My Current Morning Skincare Routine

Sunday, 29 January 2017

I didn’t get super into skincare until probably two or three years ago; until then I was just using whatever was cheap and didn’t break me out, with no real understanding of the importance of good products and the benefits that certain ingredients might have for my skin. I’ve always been relatively lucky in that respect I suppose, as I’ve never had any major skin-related issues (until my more recent battles with dryness and the army of blackheads taking over my face) and therefore no need to invest more time into researching how to care for it.

Nowadays though, I try to look after my face as well as I look after the rest of my body, and the changes I’ve experienced in my skin type have definitely been partly responsible for giving me a kick up the arse to start doing so. The rest is just down to investing in the future of my face, I suppose! Given that I blog a lot about individual products and have never actually shared any of my skincare routines before, I thought I may as well start writing skincare posts every now and again and keep you up to date with what products I’m using and why I like them.

My morning skincare routine is much quicker and more basic than my evening routines (which can sometimes include multiple scrubs, masks and treatments depending on how I’m feeling) since I wake up every morning for work at 5:50 and need to be out of the house by about 6:30. Time is of the essence for me in the mornings, so I currently only have 5 easy-to-apply products that I use on the daily at the moment...

CLEANSER: BAREFOOT SOS REPAIR + RENEW NOURISHING CLEANSING CREAM*
I wrote a full review of this product that you can check out here, so I won’t go into too much detail, but this is a beautifully light, refreshing cream cleanser that contains restorative and anti-aging ingredients. I don’t go for full on face washes in the morning because a.) lathering up, scrubbing down, washing off and drying my face takes up too many of my valuable morning seconds and b.) the facial oils and dead skin cells that build up overnight are easily handled using gentler, cream or gel cleansers.

I use just over a pea-sized amount of this, massage it gently all over my face and then quickly rinse it off and pat dry, then move on to the next step feeling cleansed without feeling stripped of moisture.

TONER: PHB ETHICAL BEAUTY GENTLE FACIAL TONIC
I’ve been using PHB Ethical Beauty’s products for about three or four years now and this toner has been one of my staples ever since I first bought it. This is designed for sensitive skin, is alcohol and oil free and helps to calm redness and irritation and improve skin tone. As with all of PHB’s products, it’s vegan, halal, cruelty free, organic and made in the UK.

I’ve swapped toners a few times, but I always end up coming back to this one as it’s my ol’ reliable and I can always count on it to do what I want it to do and to also sooth my skin. I use a spritz of this on a cotton pad to apply it, or spray it directly over my face, and it can also be used as a refreshing mist throughout the day over makeup.

EYE CREAM: REN KEEP YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL EYE CREAM*
I had never been that bothered by eye creams until last year when I realised that I’m finally starting to develop tiny, fine lines under my eyes and figured it’s about time I started targeting that area of my face. Until recently, I had always just tried budget options but when I was given the opportunity to try some REN products without breaking my own bank account I thought hey, why not?

As it turns out, I really love this eye cream. Like every other anti-aging product it boasts dramatic benefits such as instant, visible tightening of the eye area and no, also like every other anti-aging product it doesn’t work miracles. It does however leave my eyes feeling a little bit firmer and very hydrated without feeling oily or interfering with my eye makeup, and I have high hopes for it after long term use. The instructions say to use one pump but honestly, I use barely half of a pump and that’s plenty for my eyes so it goes much further than expected.

Note: REN was acquired by Unilever late last year so although I’m not aware of any changes to their current production practices yet you may want to bear that in mind if you are against companies owned by non-cruelty free brands/corporations.

OIL TREATMENT: FOM LONDON ANTIOXIDANT REPAIR OIL COMPLEX*
I’ve been riding the face oil train ever since I tried my first one and I’m certainly not getting off any time soon! I had never heard of FOM London until I’d had the pleasure of trying a couple of their products in my LoveLula beauty boxes (I talked about one of their extremely nourishing but non-vegan products here) and I’ve been regularly using this one morning and evening over the past several weeks.

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, their Antioxidant Repair Oil Complex helps to mend and soothe tired skin and is deeply hydrating. They say that this oil is weightless and fast-absorbing, but I actually find I need to wait a moment for it to sink into my skin before applying anything else to it – I just put this on before I brush my teeth and use that time to let it get to work.

I pretty much never go without this before leaving for work nowadays because it’s intensely moisturising without making my skin end up a bit too oily later in the day (which I found their Hydra Plump Serum did) and helps keep my skin hydrated when bombarded by the heating in my car and the office.  I just have a tester size though, and the full sized once is hella expensive at £43 for 30ml!

MOISTURISER: KIMBERLY SAYER ANTIOXIDANT DAILY MOISTURISING CREAM SPF30*†
Last but not least, my current daily moisturiser of choice is the antioxidant moisturising cream from Kimberly Sayer. I wanted to try this particularly because of the SPF30, as I’ve found it difficult to find good daily face creams that are cruelty free, relatively natural and have SPF without clogging up my pores. If I’m going out and about outdoors, I try to use my Solait SPF50 face cream which works fine, but it can start to feel a bit much if worn all day, every day for weeks at a time as it’s one of those products designed more for the sun protection than to keep your skin looking nice.

The ingredients-list for this product contains lots of skin-soothing ingredients derived from oats, lavender and chamomile and it’s a great everyday moisturiser that feels hydrating and includes SPF without feeling heavy or pore-clogging. If you’re not a fan of heavily scented face products though, I would maybe steer clear of this as it does have a very heavy lavender fragrance (although this does wear off shortly after application).

I hope you found this post helpful and got some new brand and product ideas – let me know what your favourite daily skincare products are!

† Not vegan, contains beeswax.
* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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