Skincare Week: Morning Routine

Sanctuary, Garnier, Indeed Labs, Nip+Fab, La Roche Posay

Skincare is such a personal thing and we all have our own issues to deal with on an everyday basis, which is why I decided to dedicate this week of posts to skincare only. I will be focusing on my experiences and products I currently use. Almost a month ago I showed you guys a sneak peak into my huge skincare overhaul from Boots, but didn't want to review anything until I had tried each and every product out for a few weeks. Now that I've done that, it's time to tell you all about my new & improved skincare routines.
Before I start talking to you about products I've been using I just want to say that I'm not a skincare specialist by any means so don't take this as personal advice (I'm simply sharing my thoughts & experiences). Also take in consideration that what products work for me might not work for your skin and vice versa. Now that's out of the way let's get started…

All throughout my teenage years I was lucky enough to have clear skin with very few problems. Even up to a few years back, the only main issue I had to deal with was dry skin, which is pretty simple as I knew I had to buy moisturising & hydrating products. My luck changed about a year ago as I was suddenly faced with combination skin and no clue as to how to go about dealing with it. When I say combination skin, I truly mean the two extremes, such as very dry cheeks/jaw area with quite oily t-zone/nose area and of course pesky little spots that like to tag along. Over the past year I have been trying out numerous products and changing my routine every few months to find what works best for my skin. Even now after a complete skincare overhaul, I still feel like I'm not 100% there yet with the perfect routines (who knows maybe I'll never get it right but regardless I feel like I've learned a lot about what my skin needs).

Garnier, Sanctuary, La Roche Posay

This post will focus on my morning skincare routine which I make sure is simple & quick, as I just don't have the time to be focusing on something elaborate . These are all products that I'm trying out for the first time and have been using for a few weeks now. Firstly I like to take off all the grime & dirt build throughout the night, as my skin just feels so much cleaner. For my morning cleanser I picked out Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Gel Scrub (now that's a mouthful), as I wanted something quite refreshing & energising in the morning for that 'wake me up'. It is designed for oily skin so it can be a little drying on certain areas of the face but it hasn't had any bad effects on my skin and I absolutely love the fresh scent. I will continue to use this especially now while the weather is still warm but I doubt it will be a repurchase, because for the colder months my skin will definitely need something more hydrating.

Garnier

Next step is a quick spritz of toner, I never understood the whole point of using a toner until a few months ago but now it's always part of my routine and I quite enjoy it. I picked up the Sanctuary Pore Refining Toner as I deal with quite large pores in my t-zone area (attractive I know). For this reason I only use 2/3 sprays of this and specifically point it to the problem areas. Instructions do say to spray it on a cotton pad & then apply it to the face, but I personally much prefer to apply it to the face directly and then dab a clean cotton pad over it. This feels cool & refreshing on the skin. However it's not magic and won't make pores completely shrink but it does help slightly.

Sactuary

Last step in the routine is moisturising, something which I've always needed to use. I chose the La Roche Posay Effaclar Matt as it seemed like the perfect solution to keep the shine at bay whilst hydrating the skin. It does a great job for my t-zone area, as it tightens pores and mattifies the oily parts. But of course the dryer areas of my face are throwing a tantrum because it's definitely not as hydrating as it claims to be, not for my skin anyway (I would imagine that if you do suffer with truly oily skin this would be a dream). Therefore I popped into The Body Shop seeking advice and leaving the store with two new skincare products. One of them is the Vitamin E Moisture Cream and the other I will share with you in my evening skincare routine. I use this first concentrating on the dryer areas and once this has been absorbed I use the Effaclar Matt to control the shine in my t-zone. I find that the Vitamin E cream keeps the dryer areas on my face perfectly hydrated whilst offering plenty of moisture. Yup I know my face is a total drama queen demanding that I use two different moisturisers, but if that's what keeps my skin happy then that's what I'll do.

La Roche Posay

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

With that last step my morning routine comes to an end. It's basically the three step of cleanse, tone & moisturise (quick & simple). What's your morning skincare routine like? Or maybe you're currently trying out some similar skincare products? Let me know in the comments below as I'd love to know…

34 comments:

  1. I have used the Sanctuary toner and it's really nice.

    I've been eyeing the Hydraluron jelly in the photo. Is it good? X

    speakingbeautyuk.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That will be up on Wednesday's post the evening routine and I've got mixed feelings about it, that's all I'll say for now ;) x

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    2. Wanna know all about that Hydraluron as well;) xx

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    3. Full review on Wednesday I promise :) xx

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  2. You've got the same bedroom curtains as me from next :) I am using the Hydraluron jelly at the moment as well and not to impressed with it for my skin type which is dry. I look forward to your review of it.x

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    1. You've got great taste so ;)! A review of that will be up on Wednesday with my evening routine x

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  3. I'm actually trying to cut down on the products I'm using as my skin has gone all weird :( I mainly just wash and moisturise in the morning. My skin has gone quite dry and I've seen that body shop cream pop up quite a lot, it might be just what I need :) xx

    Velvet Blush

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    1. I know sometimes the skin can get overwhelmed with products! And sometimes it's just our bodies being hormonal (you can never know for sure). I definitely recommend vitamin E range. They also have different products varying in how moisturising they are so you should go in and ask for some advice :) x

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  4. I have just started using the Effaclar Mat and so far am very happy with it :) Love the sound of the Garnier scrub - will have to look out for it next time I need a scrub xx

    Brenda | www.brendabusybee.blogspot.com

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    1. I just don't find it moisturising enough on its own unfortunately! It always seems to be on offer somewhere either Boots/Superdrug or even a supermarket x

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  5. Great skincare routine.
    That Body Shop Moisturizer sounds amazing!
    TarteTanya

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    1. Thank you! It really is! I'm very impressed by The Body Shop lately! x

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  6. I'm buying the sanctuary spa face mask on Friday!! Xx

    https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/11796071

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    1. Oh you will love it, best mask ever! I will feature in Friday's skincare post :) x

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  7. This is great inspiration! I love skin care products (i have quite the collection myself), but they are so necessary! I was going to do a skin care post, and this has definitely inspired me to go through with it. I will have to try some of those products! Yes, all throughout high school, I had little to no skin issues, but now that I am in college, I have been having the worst break outs (to me anyway). I have been trying different products and I don't really see fast results. Stress acne is hard to get rid of.

    -Courtney from Barefoot in Blue Jeans
    barefootinbluejeansblog.com

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    1. I'm so glad you can get inspiration from this! I was the exact same, never had to do anything to my skin and it was perfect. I should have known it was too good to be true though! I think once you find the right products for your skin you will see a difference but it definitely won't be overnight! And if it's related to stress/hormones then we just have to wait it out ugh! x

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  8. I love The Body Shop's vitamin E range! Also, I really want to try that thermal mask in your top photo, i've never used a mask like it and am so intrigued!

    Style Sunrise☀

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    1. That's the Sanctuary mask and I will do a review on that on Friday (I can already tell you it's a positive one) x

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  9. I really want to try the Hydraluron! x
    http://hannahlburnett.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'll be reviewing that in tomorrow's post :)! It's definitely something you have to try for yourself to see if it works for your skin (I personally have mixed feelings about it) x

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  10. I swear by the Vitamin E moisturiser from The Body Shop - it's great for dry skin. I'd quite like to try the La Roche Posay moisturiser, too - I'll have to look into it, sounds interesting! xx

    francesca | on-thebias | fashion, beauty, lifestyle

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    1. I have fallen in love with the Vitamin E range it's so good! I will have to look into a more moisturising version of La Roche Posay for winter I think x

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  11. I love the look of all of these products, especially the scrub and LRP cream. I must admit I don't use toner but am on the lookout for a good one to start trying, so this is on my potential list now :) Thanks for sharing! Danielle x

    frontière girl

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    1. I'm glad this post gave you some ideas :)! There's loads of nice toners out there (Liz Earle has a lovely gentle one), in general I like the ones that come in spray bottles so I can apply it directly to the face! x

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  12. My skin has changed recently from spotless and dry to combination too! It's such a pain! I have recently spent a lot more time on skincare but still not enough (probably). I really need to invest in a toner and I cannot bare to wash my face properly. Face wipes are all I can deal with (because I'm that lazy!)

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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    1. When my skin was perfect I was the same, only used wipes & sometimes not taking my makeup off at all! Now I feel like the consequences have kicked in! Definitely give micellar water a go as you'll see how much faster & easier taking your makeup off will be (you'll never go back to wipes again) x

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    2. I love the Vitamin E moisturiser, the entire range is wonderful! I've never used a toner before, I might have to try one out!
      Becki xxx
      www.beautyandthebrunette.co.uk

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    3. A toner is supposed to prep your skin for moisturiser! Vitamin E range is great quality for the price :) x

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  13. Agh, your skincare posts are putting me to shame! You think your morning routine is easy, mine is "apply moisturiser... probably". This is why I don't do skincare posts lol! But seriously, this has inspired me to get my act together, I guess with moving into winter now it's the perfect time to start putting a collection of stuff together.

    Kitty
    www.kittyblackadder.com

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    1. As long as it works for you and your skin, it's all that matters! I used to be the exact same, water & moisturiser was about it but once my skin became a nightmare things had to change! X

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  14. My morning skincare routine isn't much at all. I don't really need to do a lot as I have a VERY thorough routine in the evening... toners, serums, oils...u name it, I use it! I always alternate my masks as well as everything else. It works wonders if you ditch and switch your products every once in a while,don't get your skin too used to any product, as the skin doesn't react to it after a while. That advice usually works for dry skin, for acne prone type of skin is a different kind of story... I must say, ladies, I have had wrinkles since I was 15. I'm now 29, but my skin is so young looking everyone thinks I'm 15. lol

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    1. Your skin is amazing, I have skin envy over you! It's so clear and perfect! Xx

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