I will be the first to admit that when it comes to skincare, I suck. And not just typical sucking. I really, really suck at it. I try really hard not to, though. I have spent countless hours watching skincare routine videos from beauty bloggers on YouTube. Some of the stuff they recommend, I’ve tried. The layering of 25 products, I’ve tried. But there is just something about putting a million things on my face that I really hate. I feel as if my face ends up weighing 25 pounds at the end of it all and I do not like it one bit. So, in the midst of trying things I am “supposed to do” for healthy, smooth, glowing skin, I stopped. I completely shut down all advice and turned to trying things that worked for me. Is my morning skincare routine filled with endless, expensive products? No. It’s probably something that many of you will laugh at or wonder how this even works for me. But it does, so I’m sticking to it.
Upon waking up, I first jump in the shower. My shower routine is nothing special beyond my Bath & Body shower gel and my Herbal Essences Color Me Happy shampoo and conditioner. I’ve tried to stray away from Bath and Body shower gels in the past, but I have yet to find anything that I love more than their products. I change my scent choice based on the season, so that’s one thing that’s never really consistent, but with a coupon or a sale always being available, it’s hard to stray away from Bath & Body Works!
For days that I skip washing my hair, aka every other day, I grab my trusty Dove Refresh + Care dry shampoo. I’ve been loving this dry shampoo lately and am on my second purchase of this product. It removes any and all oil from my hair and smells heavenly, like coconuts and limes and a beach vacation all in one.
After hopping out of the shower, I wash my face. This is a step I always do after showering because there is something doing it before that grosses me out a little bit. I feel as if body oils or germs are constantly running down my face in the shower, so cleaning it afterward makes me feel clean and refreshed. When it comes to my face, I use solely Neutrogena products. For washing my face, I use the Deep Clean Gentle Scrub. This product is oil free and gently exfoliates your skin. I have been using this product for a couple months now and it truly has made my skin look smoother and feel healthier and hydrated. Plus the smell – oh my god. This face scrub smells exactly like a creamsicle and honestly, who doesn’t want that?! After washing my face and patting it dry, I reach for my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. I most recently wrote about this in my January favorites post. I cannot scream from the rooftops loud enough how much I love this product. The feel of it cannot be described unless you get your hands on it yourself. It goes from feeling like a moisturizer to feeling like a splash of water almost instantaneously, and leaves your skin looking hydrated and full. Again, this product is oil free which is another amazing perk. I tend to struggle with some redness on my face, especially on my cheeks and under my eyes, and I can say that after using these products for quite some time now, they have helped to reduce this redness and bring some life back into my skin. I do not feel afraid to walk out of the house without putting a single ounce of makeup on my face anymore, especially after using the water gel, because my skin looks and feels radiant. Back to my previous statement of layering products, using only these two products on my face, either with or without the use of makeup, has made my face feel lighter and my makeup apply smoother.
After my skincare, I apply lotion to my body [most recently Bath and Body Works Pink Jasmine + Strawberry Marshmallow Body Soufflé], and I hop into my morning makeup routine. I won’t bore you with these details because I already [for the most part] did that once in my beauty ride or dies blog post.
If you are interested in any of the products that I use for my morning routine, you can find them below:
- Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo: $4.99 for 23.7oz at Target
- Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Conditioner: $4.99 for 23.7oz at Target
- Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo in Fresh Coconut: $4.99 for 5oz at Target
- Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub: $4.79 for 4.2fl oz at Target
- Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel: $15.99 for 1.7oz at Target
- Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Shower Gel: $12.50 for 10fl oz at Bath & Body Works
- Bath & Body Works Marshmallow Body Soufflé: $8.00 on Mercari
What products do you use as a part of your morning routine? xoxo.