My 5 Step Morning Skincare Routine
One of the most important things you can do for yourself is solidifying a skincare routine. Many people have asked me how my skin is so clear -- the answer is 2 parts. Firstly, I look after it, I highly encourage everyone to find a Sunscreen for their face and use it EVERYDAY. Secondly, genetics plays a role on how our skin ages, the amount of moisture it has ect. It's important to note that everyone and every skin is different; what works for me may not work for you. This post is to give you an idea of products to think about for your own skincare.
The first thing I do each morning is cleanse my face. I would suggest a gentle exfoliating cleanser -- Personally, I haven't really committed to a brand. Currently I'm using one by Olay but I have also used ones by Neutrogena and Aveeno with similar results. Cleansing the skin removes any dirt and debris that may be clogging your pores (this includes skin cells, sweat, bacteria, dust ect). Once washed, I pat my face dry. Rubbing can increase irritation and inflammation both of which are not helpful for your complexion. It's important to note that you can air dry your face as well, I'm usually in too much of a hurry to wait for the evaporation to occur.
My next step is Toner, in the past I have always felt like toner was too drying so I had abandoned using it for many years. Recently I have been introduced to one toner that I absolutely LOVE by Belief. It is hydrating, refreshing and it further remove any particulates from my pores. Using a toner helps to balance the pH of your skin -- if your skin pH is off this can create an environment that bacteria may thrive in, which in turn may cause skin problems like acne.
Vitamin C Serum
The third step to my routine is using a Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C Serums have SO MANY benefits for your skin due to its antioxidant properties. Without getting into the chemistry of antioxidants, vitamin c serums stimulate collagen production which fights fine lines and ageing. It counters hyperpigmentation and brightens your complexion by blocking excess pigment creation and finally it protects your skin from free radicals and environmental stressors that can further damage and age your skin. I use the Vitamin Booster Shot by physician formulas, for my skin, because I see an immediate brightening effect. The effect is more obvious if you cease using it for a couple of days and then re-start which I did several times to see if there was an actual difference on my skin. Long-term (I've been using it for a few years now) I've seen an overall improvement in the general look and feel of my skin!
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
This ingredient seems to the be "IT" girl in the skincare world so I was skeptical about the hype until I did my own research and finally tested it out for myself. Hyaluronic acid is used to increase your skin's hydration and helps to alleviate dryness. For me, skin dryness is a HUGE concern and hyaluronic acid not only moisturizes but also has the ability to hold more moisture so prevent your skin from drying out further. I use the Revitalift Serum from L'Oreal, I find it easy to apply, not sticky and quick drying.
This is the MOST important step in my morning skincare routine. I usually use a combination of moisturizer and sunscreen by Aveeno with an SPF of 30. It's important to note that SPF and sun protection does not have a liner relationship (IE if you increase the SPF you do not increase your protection). Rather after an SPF of 30 the benefits plateau. As a result, using SPF of 110 does not significantly improve your sun protection. I usually tell my clients to go with the least expensive version that works for their skin type. For me, I am currently using an Aveeno Moisturizer that is light on my skin. I really REALLY dislike sticky products.