28 August, 2015 A Quick Morning Skincare Routine
My skincare routine hasn’t changed much for the last six months or so. I’ve tried out dozens of new products, but my core collection always tends to centre around a few skincare stalwarts that help to keep my oily skin thoroughly cleansed and hydrated. That being said, there are also a few new additions that I’ve been reaching for in the morning. Keep scrolling to find out about my super easy and minimal morning routine!
The first product that I reach for in the morning is the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser (£35 here, full review here). This clay-based cleanser utilizes black pepper and Vitamin C to create a glowing, cleansed complexion, without stripping the skin of healthy oils. It smells divine thanks to neroli and sandalwood, and a lovely step first thing when I need to remove all the dirt, oil and sebum that has collected overnight.
After cleansing, I like to use an exfoliating pad to quickly remove dead skin and bring some more oomph and glow. The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (£12 here, full review here) are soaked in 5% glycolic and lactic acid, which is supposedly gentle enough for everyday use, and even safe to apply around the delicate eye area. Cucumber, radish root and liquorice extract help to tone and sooth, whilst lemon peel helps to brighten. These pads are essential to my morning routine, as they instantly make my skin look more radiant, and my pores and dehydration lines seem less noticeable too.
I love a good toner, and for me, it doesn’t get any better than La Roche Posay’s Serozinc (£8.50 here). This simple, ultra-fine mist contains zinc sulphate, which helps to disinfect and soothe problematic skin. A few bloggers have claimed that this helps to mattify skin, but for me this simply preps my skin for serum and moisturiser, and neutralizes any redness around ‘angry’ spots and blemishes.
After a spritz or two of Serozinc, I go in with my new Glossier Soothing Face Mist ($18 here, review here). Packed with rose and aloe, it provides a boost of hydration and smells beautiful. I like to use this after I’ve powered my face, to remove any excess product and prevent a caky, heavy look. I have started to keep this in my bag for work after getting off the tube – when you’re feeling sweaty and a little pissed off after spending 40 minutes in a tin can, there’s no better feeling!
My current serum of choice is the Nourish Skincare Balance Nutritious Peptide Serum (£20 here, review here). I typically reach for The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Serum, but sadly my stocks have been depleted and my local store in Brent Cross shut down. This lovely, lightweight serum smells like Skittles and provides a fine layer of moisture with the additional benefits of apple to brighten and balance oily skin. I actually prefer this serum to The Body Shop’s heavier offering (especially in Summer), but I’ll probably be going back to the Vitamin E Moisture Serum when the weather gets a little cooler.
The moisturiser I’ve been using daily for the last month is a brand new discovery: the Avene Cleanance MAT Mattifying Emulsion (£12 here). It’s a fantastic base for primer, and the formula dissolves any trace of oil or shine, without feeling dry or powdery. It’s very similar to other French Pharmacy offerings like La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Mat+, and almost as good as my HG moisturiser, Bioderma’s Sebium Mat Moisturising Mattifying Fluid. I’d definitely recommend this if you’re prone to mid-day oiliness, as it really helps to keep shine at bay, whilst hydrating at the same time.
Have you tried any of my morning skincare essentials? What do you use in the AM? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Long Weekend!