Monday, May 9, 2016

My Current Morning Skincare Routine

I don't often talk routines on the blog; in fact, I can't remember the last time I shared my skincare regimen with you. However, I do think it's helpful to see how I mix and match between all the different products I review for you guys, and which ones I like enough to actually reach for on the daily.
Before we dive in, let's talk briefly about my skin: I have a sensitive combination skin type that's both acne- and dehydration-prone. My main concerns are keeping my skin clear, preventing and fighting hyperpigmentation from past breakouts and sun damage, as well as hydration and anti-aging. Hmm, is that too much to ask from a skincare routine? Maaybee. One important detail is that I'm currently 18 weeks along with our first baby, so everything I use has to be gentle and safe for pregnancy.
Now that we have this out of the way, here are the products I use every morning. I always start by cleansing my face with the NUDE Omega Cleansing Jelly (reviewed in detail here). I still like this product, but probably won't repurchase once my tube runs out - which will probably happen soon-ish - because I find the consistency just a tad too thick and difficult to spread around. I apply a dab of the jelly (cleansing balm, really) to a dry face and then remove with a warm, damp washcloth; I make sure to do several passes with the washcloth to really get everything off.
Next, I always always apply an acid toner; I'm currently rotating between the Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic (on my second bottle, review here) and the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner (click). I usually do the Pixi most days, and only reach for the Clarins about twice a week for a bit of a change. Both of these acid toners contain glycolic acid (AHA), but the Clarins has also a very low percentage of salicylic acid (BHA); some health practitioners discourage the use of salicylic acid in pregnancy, but my doctor (and other sources) thinks it's not a concern at 1% and below. If I had to choose one, I prefer the Pixi and think it's by far a better value for money, but I do enjoy my Clarins - it almost feels a bit more clarifying than the Pixi. I follow this chemical exfoliation step with a quick spritz of a hydrosol; I'm using the rock rose (Cistus) one at the moment.
I then apply a small dab of TATCHA Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum* under both eyes, luxuriating in the cooling sensation from the porcelain applicator (I also mentioned this eye cream in my March Favorites post here), followed by a thin layer of InstaNatural Advanced Formula Vitamin C Serum* (review here) all over the face. I thought I wasn't seeing any further improvement from my Vitamin C products (I was using the Paula's Choice C20 Booster* before the Insta Natural one), but I was recently looking at my face shots from last year and my freckles and hyperpigmentation spots are without a doubt much lighter and less noticeable - so thumbs up for that.
Lastly, I seal all that hydration in with a good moisturizer; I either use the Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Moisturizer Cream for Normal and Sensitive Skin* (click!) on days I'm staying indoors and/or using make-up with SPF on top, or the Paula's Choice Hydralight Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30* (reviewed here). The Nuxe is by far more nourishing and moisturizing - I don't really think Paula's Hydralight sunscreen has enough moisturizing properties even for my combination skin, but paired with a good serum, it works - and helps to keep the T-zone oilies away for longer.

There you have it - that's wasn't too complicated and wordy, am I right? Well, we still have the evening routine to go through, which is a bit less straightforward; I never said I was low maintenance ;) What do you currently use in your morning skincare routine? Any products you just can't live without?

Disclaimer: Products marked with an asterix (*) were press samples I received from the brand's PR for review consideration. I purchased all the other products myself. All links are non-affiliate. All opinions are 100% honest and unbiased, no matter if the product featured were purchased with my own money or provided free of charge. Thank you for reading!


  1. Your skincare routine sounds nice. The TATCHA eye serum sounds like something I'd like. I've been using a acne/anti aging kit I bought from Paula's Choice.

  2. It's always nice to see other people's routine! I don't think there's a specific product I can't live without. My skin changed from combination oily to normal to now normal to dry. The Estee Lauder ANR has been a staple for years but sometimes I go off it to test other products. One thing for sure is, whatever it is, I need a good serum or two. They make all the difference in skincare. And masks :-) I mask at least once every week and my skin loves it.

    1. My skin recently got a bit drier too, and I definitely need to layer on some hydrating products. I completely agree on the importance of serums; I think you can save a bit on cleansers, toners or even moisturizers, but you need some potent actives in your serum. What masks do you use regularly, Lily? The sheet kind, clay, other? I like all different masks to be honest - I used to be all about the clay ones, but exfoliating & hydrating are gaining an edge.

    2. I've been crazy about sheet masks. They are so hydrating, and so comfortable, and my kids stay away when I have it on because they think I look scary. I'd put it on just to get my time out, to be honest. LOL! I also have leave in masks. Those that don't need rinsing. I find that after using them at night, my skin looks so much better in the morning! I used to have lots of clay ones, but I find them too drying for me nowadays.

  3. I like to see people's skincare routines! I keep saying I am going to do one, too, but I AM SO LAZY, MONIKA. Maybe I can manage an instagram post, LOL. I did just round up my cleansers, lol, so I feel like that was a mini success :P