My mornings are usually pretty hectic. Between trying to get myself and Rosie ready, sorting Rosie’s breakfast and trying to eat a piece of toast without losing half to a toddler who is far too energetic for before 8am, I don’t have the time for a long morning routine. Plus if I had an extra half an hour I would rather have that little bit longer in bed. Below is my tried and tested routine which takes me less than ten minutes and quite often is done with my eyes half closed.
To cleanse I either use the Elemis Micellar Water or the Origins Ginzing Cleanser – it depends how lazy I am feeling as to which I use. The Elemis is a quick, one step cleansing water and the Origins is a scrub based wash that froths slightly on contact with water. Less ‘scrubby’ than a traditional scrub it provides just enough abrasion to remove the remenants of last nights skincare but also gets rid of any surface dead skin cells.
I will admit to being not as consistent with my skincare routine as I should be and as a result my skin can look dull, lacklustre and a bit grey. Regular exfoliation (chemical and manual) really helps my skin not only look bright but also helps any treatment products absorb in to the skin. I had previously used my faithful Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion (which has been reforumalated as the Clarifying Lotion 1.0) twice daily after cleansing however I have introduced an alternative that focuses on hydration. The Bobbi Brown Face Tonic is a kinder to skin version of a toner. Filled with soothing Aloe, hydrating Glycerin and their signature Enriched Mineral Water, it refreshes and boosts moisture levels on the skin’s surface.My skin seems to appreciate the added boost of moisture. I usually add in the Clarifying lotion a couple of times a week, following with by the tonic.
I am on the hunt for a new serum for in the mornings but whilst I am looking I have been using up a few that I have had languishing in my collection. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 was one of the first single ingredient focused brands on the market and this cult hyaluronic acid serum is great, however it feels tacky on the skin. I have been alternating with the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum (from a recent GWP offer) which contains kalanchoe extract – a potent natural ingredient which boosts the skin’s hyaluronic acid production. I don’t think I will repurchase either in the near future but I am enjoying using them up nevertheless.
I am currently squeezing out the last of my GALLINÉE Eye Contour Cream. I hadn’t heard much about GALLINÉE before I recieved the eye cream in a beauty box The cream itself is lightweight and works brilliantly under makeup. It contains probiotics which are one of my favourite skincare ingredients but it isn’t wowing me as much as the others I have been using.
The most recent addition to my routine is the SOS serum SPF 20 Day Cream*. I have recently been using lighter textured products and focussing on layering rather than slathering on a thick balm – especially as I am tending to use a hydrating tinted moisturiser instead of a long wear foundation on my days off. Designed for sensitive skins, packed full of antioxidants and humectants, it works really well underneath both separate SPFs and makeup without piling or sliding. I have been really impressed so far with the moisturiser and have added the SPF 50 sun cream and the SOS Serum to my ‘to buy list’. The whole range us suitable for use on children too.
Even though I wear a seperate SPF most days, I am not particuarly loyal to a particular one. I favour an SPF 50 but in terms of brand I am quite . Recently I have been using up some minis of Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® City Smart SPF 50, Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense SPF30 or even just grabbing Rosie’s Soltan Kids Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF50+ depending on what I have to hand. I wouldn’t repurchase the Dermalogica as it is only an SPF30 and the Elizabeth Arden is a bit more £££ than I was wanting to pay for a suncream.
What products are you currently using? Have you tried any of the products in my routine?
Products marked * have been gifted but with no obligation to share. My views are 100% honest and my own, as always.
First-Time Mama to Rosie – MUA / Retail Manager – Fuelled by Coffee and Concealer – Dairy Free – Weaning Toddler – Extended Breastfeeding.