I'm one of those people who wake up two hours before everybody else to get ready. Over the years of struggling with body image and self-loathing I've managed to build up a number of routines, one of which being- I like to spend an extra time on my skin before I decide to put makeup on. It helps me feel a bit better about myself. That and two mugs of coffee. Then I can say I'm ready.
Here are my morning essentials.
C L E A N S E R
T O N E R
Necessary or not I like this step. I use Pixi Glow Tonic every other day for a gentle exfoliation and a variation of soothing mists for a general refreshment.
H Y A L U R O N I C A C I D
A must. In any form. I discovered it a few years ago and haven't stopped using since. It keeps my skin plump and moisturised for longer. I've been using Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum mostly but I would also recommend Hylamide Booster Low-Molecular HA Serum.
S E R U M
All time favourite- Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Serum. I am yet to find a good one on a budget that offers satisfying results.
F A C I A L O I L / C R E A M
I usually top everything up with either (or both) depending on how my skin looks. Lately I've become pretty addicted to Pixi Rose Oil Blend. It's a great oil, relatively cheaper for what it is. My skin looks visibly smoother, silkier and more radiant after each use- it does what it says on the tin.
Classic moisturisers wise, I tend to go for rich textures like Weleda Skin Food, Avene Cicalfate and anything similar. I also like anything by Una Brennan.
P R I M E R
Usually I would go for Hylamide HA Blur but lately I've been testing 3CE Back to Baby Glow Beam primer for an extra radiance.