People know by now that I am a huge proponent of long multi-step routines. My morning and night routines usually include about 18 steps, sometimes more, hardly ever less. But when a few days back @aurelia.tiong (influenced by @bondenavant) described the Japanese Oil Layering Technique she had employed as her night routine, I was intrigued and enthused (despite the fact in includes only 7 steps 😲) since my dry and sensitive skin loves oils. I apply 3 drops of oil in all my routines come rain or shine. For this technique after double cleansing, one applies an oil on dry skin, then toner, serum, another oil, and seals everything in with a balm. Oil layering is promoted as a great way to boost hydration.
I read a bit more about this at www.infiore.net and after consulting with the girls I was also allowed to use a sheet mask, so the Japanese Oil Layering Technique became my #pmroutine last night. Since I was allowed only a fraction of the toners and serums I normally use, I made sure my toner, serum, and sheet mask were packed with fermented goodness, so they could offer my skin most of the nutrition it requires. This is how my routine was last night:
🐘 Cleansing Oil: Manyo Factory Pure Cleansing Oil.
🐘 Foam: Sulwhasoo Gentle Foam Cleansing EX.
🐘 Oil: Kuramoto Bijin Komeyu Rice Bran oil.
🐘 Toner: NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist.
🐘 Serum: Swanicoco Fermentation Care serum.
🐘 Sheet Mask: Evercos Herbal Clinic Poria Cocos.
.🐘 Oil: Pure Philosophy Cretan Avocado oil. [[ I used an extra drop of the avocado oil as an eye cream and lip balm]].
🐘 Balm: Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. .
Come this morning, my skin was certainly soft, plump, and moisturized. Some of my redness was still there, though, and when I washed my face it did not feel as ‘buttery’ as it usually does after my long night routines. It was very hot...🤔 Nonetheless, I will use this technique again if I am pressed by time and need a short but loaded routine and during the colder months when oils and balms are even more welcome by my dry skin.