Monday 20 January 2014

Morning Skin Care Routine

My morning skin care routine has had a slight make over lately. It's so unlike me to use the same products every morning as I love trying and discovering new products, but lately I seem to have settled for this little routine. My skin has never looked better and I know it's down to these amazing products.

My morning routine always starts with my cleanser of choice, the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash (£18). I have so much love for this cleanser, it gently cleanses both dry and oily places without cancelling each other out - perfect for my combination skin. It's packed with lovely skin friendly ingredients such as Broadleaf Kelp Extract, which works to break down dirt and discourage excess oil production, while Wheat Protein balances and protects dry zones. My skin adores this as it always feels so refreshed and awake after use. My skin was very dull and congested with clogged pores on my nose and chin before I started using this cleanser, but it has worked wonders unclogging my pores of debris and grime and making my complexion look brighter and healthier. I've just recently purchased my third tube of this face wash and I really can't recommend it enough, it's one of my favourite skin care products.

I follow this with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free Toner (£15) to remove any remaining traces of dirt and oil. This is formulated to reduce excess oil without stripping the skin of vital moisture, leaving my skin feeling instantly fresh and healthy looking.

Next, I moisturise my skin with the Korres Wild Rose 24-H Moisturising Brightening cream (£20). This is one of my favourite moisturisers, not only does it feel wonderfully hydrating on the skin, it gives my complexion the boost it needs resulting in a lovely radiant glow.  It absorbs into the skin like a dream and smells heavenly to. It's an all round winner. 

I also like to use the REN T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid (£26), a mattifying fluid that leaves my skin looking more balanced and clear. This product is lovely and light on application and works to purify the skin while helping to control excess oil production. This really helps to keep my complexion looking shine free and is one of the best mattifying skin products I've tried. 

Then it's a job for the Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash (£29), an eye cream that has been my saviour in the mornings lately. This little wonder releases toxins to minimise dark circles and reduce puffiness, while illuminating my whole eye area making me look more bright eyed and awake. This is one of the only eye creams I've tried but I adore it and I love the results.

Lastly, I have been trialing the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat (£13.50). This is the most recent addition to my morning skin care routine, and it aims to minimise the appearance of pores and shine by reducing excess sebum. I apply a small amount of this to my nose and chin as those are the areas of my face that suffer from enlarged pores. My skin feels so much smoother after applying this, I've still to notice a change in the appearance of my pores but I am happy with the results so far.

What products are in your morning skin care routine?


  1. I'd really love to try the Origins face wash, I've heard it's great for oily skin also *adds to huge wishlist*. The REN Day Fluid sounds great too, I'm currently using their Global Protection Day Cream which I love.

    You have such useful product reviews - thank you!

    Charlotte Breony xx

  2. Thank you for such a lovely comment! I'm glad you find them useful. It's great for oily skin, it's not too expensive and it lasts ages, you really don't need much as it goes so frothy on your face when you add water. It's a must have cleanser!



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