T his is my morning skincare routine, including the products I use. I've been doing this whole thing for about a couple months now and I have already noticed a huge difference in my skin.
Wait, I need to wash my face in the morning when all I did was sleep? Yes. You might not know it, but you sweat *a lot* at night. Plus, if you are using a night cream
that is a little heavier, you probably want to give your face a fresh start. Use a somewhat gentle cleanser in the morning or a soothing cleansing pad that doesn't overstrip the skin. I like to use a super gentle cleanser in the mornings. It gives my skin just a little wake me up and fresh start without ingredients that strip it of moisture.
Using a gentle toner helps to balance skin's PH levels and wipe away excess oils and dead skin cells
that can lurk on the face even after washing. I like to use a soothing rose water toner in the mornings to hydrate my skin. Toners are not absolutely necessary, but they can be a great way to keep skin fresh, and add in some helpful active ingredients like antioxidants.
This step you cannot skip. Even if you skip toner, just cleanse with a pre-soaked pad, or do not even cleanse at all. Sunscreen is a must. I used to be a slacker and there were days I definitely skipped everything in the morning except mascara, and definitely did not put in any effort to apply sunscreen. I knew it was a good thing and an important step in preventing premature aging and sun damage, but for a while it just didn't seem worth getting an extra two minutes of sleep (yeah, I am so not a morning person). Now, however, I've seen the light and added a sunscreen/moisturizer combo into my routine every morning.
4. Primer then Makeup
I never skip primer, even on my no makeup days. I wear it alone because it blurs imperfections and leaves my skin looking smooth. You also just can't beat the smooth base it creates for foundation. Primer has benefits for every skin type: it helps combat shine for oily skin and works to lock in moisture for dry skin.
5. Drink Water!!
You have probably heard this advice all the time, but it really does make such a crazy difference in your skin. One of the main reasons is that our bodies push impurities out our pores via sweat (yeah, ew) which can lead to clogged pores and bleh looking skin. Drinking more water helps those impurities get washed out more efficiently, and leaves skin looking healthier and more hydrated. I have a water bottle with my everywhere I go, I even drink a huge glass of water before bed and bring a full bottle of water with me to put on my nightstand.
6. Vitamins & Minerals
I take a hair, skin, and nails vitamin everyday. I find that a (gummy, hehe) vitamin which includes biotin and vitamin C makes a huge difference in my complexion. Plus, making sure I'm getting enough omega-3's via a fish oil supplement also helps supply hydration to my skin and ward off wrinkles. (P.S. You should definitely do your research / talk to your doc before adding these things)
o if you felt like the morning routine was a lot of steps, you might just want to pop over and read my lazy girl skincare tips here
, because this night routine has a couple more steps than the morning one. If a multi-step routine is not intimidating to you because you know it's so worth it, then read on!
1. Makeup Remover
There was a time, not long ago, when I never removed my makeup before bed *gasp* and then on top of that, I would sometimes wake up in the morning, roll out of bed, and go...effectively "recycling" my makeup from the day before. Now that I have revamped my routine, I'm getting diligent about this step. I love using coconut oil to remove my makeup. It smells amazing and helps condition eyelashes, which is super great because mascara can leave them dry and frail.
After most of my makeup is wiped away, the next step is to cleanse. I use a cleanser first, and then (lightly) exfoliate in a separate step, but you can totally combine these into one step - I like the Alba Botanica Acne Dote scrub for that - it's my favorite scrub even though I don't struggle with acne
. It also depends where I am at in my weekly routine (below). If I am on a "mask" day, I will usually cleanse, then use a mask, and finish off with some light exfoliation with my DIY face scrub after.
3. Exfoliate (Lightly)
Light exfoliation every night is good to increase blood circulation to the skin and gently wash away dead skin cells
so they don't build up or clog pores. I use a Foreo LUNATM mini 2
OR the Clarisonic Mia 2 brush
and a cleanser to exfoliate. The Foreo brush is super gentle, while the Clarisonic gives me a little more of a deep clean. I love both and alternate which I'm using - I do this in place of my diy facial scrub
The Foreo face brushes are amazing! Seriously. The Foreo brushes are silicone so they are much gentler and keep bacteria at bay. They can get kind of pricy, so if you're insure you could grab the little play version
to see how you like it, or grab it from Sephora
since they'll let you return even if you used it and didn't like it. Clarisonic has a few different brushes, but the Mia 2 has been my favorite. I love that there are different brush heads available so you can really customize the feel and level of exfoliation you get based on your skin type.
Recommendation: My DIY face scrub // Alba Botanica Acne Dote scrub
At night, this step helps to wipe away any excess oil and dead skin from my exfoliating session, and add a few anti-aging ingredients plus antioxidants while balancing my skin's PH. I just put a little toner on cotton round and make a quick pass across my whole face.
Recommendation: FRESH Rose Floral Toner
5. Serum and/or Eye Cream
I did not do this forever. I thought it was something I would add to my routine when I was older and my skin was showing signs of aging, but after trying a few serum samples I realized how great of an add these were to my routine. You are probably also thinking, do i really need an eye cream? The answer is absolutely. Eyes show age first since that skin is thinner, constantly active (blinking) and prone to dark circles and puffiness. If you don't believe me, then check out this article for some more details on why you should add an eye cream into your routine.
Serum Recommendation: Drunk Elephant - C-Firma Day Serum
Eye Cream Recommendation: Perricone MD - H2 Elemental Energy De-Puffing Eye Gel
6. Moisturizer / Night Cream
I love slathering my skin in a silky night cream before bed. It's our chance to give our skin what it needs to get its beauty sleep. Keeping skin moisturized at night helps prevent and repair signs of aging, especially if you select a night cream with the right active ingredients. Look for ingredients based on your skin type and the main issue you are trying to address, but things that are always a good go-to are vitamin C, vitamin E, aloe, hyaluronic acid and vegetable glycerin (locks in moisture).
Recommendation: Drunk Elephant - Lala Retro Whipped Cream // Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm