It’s been a while since I shared my Morning Skincare Routine and for the most part there are basic principles that my routine will always have, the products just change and alternate. My current routine is one that I feel so connected to and love doing. It’s meditative and all the products I’m using are not only extremely effective but also made with clean, good for you ingredients, made up of the highest quality plants and actives. I have been sticking to this routine for the last 3 months and my skin is literally bouncy, glowing, plump, clear and fresh.
Something else that’s excellent about this routine is that it would work for any skin type. Whether you are dry, combination, oily or acne prone, this routine will work for you because it will bring the skin to balance. Keep the skin’s barrier (microbiome) happy and healthy and let your naturally beautiful skin thrive and shine through.
As someone who “tries it all” and has literally tried everything on the market, I can truly say these products are the top of the top, while also being clean. I have put numerous personal friends and family members on a similar routine and seen them gleam with brightness and confidence because of how healthy and vibrant their skin looks.
Here’s the 411
Some people prefer not to cleanse in the morning. I believe it’s important and as someone who gets congested it feels necessary. Overnight our skin regenerates, heals and secretes oils and unwanted bacteria. Using a gentle cleanser sets the skin up for the day and allows you to start with a clean canvas. Allowing next steps to work their magic at full potential.
I have been addicted to January Lab’s Gentle Cleanser in the mornings. It’s gentle, nourishing, fresh in scent and hydrating. This is a unique formula, it comes out as a gel and turns to a creamy, luscious cleanser once water is added to it. This product contains an amazing blend of ingredients that target brightness, clear complexion and moisture balance.
I have always been a fan of a toner/ tonic in the morning. After cleansing and before my serums. I rotate between Biologique Recherche p50 lotion and January Labs Brightening Tonic. Both are excellent and contain lactic acid that gently exfoliates the skin, chemically. This allows any internal congestion to get broken up, leaving the skin less prone to breakouts, more luminous and even.
The January Labs Brightening Tonic is an all-in-one toning treatment that exfoliates and hydrates your skin while stimulating collagen production and targeting pigmentation issues. This gentle toner is specially formulated to strengthen the skin and regulate proper pH balance to reveal a smooth, healthy glow. The Daily Brightening Tonic helps to build and protect your skin barrier, enables cell turnover and rejuvenation and prepares your skin for the absorption of your skincare products. Apply to a cotton pad and gently pat into skin or sweep over face and neck.
VITAMIN C SERUM
This is a non-negotiable for me and something I think all adults over the age of 20 can benefit from. The benefits of using a Vitamin C serum provides us with what we wall want. Anti Aging, collagen production, even skin tone, brightness, plumpness, reducing dark spots and reversing oxidative damage.
There are tons of Vitamin C serums on the market, most don’t do anything because Vitamin C as an ingredient is extremely unstable and hard to bottle. This is why Agent Nateur Holi C has been my #1 recommendation for years. The Holi C is made up of 2 ingredients, Calcium ketogluconate and Sodium ascorbyl phosphate. Calcium ketogluconate is a French-patented natural complex molecule that helps restore the skin’s elasticity for a youthful, plump appearance. This non-toxic ingredient has been clinically tested to smooth fine lines and improve skin’s texture for a sculpted, contoured, and lifted look. Sodium ascorbyl phosphate is a potent yet gentle form of vitamin C that is readily absorbed. It has been clinically-proven to brighten the complexion’s appearance, improve skin’s texture, and reduce the look of fine lines and age spots.
Holi C is best mixed with Holi Water, a lush serum made of organic plant extracts, precious minerals, and natural acid to improve the skin’s elasticity, tighten pores, and gently remove expired cells to reveal a hydrated, dewy glow. Add 6-8 pumps of holi water into the palm of hand and a small dash of Holi C, combine and apply like a serum. Your skin will glow instantly! This mixture is also excellent for those struggling with acne!
Some believe eye cream isn’t necessary, but I disagree. The area around the eyes and lips are generally the first to get wrinkles, which is a beautiful thing, but a little plumping and hydrating helps. I am obsessed with the Holi Glow from Agent Nateur for my morning routine because its super de-puffing and gives your skin this luminous glow. You can use this as a highlighter as well, it really makes you glow!
I like to apply this with my ring finger around my eyes and then the excess around my lip area.
For some this could be a last step as it is an oil and provides hydration, but I look at this more as a serum because the ingredients are powerful and active, while still being totally natural. I like to apply a few drops of the Holi Oil, this youth-illuminating serum contains natural ingredients rich in essential nutrients, antioxidants, and hydrating oils that reduce the appearance of aging, leaving skin supple, lifted, and luminous.
The texture is an oil but it doesn’t leave the skin greasy at all. I also like to give myself a little facial massage and gently open my lymph nodes to get ready for my next step. When applying I do like to push/ press it into the skin. You will see your skin literally transform from this product.
GUA SHA / FACIAL MASSAGE
I can’t live without my Gua Sha ritual in the mornings. There are tons of benefits like lifting, toning, collagen boosting and detoxifying to name a few but for me its ritualistic and gives me a moment to center myself and breathe. I do it for about 2-3 minutes or whatever I
have time for. The point is to get the blood flowing, so you want to see redness. I use different Gua Sha’s depending on my mood that day!
Finally, moisturizer to lock everything in. Depending on your skin type there are different formulas to fit your needs, we have a good breakdown of the 4 January Labs Moisturizers.
I am addicted to the Revitalizing Day Cream by January Labs, it’s cathartic for me. There is something so special about this product, it’s light in weight but gives the skin the most hydrated gorgeous finish. I would say this works with all skin types!
Lastly, you should ALWAYS end your routine with SPF and let it sit a few minutes before applying makeup. We have a ton of suggestions on the site and will share some updates on new ones we love soon!