BUILDING A MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE
Skincare routines are the number one subject I speak about with clients during facial treatments.
Ultimately because, your day-to-day routine is what's going to deliver you consistent, long term results more than any facial or treatment on the market.
In the words of a renowned L.A. Plastic Surgeon - ''I can take 10 years off with a facelift, but I can take 15-20 years off if they've looked after their skin. It's the tell tale signs''
Your daily routine is what's going to ensure you long term skin health, radiance and ultimately help defy the signs of aging.
So of course - we're super excited to talk about how you craft a 'morning skincare routine' that works for you, your skin and importantly lifestyle!
With consistency the winning ingredient, choosing a routine that you'll maintain everyday is key.
The Morning Routines is all about the day ahead and the priorities are to:
PROTECT AND HYDRATE
Evening Routine are about: Treating and Repairing, but that for another blog.
A BASIC MORNING ROUTINE - If you want a simple routine that you can start with, or stick with, the basics consist of:
3. #Apply Sun Protection
If you're wondering where has the toner step gone? Skincare and Cleansers have advanced quite a bit and this makes the 'traditional toner' step unnecessary. New Acid Toners and Hydrating Mists have taken it's spot - but for a basic routine you don't ''need'' it - whereas a seperate SPF is absolutely recommend.
Morning Cleansing - despite what TikTok says is a must. Remove that sweat and build up off of your face. You can make it super gentle with cleansing milks, gels, oils, balms. Nothing that strips the skin of moisture. But do - always - cleanse.
A word on 'multi-tasking' products - when sticking to the basics it's even more worthwhile looking out for good products that offer some form of 'multi-functional' benefits. i.e. not basic, single ingredient formulations which we aren't a fan of overall.
For example: a cleanser that nourishes, a moistiriser that hydrates, seals in moisture and protects from the elements, along with an SPF with antioxidant properties.
A TARGETED MORNING ROUTINE - 25+ Years Up
Many of us want to boost our morning routine - to give us our best skin. To help prevent signs of ageing or address key concerns such as dehydration, dullness, sensitivity etc.
From the basics above, you can build and add to your routine depending on your own skin needs, aims and lifestyle.
A full step by step routine is:
2. #Exfoliate / Acid Tone (2-3 days a week)
3. #Spray Hydrate
4. #Eye Cream
3. #Apply Sun Protection
How do to know what to add? - Always ask yourself
‘What’s are your concerns and what are you prepared to support?’
BUILD WITH INTENT
I meet so many clients who tell me they don't know why they're really using a certain product. Before you buy products ask yourself the question - will this help my skin, is is suited to my skin?
Some skin concerns will always be prioristised - generally anything inflammatory - such as dermatitis, sensitivity, acne, etc.
But other than this if it's dehydration - consider a hydrating mist or serum, concerned with pollution and helping prevent the signs of ageing - an antioxidant serum which is always high on my list of priorities for all client routines on the premise of prevention before cure.
If in doubt start with good basics and build from there.
Words by: The Skincare Edit Team