My Morning Skincare Routine

Earlier this week, I talked about my skincare journey and promised to share my morning and evening skincare routines. I have talked up these products with several friends and family members because honestly, this routine is easy and affordable and my skin actually looks better using these products than it did when I was using expensive face washes, lotions, and spot treatments. Plus, I have been using this routine for about six months now and it has not reduced in effectiveness (don't you just hate it when you think you've found the magic combination and two weeks later your skin is breaking out all over the place? Is that just me?).

I should note that I have combination skin, so my skin tends to be a little shiny during the day but dries out really easily (especially in the winter or whenever I try a new acne product), so that's fun. These are a combination of products for dry skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin, and aging skin (it's never to early to start! okay, that's not true, it would be creepy to put it on a baby or something, but whatever). You should use products that work well for your skin type and your skin sensitivities; these are just the products that are working for me.

1. You can find this Neutrogena face wash at any store with a skincare aisle, and is also available to order at Ulta and other online beauty supply stores. Something to note: Neutrogena has two orange-looking face washes, one of which is this and one is just regular face wash (not for acne-prone skin), so make sure you grab the right one. I love that this wash treats my whole face for acne which is great for prevention and doesn't dry me out (just don't use it twice a day. That dries me out righteously). I just squirt a pump of face wash into my wet hands and rub in circular motions over my dry face. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.

2. I have really been loving the Dickinson's brand which I found at Walmart. They also have a "witch hazel toner," but I just use the straight up witch hazel. Witch hazel will help clear up and prevent breakouts and tighten pores. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you can dilute it using 50-50 witch hazel-water and up the witch hazel proportion until you're using straight witch hazel. Squirt witch hazel onto cotton ball and swipe over face and neck. Allow to air dry on your skin.

3. I got this Simple Revitalizing Eye Roller in my Birchbox a month or two ago and have been using it ever since. I'm not a huge eye product person as it's not a big problem area for me, but the skin under and around your eyes if the thinnest skin on your face, and keeping it moisturized is important for the health of your skin and preventing wrinkles. I can't really say how this one compares to others and I haven't tried too many; this is just the one I have, so I use it. Gently roll over the triangle of skin under each eye.

4. It took me a while to come around to serums, and then I bought a Clinique one and used it approximately never. And then I read this post over at beautyeditor and I realized I was missing out and started actually using my Clinique one. Then I ran out of that, starting hearing all about viatmin C serums, and found this Mad Hippie one. Vitamin C serums will help with anti-aging and sun damage, so they're great for summer (not to mention the rest of the year). It only takes a drop or two to get a think layer on your face and neck, so the bottle lasts a really long time. Wait a few minutes to let the serum really set in before proceeding to step 5.

5. I saw this save/splurge post on Beauty Bets which put Garnier moisturizers on my radar, and when I went looking at the store I saw the lightweight lotion and decided to go for it instead. The pump makes it easy to use (one is enough for my face and neck) and the lotion smells amazing, plus it keeps my skin nicely moisturized and I haven't had any problems with breaking out. It does have oil in it, but don't knock it before you've tried it.

6. Once or twice a week in place of my Neutrogena wash I exfoliate using a scrub to slough off dead skin and keep my complexion bright and clear. I like this one from Avon because it's as invigorating as it claims to be (it really helps to wake you up in the morning) and it doesn't feel too rough on my skin. It doesn't appear to be available on the website right now, but you might be able to get it from a representative.

Every once and a while I'll apply a spot treatment between steps 2 and 3, but I get major breakouts infrequently enough now that I just let the little stuff heal naturally. One thing that I've been doing less of now that my skin has cleared up is look closely at my skin. Don't sweat the small stuff people! If it's big enough to grab my attention I'll spot treat it, and if not it will cycle out on its own.

All in all, even with the wait time between steps 4 and 5, this routine takes about 10 minutes.

I would love to hear about your experience with the products or what products have been keeping your skin happy and beautiful!

Yours Truly, Jen

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