae eye cream, paulas choice benzoyl peroxide, hydraluron,

Makeup removal

My main makeup remover is Garnier Micellar Water, which works really well at removing every trace of my makeup. It feels a bit cruel recommending it, knowing it’s not available in NZ where the majority of my readers are, but it IS available from Feel Unique if you desperately want it. In lazy times I use makeup removal wipes by Simple or Fuss Free Naturals as they work pretty well and don’t sting my eyes at all.


I have quite a few different cleansers, and seem to be constantly accumulating them from subscription boxes, goodie bags and pr companies. I rotate between them all, at the moment I have Glamourflage, Trilogy, Simple, Go To Skincare*, and Cetaphil all in my bathroom and they’re all good products. My favourite is Cetaphil, after more than a decade of devoted use it’s always reliable for me. Sometimes I use a konjac sponge, I’m not entirely convinced of how useful it is but it’s a fun novelty anyway.

Garnier Micellar Water and Cetaphil cleanser



After cleansing, I apply Paula’s Choice Benzoyl Peroxide lotion on any pimples I might have. Then I wait for it to dry for a bit, to give it a chance to work – active ingredients need time to sit on the skin, which is why cleansers with active ingredients aren’t very effective. Normally I use Benzac 5% Benzoyl Peroxide which is readily available in supermarkets and pharmacies but there was a sale once so I bought this. Most nights following this I apply Paula’s Choice C15 Resist Super Booster Serum which works well to reduce hyperpigmentation and overall leave a more even skin tone.

Twice a week I use Go To Skincare’s exfoliating swipeys*. These are thin pads soaked with a Lactic Acid liquid that you swipe over your face. It’s such handy packaging, as opposed to having to use cotton pads and try not to make a mess pouring it on. The instructions say to use the swipeys and then rinse your face, but as I have been using lactic acid products for a while I leave it on for maximum effectiveness. Definitely when you are starting out I wouldn’t leave it on for very long, maybe a minute or two. The concentration of lactic acid is at the lower end of the effective spectrum for Alpha Hydroxy Acids which makes it a gentle, yet effective product to use. I have found that it gives my skin a nice radiance and makes it more smooth. They are exclusively available from

Paula's Choice Benzoyl Peroxide, C15 serum and Go to skincare exfoliating swipeys


This is another part of my routine which has frequent changes due to subscription boxes, samples etc. I’m fortunate that my skin can handle this, otherwise it would make being a beauty blogger quite difficult! I’ve been using Indeed Labs Hydraluron underneath my moisturiser in recent months – it’s a hyaluronic acid serum which supposedly works with moisturiser to hydrate your skin. I’m not totally convinced that it makes a difference but I’m going to finish the tube. Moisturisers I use include Sukin Sensitive moisturiser, Cetaphil for very dry skin, and Trilogy Rosehip Oil.

I always used to scoff at the idea of using eye creams, considering them to be pretty much moisturiser but in a smaller and more expensive container. I do still think that’s the case most of the time but I have been enjoying using Plantae skincare Avocado eye cream*. It is very hydrating and I swear that the skin around my eyes has looked more hydrated and the fine lines have been reduced.

Hydraluron, Plantae Avocado eye cream, sukin sensitive moisturiser

As I mentioned in my most important beauty products post the last thing I do before I turn off the light every night is apply lip balm, and it’s always Trilogy Everything Balm. Then, once I’ve turned the light off I use hand cream – currently Anatomicals Help The Paw*. The reason I do it in the dark is so I don’t get hand cream all over the lamp, which is on my side of the bed. Is that wise or what? This hand cream smells so delicious, I end up lying in bed smelling my hands like a weirdo haha!

 Anatomicals Help the paw hand cream

I hope this excessively lengthy post was interesting to those of you who stayed through the entire thing. If you have questions about any of the products, or why I use what i do, let me know and I will be happy to continue going on about skincare in the comments.

lena x*PR sample




  • Where can I find that eye cream you’re using? I soooo need to get into regularly using something

  • Great post Lena! I love skincare routines!!! I need to get my hands on some of the products from Go-To Skincare! The exfoliating swipeys sounds great since I already regularly use AHA’s in my skincare routine anyway 🙂

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

    • They’re so good! An aussie brand but the products are made in NZ. Having it already on the cotton pads is so convenient. It took me ages to get this together because I always change things but these are my core products.

  • Sophie ♥

    I’ve recently picked up that Micellar Water online because it was constantly sold out. It’s such a great alternative to the Bioderma one. I really like Hydraluron too. I feel like it really does brighten the skin+really helps lock in moisture.

    • It removes everything so well, and it means my cleanser can really work on my skin rather than the makeup. I tried Bioderma which was good, but this is so much cheaper and just as good I think. I’m still undecided on Hydraluron – it does seem to be helping, but not making an enormous difference.

  • Great post! This is the first time I’ve heard of a konjac sponge

    • lena

      I have a post coming up all about what it is, and what I think of them.

    • they’re quite interesting! I’m planning on a post about it soon.

  • Lizzy

    I love skin care posts and this was no exception. I reaally want to try the garnier water and compare it to the bioderma one…. Also cetaphil is so great, they are one of the few brands that don’t freak out my skin! xx

    • I truly noticed no diference between the Garnier and Bioderma, and it’s sooo much cheaper. Am a long time Cetaphil fan too.

  • Eep I SO want to try the Go-To skincare range! Have loved Zoe since her Cosmo days and it’s awesome to see the range. The copy’s so cute.

    • Same! I love it – the cleanser and lip balm I also have, and the writing on them is adorable.

  • This was fascinating, especially as someone who’s lucky (useless) if they remember to slap some rose hip oil on their face at night! This was an eye-opener; clearly I need to step my beauty game up!

    • Your skin is so lovely! There’s no *need* to do anything more complicated, but my skin unfortunately requires it

  • annie

    What does the hand cream smell like?

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