Mornings…..I admittedly am not a morning person. Thankfully, I have an awesome husband who brings me a cup of coffee when I first wake up. When it comes to my morning beauty routine, it’s mostly dictated by my mood and/or if the kids are awake. I love when I get some extra me-time, but more often than not, it’s a 5 minute face.
This month, the beauty experts are weighing in on what gets them out in the door in the morning. While they all have really different routines there is definitely a strong common love of serums and SPF protection. There are a few habits, products and suggestions that I will be incorporating into my beauty prep. Enjoy!
My morning beauty routine always starts by drinking a large glass of Evian water to help replenish my body with high quality hydrating fluids from the French Alps. After thoroughly cleansing my face in the shower, I apply a very small quantity of Lancaster Skin Therapy Anti-aging Oxygen Eye care with gentle tapping motions to the eye contours. It stimulates the blood circulation and awakens my eyes, especially if I had a short night of sleep!
Then I use 2 skincare products: a serum followed by a moisturizing gel. It’s like making my bed in the morning, I put the cover sheet on the mattress for protection and then a fluffy duvet for comfort! So I apply Bioderma Hydrabio Serum onto the face and neck . This moisturizing concentrate for very dehydrated sensitive skin penetrates my skin very quickly. To really feel my skin re-plumped and comfy, I use H2O+ Beauty Oasis Hydrating treatment to hydrate immediately and soften my skin. I like the blue gel texture, it’s very light and refreshing. Perfect in the morning!
On the weekends, I go for a natural parisian look. First, I use the Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream with SPF 30 in light touches, followed by the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer with a soft precision brush to correct and illuminate the delicate under-eye area. I apply a hint of the intense Christian Louboutin Loubilaque in Rouge Louboutin to create a subtle just-bitten effect then Diorshow mascara for the final touch! Viola!
A good skincare routine is crucial to keeping your largest organ in tip-top shape. While we work on regenerating and “fixing” our skin issues during the night, our a.m. routine is just as important. In the morning, it is all about protecting and preserving our skin from the sun and other environmental pollutant. An effective beauty routine does not have to be complicated. Personally, I think the more complicated somthing is, the less likely we are to do it. It takes me less than 2 minutes in the morning to do my simple, 3-step morning skincare routine:
1) Cleanse – I do my heavy duty cleaning at night to get rid of makeup and environmental pollutants. Because my skin is very sensitive and I have rosacea, in the morning, I just use a little Micellar Water on a cotton pad to give my skin a quick refresh.
2) Hydrate – I change my moisturizer with the seasons. As we are heading into the colder and harsher months, I am using a richer cream. As part of my job, I am always testing out new products, but I love Clinique Moisture Surge cream and this Vanicream is a great budget friendly alternative for sensitive skin. I also apply a light eye cream to prep for makeup. I love Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream for day. It contains caffeine for which helps with puffiness and optic brighteners to wake up the eye. It is like a morning cup of coffee for my eyes.
3) Protect – Next, I mix a few drops of my favorite Vitamin C serum with my sunscreen. Sunscreen works better if combined with antioxidants, so this Skinceuticals C E Ferulic serum and this EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 are a true power couple. I also love that the EltaMD contains hyaluronic acid – favorite ingredient of mine. It is great for mature skin and helps with plumping. I wear at least SPF 30 every day of the year and tell my clients to do the same. The Skinceuticals Vitamin C serum is pricey, but so worth it. You will see an amazing difference in your skin. Not only does it brighten and firm, it also reduces fine lines & wrinkles and overall clarity of your skin. Another great and more bargain friendly option is the Drunk Elephant C Firma Day serum. At $80.00 it is not cheap, but about half the price of the Skinceuticals version.
As a working mom of three young kids, I should have a 5 minute morning routine…but I don’t. The truth is, I love the early morning and use the time to focus on myself before I start my day. Before I get into my routine, let me just say I shower at night. So for mornings; it goes something like this…
Alarm goes off at 5:45 and I am up and downstairs pouring my coffee by 5:47. I know warm lemon water is better, but I need coffee first. I grab my serums out of the fridge, head up to the bathroom, close the door and brush my teeth.
My Skincare: Cleanse with Biologique Recherche VIP O2, my favorite cleanser of all time. Then, Acid Tone with Biologique Recherche P50V 1970 ( legit game changer in the skin category and what I consider one of my most important steps). I pour some onto a gauze pad (not a cotton round) and PRESS into my skin all over, avoiding my eye area. After letting that sit for a minute, on to serums. Right now, I am using two from Biologique: Extraits Tissulaires (moisturizing, revitalizing and soothing) and Placenta (firming and magic for healing marks from blemishes). Next up, Vitamin C. I’m finishing up my Drunk Elephant C Firma, which I love. Then, I moisturize with Biologique’s Dermopurifiante, which is crazy good, apply Neocutis and SK-II R.N.A. Power Eye under my eyes and around the sides. Some La Roche Posay Anthelios Daily SPF for protection and finish with a spritz of Tatcha Dewy Skin Face Mist.
It’s about 6:15am. I let everything absorb a bit and then I’m ready for makeup:
I make my bed, get dressed and am ready for my first little chick to come in and say good morning…then the second…and the third…and the craziness of the day begins!
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