registering, regulating, and regimenting skincare regimens: evening non-routines

evening vancouver sunset

From the notepad in the morosophical beautification post:

I don’t want to call what follows in the main notepad below a routine. Sounds too… rigorous? Regular, regulated, religious, repressive? Politically worrying, given the proximity between “regimen” and “régime”? Quite aside from any absolutist, tyrannical, or cultish associations: the implications of organization and discipline—be that imposed by external authority or self-discipline—would be very misleading. The notepad-stuff doesn’t always happen, doesn’t always happen in that order, and can take any length of time from 10 minutes to a good hour or so. Bearing in mind the sleep factor, as well as caffeination and chocolate-hunting urges and emergencies.

[…]

I am lazy and yes, I am one of these bad people who don’t always religiously remove their makeup at night, every night; I don’t pray either, or believe in (skincare or other) rituals

[…]

I should explain and apologize that I’m not very good at the whole night-time ritual business. Even worse than my usual tolerance (and competence) towards rituals and routines. Hence there are several of them.

I’m very good at wanting to go from day/clothed/awake/vertical to night/PJs/asleep/horizontal as quickly, efficiently, and lazily as possible. Unfortunately, I am not Wallace and don’t have Grommet and brilliant gadgets to help. Practice makes perfect, though; decades of daily practice have knocked the total time for the whole process down to 2 minutes (I cheat in that garments are flung off and get folded the next day).

Also, my skin seems to be happiest when it’s only cleaned once a day. Sometimes even every couple of days.

Here are, as far as I can keep track of and record them, the main evening non-routines. Products used are those at time of writing (July 2013); they may change along the way, but the methodolo, approach, order of things from laziest to least lazy, and greatest frequency of the most lazy approaches… these will remain constants. Probably. More or less.

I was going to offer apologies for being such a bad skincare and beauty person, but fuck it, I am an unrepentant skincare monster. Or rather, a pragmatist (this works therefore it’s good), an ethical being (this doesn’t hurt others), and a human being (= lazy).

vancouver evening monster

Illuminaries festival, Trout Lake, East Van

EVENING NON-ROUTINE #1

  • do nothing at all to skin (or to hair)
  • remember to switch off bathroom light and other lights, check front door is locked
  • go to bedroom
  • remove clothes
  • go to bed
  • sleep

EVENING NON-ROUTINE #2

Add the following steps, instead of the first item in ROUTINE #1 above:

  • antioxidant & moisturiser around the eyes: Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (seed oil + fruit extract)
  • lips: multi-purpose balm

EVENING NON-ROUTINE #3

Add the following steps, in lieu of item 1 in ROUTINE #1 above:

  • EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
    multi-purpose oil

    • using reusable cotton pads: soak pads with warm water, hold over closed eyes for 30 seconds, swipe down, poke gently at lashes (= removing tuing mascara); repeat, soaking pads in oil; a combination of warm water and pressure (for tubing mascara) and oil removes most stuff
      (most often, this happens the next morning in the shower because yes, I am lazy)
  • 2-IN-1 CLEANSING & MOISTURISING
    Pre-cleanse with multi-purpose oil meadowfoam seed oil

    • application: wet skin, pour a small amount of oil into palm of hand, rub hands together, massage oil around face and neck and bosom (if there’s any excesss, just spread it around), remove with wet face-cloth. In summer, I’ll do this on all areas (face and body) that have been sunscreened during the day
    • just do this, rinse off rapidly and approximately (leaving some oil on), pat dry, go to bed

EVENING NON-ROUTINE #4

Add the following steps, in lieu of item 1 in ROUTINE #1 above:

  • EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
    multi-purpose oil

    • using reusable cotton pads: soak pads, hold over closed eyes for 30 seconds, then swipe; a combination of warm water and pressure (for tubing mascara) and oil removes most stuff
    • sometimes that evening, often the next morning in the shower because yes, I am lazy
    • sometimes used as a pre-cleanse on face & upper body if I’ve reapplied sunscreen during the day, or if skin is being more dry
  • 2-IN-1 SORTA-CLEANSER-&-ANTIOXIDANT-TONER
    The most frequent compromise approach.
    witch-hazel hydrosol: Garden of Wisdom or Soapcraft.ca, non-alcoholic version

    • application: via the medium of a cotton pad; after that, pouring a small quantity into palm of one hand, rubbing hands together, and patting over face; all over, eye area too. That mysterious quantity: skin dry afterwards = too little, skin dripping wet = too much. As with water.

EVENING NON-ROUTINE #5

= EVENING ROUTINE #4 with an extra step between the witch-hazel and the moisturiser:

  • ANTIOXIDANT SERUM (of sorts)

    • Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

EVENING NON-ROUTINE #6

= EVENING NON-ROUTINE #5 with an extra step between removing eye make-up and that business with the witch-hazel:

ACTUALLY CLEANING THE VISAGE
This happens from time to time: in which case, same stuff as in the morning. If I’ve added more sunscreen during the day, pre-cleanse with multi-purpose oil meadowfoam seed oil

  • application: wet skin, pour a small amount of oil into palm of hand, rub hands together, massage oil around face and neck and bosom (if there’s any excesss, just spread it around), remove with wet face-cloth
  • less lazy: then pat on witch hazel, then moisturise
  • super-non-lazy routine: oil, then cleanser (usual morning one), then antioxidant serum, then moisturiser
    This happens very rarely. A few times a year, if say I’m having a leisurely bath.

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