When life gets busy, there's not always time for a 10-step skincare routine. But a quick and easy (+ super effective) 5-minute nighttime skincare routine for sensitive and acne-prone skin? Sign. Us. Up. Giving your acne-prone skin love doesn't have to be overly complicated or time-consuming. In this 5-minute, 5-step routine, we'll show you how to take time for self-care, indulge in some seriously swoon-worthy skincare, and support your skin with gentle, acne-healing botanicals. You don't have to choose between beautiful skin and getting the rest you need - we're firm believers that you can have both. Keep reading for the easiest nighttime acne skincare routine ever.
STEP 1: CLEANSE WITH THE GIVER RITUAL CLEANSER & MAKEUP DISSOLVER
- Using circular motions, massage 3-4 pumps of The Giver into dry skin for ~30 seconds until makeup dissolves completely.
- Wet or submerge your Ultra-Soft Organic Facial Cloth (perfect for sensitive skin!) in warm-hot water.
- Wipe away makeup & excess oil. All done!
STEP 2: MIST WITH STILL WATERS SOOTHING RITUAL FACIAL MIST
Water is a crucial part of every skincare routine. Otherwise, skin becomes dehydrated and your other products don't absorb effectively into the skin (aka. they become useless!) The Still Waters Soothing Ritual Facial Mist is an ultra-fine, pure hydrosol mist that hydrates the skin and enhances the benefits of the other steps in your routine. Each of the three ingredients is chosen especially for sensitive, acne-prone skin.
Take a look at these ingredients...
Wild French Lavender: Calms & soothes irritation, balances pH and tones the skin, naturally antibacterial
Lemongrass: Gentle astringent properties help to reduce excess sebum and breakouts, balances pH, naturally antibacterial
Tulsi (Holy Basil): Adaptogenic & anti-stress properties nourish acne-prone skin, soothes inflammation, cleansing properties promote detoxification and purify pores, naturally antibacterial
Here's what you do:
After cleansing, mist face with Still Waters Soothing Ritual Facial Mist. Just ~4 pumps for the cheeks, forehead & chin is all you need.
STEP 3: TREAT WITH BLEMISH CORRECT
Next up - our coveted Blemish Correct serum. While every acne skincare routine should include some sort of soothing blemish treatment, Blemish Correct goes above and beyond without any of the regular (aka. often irritating) ingredients found in other spot treatments. How, you ask?
It's all in the ingredients...
Milk Thistle: contains over 60% Linoleic Acid, has detoxifying properties, reduces redness and irritation, helps to stimulate healing
White Mustard Seed: naturally antibacterial, contains high levels of skin-soothing minerals like Magnesium, contains a component called Sinalbin which helps your pores expel toxins
Sandalwood Seed: contains rare, anti-inflammatory Ximenyic Acid, helps to reduce sebum production so you get less clogged pores
Temulawak (aka. Javanese Turmeric): contains anti-inflammatory Curcumenes, naturally anti-microbial, reduces irritation and the appearance of inflammation
All that to say that Blemish Correct is super unique, super effective and takes just a few seconds to apply.
Here's what you do:
While skin is still damp, apply half a pump of Blemish Correct serum to any areas where you typically break out or are experiencing active blemishes and inflammation. Simply press and gently massage the serum into your skin.
STEP 4: MOISTURIZE WITH BALANCING ACT
Not all moisturizers are created equal when it comes to acne-prone skin. It's super important to feed your skin the nutrients and fatty acids it needs, while avoiding ingredients that may clog pores or irritate skin further. Enter Balancing Act.
Balancing Act is super lightweight and contains the exact fatty acids that acne-prone skin needs thanks to just 3 gentle, Earth-to-Skin ingredients.
Meet the naturally-occurring fatty acids:
Linoleic Acid: reduces occurrence of clogged pores, balances sebum, anti-inflammatory properties
Alpha-Linolenic Acid: reduces the appearance of inflammation, increases growth of healthy new skin cells, improves skin texture
Gamma-Linolenic Acid: prevents skin from becoming dry, irritated & inflamed, anti-inflammatory properties, blocks acne-causing androgens (hormones)
With Balancing Act, your skin simply gets everything it needs out of a moisturizer and nothing it doesn't.
Here's what you do:
While skin is still damp (you can always mist again if needed), apply half to one pump of Balancing Act to the entire face, gently pressing and massaging into the skin.
If you find that your skin craves extra moisture, you can always layer half a pump of The Giver Ritual Cleanser over Balancing Act as a final moisturizer. (Who doesn't love a good multi-tasker?)
(OPTIONAL) STEP 5: TREAT SCARS WITH LIGHT REVEAL
If you have scarring left over from your acne (same), using a gentle, but retinol-rich product like Light Reveal can help to speed up cell turnover and reduce the dark, hyper-pigmented areas caused by scarring. Just know that it can take up to 12 weeks of consistent use to see visible results - there are no quick fixes when it comes to acne scars.
Light Reveal contains lots of skin-loving carotenes (pro-Vitamin A) and natural retinol (Vitamin A) that help to even and brighten skin tone, while reducing the appearance of dark spots. Definitely a bonus if you have the few extra seconds!
Here's what you do:
Apply a drop or two of Light Reveal to areas affected by acne scarring. You only need the tiniest bit! Simply press and massage into skin. You can also dab a bit around the orbital bone (eye area) to reduce puffiness and brighten the eye area overnight.
So, that's it! A quick and easy, 5-minute nighttime acne skincare routine to keep your complexion calm and clear without any fuss. Let us know if you've tried this routine in the comments below!
This routine is actually perfect for acne prone skin. I know because I’ve had skin problems on and off for the last 15 years. I’ve tried conventional (think Clinique 3-Step) and natural products but nothing has truly helped like these products have. Elysse seems to have a very good understanding of the power of meaningful ingredients and you can see she doesn’t formulate with filler oils or irritating essential oils, which really differentiates her products from other brands trying to market themselves as acne banishers. This is not a gimmick – Elysse really knows how to heal and protect skin!!!!