Morning Skincare Routine: Winter 2018

As many of you have noticed by now, my skincare is something that I take very seriously. And even when it comes time to roll out of bed and start the day, I make sure to take care of my skin. I get asked a lot what skincare I use, so I thought I would make a post on the products I use! I’ll do my morning routine in this post, and then later this week expect a post on my nighttime skincare!

In general, I tend to go for lighter products in my morning routine so if I’m wearing makeup, it doesn’t  slide around. Not only that, but because your skin regenerates when you sleep, the heavier products I use are usually applied at night. But without further ado, here are the products I’ve been using this winter, in the order I use them.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser ($10-20)

This cleanser is great for winter. It gently cleanses my skin without stripping the oils out and has a really nice creamy texture. It’s also pretty affordable. I use this about five times a week, and then my exfoliator the other two.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser ($16)

This is the other cleanser in my weekly rotation. I generally use this when I wash my hair, which is usually 2-3 times a week. This is a chemical exfoliator, but it’s super gentle. It just gets all the dead skin off my face and gives me a clean slate. Plus it’s cheap!!

Origins Ginzing ($31)

I use this eye cream religiously in the morning for two reasons: it leaves my undereyes refreshed and de-puffed, and it has a slight salmon sheen that helps the tiiiiiniest bit with darkness and dryness. Not to mention that it works really well at keeping my undereyes moisturized.

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate ($47-123)

This stuff is the bomb. I’ve talked about the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate before, but this is a recent addition to my regime and I wish I would’ve done it sooner. This serum has orange and ginger, so it smells great and does an excellent job of brightening the skin. It also is light enough that I can wear makeup after using this. It is pretty expensive, but I find that these really make a difference in my skincare to the point where I can use less expensive stuff for the rest of my routine.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 ($21-50)

I use this moisturizer on days where I anticipate being outside a little more. I know you’re technically supposed to use SPF every day, but if I’m going to be in an office with no windows, I don’t want to put the strong SPF smell all over my face. But if I’m walking around Fells Point on a Saturday, I’ll toss this on.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($12-42)

This is a product that I’ve been using for years. It’s a great, affordable moisturizer. It’s unscented and hypoallergenic so it works really well for my sensitive skin. What’s great about this product is that it comes in a million sizes and components (jars and tubes). Also, this can be used on eczema!! Highly recommend.

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ($28)

I’ve never been one for primers because my skin is SO dry, but this one has changed the game for me. Because my skin is so dry, I will actually use my regular moisturizer, and then if I’m wearing makeup, I layer this on top. Sometimes on “no makeup” days I’ll put some of this on because it has a slight tan tint and shimmer, so it gives a subtle glow.

I don’t use every single one of these products every day, but these are the staples in my current skincare routine. I love every single one of these products and highly recommend them if you have dry, sensitive skin. I have definitely seen a difference in my skin this winter in comparison to previous years, and I have these products to thank! If you’re wondering about my nighttime routine, stay tuned!

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