My Morning Skincare Routine

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I was debating whether or not to write this post. It seemed a bit boring. Not the subject matter. I always love peeking in on other bloggers skincare routines, morning or evening! My hesitation was largely due to how simple my morning routine is most days. Unless I take a morning shower and, therefore, grab a face mask or exfoliator, my routine usually only consists of two to four items. Nevertheless, I still think this could be interesting!

Sometimes I see beauty bloggers or Instagramers have massive skincare routines with ten or more products. I don’t feel like that’s necessary or effective. In my mind, keeping things as simple and as streamlined as possible is a better approach to skincare. You know what products work or don’t work. You won’t overwhelm your skin with loads of layers. You can pinpoint what products might be causing breakouts or allergic reactions. Similarly, it’s best to remain faithful to a handful of skincare products, only switching out or adding when needed. It takes time to see results! Switching too often results in unhappy skin, I find. Full disclosure, I’m no expert so my skincare philosophy is based on my own experiences. Feel free to disagree with me!

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CLEANSE

The first step to any skincare routine is cleansing. Even if you don’t have a complicated routine, you still need to cleanse. I’m not faithful to one particular cleanser. I often switch every day between my three favorites of the moment: the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, the La Roche-Posay Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, and the Vichy Pureté Thermale Gel Cleanser. This morning I’m using the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser because my face is feeling on edge with dry patches, uneven texture, irritation and a few pimples. I like using this one for days like these because this is the most gentle cleanser in my arsenal. It doesn’t strip my face of much-needed moisture. I love how hydrated and calm my face feels after using this! I always massage this into my face for 30 seconds or so with some water. You can even use this on your eyes. This doesn’t sting or irritate them! For a full review of this, definitely head over to my Glossier haul.

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TONE

This is an optional step for me. I don’t always use a toner in the morning, but sometimes I will. (By the way, if you’re wondering what toner is or why you should use it, check out this Into The Gloss post about it!) Today I’m using my beloved Thayers Natural Witch Hazel Toner. I know I feature this a lot on the blog and Instagram. You are probably getting sick of it by now! I don’t own many toners, actually. This and the Pixi Glow Tonic are the only two on my top shelf. As I mentioned, I’m a bit of a minimalist. This is a perfect toner to incorporate into your morning skincare routine! It’s non-irritating and soothing. This doesn’t remove any moisture from my skin. This also helps calm down my skin if it’s acting up like it is this week. It’s a no-brainer, no-frills sort of toner that will work for just about any skin type out there.

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HYDRATE

The second most important step of all: moisturizer. Actually, maybe sunscreen is? But I never use that… (Yes, I know how important sunscreen is. I just hate how it feels on my face!) Anyway, moisturizer. It’s a non-negotiable step. I won’t step out of the house without it!

Since it’s still winter (ugh), I have to bring out the big guns. My winter skincare motto is to get as much hydration as humanly possible. If I’m not wearing makeup I’ll slather on a nourishing facial oil like my Pixi Rose Oil and layer a heavy duty moisturizer like the Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich on top. If things are looking dire (aka dry patches galore) and I have some extra time, I’ll reach for my trusty Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask. I’m wearing makeup today so I’m only going to use the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. If I wear makeup, I won’t apply too much moisturizer to avoid a greasy foundation meltdown. This Kiehl’s is a newbie in my collection. I’m still testing this out so I don’t have a final opinion yet. Keep an eye on the blog… I’ll post a final review soon! I like that this cream provides enough moisture without the heaviness of a full-on cream like the Glossier. It’s a lightweight gel-creme formula – my favorite. So far, so good!

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Next up, eye cream! Maybe this should be another step, but I couldn’t think of a good title. Besides, eye creams are supposed to provide a bit of hydration. It works! I ran out of two eye creams recently, leaving me with only the ROC Retinol Eye Cream to work with. I don’t find this one particularly mind-blowing. Although, if I’m honest, every eye cream I try is nice but not spectacular. What I like most about the ROC eye cream is that it works for both day and night. I can layer it under makeup without any issues. Some eye creams are too heavy for the daytime or don’t sit well under makeup. This does tighten and firm my eye area but I haven’t seen any improvement in my few fine lines. The label also claims it lightens up dark circles, but that hasn’t happened and I’ve been using it religiously for over a month.

That’s all I do in the morning! I know there are other steps that I should or could incorporate. Sunscreen is something I never remember or enjoy putting on even though it’s one of the most important steps. I just can’t get past the greasy feeling and smell! Instead, I’ll use a foundation that has SPF like the It Cosmetics CC Cream. Are you someone who keeps your morning skincare routine simple or someone who likes to layer up products? Let me know in the comments!

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