Wednesday 4 March 2015

Morning Skin Care Routine

It's been a while since my last morning skin care routine post, I remember it being one of the first ever posts I did on this blog! So I thought it was time for a long overdue update on the products I use every day that keep my skin clear and healthy. I'm not a morning person at all and I'm always in a rush to get ready, so my routine is pretty quick and fuss free.

I start by cleansing my skin with the Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser (£18.50). This is starting to run low and I usually change my cleanser every time one runs out, but I can see myself repurchasing this at some point. It's the perfect cleanser for oily skin as it cleanses the skin thoroughly, working deeply to remove excess oil and impurities, while gently sloughing away dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to breakouts. It leaves my complexion looking brighter  and more balanced, and the refreshing minty scent really helps to wake me up.

After cleansing, I add a few drops of the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion (£13) to a cotton pad and gently sweep it over my face and neck to remove any remaining traces of dirt and oil. This has only been part of my skin care routine for the past few weeks, but it's already made such a difference to my complexion. This is the first exfoliating toner I've tried and I love how it works magic on my congested skin and makes my complexion look more balanced. It reduces excess oil without stripping the skin of moisture and is gentle enough to use every day - my pores have never looked clearer!

Another new addition to my morning skin care routine is the Odacite Clogged Pores Serum (£22). It smells lovely and contains natural ingredients such as lavender and jojoba oil, which have anti bacterial properties and prevent excess oil production. This little wonder works by binding to sebum blockages and embedded skin impurities to help minimise blackheads and blemishes, while flushing out all those nasty skin toxins. I love to mix a couple of drops of this with the Avene Cleanance MAT Mattifying Emulsion (£12), which is one of my favourite moisturisers as it's so light-weight and sinks into my skin almost instantly. I love it because it's hydrating, but doesn't feel greasy and leaves my complexion shine free.

I have a terrible habit of staying up way past my bed time, so anything that is going to make me look bright eyed and more awake is a must. The Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (£23) has been my saviour in the mornings; it brightens up and refreshes my under eye area instantly, making me look like I've had a full nights sleep. This cream has a slight shimmer to it, which really helps to illuminate and add some radiance to the skin. Containing ingredients such as caffeine and magnolia extract, it really soothes the delicate skin around the eyes and reduces any puffiness and signs of fatigue. I couldn't be without this in the mornings!

Have you tried any of these? What products make up your morning skin care routine?


  1. I love the Origins GinZing Eye Cream, the Clinique Moisture Surge Eye Gel is quite similar in concept xx

    Amanda -

    1. I've not tried the Clinique Moisture Surge Eye Gel, but I'd like to.

  2. Aah these products sound really good. I have my eye on the REN Clarifying Toner, although I really want to try other bits from them too! The Origins Ginzing Eye Cream is one of the few eye creams I've heard about that has actual visible results, so I'd love to give that a go one day too. If only these products were a bit more affordable personally!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  3. These products look amazing!! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. You've got such a lovely skin care routine! I love the Origins GinZing range, especially the eye cream, it's amazing :) I love your blog x

  5. Thank you! You blog is lovely too, I've followed you on bloglovin :)

  6. The REN clarifying lotion sounds really great! I am so into REN right now.
    Love your blog and style so much.

  7. They are a really great brand, I love so many of their products! Thank you :)

  8. I always heard wonders 'bout Origins. Maybe I'll purchase them next time. Great post.


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