Recovery After Midnight

When the clock strikes 12 on New Years Eve people often lunge for a kiss given the opportunity, or go prying at some unlucky individual for one. However my thoughts are most definitely eslewhere. I mean I have a boyfriend who I love dearly and we kiss regularly, so a kiss at midnight on NYE isn’t as necessary for us as it may be for others. Instead I’m thinking of how I want to start my evening Skincare routine tonight before I hit the sack. Since I’m working on New Years Day our plans are kept simple and mellow without any opposition from myself or Stevie; which means bed before 1 am. Weird, right? For 24 year olds anyways. We see our two friends Dianna and Aaron as well as their dog Cooper out the door just before 1, and we begin to prepare for bed.

Ritual has it that I take the bathroom first since my process is a little longer; and you can’t judge a guy who works in the Beauty Industry when it comes to something like this. Personal care is a precious topic to us obsessors. Tonight I begin with the newly launched (in America) Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil from Kiehl’s Since 1851. I wear a bit of Makeup myself so something emulsifying is often the way I start. This was my first product of 2017, it isn’t monumental by any means but this would be the first formulation to touch my skin this year! One of my top few as well.

The Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is a product developed and launched by Kiehl’s (NYC) and was launched near the end of 2016. It does not retail in Canada yet but I was lucky enough to get my hands on my own already. You may be familiar with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate or Midnight Recovery Eye already sold by the company and it shouldn’t surprise you to hear that this is an extension of the Skincare line already sold on shelves around the World. The Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil and Concentrate are fragrant with Lavender which calms and soothes my skin, it also has ingredients like Evening Primrose that offer skin strengthening benefits as well. Those are my two personal and primary reasons for using the line. The oil base and scent of Lavender are bonuses in terms of overall calming in the evening before bed but it also allows it to carry anti-aging benefits for the skin too; which we all have at least the slightest appreciation for. Nonetheless, the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil remains consistent in my routine because in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with it and it’s suitable for skintypes across the board. Now to get going on my evening routine.

I push on the black pump three times and out comes the scent of Lavender in the form of liquid. I spread the Cleansing Oil evenly across my face, and my eyes, and slowly begin to massage the product into my skin, then applying a bit of lukewarm water afterwards. Slowly the Oil emulsifies and my Makeup begins to come off, the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is a beautiful product. I then follow with a thorough rinse adding some additional water over a basin and I watch as my Makeup slides off my skin while I work my hands in an upwards-circular motion across my face. This product is often my first choice when starting my evening routine if I do have any product on my skin from throughout the day, for the obvious reason that it offers great removal benefits. I then follow with a second cleanse and the rest of my routine.

In the evening I follow a strict process of double cleansing (the second with a Clarisonic), toning, the use of an eye cream, serum, oil and then of course a moisturizer. Yes, I am a little ridiculous. That’s why the first product I use is usually the one I spend the most time on, I get to enjoy it the most and it has one of the hardest jobs; removing free radicals, Makeup and excess oil from the skin. This is why the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil makes a great fit for the role and an extremely luxurious one at that. Now if I’ve happened to pry at your interest you can do some more self-discovery on the product here, Essentially (pun alert), Cleansing Oils are a growing trend, or have been, and there are so many more on the market to learn about and try for ourselves so the best of luck in your hunt for the perfect one.

The Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil was a soothing start to my 2017, but what was your first product that you indulged in this year?

Happy New Year,

Peter. Xo.


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