I’m not a morning person. So don’t even try to make small talk with me. Give me a good hour of silence, a shot of caffeine and a hot shower, and then I might start coming around to the day.
This is why I love my morning skincare regimen (you’ll see why it’s a regimen and not a routine in a moment). Prepping my skin is the only true ‘me time’ in my whole day, so it’s important for me to get it right.
As a product junkie, my morning skincare routine varies from season to season, moving from heavier products in winter to combat the drying effects of central heating to lighter products in the spring/summer months.
I have combination skin with an oily T-zone and enlarged pores (boo hiss!), so I’m always on the hunt for the ultimate skincare product to refine my skin. As it’s spring, I’ve switched up my regimen recently to include some nourishing essential oils.
I’m also a firm believer that skincare starts in the kitchen – feed and water your body in the right way and your skin will reap the rewards. Check out my post on Kimberly Snyder’s amazing Green Smoothie to help clear and nourish your skin from the inside out.
I use a gentle cleanser in the morning to freshen my face up and wipe away any excess oils (or last night’s mascara – it happens!). Avene’s Gentle Milk Cleanser is made with thermal spring waters and is perfect for sensitive skin types. I usually follow this up with a splash of cold water.
After I’ve cleansed, I add my facial serum here before moisturising. At the moment, I am loving L’Oreal Age Perfect Facial Oil. A blend of eight essential oils, it smells heavenly, sinks into my skin and is non-greasy.
I suffer from the odd hormonal breakout, particularly around the jawline/neck and, of course, am in a constant battle with those pores of mine. So depending on my skin’s needs, I might add in a treatment here to target problem areas. For the past few months, I’ve been using La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo with great success. This little doozy of a serum can be applied to specific areas or the whole face. Its key ingredients (cue science bit) are a combination of LHA and Linoleic Acid which help unblock pores and thermal spring water to soothe skin afterwards. (They’re mad for the spring water, those French!) But it really does what it says on the tin and my pores have reduced significantly since I’ve been using it.
Again my moisturiser depends on the season. I’m a long-time fan of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion which sinks straight into the skin and leaves it feeling light and refreshed. If I’m having a bad skin day, I’ll turn to La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Mat which is ‘anti-pore’ (who isn’t?) and helps control shine. Again it sinks straight into the skin and is a perfect base for make-up.
Next up, I’ll apply a little eye cream. I’ve no real loyalty to eye creams here and flit between brands. All eye creams make the promise to reduce puffiness and dark circles, but I’ve found only eight solid hours of beauty sleep will do that for you. Having said that, I’m using Clinique’s All About Eyes this spring – a lovely, light cream that disappears completely before I apply concealer. It’s as good as any I’ve used.
CC cream with SPF
I’m all about the CC cream, having temporarily abandoned my beloved Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (I’ll come back for you!). I need a bit of extra coverage at the moment so CC (colour corrector) creams are perfect for this. My two favourites that I have already written at length about are Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (silky smooth and smells delicious) and La Roche-Posay’s Rosaliac CC Cream (great for redness).
Finally, I’ll tend to my neglected lips. I’ve posted about Nuxe’s Reve de Miel before and love it. It’s a little pot of heaven.
After all of that, I’m just about ready for my day! So what’s your morning routine?