My 5-Step Morning Skin Care Routine for Glowing Skin
My skin care regimen, and more specifically my morning skin care routine, tends to change based on the seasons and state of my skin. As we in the middle of the summer, I’m exfoliating lightly as the skin may be sensitive from heat and sun, and using moisture-building bases (think oils and moisturizing serums) that are less heavy (or fatty) than those I was using in winter.
As a quick rule of thumb, skin care products should be applied lightest to heaviest.
But it’s not just about the products I’m using, but the order I use them. By applying skin care products in the most effective way, you’re making sure they’re working properly and that you’re not wasting your money on expensive skin care. So if you’re interested to find out what my spring morning skin care routine looks like, read on for more details.
Step 1: Cleanse with water only
In the morning, I only cleanse with water. Because I do a full nighttime cleanse, in which I remove makeup and dirt, I often still feel the product the next morning. To be honest, my skin has never looked better than it does when I cleanse with water in the mornings.
Step 2: Micellar water
Following cleansing, I use a micellar water to add barrier to my skin. This helps to act as a good foundation for all that is to come next. My favorite micellar water have small amounts of rose petals which are great for helping the actives penetrate into the skin (next step).
Step 3: Serum and actives
Now it’s time for what I call “the do’ers.” Products that contain an ingredient intended to achieve a certain effect are considered “actives.” They tend to be the “brightening” products or “correctors.” These products, plus serums, work on certain issues, concerns, or benefits for your skin. A serum is applied first, so that it seeps right into the skin. I then like to apply my actives and let them sit for a few minutes before the next steps. Doing this will help will seal in the other products. I very often use Vitamin-C serums in the morning.
Step 4: Moisturize
I’ll then move onto moisturizer. I like rather light but creamy face moisturizers for the day. I’ll add the cream by patting it on my face and then massaging in to the skin with upward strokes. I tend to take a few minutes on this process. This helps to work the product into my skin and I feel pampered with a mini-facial massage.
Step 5: Sun protection
You should always apply sunscreen. I’m spending a lot of time outside as well as in the office right in front of my screen and I am convinced that even if there are very few studies on the blue light effecting our skins I am sure it helps! I’ll pat this product into the skin lightly, as if I am sealing everything in with it.
The bottom line
While skin care products vary from person to person, the order you use them in can mean the difference between an effective routine and throwing money down the drain. This summer, why not give this order a try and see how your skin responds?