I wish I was a morning person, but on most mornings I hit the snooze button more times than I should. I do, however, always try to make sure that I have time for my skincare. While I tend to have a number of products on rotation, these are the ones I'm enjoying at the moment. By the way, I have combination/oilyish/breakout prone skin. Doesn't that sound fun?!
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
I massage this cleanser onto my dry skin and wipe it off with a hot cloth. This cleanser has a gel/oil consistency that just melts into your face as soon as it touches your skin. There is something about massaging this into my face in the morning while still half asleep that is so comforting. (let's be honest, I'm not awake until I've had my coffee) I'm a big fan of the rosy scent and it leaves my skin feeling balanced and comfortable.
The Body Shop - Vitamin E Hydrating Tone
This toner lotion reminds me of the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner in its consistency in that it isn't very watery like most toners, but think a watered down gel... if that makes sense. I love the feeling of applying this onto my skin because it is hydrating and refreshing and like the Oskia Cleanser leaves my skin feeling balanced. Notice a theme here? Balance is key!
First Aid Beauty - Eye Duty Triple Remedy
You never know what the long term affects of a eye cream will be, but it's one of those things that at least in my case, I feel guilty if I don't do. When the product has a metal applicator it isn't a step you want to miss anyway. (put it in the refrigerator for those extra tired days) The First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy is pretty much everything you need in a morning eye cream for instant brightness and a soothing cool application. It does claim to "reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles" but I'll have to report back on that in a couple of years. A little bit goes a long way and I like to let it set before I apply concealer, so by the time I'm done with the rest of my routine, it is good to go.
The Body Shop - Aloe Protective Serum
We (my boyfriend and I) recently went to Vermont for a little ski getaway and my skin did not enjoy the cold harsh winter weather at all. I had been in search of a serum and I had heard a lot of good things about the Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum. I've been using it for about two weeks and my skin feels much more calm and the redness has fairly reduced. I am a big fan of layering my skincare and I really enjoy the extra protective barrier this provides, while still letting my skin breathe.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +
I don't use this everyday but if I have a spot or a hormonal breakout this is my go to item. It helps to speed up the healing process and it's super gentle on my skin. This is a staple skincare item that I am never without. NEVER!
First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
Like all First Aid Beauty products, this moisturizer is ideal for sensitive skin. It's lightweight and perfect to wear beneath my tinted moisturizer or foundation. Because my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is already armed with SPF this is creates the perfect base for a flawless and even application.
Kiehls - Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+
Speaking of SPF, if you are looking for a non-greasy formula that will sink beautifully into your skin, look no further. This formula is very watery which in my opinion is what makes it so great for daily wear. It will not irritate your eyes and is perfect to be worn underneath your make up as it won't produce the white cast that most other SPF's will.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
I am quite obsessed with lip balms and I must have one with me at all times. The Agave Lip Mask is the mother of all lip balms!!! Its super rich formula makes it so that you don't have to constantly reapply but it doesn't feel heavy on the lips and it leaves a nice sheen for those days you can't be bothered with lip gloss. A little goes a long way so the tube will last for quite a while. If you live in a cooler climate you may have to warm the tube a little in your hands in order to get the product out, but trust me, it's worth it. I can go on and on but I won't...just go try it...your lips will thank you!
I know that this seems like a lot to do especially when you're trying to run out of the door in the morning, but it takes me under 10 minutes to get through my routine. I consider this my "me time" before I start my day and I really do cherish it.
I would love to know what your favorite products and if you think that there is a product I need to try please comment!