Getting into a morning skincare routine was pretty hard for me, mostly because I am lazy and soooo not a morning person, however after trial and error I have whittled the time I spend on my skin down to 5 minutes max. Today I am going to discuss my morning skincare routine, and what works for my sensitive and slightly dry (in the summer anyway) skin.
Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion.
The Simple Kind To Skin cleansing lotion is my favourite cleanser, I have used it for a while and gone through quite a few bottles. I love it because it is so gentle and very easy to use, simply massage it into damp or dry skin (using the fingertips or a cleansing brush of your choice) and then remove it using a wet cloth or some tepid water. No muss, no fuss and most importantly, no stripping of the skin – great price, no perfumes or icky ingredients, rinses away without leaving a waxy residue. . . whats not to love?
Get it here.
Come Clean Cloth.
The come clean cloth is possibly my favourite knockoff product of all time, it is a super soft wash cloth that is specifically designed to help remove makeup while being extra gentle on the skin. Even though I never go to sleep without cleansing off my makeup (okay maybe once or twice, but we all have skeletons in our closet okay!!) I like to use this handy dandy cloth to make sure I properly remove all my cleanser and to get rid of any crusty bits. . . we will leave it at that. . .
I just grab this product at my local Penneys/Primark.
You can read my blog post comparing the Makeup Eraser to the Come Clean Cloth here.
The Ordinary Serum Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.
Having super-sensitive skin, and a tendency to look like a tomato, Niacinamide (aka vitamin B3) has been a very welcome addition to my skincare routine. This magic ingredient is known to calm reddened or inflamed skin, helps to even out skin tone, brighten the skin and improve barrier function! The brand of Niacinamide serum that I use is from The Ordinary, it is a great water based formula without fragrances or dyes, and for the price you can’t go wrong. I like to apply this product straight after wiping my skin down with my come clean cloth, while my skin is still damp, to really trap that moisture in my skin.
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The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%.
I like to layer an Azelaic Acid suspension over my Niacinamide for extra oomf (I am not a spring chicken anymore after all), this ingredient is great for red irritated skin and skin that is prone to hyper pigmentation, which makes it great for conditions such as acne and rosacea – but also for people that feel like their anti ageing regimen needs a little . . . sumthin’ sumthin’. The brand of Azelaic Acid that I use is from The Ordinary and is a cream formula that is high in silicones. Although silicones are great to help keep the skin moisturised, this product does tend to pill if extra care is not taken on application. It is a good product once you get the hang of how to use it. But honestly I am keeping my eyes open for something that is a bit easier to use.
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Bioderma AR SPF 50
The final product in my morning skin care routine is a broad spectrum SPF product, this is really the most important step if you are trying to prevent wrinkly, saggy and unevenly pigmented skin. . . and skin cancer of course! I use the Bioderma SPF 50 EVERY SINGLE DAY, in the summer I get away with not layering it over a moisturiser as the formula of this product is quite creamy and moisturising enough to use all on its own. This product comes in non tinted and tinted formulas, the tint is very light but can be great to prevent an undesirable white cast. It is important to note that the colour range of this product is very limited with only one light, one medium and one dark shade (*as far as I know) but it does change to suit your skin colour fairly well and it is very easy to use under BB/CC creams or foundation.
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You can read all about my tips for applying SPF over makeup here.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post, let me know in the comment section down below what your morning skincare routine is (I’d really love to know). My night time skincare routine will be out in a couple of days so stay tuned.
Remember the best skincare routine is the one that suits YOUR skin care needs.
Have a beautiful day.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the products mentioned in this blog. All opinions are my own.