Skin Care

Ready to Glow in the Morning

Happy first day of the week! How’s your day going so far? It’s a sunny day today in Queens. I’m basking in the glory of the sunlight in my poorly lit bedroom. I have to go through the whole works to get some sunlight in here! But, when I do, I see the orange glow of the rays and I’m so grateful to be able to experience that.

Speaking of glow, I wanted to introduce you to my morning skincare routine. I’m not an early riser, although I really want to be. I love seeing the sun creep up in the wee hours of the morning and shine right into the front part of my house. But, since I’m not obligated to wake up early (or leave the house for that matter) anymore, I wake up pretty darn late. No matter what, I still squeeze in time to do every step of my routine. The only part I leave out is sunscreen. Although, I’ve read that our devices send off infrared light, which can affect our skin. I might look into that in the future, but I hate the thought of applying sunscreen while I’m at home! Actually, I’ve done it before, but it felt so heavy on my skin 🙁 My main goal for my morning routine is to prep it for a long day ahead.

By the way, I came up with the idea to tape the cream applicators to the tops of the lids because I didn’t know how else to store them!

Step 1: Cleanse

Acure Facial Cleansing Crème (pictured far left): I love how creamy and gentle this cleanser is. Even though it contains argan oil and is moisturizing and doesn’t lather it cleanses your face thoroughly. It’s non-irritating so it’s great for those with sensitive skin. The only thing I don’t like about it is the scent. It’s minty but it smells like toothpaste that spoiled :S I use my hands as my cleansing tool, but I have used it with my Foreo and it works great with that, too!

Step 2: Tone

Thayers Witch Hazel in Rose Petal (pictured next to cleanser): This is an amazing all-around toner for everyone. It’s skin-softening and soothing with glycerin and the authentic rose fragrance is refreshing. The cotton pad I use to apply it shows excess dirt when I use this so it definitely cleans well. I also apply this around the eyes.

Step 3: Prep

DIY Rose, Aloe + Glycerin Spray (pictured next to aloe vera gel): I mentioned this in one of my previous posts and I use this to hydrate my skin before I treat it. I spray 4 times, once on each cheek, once on the forehead and once on the chin/chest.

Step 4: Treat

InstaNatural Aloe Vera Gel (pictured in middle, back): This is only my 2nd ever purchased brand of aloe vera gel and I love it. It calms down any irritation I have from rashes, active or just-popped pimples (yes, I do pop them…). It’s 100% pure aloe vera gel so it doesn’t contain any other additives that would irritate my skin further or unnecessarily! It goes on like a thicker water and quickly disappears into the skin. I also love the fact that it comes in a giant bottle with a pump. The pump does get clogged and squirts out like crazy, but it still does provide the perfect amount of gel. I use my fingers to spread it all over my face and down to my neck.

SK II R.N.A. Power Eye Cream (picture left front): Luxurious, creamy, thick, potent, powerful, effective. This is my favorite eye cream of all time. Within the first application, I woke up the next morning and my entire eye area was plump, moisturized and brightened. Even the appearance of my fine lines were improved. All of this comes with a hefty price tag, but you know what you’re getting when you purchase anything from SK II. I’ll definitely repurchase this after I try 2 more eye creams and those don’t meet the bar. A pearl size amount for both eyes is enough!

OSEA Malibu Brightening Serum (pictured right, in middle back): Check out my last post on my first impressions of this serum! But, I can say that after using this for a week, I love it for adding a dose of vitamin c to my skin for an extra antioxidant boost!

Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil (pictured right, front middle): This pairs with the aloe vera gel to calm down irritated and/or inflamed pimples. I tip it over onto a finger and just dab it onto the spots. The redness of bigger spots goes down within an hour. I find that tea tree oil rids of spots and brings stubborn ones to the surface.

InstaNatural Rosehip Seed Oil and Now Solution Jojoba Oil (pictured far right)+ LJH Vita-Propolis Ampoule (pictured far right front): I mixed the 2 oils and put them in a travel size container. These are 2 HG oils for me for different purposes but same effectiveness. Rosehip Oil contains vitamin A and helps rid of any scars that I have. Jojoba is the closest oil to the oil our skin produces and moisturizes but doesn’t leave my face oily. I mix my ampoule in with the oils to make application easier. I love this ampoule (already purchased a 2nd) as its chocked full of actives that leave my skin feeling moisturized, hydrated and plump. I pour out a dime-size amount of the oil mixture and add 2 drops of the ampoule, rub my palms together only to spread it and then pat it all over my face, neck and chest.

Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum (pictured front middle): This is my moisturizer + serum in one. Sometimes, when I’m super lazy, I skip the oil and ampoule mix and just use this. It’s a thick jelly texture that spreads upon your skin like water. It isn’t a light moisturizer; it makes my skin quite greasy. But with time, it sinks in and moisturizes my skin, especially when it’s feeling extra dry from the AC and colder weather. I use the applicator to scoop out a nickel size amount and place it on my fingertips, dot it all over my face, and rub it in, taking it down to my neck and chest.

Clean & Clear Advantage Mark Treatment: I know it’s overkill to use this when I already use tea tree oil, but I’ve been using this acne treatment for years and there was a time when I stopped and I just couldn’t get rid of pimples as quickly with tea tree as I could when I used them together. I simply spot treat with a finger and by the next morning, the pimple is either gone, smaller and less red, or it’s come to a head. I don’t apply this when I’m going to proceed with makeup. Because it’s an acne treatment, it kind of crumbles when it starts to dry which leaves white flakes on and around those spots. Speaking of dry, if my body is hydrated from the inside and I stick to my routines (both a.m. and p.m.), then I don’t experience any dryness or flakiness from this treatment!

What’s one product in your morning routine that you can’t live without?

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