I’ve long considered doing a “morning skincare” routine kind of post but I’ve always run into several pickles. For starters, you guys know I am all about the “pre-writing” life when it comes to blog posts. So while I could write a post talking about the products I use in the morning by the time I post it, those products could change. My skincare does change up often (as soon as I finish up the product I move onto a new one – except for those die-hard favourites!). So rather than talking about individual products, I thought I’d chat to you guys about the steps in my morning routine … and eventually night-time routine as the steps themselves don’t change. I’ll talk about some of my favourites from each category for those of you who are curious.
Righty, let’s go!
The task of cleansing the skin isn’t too complicated in the mornings. Some use micellar water, others don’t cleanse their skin in the morning but you’d be surprised how gross the skin can get overnight. I also love using a rinse-off cleanser in the morning because the water wakes me up, leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean. I’m enjoying the Medik8 ‘Cream cleanser’ and the Murad Age reform ‘refreshing’ cleanser.
Acids are one of my favourite steps in my skincare routine. I use them daily both morning and night! Nothing helps out with texture and brightening the skin more than acids. I use a very gentle one in my AM routine just to maintain smoothness and brightness. The Nip + Fab glycolic fix daily pads are very gentle and a good option, my holy grail definitely has to be the pixi glow tonic! You could also use an acid mist if you’d like but I prefer liquid ones that are applied with a cotton round. Acids are a great way for improving texture and allowing your makeup to look smoother on your skin!
Hydrating Facial Mist
Just to pack in some hydration and keep my skin from freaking out from using an acid, I like to spritz myself with a hydrating facial mist. It’s quite refreshing and gives your skin a boost of moisture. I’m enjoying the hydrating facial mist by Sukins, a more pricey but awesome one is the hydrating facial mist by Murad. Pixi also has awesome face mists (I’m loving their rose faced mist and they have recently launched jumbo sizes). The Mario Badescu facial mists for only $9.
Hyaluronic acid based serums are some of my favourites because they lock in the moisture from the moisturizer you apply underneath and keep your skin feeling hydrated all day! I like to apply it all over my face and under my eyes (as I’m currently too lazy to use an eye cream in the mornings). I’m enjoying the ordinary’s Hyaluronic acid, Hylamide Low molecular HA, Nip + Fab ‘Dragon Blood’s Fix’ Hyaluronic shot, Raww cosmetics ‘Smooth-ME’ fine line serum and the Dermalogica ‘hydrating skin’ booster.
I’m so obsessed with gel moisturizers it isn’t even funny! I can’t imagine using regular moisturizer during the day! They plump and hydrate the skin intensely, sink in quickly and wear so well underneath makeup. I adore the Neutrogena Hydroboost gel cream (that got me hooked on Gel moisturizers) and the avene ‘hydrance optimale’ gel cream is also a good one as well the Patchology ‘Aqua flash’.
I’m not going to pretend I use SPF as frequently as I should. My main pickles with it are that firstly, it’s so difficult to find one that doesn’t break you out! My skin doesn’t break out easily and yet SPF pisses off my skin. On top of struggling to find an SPF that doesn’t break me out, when using SPF daily, you essentially need to double cleanser every night! I thought one cleanser was enough … nope! So if you get lazy with the cleansing stage of your PM routine you are almost guaranteed to break out. So using SPF definitely comes with a responsibility. Considering I use retinol in the evenings I seriously need to get better with the SPF game. I do like the Mecca Cosmetica face sunscreen – that wears nicely underneath makeup.
That wraps up this post! What does your morning skincare routine look like? What are some of the products you use? Be sure to drop a comment so we can chat! I hope you all have a great day and I’ll see you in the next post!