Morning Skincare Routine | Spring 2016

I talk and blog about skincare all the time but I've never actually sat down to write about my full routine, for many reasons. Since becoming extremely obsessed with what goes on my skin before makeup, I have been trialling and testing different products to find the perfect formula for my skin and thus find the perfect products to match. Whilst the products are always changing, the formula that I use is one that I love and works perfectly to help me maintain clear, healthy, hydrated skin that makeup glides nicely onto. The products in todays post are my current favourites to use in the Morning. What is your morning skincare routine like?



#1 The Cleansers

In the mornings I like to start of with something gentle and hydrating, so I use one cleanser that does just that for my sensitive morning skin. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash - This is my only slightly foaming cleanser that I like to use in the morning partnered with my gentle Botanics Facial Exfoliating Brush, when my skin needs a little more exfoliation. It's perfect sensitive skin, hydrating and does a brilliant job cleansing my skin in the morning. 

Oskia Renaissance Cleaning Gel - I've been using this gel for almost a year now and its one of my favourites for a gentle yet extremely hydrating morning cleanse. It smells gorgeous and melts wonderfully into the skin, but once water is applied, turns into a smooth milky cleanser. I probably use this gel most out of all my cleansers for the morning, it just gives my skin a wonderful glow post cleanse. 

Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm - This is my most recent purchase and it's already a staple for the mornings. It's got the basic formula of a cleansing balm with added exfoliating beads making it a 2-in-1 hydrating cleanser and exfoliant. This kind of cleanser is exactly what I want for the morning, it smells great, feels great and does an all round amazing job. 


#2 The Toners

Some toners can be quite harsh on the skin with strong chemicals that help balance it's ph post cleanse. I prefer a more gentle toner in the mornings, and save the stronger ones for my evening cleanse. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Toner - I think I've gone through about 10 bottles of this stuff, its been a faithful skincare companion of mine for a long time. Effaclar is, I believe, a built in blemish control ingredient; the formula is effective yet still delivers a gentle feeling. My skin always feels better off after I use this toner, you can't beat La Roche Posay. 

Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner* - Speaking of gentle yet effective, Merumaya's gorgeous formula for their toner blew me away and I just love using it. You get a slight tingle which is what I like when using a toner like this. I use this toner all the time, my skin is smoother and I actually have less blackheads and blemishes thanks to it. 

La Roche Posay Serozinc - I don't know one person who hasn't used or at least heard if this cult favourite. Now readily available in boots, Serozinc is my favourite hydrating spray to partner with my exfoliating toner. 



#3 The Serums

It may seem a bit overkill, but recently for me, applying a serum before my moisturiser has become really key to balancing out my skin and taking full advantage of the layering effect. 

Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum - I've spoken about this product so many times, and repurchased it so many more times over. In a small glass pipet bottle, this serum delivers a glow in the lightest of formulas, perfect for the morning. I don't like anything too thick, so the light formula with added hydration is a great pre moisturiser. 

Eysilix by Indeed Labs - Whilst this isn't exactly a 'serum' as such, my favourite morning eye cream also comes before my moisturiser so this category seemed appropriate. I suffer from dark circles and constantly look tired with an effective eye cream morning and sometimes at night too. Eysilix reduces my dark circles and allows me leave the house without looking like I haven't slept in 4 weeks. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + - I often, but not always, include a blemish serum whenever I'm beginning to break out or have a few blemishes in the morning. This is actually my first tube of Duo + since I just finished my last tube of the original, Duo, this is just a step above that. Using this serum in the mornings keeps my skin balanced and the blemishes at bay. 

Hydraluron by Indeed Labs - Hydraluron is an extremely light hydrating gel, that I sometimes use as instead of a moisturiser depending on what primer I'm planning to use or if on that specific day my skin is feeling a bit clogged. It is designed to be a moisture boost for when you need a little extra burst of moisture to accompany your moisturiser. It's key ingredient, Hydrologic acid, is such an important part of what makes this gel so special and works so well on my skin.  
#4 The Moisturisers

As I've said, for me the mornings are about using light products that don't make my skin look greasy or clogged and shiny. If I'm wearing makeup that day, it's very helpful for them to be barely there but able to smooth my skin out for an even application of foundation.

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream - I have combination skin which comes with quite an oily T-zone which is why this mattifying day cream is perfect for me. The way this cream is formulated gives the skin a feeling I've never experienced before; its light but deeply effective and glides on the skin effortlessly. It's also perfect under makeup!

Ren V-Cense Youth Vitality Day Cream - This is more of a cream in texture as well as look, Ren have formulated a really hydrating cream that at first comes off as quite thick, but sinks into the skin almost immediately with no residual grease or shine. The smell is a little waxy so it might put some people off, but once thats gone all your left with a smooth, hydrated skin ready for the day.


On a side note, I also like to use a lip balm even when I am wearing makeup and recently I've been using Ren's rich, soothing Lip Balm from their Vita Mineral range. I hope you've enjoyed reading about my morning skincare routine and the products I'm currently using that work wonderfully for me.

What is your spring skincare routine? Use any of my products? 

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