As a morning lover, how could I not have a morning skin care routine to look forward to when I go to bed at night?! I sleep like a baby knowing that when I wake up I get to drink my steaming cup of coffee and bless my skin with the products in my current morning skin care line up.
Welcome to my all cruelty free morning skin care routine – the best part of my day!
Cleanser: Alba botanica Acne Dote Astringent
Over the years, I’ve noticed that I’ve had success using an astringent as my morning “cleanser” vs a true facial cleanser. When I found out that the Clean & Clear astringent that I was using was not cruelty free, I switched to Alba Botanica Acne Dote Astringent and I fell in love with it. The salicylic acid in this stuff works wonders to unclog pores. As someone who suffers with oily skin, this product banishes excess oil to leave the skin feeling fresh and clean. I RARELY break out, and I attribute it 100% to this cleanser.
Toner: Thayer’s Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula with Rose Petal Toner
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Thayer’s witch hazel is a new one for me, but I am so digging it. I use this product to reduce the appearance of my hyperpigmentation caused by stubborn teenage acne. I’ve noticed that it’s evened out my skin tone, helped to soften my skin, and has already started working to get rid of some of my acne scars! On top of all of this, the witch hazel acts as a natural defense against breakouts. This bad boy is going to be a staple in my morning routine for a looong time.
Light Moisture: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, & Green Tea
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Ok, so now that I’ve sucked the life out of my face with cleansing products (in a good way), it’s time to MOISTURIZE! Lately I’ve been reaching for the Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe, cucumber, and green tea. The aloe provides a light layer oil free moisture, while the antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties of green tea help to wake the skin up and calm redness. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) prevents water retention to further reduce any inflammation, to make this facial spray the perfect product for my puffy and red morning face. Just a few pumps of this on my face and neck do the trick to get my skin ready for the day!
Deeper Moisture: Pacifica Pineapple Quench Oil Free Water Serum
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For my actual moisturizer, I am loving the pineapple quench oil free water serum from Pacifica. Pacifica is one of my all time favorite beauty brands, as they are affordable, 100% vegan, and put incredible products on the market for literally every skin type. Their pineapple products are specifically designed for oily skin to help combat excess oil production and combat shininess. I apply a pea sized amount of this moisturizer all over my face and let the magic begin. This product will leave you with a tightening feeling over the face (a feeling that I love, especially as I’m prepping my skin for makeup), and it will keep you matte all day long
Sunscreen: Australian Gold Tinted Botanical Sunscreen For Face SPF 50
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As a nursing student pursuing a career in dermatology, you had to have known that I’d give a sunscreen speech. A daily SPF of 30 or higher is the most effective thing that you can do to prevent premature lines, wrinkles, and sunspots – not to mention, it helps to protect delicate face skin from skin penetrating UVA and UVB rays that cause cancer! That said, I have been wearing the Australian Gold SPF 50 Tinted Botanical Sunscreen For Face for a while now. I love this product because it gives me the tiniest bit of tint and a smoothing effect that helps my makeup go on effortlessly. I’ve noticed on the days that I don’t have it on my makeup doesn’t wear near as well. When I initially purchased this sunscreen, I never would have anticipated how much I would rely on it for my good makeup days. Thank you Australian Gold for blessing this world with this perfect product.
And there you have it – my must-have products for a great skin day! I do adjust my routine here and there as needed, but I consider these five things as my nonnegotiable morning routine staples.
If you have a product in your morning routine that you think I would like, leave me a comment to let me know what I should try! I always love a good excuse to purchase new skincare!