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September 21, 2016

Updated Skincare Routine: Morning Routine

From what I could find, it's been over three years since I did my last skincare routine so I think it's definitely time for an update. I want to start by saying that my skin is temperamental; It's oily, blemish prone and very sensitive. It's a challenge but lately I've found a skincare routine that's been working so I wanted to share that with you all. 

I didn't want this post to be super long so I'm splitting it into two; a morning routine and an evening routine. This is the morning routine, obviously, so check back soon to see what I do in the evenings, including how I remove my make up! 

I didn't take the photos below to track a transformation. In fact, they're both 'before' photos from different Face of the Day posts here on the blog. The photos were only taken a few weeks apart so I wanted to use them to show you the change in my skin over just a few weeks. I don't know what combination of products is helping to calm and sooth but I'm not complaining. 

To cleanse I have been using the Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser and I really enjoy it. It's a really gentle cleanser that doesn't leave the skin feeling stripped but it still foams up which I really love. I don't quite know whether I like it as much as the Alpha H Balancing Cleanser but it's a close second! 

I've used the same toner for about three years now, Mario Badescu's Special Cucumber Lotion! This toner is great at removing cleanser that hasn't rinsed off and I don't find it stripping or drying at all. I squirt some of it onto a cotton round and wipe it over my face and then use the same round to remove any make up I've applied to the back of my hand when doing my morning make up. It's much easier than using a wipe! 

My moisturiser is another product that I've been using for 2+ years, MAC's Lightful Marine Bright Moisture Creme. I've tried to find a cruelty free moisturiser that I like as much and I just can't! It's hydrating whilst still being light on the skin, making it the perfect pre make up moisturiser! If I'm having a particularly tight or dry day, I amp up the moisture by adding just one drop of the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light! It's a beautiful combo.

The Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+ was my birthday gift from Mecca this year and it's now my go to facial sunscreen. It has a sunscreen scent that I don't particularly love, however it's lightweight, non greasy and doesn't break down my make up so I'm not going to complain!

That's it for the morning! I don't have a super fancy AM routine as normally I'm trying to get ready for work as quickly as possible but this definitely does the job. Come back soon to find out what I use in the evenings!

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