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GLOMANCE SERUM REVIEW
I thought it was definitely time to do an updated nighttime skincare routine, featuring my new favorite lactic acid serum from Glomance. Over the past year, I’ve put some time into revamping my nighttime skincare routine and have a routine that works for me really well. We can blame the pandemic for this lengthy skincare routine but honestly … I’ve always loved a multi-step routine at night! For me, it’s relaxing. So, while I’ve always loved taking a long time to wind down at the end of the day with a skincare routine, this past year has really made me fall in love with it all over again.
Everyone’s skin is different, so I’ll give you some background info on my own skin. I have a combination/oil complexion that was previously very acne prone. I’ve got a handle on my breakouts now, but there are quite a few acne scars that are hanging around. My skin gets dehydrated very easily, so I make sure to stay hydrated by drinking water and I layer on really great hydrating products at night.
One of the ingredients I love to include in my nighttime skincare routine is lactic acid. Lactic acid gently exfoliates away dead skin cells, and it can reduce the appearance of scarring and hyperpigmentation. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, especially when it comes to scarring and hyperpigmentation. In addition to reducing the appearance of scarring and hyperpigmentation, lactic acid can also smooth the texture of your skin I have seen a gradually lightening of my scarring over the years from including lactic acid into my nighttime skincare routine. Over the past few years, I’ve tried a few lactic acid exfoliators that are really great. The newest addition to my nighttime skincare routine, the Glomance Overnight Star serum is amazing!
I have been including the Glomance Overnight Star Serum 2-3 times a week as my lactic acid exfoliation. I started using this last month and have been very happy with the results. The appearance of my scarring is lighter and my skin is insanely smooth the morning after using this. There is nothing better than waking up to a super smooth face. It feels like this serum is doing all the work for me. I’ve tried a lot of lactic acid exfoliators and this is, by far, my favorite. Today, I’m going to share my entire nighttime skincare routine so you can see how Glomance Overnight Star fits into my weekly routine.
NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE | CLEANSING
First step first, I remove my makeup! I have been using an oil-based cleanser for many years, and it’s my favorite way to remove my makeup. On days I don’t wear foundation, I do not skip this step because I wear cc cream every day. Even though cc cream isn’t technically makeup, I want to make sure I get everything off my face before I cleanse. Even on the days when I don’t wear foundation, I always wear under eye concealer.
Next step is to wash my face. I prefer a gentle cleanser, nothing too drying or scented. My favorite one only foams up a tiny bit and the gentle scent smells like a spa. After my face is cleansed, I apply a very hydrating eye cream. This allows my eye cream to be the closest to my skin (since I have quite a few steps after this) and it allows to sink in while I’m doing the rest of my routine. I’ve gone around and around with eye creams over the past year and am currently rotating between 4. I know that sounds like a lot, but testing skincare products is a lot of fun for me.
NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE | TONER & ESSENCE
After my face is cleansed, I use a gentle, moisturizing toner. Since my skin gets dehydrated very easily, I want to add moisture into every step possible. Any toner with rosewater will be hydrating. If you are vegan, there are a few great toners without glycerin. Otherwise, I find glycerin to also be hydrating in my toners. It’s definitely up to preference, but either way I look for one with rosewater in it. There are great options at high and low price points, but the main think I’m looking for is hydration.
Over the past year, I’ve added an essence to my routine. An essence can basically be used for any skin concern, and there are many options out there. I’m currently using an essence for brightening. In case you’ve never used an essence, they are thin and watery. When you’re putting together your own skincare routine, you want to start with the thinnest products and work your way to the thickest. So, toners and essences go before your serum, moisturizer and/or your facial oil.
NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE | GLOMANCE SERUM REVIEW
Next is my favorite step, and that is serum! This is when I apply the Glomance Overnight Star Serum. This is literally an overnight facial, and I love it so much. Overnight, my skin is resurfaced and refreshed. In addition to improving texture and faded age spots, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation, Glomance Overnight Star also promotes cell turnover. It contains a blend of aloe, lemongrass, chamomile, licorice, prickly pear, and hyaluronic acid. If you’ve never tried hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine, that is another amazing ingredient that can improve the texture of your skin. Hyaluronic acid can hold a ton of moisture and replenish your skin. The idea is that hyaluronic acid draws moisture from the air to hydrate your skin. It’s basically a moisture magnet.
I use 2 pumps (the instructions say 1-2 pumps) of the Glomance Overnight Star and apply it using a circular motion, avoiding my eyes and lips. I use this 2-3 times a week, so I alternate with other serums during my nighttime skincare routine throughout the week. Moderation is key. As with any topical exfoliant, you can experience some slight tingling when you use this. I did notice tingling the first couple weeks, but now my skin is used to it. I don’t notice any tingling now. If you have sensitive skin, you can also use this as a mask for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
When I’m not using the Overnight Star serum, I love using a retinoid serum and a super hydrating serum. I’ve found that using only one serum throughout the whole week is a little too much for skin. Serums are your active ingredients that are really going to improve your skin, so you want to use them in moderation.
For example, you don’t want to use an exfoliating serum 7 days a week. You’ll want to break up by using a hydrating serum sometimes and then use a different serum that targets a specific concern you want to treat. Honestly, I used to overload my skin on active ingredients because I thought more was better, but you really want focus on moderation. My weekly routine will be the Glomance Overnight Star Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. On Monday and Wednesday, I’ll use a retinoid serum. On Thursday and Saturday, I’ll use a hydration serum. That way I’m getting benefits from all the serums and I’m not stressing out my skin.
Although I don’t have super sensitive skin, I did try this out as a mask and it was very nice! I still prefer to use it as a night time serum. However, if you’re concerned with the sensitivity of your skin then you could use it as a mask.
NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE | MOISTURIZER & OIL
After my serum, I apply my moisturizer. My moisturizer changes based on what I want to try, so right now I’m using a thick moisturizer that focuses on intense hydration. I have a laundry list of moisturizers that fit into my skincare routine, but right now the heavily moisturizing one is the best. Before I was using lactic acid in my serum, I was using a glycolic acid moisturizer. Since I don’t want to overload my skin with too many active ingredients, I’ll be using this combo of lactic acid serum and super hydrating moisturizer for the time being. Right now, my nighttime moisturizer is actually doubling as my day time moisturizer! I simply use less in the morning than I do at night, since it’s so thick.
My last step is a facial oil. I know this isn’t a step that everyone will want to do, but I really love to focus on active ingredients and intense hydration at night. It’s what works for my skin, and my skin has improved a lot over the past year. I’m currently using a facial oil that contains argan oil, organic marula oil, and grape seed oil. It’s actually quite the multitasker, as you can use it for face, skin, and hair. I only use it as the last step of my nighttime skincare routine. Trust, you will feel oily and look shiny, but your skin will look so smooth and healthy in the morning.
I hope his Glomance Serum Review was helpful. If there are any questions that my review didn’t answer, let me know and I will get back to you. I want to thank Glomance again for sending me this serum to review. When you purchase your Glomance Overnight Star, I’d love to hear what you think about it!