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About five years ago, I spent a great deal of time commuting between cities for work, school, and love. One night, around midnight, I had just gotten home and found myself standing before my bathroom sink with an overflowing beach bag (yes, a beach bag) of skincare products, overwhelmed and unsure how to start treating my skin. I was tired, stressed, and vehemently wishing I could teleport through a shower, skincare, and into my bed.

I had a face full of makeup, sunscreen, and sweat. Since I couldn’t teleport, I settled for scrubbing my face with a makeup-removing wipe, and ignoring the pimples on my chin I went to sleep, feeling grimy and restless.

What I needed that night was a solid skincare routine to fall back on. Something foundational, that I could fancy up if I wanted, that would address my skin concerns, help me relax, but not take too long.

You’ve probably had these nights too. Here’s a simple routine you can tailor as needed:


A thorough cleanse starts with castor oil. It is high in ricinoleic acid, which helps prevent moisture loss in the outer layers of skin, and it removes makeup like a dream. If you are wearing a lot of products, you may want to double cleanse. Start by taking a quarter-sized dollop in the palm of your hand. Add jojoba oil until the mixture is as thin or thick as you like it. Smear it onto your cheeks and work it into the skin, spreading it all over your face. If you are wearing eye makeup, rub some into your brow and eyelids. Drape a hot, wet washcloth over your face and massage your skin with it as it cools. (This is an exquisite feeling I look forward to all day. Once you try it, you will too).

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Use the washcloth to wipe the oil off your eyelids and the planes of your face. Now you are ready for a second cleanse with jojoba oil. You can spice it up a little by adding a few drops of lavender or manuka oil, but it’s not necessary. Rub the oil into your skin and rinse out your washcloth. Heat up the washcloth again and repeat the process until your face feels clean. If you have any eye makeup leftover, dip a Q-tip into castor oil and gently remove it.


Now it’s time to treat any issues you may be having, as well as take preventive measures.

Dry Skin

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator is a phenomenal way to restore dry skin. It contains five forms of hyaluronic acid, which is a lubricating substance our bodies produce naturally. One hyaluronic acid molecule can hold a thousand times its weight in water and will rehydrate your skin quickly when applied topically.

Here’s a neat trick-splash your face with water and apply HA5 on top of the water. The serum will absorb the water and disappear into your skin, which will feel softer and plumper almost immediately. You can use HA5 to treat individual dry patches or your entire face and neck.


Taking care of your skin today will make future-you very grateful. Nourishing your skin with antioxidants like Vitamin C and E helps your body defend itself from free radicals that cause cell damage. Leven Rose makes a lovely, Organic Vitamin E Serum that combines argan, jojoba, almond, and avocado oils, which blends easily with Zum Under Eye Butter. This is a balm full of vitamins and fatty acids that penetrates the skin and stays on all night.


If you have active acne, I recommend applying Zit-O, followed by the damn near magic ClearZit Masque to the affected area. I have been using these incredible Tamahra’s Secret products since 2007. Packed with wound healing nutrients, this combination will disinfect and spot-treat acne, soothe irritated skin, and help lighten acne scars. Apply the masque at the end of your routine, on top of any moisturizer, serum, or other treatment you use.

Give this quick and easy nighttime routine a try and get your beauty sleep!

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