Last week I shared my current night time skin care routine with you, and today I am excited to share my morning routine! I really can’t decide which routine I like more. My morning routine is definitely more robust, but there’s also something about prepping your skin for the night with oils that makes me feel so happy inside. That’s when you know you’re addicted to skin care, right? Here are all my favorite products I currently have on rotation (minus a few) for my morning skin care routine.
Pre-Cleanse: Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar Water | HERE
Since most of you know from my last post that I wake up at 5:30 am for the gym, this is my first step in my morning routine. I wanted something quick to get off the night’s oils, so I started using a little micellar water in the morning before my gym routine. Depending on how dry your skin is, you might prefer some moisturizer to hit the gym with instead. My skin is very oily so this works great for me and doesn’t dry out my skin after all the sweat. It doesn’t sting your eyes at all and it’s super gentle. This was a random buy for me at Target (isn’t everything?) but I will be repurchasing!
Exfoliate: Tarte Frxxxtion Stick | HERE
Okay, aside from the fact that this is the worst name ever because I can never remember how many freaking X’s are in the name (I feel like I shouldn’t have to, I mean wtf Tarte), I love this charcoal stick for after the gym. I don’t use this every day after the gym because I don’t like to over exfoliate, but I’d say I use this about three times a week. The exfoliation is so gentle and the stick is so handy! You could just throw this in your gym bag and go! I use this at home, but it is very portable.
After I’ve exfoliated is when I start my main cleanse. If I didn’t exfloliate, then I start my morning routine with these guys after I’ve gotten out of the shower. I love both these cleansers equally and I rotate them every other day or so. They are both perfect for morning cleansers because they are super gentle, they are both hydrating, they have good texture, and they smell absolutely divine. A good fresh scent that makes you ready for the day is a huge deal to me. Both these will have you awake, thoroughly cleansed, and feeling so soft! They are also very affordable cleansers.
Tone: Pixi Glow Tonic | HERE
This is a cult product by now and a staple in most girl’s routines I think. I remember when I first heard about Pixi beauty and I ran to Target to pick it up! This is a phenomenal toner that actually produces results and is affordable. This never stings my skin or drys it out. In fact, it leaves my skin feeling more nourished. It has definitely helped me with hyper pigmentation as well. If you haven’t tried this yet, definitely do. The best part is that it’s quite affordable for the quality, and it’s sold at Target. Which means you can pick it up with the other 234 impulse buys. Ladies you know…
Again, these are two products I’ve been rotating with each other about every other day. I prefer the First Aid Beauty eye cream over the Shiseido eye cream, but the Shiseido eye cream was expensive so I plan on finishing it off. I don’t really notice that either provide any long term benefits. The First Aid Beauty eye cream I like because it adds some immediate brightness, but as far as results over time, I think it’s all a little far fetched. The Shiseido one works great for moisturizing my under eye area, but does nothing for my dark circles. If you’re considering either of these, definitely go with First Aid Beauty. I love this eye cream for immediate results. The Shiseido one I wrote a lengthy review on here.
Facial Spray: Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray | HERE
I don’t use this every day, but I do use it if I feel like I need a little extra moisture for the day! I love how refreshing this one feels. While I don’t notice any long term results, it’s a nice product to have around when I’m freshening up. Sometimes I like to spray a little after my makeup is on for an extra dewey look. Facial sprays are one of those products that I think are a little gimmicky and I don’t necessarily need, but I keep them around because it’s fun to spray stuff on your face. Duh.
I love love love these products, and I love them in conjunction with each other even more. These are by far the best moisturizing and skin firming products I’ve ever used and I cannot recommend them enough. That being said, these are essssspensive. EXPENSIVE. The Quenching Essence is a hydrating serum that you’re supposed to apply prior to the Ultimate Moisture. These combined hold the moisture in your skin like no other. I’ve received wonderful plumping results that even made my boyfriend comment on how much more youthful my skin looked! The smell is gorgeous and if I could describe the feel and texture in one word, it would be: luxurious. Pssst, until September 28th you can get 20% off + free shipping on Murad.com with the code FAMILY.
So this concludes my morning routine. Next up is a cup of coffee and then I rush off to work (because I am usually late). I hope this has been helpful to you and if you are considering buying any of these products do let me know! I am always happy to point you in the right direction as skin care is a passion of mine. Overall, I really just try to have fun with my routines. I like to switch up my products every day and make my routines fun so I actually look forward to them every morning.
What product is in your morning skin care routine that you can’t live without? I am always looking for new things to try, so let me know your holy grails ladies! Leave me a comment below.
*Disclaimer: I completely hate doings these, but just wanted to say this is what works for me and the products I love to use on my face. I have oily skin and am prone to breakouts. Lately I get many compliments on my skin, and this is the routine I use. My skin has never looked better (ever).