In this video, as requested, since you all were so interested in my PM routine, I will be showing you my AM routine!
There are some oldies and some newbies. I explain in what order, how and why I use products, highlighting some of the key ingredients. I hope you find it a fun watch.
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Firstly I should state that I have combination, acne-prone skin that gets easily clogged – so I prefer to use products that are lightweight in texture.
And when it comes to cleansing – I don’t cleanse in the morning. I use water to wash off any residual dirt and oil from the evening.
I only cleanse once a day because if I cleanse twice a day, I find that my skin gets very tight and dehydrated. SO after washing my face with water and dabbing my face with a clean face towel, I will move onto toning.
Currently I am using the Hada Labo Premium Lotion! (Full review HERE)
What I do with my toner is sort of cleanse my face while hydrating it. What I mean by that is I will fully saturate a cotton pad with this lotion and swipe my face, thus removing any residual dirt and oil from my face that washing just with water may not have fully removed.
IF my skin is for some reason feeling really dry, I might go in with another layer of the lotion, but usually 1 layer is enough.
This lotion is basically a Hyaluronic acid serum (containing 5 forms of Hyaluronic acid which is more than the Regular Gokujun Lotion and Light version (which I have both reviewed, Original HERE and Light HERE)
The more forms of HA in a product, the deeper the penetration of the product is in theory which means that it should hydrate the skin more effectively. This also contains Urea which helps retain moisture.
Hada Labo recommend this for dry and mature skins as it is quite thick (which you can see from the swatch here, it’s similar to the Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner in terms of texture). BUT I find that this product once rubbed in, disappears into the skin. I don’t find it weighing down on my skin and it doesn’t feel sticky.
So, once I have toned and my skin is prepped, I then move onto my serum.
Personally in the AM I don’t like to bombard my skin with loads of actives, I aim for hydration and sun protection, so I move onto the Argireline solution 10% (Review HERE) by the Ordinary – this serum is supposed to help with dynamic facial lines but I apply it all over the face since it’s not too pricey to use a lot. I also find this serum mildly hydrating so that’s a bonus! This probably has one of my favourite textures as it lliterally disappears into the skin as soon as it’s touched it, I like products with short drying times as I’m impatient and want to move on to the next step!
This serum as you can see is just like water, and disappears once rubbed in, doesn’t make me look oily dewy or greasy.
Now onto the eyes, I like to look awake in the mornings, so I use these eye patches by good molecules (Review HERE). These are the caffeine infused energizing patches. I believe it also contains green tea and of course hyaluronic acid.
I whack these on RIGHT under the eyes. They are cooling and so help with any puffiness. They also are hydrating and what I like most about them is that they’re not completely soaked and slathered in serum SO it means that it doesn’t make too much of a gloopy mess when applying, when these are on my eyes and when taking them off. I leave them on for 5-10 minutes while I brush my teeth and then peel them off and tap in any residual product – easy!
So once the eyes are sufficiently hydrated, I then move on to moisturiser!
This is really where most of the hydration and moisturisation comes in as I prefer to use more serums both for the face and the eyes for the evening. The reasoning for this is because I usually work out in the day and unfortunately, I would sweat off most of my AM routine anyways.
The moisturiser I’m going for is very lightweight, hydrating (like a glass of water for my skin) and moisturising. That is the Etude House Soon Jung Hydro Barrier Cream (Review HERE). I am nearly done with this!
I need to use so very little of this product since it spreads so far. I do find it quite dew-inducing so if you want to go for the glossy look, I think you would enjoy this! This does contain an essential oil (listed on the screen) for fragrance which is unnecessary. But I like that this is lightweight and sits both under and top of my products well, without balling up. I apply, massaging this in gently and relaxingly and then wait for this to dry down.
My skin is now sufficiently hydrated and moisturised and now I can move on to sun protection!
I use the Nivea 0% Shine UV Face Sun Scream SPF 50 (Broad Spectrum) – Review HERE – this is my favourite western sunblock and favourite Nivea SPF. If you would like to see how the other Nivea SPFs I have tried, then please checkout my Video on the Nivea Sunsreens! (Blog Post HERE)
This is a great SPF with no white cast, it is lightweight, and it is mattifying. Yes it does sting if I rub my eye and this gets into my eye, but it seems to be fine when I work out/sweat in it. Yes this does contains EO and Fragrance, but I can forego that for a great texture that encourages me to use SPF every day. I also apply this on the neck, the ears and behind the neck.
And as I don’t want to waste my face SPF for my hands and arms – I use this instead! The Purito unscented centella SPF PA++++ (REVIEW HERE) since it’s not my favourite texture for use on the face (deffo more for dry skins).
If you want to see a comparison of this SPF with other K-beauty SPFs – the video is listed here!
This is quite a thick texture, and I don’t find it sits well on top of my other products and tends to ball up. So I prefer to simply use it on my hands, and I like it because its SPF 50. My sister actually uses this as her facial sunblock. Let me know if you would like to see her routine!
And then on for lip care – I use a lip balm with a High SPF rating in it, and one that was readily available at boots so I purchased it is the Blistex SPF 50 UVA UVB (Review HERE). It is an absolutely fine moisturising lip balm. IT contains the highest spf rating I can get so I’m happy with it! And it’s not too break the bank expensive. I like using this instead of somethering my SPF cream all oer my lips as doing that with whatever sunblock, tends to dry my lips out and like causes the SPF to ball up or flake off my lips, so it defeats the purpose of sun protection, so I opt for a lip balm instead!
And that is my AM routine – my skin is sufficiently hydrated/moistursied for me to go about my day! Please let me know if you have used any of these products!
Thank you for reading!
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.