My morning skincare routine has stayed pretty much the same over the last few years. Every now and then, I will try to shake things up and use a new product, but I find I always return to my old products. Today, I'll talk you through the products I use in my morning skincare routine, in the order I use them.
I'll give you a little bit of information about my skin first. I have a combination skin. I have an oily T-zone, that has a tendency for enlarged pores and blackheads. Besides that, the apples of my cheeks get a little bit drier, especially in the colder seasons, and the area around my chin is quite sensitive, so I try not to use any harsh or drying ingredients on that area of my face. My face is quite prone to blemishes and breakouts, which is why, especially during the more hormonal periods of the month and more stressful times in my life, I do tend to use some sort of blemish or spot control treatment on my face as well.
Also, upon pulling out my skincare products, I noticed a lot of them (pretty much all of them) are from Kiehl's. This is not at all a sponsored post (I wish), I just really like their stuff and they always lure me in to buying more products when I go to restock the ones I finished of (good for them, not so good for my wallet ;) ).
Now, that we've got all of that cleared up, let's get into my morning routine.
I start my mornings by cleansing my face, either under the shower or at the sink. I use the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser for this, or, if I feel like I need a bit of a deeper cleanse, I'll use the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
This Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser is the cleanser I use most mornings. It cleanses my skin and gives my skin a fresh feeling without being over-drying or too harsh on the more sensitive regions of my face. I used to use this one at night as well, but I'm trying out the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. Even when I used this cleanser twice a day, I still didn't find it dried out my skin at all.
This product has a gel-like texture, that doesn't really foam that much. When working it in to the skin, it is important that you use enough water, otherwise it's difficult to spread it out over the face (because of it's gel-like texture). Afterwards, I find it easiest to remove this cleanser with a damp cloth, to make sure no cleanser remains on my face.
Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser
Contrary to the previous cleanser, this one has an exfoliating aspect to it. It contains Amazonian White Clay particles, which give you the feeling that there's sand in your cleanser. Not the coarse grains of sand that you find on the beach, but the softer, smaller grained kind of sand. This Amazonian White Clay not only makes this cleanser a great exfoliant, that's great at exfoliating without being to harsh on the skin, it also has some amazing skin benefits as well. You can read more about White Clay right here.
Even though this is quite gentle on the skin, I wouldn't recommend using this cleanser more than once a day. I even tend to use this only once per two days, just to be safe. Because it is an exfoliating cleanser, it can dry out your skin if you use it too frequently.
The texture of this cleanser is completely different to the previous one. Where the previous one has a gel-like texture, this one has a very light-weight, almost whipped texture. Like the previous cleanser, this one doesn't really foam. It is easy to rinse of with some water, or you could use a damp cloth for this one as well, just to be sure no cleanser gets left behind.
During the more hormonal periods of the month, or during the more stressful times of the year (exam season for example) my skin tends to break out a lot. That's when I pull out my blemish treatment. I use this during the day, underneath my makeup or underneath my moisturizer. When I really have a lot of breakouts or when I've been wearing a lot of makeup during the day, I'll use my blemish control during the night as well. I then wear it underneath my nightserum or on its own.
Kiehl's Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment
I've been loving this product for a very long time. However, when I went in to my local Kiehl's store some time ago, they didn't have it in stock and the lady in the store told me that they have now replaced this with a different product. I haven't tried out the replacing product yet and I really hope this Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment comes back since it works absolute wonders on my skin.
I usually apply this in the morning, before I apply my moisturizer, but if my skin is doing really bad i'll use it at night as well. I apply this on my entire face. I find it doesn't irritate the sensitive areas on my face, yet still works amazing in getting rid of my spots.
You really don't need a lot of product with this one. The formula is a watery cream that's easy to work in to the skin.
After I've cleansed my skin (and applied my blemish control treatment if I'm using it that day), it's time for some moisturizer. This is another step in my morning routine that varies a little, depending on the weather and how my skin is feeling. During the colder months, my cheeks (and other parts of my face as well) can get quite dry and need a little extra care. That's when I pull out my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. However, during the rest of the year, this one is a little bit too oily and thick for me. That's why, for the biggest part of the year, I'll go for the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion.
Every now and then, I'll even combine the two, the Oil-Free Lotion for all over my face and the Ultra Facial Cream on the areas of my face that are getting a little dry (mostly my cheeks).
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion
This is my day-to-day moisturizer. It's lightweight, oil-free and it feels very pleasant on the skin. It moisturizes my skin without making it oily or without causing any breakouts whatsoever. If you have oily skin, like me, this really is a great moisturizer.
Another thing I like about this moisturizer, is that it feels kind of refreshing as well. It has an almost cooling feeling when you first apply it to the face. I really like this, especially in the morning, since it helps me wake up. Even though this is a very subtle sensation, it is one more thing that makes this a great moisturizer in my eyes.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
This one, I only use when my skin is feeling particularly dry and dehydrated. The formula is quite thick and greasy, and on a day-to-day basis it's just too much for my skin. If I use this every single day, I notice the more oily areas on my face start to break out. That's why I only use it on the drier areas of my face, or when my skin is feeling really dehydrated.
However, if you have dry skin, this might be the better option for you. For me, the Oil-Free Lotion is sufficiently hydrating for most parts of my face, but if you have naturally dry skin, I'm guessing it won't do, seeing as I do need the Ultra Facial Cream for my cheeks (which are naturally dry) every now and then.
Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer
I guess I should mention my Clinique Hydroblur Moisturizer as well. Most of my skincare items I own in twofold, one product to keep at home, and one to keep at my studio at university. This is true for most of my skincare products, except for my moisturizers. I only own one of those and I keep them at my studio. That's why, when I'm at home, I still use my Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer. I really like this moisturizer as well. It's lightweight and oil-free, just like the Kiehl's one, but it has a different feel to it (more silicone-like). If you want more information on this moisturizer, I did a full review on the entire Clinique Pep-Start range right here.
This is one of those products that I only bought because the guy at the store recommended it to me. Did I need an eye cream? No, not really. Did I desperately want one after this gorgeous and incredibly nice guy at the store had told me about this product? Yes, yes I did. And did I buy it in the end? Well, since I'm writing about it, I guess I did.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Since buying this eyecream, I've used it almost every day. It's like a shot of espresso for you undereyes. I put a thin layer of this on underneath my eyes before I start making my breakfast, so it has enough time to sink in. The formula is quite thick, so I find the best way to apply this is to gently dab it around my orbital bone. If you try to just rub this in, you'll stretch out the skin underneath your eyes, which may cause you to get wrinkles, and who wants that? It does need some time to sink in (that's why I apply it before I eat my breakfast), but once it has sunken in you'll really see a difference. It helps get rid of darkness and circles under your eyes, and makes you look more awake (like a shot of espresso would ;) ).
You only need a very small amount of this to get the desired result, so even the smallest tub will last you a very long time.
So even though I didn't intend to buy this one, it's money well spent.
After this, I eat my breakfast, apply my makeup (if I'm wearing any that day) and start my day.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my morning skincare routine. Definitely let me know if you would like a more in-dept review of any of this products, where I talk you through the ingredients. I intended to do this now, but that would have made this post even longer than it already is ;).
I'll talk to you soon!