I have to admit that no matter how hard I try, I can never get the hang of washing my face properly with a face cloth in the morning, but one thing I do use religiously is this Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Cream, (£13.50). It gently rids my skin of any overnight oil and debris, and leaves my skin feeling nicely moisturised too. (I've reviewed it in full here).
Clarifying Toner //
I then turn over the cotton pad and swipe a bit of Clarins Brightening Toner (£20), over my face to prep and 'prime' my skin ready for the skin care products I'm about to apply. Admittedly, if I'm in a rush I'll usually skip this step as I don't feel like its necessary daily, and sometimes I'll even the following if I'm in that much of a rush, oops.
Hydrating Toner //
Spraying my favourite hydrating toner, La Roche-Posay Serozinc (£13) is probably my favourite step, just because its so refreshing. I quite liked Avene's thermal spring water, but this La Roche-Posay offering is worth scouting out for the extra benefits ask it really does seem to soothe. This was tested to the limits the other night when something bit my armpit (gross) and I desperately searched for something to sooth the itch. In comes Serozinc, and it worked a treat. Yes, I use two toners, thanks to Mrs Hirons who is insistent that its good to decongest with one toner, and add moisture and a base layer with another.
Moisture Boost //
Next I slather on Indeedlabs Hydraluron (£17).This is something I've repurchased already, before it even ran out. I wasn't sure what difference it really made until I went without it for 10 days on holiday where I learnt never to leave it behind again. This product made me realise that my skin was not only oily, but actually dehydrated and this is what it needed. Since I've used this product, my skin has been a lot more 'normal.'
Eye Cream //
Then, I tend to play it by ear and choose the next products depending on how my skin looks that morning. When it comes to eye cream, I have to be really careful as so many seem to do nothing but cause milia for me, but I've found a couple that I really like. I use Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (£31) on a day-to-day basis. Its a really basic, refreshing and just moisturising eye cream that sinks in quickly and doesn't leave any residue. It doesn't promise anything other than hydration, and thats exactly what it delivers, and its a perfect base for my thick concealer. It is quite often though that I wake up with sore eyes having rubbed them throughout the night as Dan has the fan on, or I've suffer with hayfever, or even if I've just had trouble sleeping. HealGel Eye (£32*) steps in nicely here with its instant cooling and brightening effect. With a thick serum consistency, it does take a little longer to sink in and for that reason it won't get me throwing out my Bobbi Brown cream any time soon, but its worth having for the instant revival, especially with all the sleepless nights I've been having recently.
I use a smidgen of Yonka Cream 93 (£23*) as a gentle moisturiser mostly. Its for combination skin like mine, and its one of the best I've used. I really thought this might break me out as its quite heavily fragranced with ylang-ylang and geranium, but almost two months later I'm really loving this balancing formula. Its gentle and manages to hydrate as well as keeping oil levels down a bit. On a day where my skin doesn't look oily on waking, which is quite rare, I'll pat on some Lancome Genifique (£52). If I use any more moisture than this, my make up will undoubtedly slip throughout the day. I'm not sure this serum has actually done anything for me in the long term (I've had this ages) but it is incredibly light and leaves my skin feeling smooth - I'm just trying to use it up really, though I am curious to see if the new Advanced version is much better!
This skin care routine might sound a bit excessive to some, but after graduating I've had a bit more time on my hands, and taking the extra minutes in the morning to put a bit more effort into my skin has made the world of difference. My main concern has always been old acne scars, but after a couple of months of my new skincare routine, I've realised what a mess my skin tone was really in before. I thought my skin was always oily and I hated it for that reason, but now I realise that it was severely dehydrated and I was only making it worse. Now, my skin is much more combination/normal I'd say, and I'm happy to have it that way.
What does your morning routine consist of?
Do you use any of these products?