My Morning Skincare Essentials
As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized I need to start taking better care of my skin. Young Kylah relished in the fact that my skin, no matter how poorly I treated it, never broke out, never got irritated, and always looked soft and smooth. While my skin definitely isn’t as “bad” as it could be, my skin has become more sensitive to certain common skincare ingredients, my hormonal acne has come out to play, and my skin type changes from dry to oily depending on the week. I’ve been able to combat a lot of skin issues with my regimented morning routine, and I figured I would show what products and techniques work the best for me.
Water: I don’t cleanse my face with my cleanser and Foreo in the morning. Since I have more sensitive skin, I try to keep the manipulation of my skin to a minimum. I start off by splashing some warm (not hot) water over my face to prep my skin for the next steps of my routine. Plus, it feels more refreshing and calming than dousing my face with cold water.
2. Toner: I use a chemical exfoliant in my nighttime skincare routine, so by the morning, I know I have some loose skin particles just hanging around on my face. I use some toner with a cotton pad to wipe away all those particles and any extra dirt and grime I might have missed the night before. My favorite toner as of late has been the Thayers Alcohol-Free Lavendar Witch Hazel Toner Mist. I haven’t noticed it drying out my skin over the many months of using it; if anything, it leaves my face feeling supple. Another favorite is the Pixi by Petra SkinTreats Glow Tonic. This one also has a chemical exfoliant in it (glycolic acid), and since I use one in my nighttime routine, I only use this when my skin needs an extra pick-me-up. Layering too many exfoliating acids tends to irritate my skin a little, so I only use this toner maybe two or three mornings out of the week.
3. Vitamin C Serum: I’m going to have to cheat a little here, as I don’t have a true vitamin C serum on hand, but I always use a serum in the morning. The one I’m currently using while I get my money up to purchase the Ole Henriksen one is the Bare Minerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion Serum. I do enjoy this serum because sinks into the skin and leaves a nice glow to my skin, but I haven’t noticed it helping with my skin texture or lightening dark marks, so I want an actual vitamin C Serum. The product I used before this one was the Bahi Cosmetics Galore’s Garden Vitamin C Serum, which I have an entire review post on. I did like that serum, but I want something more effective, which is why I will be trying the Ole Henriksen one. The main reason I like to do my vitamin C serum in the morning is to spread out the amount of products I’m using on my skin. When I was using a chemical exfoliant, vitamin C serum, overnight moisturizer or mask, and a face oil, my skin was overloaded and felt so heavy and slick with product. Spreading them between my morning and night routines make my skin feel less weighed down.
4. Moisturizer: If you don’t follow any other step outlined on this here blog post, please moisturize. Quite a few of our skin issues - dryness, oiliness, even breakouts - occur simply because our moisture barrier is compromised. Moisturizing the skin is the one thing you should do at least twice per day, and maybe more depending on your lifestyle. Think about it: if you don’t put lotion on your body, your skin gets itchy, flaky, and eczema can pop up. The skin on the face is even more delicate than the skin on the body, so it needs even more moisture and care. I’ve personally noticed the oiliness in my skin is more subdued when I moisturize well. If you’ve been rocking with me on my YouTube channel or my blog for a while, you’d know I’m in love with the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and the moisturizer from the same line. A little goes a long way, and my skin doesn’t ever get irritated by it; it’s literally formulated with sensitive skin in mind.
5. Facial Mist (Optional): This isn’t a step I do every single day, but sometimes, even after all the steps I’ve completed above, my skin still looks dull and lifeless. When this happens, whether it’s under makeup or over makeup, I mist a little of the Belif Aqua Bomb Mist on my skin. It instantly perks my skin up and leaves a gorgeous glow on my face. My skin actually feels more hydrated as well. Plus, it’s a cute little size that can be thrown into any purse for a quick refresher throughout the day!
That’s it - four, maybe five steps of skincare in the morning. I’ve noticed how extensive a lot of influencers’ routines are, and while it would be nice to have ten different serums and five essences and twenty moisturizers to layer on, it’s not realistic financially nor is it realistic to have the time to derma-roll ones face every morning and night. And, as the case often can be with makeup and anything else in life, less is more. When I was trying to keep up with the Jones’ and using a million different products on my face, allergic reactions, acne, and dermatitis were rampant as my skin tried to adjust to all the different formulas. Just find what works best for you and your skin needs and lifestyle, and the skin will follow!
Write you little lovelies later,
XO Ky M.