Disclaimer: I bought this.
In the last couple weeks, I have adopted a new nighttime skincare routine.
At the end of the night, before I go to bed, I grab a wash cloth and crack open my Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, then finish with the TonyMoly Magic Food Banana Sleeping Pack.
In two days of practicing this routine, I calmed a weeks-long, mild flareup of my rosacea, minimizing the redness, nearly eliminating the itchiness and minimizing the red bumps on my cheeks, nose and forehead.
And that is why after only two weeks, I’m writing about my new nighttime skincare routine. Because in a very, very brief amount of time, it made a huge difference for my skin.
Let me tell you a bit more about the individual products, though, because they are unique and wonderful in their own right.
As you may know, Pixi has collaborated with four beauty and lifestyle gurus to create the gurus’ “dream” beauty products. No surprise to see Caroline Hirons work with Petra on a Skintreats product! I love her skincare savvy, and I was interested in trying it when I first saw it in action at the Target spring beauty preview.
Let me explain this 2-in-1.
One side has a solid cleansing oil, containing Vitamin E that protects and conditions skin, Omega-rich Cameillia Oil to nourish skin and Evening Primrose Oil to heal and moisturize skin. It’s designed to basically melt your makeup off.
Pixi’s Global Makeup Artist Amanda Bell said the Cleansing Cream side is like the treatment aspect of the duo. It has
Vitamin C to promote collagen and protect skin, Peptide Complex to relax and plump lines and Arginnie to improve cell renewal and skin elasticity.
I thought I’d give you a demonstration of this in action. Not sure, after seeing the pictures, what possesses me to show these pictures, but aren’t you always curious about skincare in action? Skincare is a hard thing to share in photos. It’s easy to show a mask on a face but it’s more difficult and uglier to show the cleansing process, amiright?! Anyway, here I am, with a cruddy face of makeup at the tail end of a work day:
I applied the oil, rubbing it into my skin in a circular motion. You don’t need a big glob of it, because as you use it it melts on your face and is easy to blend:
The directions advise you to wipe this off with a moist wash cloth, which I did.
You immediately follow with the Cleansing Cream side:
And again, a little goes a long way and I used a little too much.
You wipe this off with a moist wash cloth, as well. Here I am, post Double Cleanse:
Post cleanse, my skin felt nice and soft. You can see that I still had a bit of mascara clinging on my lashes and water line, so I went back and cleaned up my eyes with a Kleenex Eye Makeup Remover.
Cleansing complete, time to move onto my nighttime moisturizer!
Banana Sleeping Pack
TonyMoly Banana Sleeping Pack was a random purchase I made over the holidays at Ulta. I also picked up the Banana Hand Milk, but I reviewed that for another blogger as a guest, so I’ll share more about that later!
I thought I’d heard of the brand before, but I didn’t know anything about it. I tried to read the packaging but the majority of it is in Korean. I Googled, of course, to learn more, and found on the UrbanOutfitters.com site (because some items from the brand are sold there too!) that the brand name literally translates to “stylish packaging,” which makes sense because how adorable is that banana-shaped tube?! It’s kind of awkward because you can’t stand it up on your sink but it is really cute and compact, fitting into my hand well.
I haven’t particularly thought of banana as a redness reducer, but I know that it’s a great skincare additive, packed with potassium, magnesium and a variety of other vitamins and benefits. I’ve used masks with banana in them in the past so I took a chance and started applying this on my freshly-washed skin at night.
Here I am post-Pack:
The Sleeping Pack is a dense, thick moisturizer designed for overnight use, working while you literally get your beauty sleep. The instructions advise you to apply generously to your face and neck, which I did.
I made the mistake one night of applying it a couple hours before bedtime, forgetting for a moment that it’s designed for sleep, and my skin felt greasy, and a little tacky, and I never made that mistake again.
When I wake up, my skin feel incredible, but feels oily from the product that is now several hours old on my face, partially not absorbed.
I immediately jump in the shower when I wake up in the morning, so I don’t need to wash it off before doing anything else.
The first day I used both of these products, I was in the midst of a horrible outbreak of red bumps on my forehead, cheeks, nose and redness all over, my rosacea a bit angered. My face itched. I was a bit nervous starting a new skincare routine – I play so fast and loose with my sensitive skin, I know.
But the next morning, my skin looked 80% better after using both of these products. I still had redness and bumps, but everything was minimized, including the itching, was huge.
The third night, my husband and I were tending to our toddler and I caught my makeup-less reflection in the mirror. I hadn’t worn any product that day, and I noticed that the red bumps from my cheeks and forehead were minimized, if not gone, and my overall facial redness was 90% down. My skin almost appeared as if I didn’t have rosacea. Almost.
I couldn’t believe the difference in my skin from two or three days prior. I even made a comment to my husband, who probably didn’t care (but said something sweet about always thinking my face looked good, lol!) that I couldn’t believe how good my skin looked.
I will say, after the two weeks of using it, when I skip this routine in favor of wipes and no moisturizer, my underlying rosacea problems come back to the surface. So this is in no way curing my skin condition, it’s merely helping it.
Anyway, I usually don’t rush to discuss skincare products after I fully test them out. I think cleansers are pretty straightforward, and I know my skin well enough to know that if I’m going to react, it’s going to be within those first 24 hours. But I do want to disclose and remind, I’m not a skincare expert, I’m a beauty enthusiast who likes to experiment and in my experimentation, I feel I’ve struck a golden nighttime routine for myself. I can’t say if this will work the same way for you, or that you should use these products together. But whether together or individually, I would recommend these products based on my experiences!
You can find TonyMoly Magic Food Banana Sleeping Pack for $16.50 on the Ulta website here, or in stores.
I’m very curious to know – what is your nighttime skincare routine? How many steps does it have?