Hey guys! Today I'm talking skincare. I used to be so incredibly lazy when it came to skincare—I would sleep in my makeup, wash my face only if I was in the shower, and basically only used moisturizer.
Now, I've grown up a bit, and so has my skincare routine. Today I'm going to be talking all about what I do each morning after getting a full 7+ hours of sleep (most nights).
First, I wash my face. In the morning, I like to use lukewarm water—but if it's warm out, I'll go even cooler. It really helps me wake up and feel ready for my day! I've recently become a fan of the double-cleanse, where you use a gentle cleanser (at night, this would be the one to take off your makeup), and graduate to a more rigorous cleanser or exfoliating cleanser. At the very least, it's important (if you're taking makeup off) to first get all the makeup off, and then cleanse. Otherwise, you're just pushing makeup further into your pores and aren't getting an effective cleanse. Right now, I'm really into First Aid Beauty's face cleanser. It's gentle, but incredibly effective.
After cleansing and patting my face dry (my mother always told me to pat but never ever rub), I'll douse a cotton ball with Pixi Glow Tonic, which is brand new and seriously amazing. It doesn't take much—just lightly cover your face, neck, and décolletage, avoiding the eye area. No need to rinse.
I like to put on a facial oil, serum, or elixir before my moisturizer, just so my skin can soak in even more benefits throughout the day. My two favorites right now are the Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster and Restoration Serum and Lumene Time Freeze Ultra Firm Elixir.
After putting a light layer of serum or elixir on, I'll finally get to the moisturizer. At night, this will be a night cream like First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Sleeping Cream, but during the day, I really like to use Glossier Priming Moisturizer. It's formulated with honey and is ultra-hydrating and buildable.
The Priming Moisturizer sets the stage perfectly for Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint, which is somewhere between real skin and actual makeup. It doesn't slide off the face like foundation, and it just makes your real skin look that much better. I use about 20 drops total, and it's super buildable, so if you need a little more perfecting in one area, feel free to dab more on. I finish off by tapping some concealer on problem areas and under my eyes—by tapping, you don't screw up the tint you just applied, and you aren't dragging delicate skin around. I've always liked the way Covergirl's Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer matches my skin.
If I'm looking for more coverage, I'll use a little foundation on top of the Perfecting Skin Tint, but usually I'm good with that much coverage. Then, I'll do my brows and add some mascara, and it's out the door!
What's your current skincare routine? Let me know in the comments!