Newsflash: everyone should have a morning and nighttime skincare regimen, with the right combination of products catering to their skin’s specific needs.
The above video tutorial specifically highlights my morning skincare routine, with a couple of extra fun steps that aren’t necessary for most mornings. I typically start my morning with washing my face, then applying a face mist, any acne spot treatments, serum, moisturizer, and eye cream.
The video tutorial was originally posted to my Instagram Story and is a great way for visual learners or anyone who isn’t sure how to correctly apply each product and wants an example. If you don’t have time, or you’re in public with no headphones, I’ve summarized the tutorial below.
First, the most important step is to wash your face every morning. If you take nothing else from this post, let the sole knowledge gained be to wash your face every morning and night! I use Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, it’s really soft and gentle on all skin types, and Glossier is a vegan, cruelty-free company!
Once a week, I try to exfoliate with my favorite Foreo Luna facial tool with silicone brushes to gently exfoliate any dead skin from my face, combined with my cleanser to deep clean my pores. I see a noticeable difference in my skin brightness and skin tone, and my face feels unbelievably clean. I advise to not exfoliate more than once or twice a week, as over exfoliation can harm the surface of your skin.
Second, I always follow with a rose water face mist. In the Instagram Story tutorial I use Glossier’s soothing face mist rosewater spray, but I also recommend my DIY recipe or this affordable Trader Joe’s rose water facial toner as well.
Third, I add any medicine spot treatments to any acne on my face. I have used Differin for years, and now you can get it at the grocery store and no longer need a prescription.
Next, moisturizing. This step is customizable according to preference and skin type and needs. In the tutorial, I recommend using Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel with Hyaluronic Acid and I swear by it. It’s available at most grocery stores and immediately hydrates my skin and makes it bouncy and full upon application. I recommend it for the warmer periods of the year, where skin dryness is milder. If it’s the winter months, or you’re battling extreme dryness, I recommend Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich. It has an amazing texture and smells like lavender, and makes my skin soothes and hydrated in the cold, dry months of the year.
In the video I include my favorite secret to keeping my face looking bronzy and tan, Clarins tanning facial drops. Combining three drops of it with a dollop of moisturizer whenever I feel like my face is pale, and within a few hours my skin is naturally a little tanner. It doesn’t have that icky self-tanner smell or residue, and is safe to use every day if necessary. I don’t use it often though.
Finally, and not included in the video tutorial, is adding eye cream. This part is optional, and you can decide to just apply eye cream at night. But, if you’re like me, you need eye de-puffer in the morning or sometimes just need a little extra boost. I recommend any of these three eye creams, Glossier Bubble Wrap, Origins GinZing morning eye cream, Origins Eye Doctor moisturizing eye cream, or this cute little polar bear tingly morning under eye stick I found on Amazon.
Don’t forget! If you’re spending any time in the sun, even if it’s just walking to work from the parking lot, you must be sure to war a facial sunscreen! I omit on days around the house, but days I know I am leaving the house, I apply Glossier’s Invisible Shield sunscreen after my moisturizer and before any makeup. I specifically love Glossier’s because it is lightweight and has a thin, serum like consistency, instead of being thick, white, cakey, lotion that looks sticky on my face all day. You can also use foundation with SPF in it. Regardless, sunscreen every day you go out the front door!