Morning Skincare Routine | Winter Edition

6 Mar 2015

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My skin has been in pretty good condition over the past few months, with most of my skin woes being tackled by a dedicated skincare routine and most importantly - not switching about my products so often. As a blogger you always want to try the latest products and innovations, but it got to the point where I was always trialling something new and my skin was definitely getting fed up of it. Over the past few months I've decided that constantly changing the products in my routine isn't going to be beneficial for my skin in the long-term, and I needed to get a good routine down with products my skin adores, and stick to it. 

For those of you new to my skincare posts, I'll give you a quick run-down on my skin type. I suffer with excess oil on my t-zone and chin, and for years I thought this was purely because my skin was oily. Early in 2014 I learnt that actually, it's because my skin is dehydrated. My skin produces excess sebum to compensate for the dehydrated areas, especially my forehead which is my most dehydrated area. Mostly, I refer to my skin as oily or oily/combination, as apart from the areas I suffer with excess oil, my skins pretty normal. I very rarely get spots or blemishes, although I have a some pigmentation issues around my mouth and nose, with redness on my cheeks and in the centre of my forehead. I'm not sensitive to any products or ingredients (yet), and my skin seems to work in harmony pretty quickly with any product I try. When I chose products for my skin I look for products and ingredients which are good for oily, combination and dehydrated skin, products which plump and rehydrate, reduce redness and puffiness and products which overall make my skin look brighter and clearer, whilst feeling softer and supple.

I'll be sharing my entire skincare routine in two parts; today's post is going to cover my morning routine, and I'll be sharing my evening routine soon. I won't be including cleansing and cleansing products in these posts, as I've done quite a few posts on cleansing which you can see here and here, but if you'd like to see an updated cleansing routine, let me know! 

But enough chatter, it's time to get stuck into my morning skincare routine. This is going to be a long one, so get that cuppa at the ready!

I'm a toner fiend and I use two in the morning, as well as two in the evening. I use two because at least one of the toners I use whether AM or PM is targeted and more treatment based, with the other focusing more on rehydrating and balancing. The first toner I reach for is La Roche-Posay Serozinc*, a toner which has recently launched in the UK and has already become quite the cult product. It's better suited to blemish-prone, oily or troublesome skin, and contains just three ingredients. There's La Roche-Posay's soothing Thermal Spring Water, alongside healing Zinc Sulphate (0.10%) and astringent Sodium Chloride (0.75%). It's works to target skin woes, in my case oiliness, whilst also refreshing and mattifying. Usually £8.50 for 150ml, it's currently 1/3 off for just £5.66 at Escentual. I then follow-up with the Lush Eau Roma Water which is a huge 250g toner for just £7.95. A gentle, soothing and hydrating toner, it uses Lavender Water and Rose Water, with a beautiful subtle scent. My skin loves this stuff! 

I've been addicted to the Nuxe Nuxellence Jeunesse Youth and Radiance Revealing Fluid over the past few months, as it works wonders to make my skin feel instantly softer and more supple, whilst also making my skin look more radiant. It's quite a pricey serum at £47 for 50ml, but you can currently snap it up with 1/3 off for £31.33 at Escentual. You can check out a full review of this beauty in my recent post, 'Four Serums for Oily Skin'. 

On the days where my skin is really parched, I tend to reach for the newest skincare innovation from REN, Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot. A thicker serum in consistency than Nuxe, it is amazing at instantly plumping and firming my skin. If you've ever tried Hydraluron, this is like a super-power version which for my skin at least, is way more effective. It's a little pricey at £36 for 30ml, but it's not a product I need to use every single day and I find reaching for it a few times a week is more than enough for my skin to see the benefits. Also featured in my 'Four Serums for Oily Skin' post, so check that out if you want a more in-depth review! 

For months now I've been using The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate as my morning eye cream, and although I'll try others every now and then, I always return to this one. It has a lovely cooling gel formula and just works wonders for reviving tired eyes, reducing puffiness and firming the delicate skin under my eyes. It's not the cheapest eye cream, at £18 for 10ml, but mine has lasted months and months so far, so one worth investing in.

I think it is so, so important to remember your neck and décolletage when it comes to your cleansing and skincare routine and that's made all the more easy for me by using my beloved STEAMCREAM Moisturiser. Costing £13.95 for 75ml, STEAMCREAM is easily one of the most budget friendly moisturisers you can get your hands on and it's a fantastic multi-purpose product that can be used for so many different things, but personally I adore it as a neck and décolletage cream. It not only smells absolutely beautiful, but it leaves my skin feeling much more supple and soft as silk. Love, love, love this stuff!

Last but not least, my morning moisturiser is the Bodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa Daily Moisturiser. I adore Bodhi & Birch, easily one of my favourite brands with products so luxurious and high-quality, they make me swoon. The Rosa Rosa Moisturiser effortlessly nourishes and protects my skin, whilst leaving it feeling softer and more supple. Enriched with Rose Otto and Neroli, it's a light-weight cream which works amazingly well under makeup and leaves my skin very happy indeed. You can check out my full review of the full Bodhi & Birch Rosa Rosa range here.

What products feature in your morning skincare routine?

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