Or should we be calling it my ‘lockdown skincare routine’? Hmm that seems a bit weird. But that’s technically what it is I suppose…
It’s April 2020 and since we are no longer leaving the house, and I’m trying not to make too many online orders, I’ve been making it my mission to stick to a specific skincare routine, and use up the products I have rather than purchasing new items willy nilly.
This also helps me to declutter, stop saving things for best (when is best?), and helps make my skincare regime that little bit more sustainable.
Without further ado, here is my current morning skincare routine, the steps I take every day and some of the products I have been enjoying:
I usually like to start my day with either a cream or gel cleanser. I find that a gel cleanser in the morning is particularly refreshing, it wakes my skin up (perfect after a heavy night on Zoom) and makes it feel super clean ready for the next steps in my routine. A cream cleanser is ideal if your skin is in need of some extra nourishment.
I’m currently alternating between the ARK Skincare Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser (PR Sample) which is a lovely lightweight gel cleanser and the Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser Rose* which is a beautiful creamy cleanser.
- Exfoliating toner
My next step is a gentle exfoliating toner. This helps to get rid of any grime build up your cleanser might have missed and helps to turn over dead skin cells so your skin feels instantly renewed and rejuvenated. For the morning I stick to something gentle, nothing too intense, and then in the evening mix it up for something a little more hardcore.
I am currently finishing up my beloved Emma Hardie Exfoliating Brightening Tonic*. It contains pomegranate enzymes which are a natural exfoliant and Bakuchiol, which is a natural alternative to retinol that helps fight signs of aging.
A morning exfoliator is not a completely necessary step but now I find that if I miss it my skin feels dull, and just a bit lacklustre, so I’m sticking with it.
- Hyaluronic Acid
One step I never miss is my hyaluronic acid. We’ve all heard of it by now. I hope? And this really has become a completely non-negotiable part of my morning routine. Hyaluronic acid retains over 1000 times it’s weight in water, hydrating your skin deep in to the lower levels rather than just sitting on the surface as some moisturisers do. If you have dehydrated skin, or quite frankly any skin at all, you need to be using hyaluronic acid. You will notice a difference – trust me.
- Vitamin Serum
The newest addition to my morning skincare routine is a vitamin based antioxidant serum. Vitamins B, C and E are all great for different reasons and can all be used in the morning depending on your current skin needs and preferences. Recently I have been loving using Alpha-H Vitamin E Serum* in the morning as it leaves my skin noticeable smoother, calms redness and over time helps lighten dark marks and pigmentation. If like me you have pesky marks left from giant cystic spots you had YEARS ago, this might help.
- Eye Cream
As I get older (we are now officially late twenties guys) I have found that my eyes are looking tired in the mornings and I can no longer just jump out of bed and get going. For the mornings I need something that brightens the eye area, and almost tightens it, to get rid of those bags and help me look and feel more awake.
I loved The Ordinary Caffeine Solution for this but I have just recently run out. Rather that repurchase I found the REN Keep Young And Beautiful Eye Cream in my stash. It’s light reflecting so brightens the area as well as firms…seems good so far!
Seeing as I a rarely leaving the house these days I don’t always need an SPF. But if I am going for a walk, I’ll make sure to put on my SPF as my final skincare step. If not, I’ll just pop over a very light layer of moisturiser (my combination skin prefers light serums rather than rich moisturisers) and that’s it, job done!
It may seem like a lot of steps, for some of you it might not, but at the moment I feel like this is really working for me. And now I’m makeup free so much more I can spread the routine out, rather than layering products straight after each other, and then apply anything extra like a treatment or a mask throughout the day. For me sticking to a specific routine with specific steps really helps me as I remember every morning exactly what I need to do. Oh, and not travelling in to central London with the pollution on the tube every day helps to!