Skin care | My Morning Routine

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a fab weekend!

First off, let me start this post by saying I'm absolutely no expert in skin care or what I should/shouldn't be doing. After years of experimenting, I think I've finally found a routine and a set of products that works for me. Over the years I've swapped and changed things out, and I've come along way from the days when I was under the impression that a face wipe or two and blob of vaseline would suffice!

Recently, my skin has genuinely been better than it ever has been before. I hardly ever get break outs anymore (touch wood!!). And I think I have my current morning and night time routines to thank for that. So let's kick off with the morning routine.

I like to keep it quick and easy in the morning. The quicker the better, I'll do anything for an extra five minutes in bed.

Firstly, an oldie but a goodie, the Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion (currently only £1.59 at Superdrug). My skin is so sensitive, and I've spent far too much time slapping on products that have made it red and angry at me, sorry skin.  But this stuff I've been using on and off since I was a teenager, and I always find myself coming back to it. It's so gentle on my skin and I never have any issues with it. I splodge some on to a cotton wool pad and wipe that all over. I find I get a little oily over night and this just freshens me right back up. My skin just feels so clean and soft after using this.

I then use the La Roche-Posay Serozinc (currently 1/3 off at Escentual). I was so sceptical about trying this, but the blogger hype got the better of me and I just had to make a purchase and try it for myself. I've been using it for probably about a year now and I've found my skin is to be so much clearer since incorporating this in to my routine. It really helps with my oilyness and I just don't think I could be without it now. Sometimes I spritz this directly on to my face but I usually spray it on to a cotton wool pad and then sweep all over.

Next is the L'oreal Paris Skin Perfection Advanced Correcting Serum (currently 1/3 off at Boots). I love this stuff. I use one pump over this all over the face and just let it sink in for a minute or two. It has quite a thin consistency and looks iridescent when you pump it out on to your finger. I don't particularly thing it does anything for my black hole sized pores but it definitely helps to even out my red blotchy-ness. My favourite thing about this product though is that it makes me look awake. It lightens up my dull skin and gives me a little bit of life in the morning. Also, I'm kind of in love with the gorgeous pink packaging. And it's so good to see how much product I actually have left.

I then move on to moisturiser. The product I use here depends on what kind of day my skin is having, or what foundation I plan to use.
Generally, I opt for the Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser (currently on £2.09 at Superdrug). Again, another Simple product that I just keep coming back to. It's one of very few moisturisers that I've used that doesn't feel like it clogs up my pores but still adds a good amount of moisture to my skin without making me in to a grease ball. I love this stuff if I'm going to be using a matte foundation, which I most often do. My skin just feels so soft and moisturised but not oily or greasy.
If I'm planning on using a more dewy foundation or I'm having an exceptionally oily day, I'll reach for the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat (currently 1/3 off at Escentual). I find I don't use this that often but it genuinely does make a difference when I need it. It works really well to matte out my skin before applying a dewy look foundation. It just balances everything out. However, I wouldn't use it when I'm using a full coverage matte foundation, that's just too much matte, madness.

I then of course I need a little balm on the lips. I have a billion and one different lip balms floating around in various handbags and hidden away in the back of many a drawer. But the one I'm keeping in with my skin care stash at the moment and applying every morning is the Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and Macadamia... flavour? (currently £1.50 at Sainsbury's). My lips are so dry recently with the weather changing and I'm just enjoying applying this and I find it lasts for ages on my lips.

So there you have it, my current morning skin care routine. It's nothing special or over complicated, but it really is working for me. I tend to put a little more time and effort in to my skin care on a night time, so I'll be doing a post on that on Wednesday.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend guys :)

- Adel xx


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