My Morning Skincare Routine

A little bit about my skin... When i was a teenager, I fought the good fight that I think 90% of us do... acne. I remember that I was so self conscious about my pimples and they felt like all anyone would ever be able to see on my face. (Lookning back it really wasn't that severe) I basically tried to murder the acne with really harsh face washes and scrubs. I remember thinking that if I could feel my skin burning a little, then it must be working. I know, I know, it's truly awful and I cringe remembering this.

My skin is much happier now and I have a few things to credit:
1. I started becoming obsessed with makeup which led me to beauty blogs which led me to skincare blogs which led me to....

Caroline Hirons - Words are not sufficient to say how influential this amazing woman has been in my lack of funds.... she recommends something and everyone is scrambling to get their hands on it! However, this is all for a very good reason. She has so much knowledge about skincare and some really sounds principles on how to get the best from your skin's appearance. Caroline is also the one who taught me to be gentle on my skin and give it hydration and TLC whenever possible. Because of her I use an exfoliating toner, moisturizing toner, and hydraluron serum( for which she has an amazing review here). All of these have caused my skin to improve tenfold!

2. I started reading some natural skincare blogs as well and while I definitely don't have the greenest makeup routine, I do credit them with giving me the confidence to mix my own facial serum, which  use in the mornings!
Check out:
No More Dirty Looks

Genuine Glow

Crunchy Betty

These are just a few of the blogs and I will go more in-depth on my serum in a moment

3. I make a conscious effort to drink more water. It's so bland and everyone always harps on it but there it is, I said it!

So in the morning I go through my entire skincare routine before I eat breakfast. I use oil on my face morning and evening so this gives everything a chance to soak in before I do my makeup! I start of washing my face with a mild cleanser, I used to use african black soap but this time of year it's so cold and dry that the soap is simply too harsh. I recently purchased the Neutrogena Naturals Purifyng Cream Cleanser * and this has been really nice on my skin, it feels refreshing but not stripping.
I already made it gross:(

Then I go in with my Body Shop Vitamin E toner *, which I like because it starts to return some moisture to my sleepy skin. I follow it with a spritz of Rosewater * with Glycerin. Roses are great for skin texture and appearance and the glycerin is, again, good for locking in moisture! (Notice a theme?)

After that I like to apply my serum and an eye cream. I love Acure and their eyecream is pretty legit. Do I need an eyecream yet? I think it's debatable so I use one. The worst thing that can happen is I prevent some wrinkles right?

The next step is my serum, which I mix in this very fancy Aura Cacia argan oil bottle. I like the pump and since the largest component is the argan oil anyways, it makes sense to put it all in here. I use two pumps in the morning.

 Here's my serum: (Please note: if you have very sensitive skin you would definitely want to test these products and probably reduce the ratios! My skin is not terribly sensitive so I use more than most when it comes to the essential oils)
  •  1/2 bottle argan oil (this is very moisturizing and all around great for your skin)
  • 10-15 drops of lavender (soothes redness and helps with acne)
  • 20 drops rosehip (this is really great for scarring, which I do typically have since I pick at my spots)
  • 10-15 drops carrot seed oil (this really boosts hydration)
  • 10 drops seabuckthorn oil (good for hydration and boosting texture/evenness of the skin)
  • 10-15 drops rosemary (good for acne)
  • 10-15 drops eucalyptus (good for acne)
  • 10 drops citrus oil (good for brightening)
Be sure to store the oils and the serum somewhere cool. I order all my oils off of Vitacost! 

I follow up with this Simple moisturizer and then I let everything soak into my skin for at least ten minutes!


(may contain affiliate links, indicated by a *, all opinions are 100% my own and I purchased all the products myself!)

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