The other day I realized I needed to re-up my entire beauty routine. Now that summer has (finally) arrived here in Calgary it’s time for a few tweeks to the morning routine. I was tired of my incredibly pale foundation and annoyed of it coming off within the first hour. Time for something new! I headed off to Sephora and was lucky enough to have two delightful sales associates help me out, one for face makeup and one for the 5 steps before makeup – which I learned about that day! Now let’s remember, I am a fashion person, I know everything there is to know about what shows just happened, who wore what and what to call that certain type of blouse. But when it comes to the beauty side of things, well I feel like I have a lot to learn. I’m not one for anything dramatic or trendy when it comes to makeup but I am keen on learning more about all the fantastic products the industry has to offer. So, we will begin at the beginning of what your morning routine should always consist of…
1) Ice cold water with lemon – It’s an instant refresher, and will make your skin glow. I have gotten into the habit of having a glace each morning before I move onto anything else. Did I mention I don’t even drink coffee? I really don’t even need it. If you squeeze enough of the lemon into the water it will be just enough of a sour kick to really start your morning.
2) Wash your Face – Hopefully at this point you had already taken off your makeup from the night before (I highly recommend these) and you’re ready to commit to washing your entire face. While on this recent shopping trip I was recommended to try out Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash and it’s worked wonderfully already. I always find cleansers either too harsh with scrubs or to light if it’s just a foam. This face wash though is the perfect texture and you literally only need a dime amount. Maybe even less! I can already tell its going to last a good amount of time.
3) Toner – This is something I had never really thought of using as I didn’t really see the point. They way it was explained to me though, made total sense and I was instantly buying the product. You see, toner is actually acts to balance out your skin tone. It balances the pH level in your skin so if you have dry skin, it will increase the moisture and vice versa. It works wonders on combination skin too. So far I have been quite please with this United State™ Balancing Tonic toner by Origins and would recommend it to anyone. It not only balances your skin, but tightens pores so that you don’t have to worry about clogging them with the rest of your routine (we’ve still got serum, moisturizer, primer, and of course make-up!). I'm into it.
4) Serum – I haven’t dug in and bought one yet, but it’s next on my list. I did try out a sample of Caudalie’s Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, and was quite pleased with the results. Again, a nice refreshing product that feels super light on your skin and doesn’t feel like it’s another layer of crème
5) Eye cream – The Sephora Collection Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel has worked quite well for me for the last few months. Yes, a few months! And it’s quite small. It does a good job of bringing down those puffing morning eyes and the roll on feature is like a little massage on your cheeks.
6) Moisturizer/Primer – I have been trying out a bunch of different moisturizers lately and none seemed to be quite fitting the bill. I wanted something that would moisturize my skin (obviously) but not keep it super shiny and not sink enough. The Caudalie Vinosource Intense Moisture Rescue Creme has been working quite well and as I found out, it actually works quite nicely as a primer. Other moisturizers I had to wait about 5 minutes until it fully set in and I could move onto the next step, but this one seems to be good to go in 30 seconds.
And there you have it for my new and improved skin care regime. My skin is actually touchably softer, less break outs and all because I was actually adding more to my routine! I was always one to this less is more, and the more you pile on the worse it is for you. Turns out, when you use the right products (and the right amount) it goes a long way. Product photo's from sephora.com