My Current Morning Skin Care Routine

I’ve been talking about updating my skin care routine a lot lately, making wish list upon wish list, going a bit shopping crazy last month and finding new favorites. I’ve had some time to put my new routine to the test so I thought I would write a post to share it with you. Please keep in mind that I have used some of these products only for a few weeks so my opinion might change in the future but I think I’ve used them long enough to form a solid first opinion. First up is my morning skin care routine.

My Morning Skin Care Routine

That’s a lot of products…

I start off my morning with a good cleanse. I have a bunch of different cleansers on rotation at the moment so which one I use depends on how my skin feels that day. If I’m having a hard time getting out of bed and just feel tired and grouchy I love to use the Murad Essential-C Cleanser (6.75 fl oz, $36). It a refreshing gel cleanser that instantly makes me feel more awake. It does contain the foaming agent Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate but it’s less harsh and stripping than SLSs. On days where my skin feels a bit dry and irritated (which has been most days this winter) I will skip the Murad cleanser in favor of the REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk (5.1 fl oz, $28) to calm and moisturize my sensitive, dehydrated winter skin.

My Morning Skin Care Routine - Cleansers

REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk and Murad Essential-C Cleanser

Next up are toners. I start off with the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion (5.1 fl oz, $28) to exfoliate. It’s mild and doesn’t irritate my skin and has a really pleasant scent. I follow things up with a moisturizing toner. I like the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic (6.7 fl oz, $23.90) because it’s very refreshing. Some days I find it to be just a bit too much and prefer to use the Caudalie Moisturizing Toner (3.38 fl oz, $14) which is gentler on my sensitive winter skin.

My Morning Skin Care Routine - Toners

REN Clarifying Toning Lotion, Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, and Caudalie Moisturizing Toner

After toners I apply my eye cream. Right now I’m using the H2O+ Aquafirm+ Eye Lift Concentrate (0.5 fl oz, $38). It’s similar to Origins GinZing in that it’s a lightweight cream with a slight shimmer to it that helps to reduce the look of dark circles. It’s pretty good but it’s not my holy grail.

My Morning Skin Care Routine - Eye Cream and Serum

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum

During the serum step I’ve absolutely been loving the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (1 fl oz, $49). I got this serum as part of the Caudalie Vinosource Hydration Set ($48) which was limited edition during the holidays. My local Sephora had one last lonely box on their shelf when I went there last week. Since I’ve had the serum on my wish list anyway and the set was one dollar cheaper than the serum by itself, I obviously just had to pick it up. This serum is very lightweight which is really important to me for my morning routine. I hate it when I can feel a layer of skin care products on my face and have to apply makeup on top of that. This serum hits the mark on all accounts: lightweight, fast-absorbing, moisturizing, pleasant scent.

The Vinosource Hydration Set also contained a sample of the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (0.33 fl oz, $9.90 value) which is a lightweight moisturizer. The sorbet consistency is great and absorbs well. It’s not quite nourishing enough for me this winter but I like it a lot and I think it will be perfect for the summer. Speaking of moisturizers, which are the next step in my routine after the serum, I’ve mostly been using Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (1.7 oz, $37) which is a firm staple in my skin care routine. Its gel consistency makes it lightweight, fast-absorbing, non-greasy and just perfect under makeup. At the same time it’s pretty moisturizing although I wish it was a bit more nourishing for the winter months. I’m test-driving a couple of other moisturizers right now so I hope to report back on that front soon.

My Morning Skin Care Routine - Moisturizers

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

I finish off my morning skin care routine with sunscreen. Right now I use the Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 (1.4 oz, $22). It has a good amount of SPF for the winter months and just a bit of a tint so that I could even get away with not wearing any foundation on a good skin day. Just add a bit of concealer to my blemishes and dark circles and I’m ready to go. It blends nicely and doesn’t leave any white cast like some other sunscreens.

My Morning Skin Care Routine - Makeup Setting Spray and Sunscreen

Caudalie Grape Water and Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25

Lastly, I wanted to give an honorable mention to the Caudalie Grape Water (2.5 fl oz, $6.72 value) which was the third product in the Vinosource Hydration Set. I’ve been using this as a makeup setting spray or whenever my skin feels a bit dry throughout the day. It’s like an instant wakeup call for your skin.

Although my routine isn’t quite perfect yet I’m pretty happy with it at the moment. The weather has been extremely cold in our part of the US but my skin has been doing pretty well. My new routine has been helping in keeping it well hydrated and nourished, looking more supple, less ashy, and all in all just healthy.

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    1. Murad has been a bit of a mixed bag for me but I really enjoy the Essential-C cleanser. You really can’t go wrong with Clinique Moisture Surge although I’ve been using Kate Somerville Goat Milk cream at night for added nourishment. I can’t wait for it to be Spring…

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