Morning skincare routine

One thing in my life that is a non-negotiable part of my day is my skincare routine. Every morning and every evening I spend a wonderful 5-10 minutes in the bathroom looking after my skin. Years ago I swore by the Clinique 3-step system, but over time I’ve learnt more about my skin and various products. I now only use cruelty-free products, many from brands who favour fewer ingredients (usually natural or green beauty brands). I love testing products so things do change, but the overall routine stays largely the same. Today I’m sharing my current routine and the items I’m using for each stage.

Step 1: Cleanse

In the morning I usually use a gentle gel or cream cleanser to freshen my skin, or occasionally a facial exfoliator. This step is designed to clean my skin of any of my nighttime skincare products and prepare it for the rest of my morning skincare routine. A couple of favourites include:

  • Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – this is just so lovely to use, it reminds me of the sort of product you’d use in a spa. I find it really nourishing as well as cleansing, it’s just a joy to use. It’s won loads of skincare awards and I can see why. It’s not the cheapest product but you only need a tiny amount so it lasts ages. I treated myself to a huge 200ml bottle which is the one in the photo.
  • Pure & Light Organic Skincare Revitalising Facial Exfoliation* (50ml, £28.00) – I’ve reviewed this previously and was pleased to receive a smaller sample one in a recent beauty box. I love this cleanser – it’s such a gentle scrub and again feels more nourishing than drying. This is another cleanser that has won numerous awards and deserves them – I love that it’s suitable for all skin types and is so gentle. 

Step 2: Tone

Join Refreshing Facial Toner with Aloe and Sea Buckthorn Oil

The second stage of my skincare routine is to tone. In the morning I just use a gentle toner to refine my skin and prepare it for moisturising. At the moment I’m using:

  • Joik Refreshing Facial Toner with Aloe and Sea Buckthorn Oil* (100ml, £10.00) – this is a really nice gentle toner that works brilliantly in the morning. I use a stronger treatment at night (more on that in my upcoming nighttime skincare post!), so in the morning I prefer to use something more gentle. I received this in a beauty box and it was a very pleasant discovery. It’s pretty good value and you only need a small amount. As you can see in the photo it’s a bi-phase oil so you need to shake it before you use it, and I apply it using a cotton pad. It’s lovely and fresh and smoothes my skin ready for the next stage. 

Step 3: Serum/oil

This stage of my skincare routine changes depending on the needs of my skin. It’s usually the stage when I start to put some moisture back into my skin though sometimes I use this stage to treat blemishes (I tend to be quite fortunate and don’t have them often so it’s usually moisture my skin needs).

  • Joik silky and luxurious facial serum with cranberry seed oil* (30ml, £17.00) – this is an oil-based serum that I just adore. I discovered it in the Joik advent calendar last year and have since repurchased it a couple of times. It’s a truly beautiful product which feels and smells so luxurious, and my skin loves it. It moisturises brilliantly without it leaving my skin looking greasy. Another great value product too as you only need 2-3 drops each time. 
  • A’kin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (20ml, £18.00) – so far I’ve only tried this little sample bottle of this but I absolutely loved it. It’s another really concentrated oil so you only need a tiny amount (the 5ml bottle lasted me ages!) and my skin just loved it. It’s not a sweet rose scent at all, and again it blends into skin really well rather than sitting on top of the skin. I’ll definitely be purchasing a full-sized one of these in future!

Step 4: Moisturise

Current morning moisturisers

The final stage of my skincare routine is to moisturise. I currently have combination skin, but it’s always erred towards the dryer end of things so moisturiser has always been something my skin needs. I’m a bit fickle with my moisturiser – I’ve tried lots and often switch them. Here are some I’ve been using recently:

  • Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Organic Facial Moisturiser* (120ml, £26.50) – this moisturiser gets so much love from the LoveLula community. I use this one because it has SPF30, and it’s a relatively light moisturiser (I find some SPF moisturisers too heavy for my skin). It’s a really fresh citrus scent too. I do find it can leave my skin looking a little shiny though so I don’t use this that regularly. 
  • Pure and Light Organic Essential Face Cream* (50ml, £34.00) – as I’ve mentioned before, Pure and Light Organic Skincare focus on providing products that are suitable for all skin types, and they certainly work for me. I really like this moisturiser as for me it’s that perfect consistency (thicker than Kimberly Sayer, but not too thick) and it seems to really balance my skin. 
  • Dafna’s Skincare Moisture Light* (30ml, £55.00) – this is the moisturiser I use when I want a treat. You’re encouraged to inhale the scent before you apply to your face and it’s such a lovely experience. It’s a great product too and again seems to really balance my skin. I find it doesn’t make my skin too shiny. 

So there you have it – the stages of my morning skincare. Since drafting this post I’ve actually switched a few items (I’m currently using the Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Gel Cleanser* which I’m loving!), but the stages remain the same. What are your favourite skincare items for the morning? Would love to hear any recommendations 🙂 

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