I often get questions about my skincare routines so I’m excited to finally share them with you. This will be the first post of a two-part skincare series. Today, I’ll be covering my morning skincare routine.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that everyone’s skin is so, so different. I took recommendations from store owners, sales people, PR people, product makers, online reviews and friends. Some worked, some didn’t. I think when evaluating products and sharing a routine, it helps to put it in context. I tend to have pretty decent skin overall. It’s far from model-perfect but I’m not healing anything major. My main qualms are:
- slight discolouration
- uneven texture
- fine lines
- tendency toward dryness
I think these are all pretty common. But, enough about my skin. Hope you enjoy – and remember, everyone’s skin is SO different – it’s taken me a lot of testing and trying (still in the process) products to really know what my skin likes and will react well to. With that being said, let’s get into this, shall we?
I keep my morning skincare simple and light. I tend to linger in bed until I finally get ready in an absolute panic. You know, like a grown-up. I want multi-tasking products that will wake up my complexion, and sit beautifully under makeup. The better the skincare, the less makeup! At present my morning skincare routine consists of either a splash of cool water or a quick cleanse (I always listen to what my skin needs and i don't like to over cleanse my skin). If I do cleanse in the morning I will usually go in with May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud (full review here), which cleanses my skin but also works great as a gentle, everyday exfoliator. It is soothing, non-drying and its milky consistency really agrees with my skin in the mornings. Next I move onto some kind of hydrating spritz. Lately I have been reaching for May Lindstrom’s the Jasmine Garden. This indulgent botanical mist has been a longtime go-to of mine for prepping my skin for a serum, helping to not only create a foundation of moisture and anti-bacterial properties, but also creating a relaxing aromatic experience. My only gripe is that it is ridiculously expensive and the first ingredient is water? Like, why? Other than that, I love this one. I also just finished up Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator — so dreamy! I’m a bit of floozy when it comes to spritzes. Anything light in texture, spa-like in scent and refreshing on the skin – I’m in.
While my skin is still slightly damp, I apply a micro-emulsion. Basically, a micro-emulsion is when you take an oil based serum and mix it with a water based serum which creates pure skin care magic. Oil based products behave differently on the skin than water based products do. Usually we layer them - water based serums first, oils last. When combined our skin reaps the benefits of both products more so than when applied separately. I have to say my skin feels really different and I have to attribute it to using a micro-emulsion day. To make my micro-emulsion I have been using Kypris Antioxidant Dew as the water-based product and combining it with two or three drops of the Sun Damage Repair Serum from Laurel Whole Plant Organics. It offers just the right amount of hydration to stop my skin from feeling thirsty but doesn't overwhelm it or make me greasy. I may or may not follow that up with some eye cream, Bottega Organica’s Illuminate Eye Cream is my favourite.
After that soaks in, I will apply sunscreen. I’ve been really enjoying the Kari Gran 365 SPF 28, which I received in the July Beauty Heroes box (I absolutely love my BH subscription – it is money well spent for me). It's an oil-based physical sunscreen that is super hydrating; giving off the glow-y sheen of a facial oil. It doesn’t absorb quite immediately, so I always try to leave a few minutes between application and putting makeup on (on occasions when I am wearing makeup!).
And that's it! Super simple and super quick to do, which is great when I wake up late and am rushing out the door.
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