Here are my current products for the evening.
While I don't use all of these products at the same time every evening, I make sure to do a double cleanse - pH balance - treatment - moisture - occlusive cream routine.
Generally, I have combination skin that can get irritated by environmental factors easily. Here you'll see a mix of hydrating, acne, skin repairing products in my routine; just because it's what it needs at the moment.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Lip and Eye Makeup Remover - (prelude) - It's important that I take off my eye makeup first before anything else, so as to prevent any makeup debris from entering my eyes during my actual double cleanse. This remover is gentle and doesn't sting.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Cream - ( 1st Step Double Cleanse) - One five peso sized dollop of this cream can remove all of my makeup. I usually wear just BB Cream or just concealer but I've tried this with medium coverage foundation too. Sometimes I do a round two but with a smaller amount of cream, just to be sure.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser - (2nd Step Double Cleanse) - This has a dense, gentle foam that feels so soft. It takes off all traces of the cleansing cream without leaving my skin tight.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Foam Cleanser - ( 2nd Step Double Cleanse) - On days when my skin feels extra dry, I use this. The foam is not dense and this actually transmits as a low-foam cleanser. I don't feel any trace of the cleansing cream afterward but my skin feels calm, fresh and hydrated.
Avene Thermal Spring Water - Just like in the morning, I use this to balance the ph level of my skin. Since using this again, I feel my skin has been less prone to irritation. we have hard water where we live and I think the sediments in the water contributed greatly in dehydrating and irritating my skin. This thermal water resolves that.
The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Hydrating Toner - (Step 1 Hydration) - On night when I don't use BHA, I put this on as my first step in hydrating my skin. It sets the base for my other products to absorb properly.
CosRx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid - Right now, I'm only using BHA to take care of congested pores and specifically clear out sebaceous filaments on my nose ( the nasty dots that look like blackheads, but aren't). I wait a minimum of 20 minutes for it to absorb. Since I like to linger before bed no matter how late, the waiting time isn't a problem for me in this multi-step routine. The good thing about this BHA is that I've been having less breakouts and it evened out the texture of my skin because it dealt with all the tiny under-the-skin clogs. No more bumpy skin!
On the manner of how I put this on: After wiping off excess Avene Thermal Spring Water, I put one pump of this on my palm then dab with my fingers, concentrating two layers on my nose first then slowly patting my way to the rest of my t-zone. The last bits I pat everywhere else. I only use one pump but your mileage may vary (YMMV). 20-30 minutes later, I apply the rest of my skincare. Here is my separate review.
The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydrating Emulsion - (Hydration) - (Step 2 after Hydrating Toner/ Step 1 after BHA) - This is a new step in my routine. I didn't need to use emulsion for the evenings before. An emulsion is very lightweight but hydrates very deeply. Since I noticed my skin being drier/losing moisture lately, I incorporated this to help solve that.
The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Moisturizer - (Repair) - I didn't include this in the steps because I may or may not use this at night. I add this on when my skin feels sensitized and I need to calm down some form of irritation. This one was especially helpful when I had rashes. I feel it really helped treating the irritation and my skin feels more resilient now.
Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream - Gotta have some form of hydration around my eyes at all time. The whole area around my eyes dry out and get irritated very quickly and this eye cream does a very good job at preventing that.
Smith's Rosebud Salve - On the lips as a lip sleeping mask. It treats the lips and in the morning I just wipe or buff off the dead skin that's been lifted off. Gross but satisfying yet it gives me smooth lips all day; great since I'm very prone to chapped lips. Like my eyes, I need to have some form of moisture on them at all times.
Nivea Creme - (Last Step) - Nivea Creme is THE best occlusive cream out there! It seals in moisture but lets the skin breathe like no other. It has some healing properties as well ( it can be used to help heal cuts and scratches!) because of the Panthenol in it. The one in the tin is just as good. Nivea hasn't been around for more than 100 years for nothing!
CosRx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask - (or this Last Step) - if I really want to treat my skin while sleeping, I'll use an actual sleeping mask chock full of beneficial ingredients like this Propolis one. I don't think this is meant to be used every night but on the nights that I did use it, my face felt extra smooth and supple the following morning.
So there ya have it. A multi-step skincare routine is so great because you're free to customize it with whatever you want, need or feel like adding. But if you noticed, I seem to have no place for sheet masks here or even a serum. That's the thing, I just don't need it right now. If I add any more steps my skin will be stifled already. That will better serve people with drier skins than mine. Anyhow, I approach sheet masks like treats...only once every few times when needed.
Have a great day, you!