Wearing a mask for 6 hours plus or even after an hour of a super sweaty gym sesh will really have your pores crying. The blackheads on my nose are proof of that. Listen, Linda, I know I’m not alone on this one because now there’s even a term for it — maskne. 

After incorporating this nightly ritual, I’ve definitely seen less maskne and more glow from my skin. My simple night time skincare routine works well for me and my somewhat dry skin. I hope it’ll help you feel confident in the skin you’re in while still being mindful of everyone’s safety. And remember, always feel welcome to customize it to your skin needs.  

Step 1: Cleanse

Cleansing is the foundation of our daily and nighttime routines. Washing our face removes dirt, oil, environmental pollutants, and other impurities. Regularly cleansing removes this build up so we can get the most out of our moisturizers and other products. Plus, cleaning and unclogging our pores helps maintain their proper size. 

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If you don’t have a go-to cleanser or you want to make the switch to a clean, anti-inflammatory product, try using booni doon. booni doon offers natural cleansing powder capsules that are designed to fit into your sustainable lifestyle. Everything from its zero-waste design to its EWG Verified natural ingredients will have you and your skin singing in the shower.

Try this: I recently started using a reusable facial scrubber to apply my cleanser. It gently exfoliates and will leave your skin feeling smoother! My blackheads, which are relentless, are also less visible.

Step 2: Mask

On a Monday and a Friday night, so that my skin has a little break in between, I like incorporating a detoxifying mask into my nighttime routine. Clay masks are now one of my favorites since wearing a mask-mask every day. 

I use ALMA’s Detoxing Spirulina Clay Mask to draw out dirt from my pores that I might’ve missed in step one. ALMA’s mask is packed with three powerful, vegan, and organic ingredients — Spirulina, Rhassoul Clay, and French Green Clay. Spirulina is an algae rich with antioxidants, vitamin E, and tyrosine, making it the perfect anti-aging ingredient. Rhassoul clay provides minerals like magnesium and iron to increase your skin’s elasticity and remove blackheads (hallelujah). To complete the dynamic trio, French Green Clay, works to get rid of those dead skin cells. 

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Step 3: Toner

Life brings us wonderful things and not so wonderful things — it’s a balance. Just like life, toner is a balancer. Toner balances our skin’s pH that gets messed up by environmental stressors, over-cleansing, excess oil production, and other stuff. 

Our skin should be a little more acidic than basic so that it can protect us from these everyday disruptors. Your toner restores this acidic pH, delivers instant hydration, and adds essential nutrients like anti-inflammatory properties back into your skin. But, not all toners are equal. Let’s compare cocokind’s two toners — Rose Water + Raspberry Vinegar. 

Rose Water Toner is a refresher that soothes and balances skin (my fave). The Raspberry Vinegar Toner is much more acidic and is amazing for oily or acne-prone skin. It’s also the perfect toner to apply to specific trouble areas like where our masks sit. Try spraying the Raspberry Vinegar Toner on a cotton round pad and then massage it onto your face where your mask was. And, for your forehead, spritz the Rose Water Toner.

Using a toner allows your skin to easily absorb the products we’re going to use in our final steps — hydration.

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Step 4: Moisturize

I’m not a big makeup kind of gal, so moisturizing is a must for me to keep my skin looking plump and vibrant. There are creams, lotions, whips (airy, lightweight creams), and other products out there to help nurture soft and smooth skin. A product I absolutely love is by AAVRANI, a beauty brand that blends modern-day science with ancient, all-natural rituals. Their Softening Hydra-Whip is ultra-hydrating yet lightweight. It’s formulated with organic coconut milk, rosehip seed oils, and shea nuts to restore elasticity, promote collagen production, and retain moisture.

As much as quality hydration is essential, so is its sidekick — the facial massage. Together they promote healthy blood flow to your beautiful face. My grandma always taught me to massage my moisturizer with an upward and outward motion. Our skin is the thinnest around our eyes, so it’s best not to pull or stretch it. Gently pat it in in a circular outward motion. Grandmas really are the best — they nourish our bellies and our skin (shoutout to you Gram, love you <3)! 

Hydra Whip

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Step 5: Oil

With the cold weather creeping in and my heater cranking up, moisture is but an abundance. So that means it’s time for the last, and I must admit my favorite step. Maybe because it gives my skin that instant glow or maybe because I feel somewhat accomplished after finishing my little self-care routine. Anyways, facial oils add that extra layer of hydration that we need during these colder seasons. So, let’s drip, drip, drip, and rub, rub, rub until we glow, glow, glow! My fave facial oil right now is cocokind’s Chia Seed Oil

This entire skincare routine is $161 but, when you use our exclusive CADA codes, you’ll be saving cash + your skin! 

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This article is for informational purposes only, even if and regardless of whether it features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of CADA.