It goes without saying that I am not a very girly-girl; and, clearly will never be mistaken for a super model, so makeup is not really my thing. However, I am all about skincare products. I am a total sucker for articles about what skincare products other people use, so here is a review of my summer morning skincare routine.
When it comes to my skin, I have been fortunate to be blessed with good genes. They come from my mother who easily passes for 10-15 years younger that she is. I am always searching for the perfect skincare routine, one that is not too complicated or expensive, but is effective and easy to stick to.
Since I have very fair (practically translucent) skin, I don’t tan. Instead I burn, and when the burn subsides, I don’t get cute freckles, I get big, weird blotches. Sunscreen is an everyday thing for me. I use it in my moisturizer, foundation and the mineral veil finishing powder, so with all my layers I figure I am at about an SPF of 750. Aside from that, here are the products I am currently using each morning.
Morning Skincare Routine
Wash with Micellar Water– I found micellar water when we went to France last year. Apparently, the water in France is full of minerals and hard on the face. So the French, in all their international wisdom, developed this water with microscopic oils that attach to dirt and dissolve it without drying out your face. It’s fantastic. Plus, it’s also great for lazy people like me who hate to wash their faces in the morning.
My favorite is Oil of Olay Luminous Advanced Micellar Water
Apply Serum– I started using serums when I read somewhere that it was like a multi-vitamin for your face. For some reason that really struck a cord with me. I am currently using and loving products from The Ordinary line by the Abnormal Beauty Company. Their products are no nonsense, affordable and very effective.
My favorite serum is The Ordinary Buffet
Apply Eye Treatment– Under eye puffiness can be an issue for me in the morning. I found this great product that has green tea extract from The Ordinary Line and it works phenomenally. A couple of drops and you look wide awake in about 10 minutes, it’s like an espresso for your skin.
My favorite eye treatment is The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Apply Moisturizer and boost Sunscreen– Oh moisturizers, I have tried a few but never actually fell in love with any of them. Right now I have settled on a collagen based product, but it only has SPF 20, so I mix it with a few drops of a drug store brand moisturizer and it seems to do the trick quite nicely.
If I am feeling fancy I will top all that off with a spritz of Mario Badescu Rosewater and Aloe Facial Spray I don’t actually notice any difference, but it smells nice and makes me feel pretty and really isn’t that what all this is about.
Got any favorite products you love? Let me know in the comments, knowing me I will probably run out and buy them.
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