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  • Regina Thomas

Morning skin care routine!

As a daily wearer of makeup, I have learned that the way I prepare my skin in the morning makes a huge difference in the way my makeup wears throughout the day! On days when I just 'wash' my face with a makeup removing wipe and slap on some sunscreen, my skin gets oily and my makeup seems to melt off half way through my day. So, here is the morning routine I try super hard to stick to to get flawless makeup application!

It all starts with a shower in the morning for me. I wish I could shower at night for those extra fifteen minutes of sleep in the morning, but I just need that morning shower to get me moving.

I have two types of skin care days: active and gentle. What does that mean? Well, on 'active' days, I use exfoliating products to give my skin a good work out and promote cell turnover and on 'gentle' days I avoid anything exfoliating. My routine can get a little convoluted, to be honest...I mean I love skin care so of course I need ten products! Most people really don't need to be concerned with having a jillion steps day and night, so I've included a simple morning routine at the conclusion of this post!

Okay, where was I? Ah yes, active and gentle skin care days! I like to have three active days for my skin, but if you're just beginning a routine, I'd suggest starting with two so your skin doesn't get irritated!

On active days, I like to start with an enzyme mask, like the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask by Sanitas ($34 It's important to activate enzyme masks with some type of steam, so if you invest in this type of product, be sure to use it in the shower!

An alternative to a chemical exfoliant, is to use a manual exfoliant, which is a fancy way of saying a scrub. When it comes to scrubs, it's important to make sure that whatever abrasive is in the product, won't damage the surface of your skin. I'm specifically thinking of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. The apricot pit pieces are far too rough for facial skin and the company is involved in a lawsuit due to ingredients in the product that may accelerate aging! My favorite manual exfoliant is the Sanitas Lemon Cream Scrub ($32 If it isn't obvious, I went to a Sanitas school for my Esthetician program and clearly became a fan!

Next, I like to use a Glycolic Toner, which is great for fine lines and discoloration of the skin. My current favorite is the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner ($18 Ulta). If you notice a spicy tingle when you use this product, that's totally normal! Just be sure not to overuse this or any other chemical exfoliant!

To wrap up my active skin care morning routine, I spritz my skin with either Sanitas Moisture Mist ($18 or Mario Badescu Facial Spray ($7 Ulta). Then I apply a dropper full of the fab-u-lous Hyaluronic Acid from The Ordinary ($7

Finally, and most importantly, I apply a moisturizer with plenty of SPF! This is super super important, because remember, you've just removed the top layer of dead skin cells and your skin is now even more vulnerable to sunburn (read: skin cancer!). I have two favorites for this step of my routine, the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizer ($12 Target) and the Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer ($28 Ulta).

On to my gentle skin care morning routine! Don't worry, it's simple!

For my gentle days, I cleanse my face with the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($22 for a LARGE bottle- Target). Sometimes, I'll cleanse twice but nothing fancy going on here. I just make sure to use something that's calming and moisturizing to keep my skin nourished. After cleansing, I skip the toning and go right to my moisturizers. Pretty simple, yeah?

Here's the wrap up!

Active Skin Care:

*Two to three times per week.

*In the shower, use a chemical or manual exfoliant.

*Use a toner (Glycolic, Aloe, Clarifying, etc.).

*Moisturize and protect.

Gentle Skin Care:

*Cleanse with a moisturizing cleanser.

*Moisturize and protect.

I hope this helps you to develop a morning skin care routine that works for you! I'll be posting my evening routine later this week!



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