Skincare Routine: Morning

I am NOT a beauty expert. I will say it again… I am NOT a beauty expert. But I have spent the last few months trying to figure out my perfect skincare routine – so if you also want nice skin on a relatively small budget this post is for you!

I turned 32 this year. I also decided that I needed to take better care of my skin. I set out with a goal of “fixing” my skin so that I could just wear mascara and a little powder to work. I am 5 months into that goal and I think I am pretty happy with my routine. Also, my skin is looking pretty clear!

Starting out, I was never one to have bad acne. I get a few zits here and there when I get my period, but nothing too crazy. After my son was born I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, a thyroid condition causing hypothyroidism. Then last year I got lymes disease. Between the 2 of those and the new medication I was on to combat them, my skin went haywire! For the first time in my life, I was getting that deep cystic acne that you just have to wait out.

Flash forward to January 2018 and my skin had cleared up, but I now had a TON of annoying red acne scars. This is when I decided that I would stop layering on more and more makeup, and instead, fix my skin. I also wanted to not spend Blakes entire college fund on skincare. So most of the products I use are drugstore brand, and then I have 1 splurge item in the morning and 2 at night.

I wash my face in the morning. I tend to have combination skin, so my skin is fairly dry, but my t zone is more oily. So when I wash my face in the morning I only put soap on my oily areas, the other areas I just rinse with water. I use Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Normal to Oily Skin.Image result for cetaphil daily cleanser

I then put on toner. I really like the Mario Badescu Skin Care Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea. It comes with a spray top so I can just spritz it on. I have heard great things about some of their other toners too but I  love the fact that this one has Aloe in it. Mario Badescu Skin Care Facial Spray with Aloe,Cucumber And  Green Tea, 4 Fl Oz

I follow that up with Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller. It has a cooling effect so it wakes me up, makes me feel refreshed and helps to tame the bags under my eyes. Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller,  0.5 fl. oz.

Next, here comes my morning splurge item. I LOVE the OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum. It is light and I feel like it has really helped to even out my skin tone. It is also very hydrating but not greasy. Image result for truth serumI usually let that sink in for a few minutes while waking Blake up (he wakes up SLOW like his mama, needs his relaxing time in the morning). I finish with a moisturizer, I like CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen. I feel like 30 SPF is a good level for day to day. I also like that it soaks in and isn’t too greasy under my make up. CeraVe Facial Loation AM

And there you have it, folks. I follow up my makeup and I am out the door. I didn’t want this post to get too long so I broke it up into 2 parts. Part 2 I will go over my PM routine which is a little longer.

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