I wrote a post on How To Build Your Own Routine (you can read that here). Being the generous person I am, I am also giving ypu a sample skincare routine which ypu can build on based on your skincare concerns
I don’t know what part of the world everyone lives in but I am a strong advocate of washing your face in the morning regardless of how dry your skin is. Do something! Micellar water, cleansing milk, hydrating face wash etc.
*This IS just a sample mentioning certain products, you can use other products
Cleanse: A gentle cleanser is fine but I sometimes use an acid cleanser. Most times I opt for Cerave Hydrating cleanser, Krave Matcha Hemp Cleanser or Jordan Samuel AfterShow as I want to combat any dryness from Differin or Retinol the night before but if my skin feels meh, I use an acid cleanser. My top picks are Neostrata Foaming Cleanser, Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse or Image MD Restorative Cleanser. I usually leave on my cleanser for about 5 minutes or even up to 20 minutes
Tone: This also is an optional step but I choose to use a toner. You can decide to use a hydrating or acid toner. My skin can handle P50 twice a day which is basically my holy grail but I also love the Paulas Choice 2% BHA and I can use either in the morning. Sometimes, if I feel dry, I pat in Klairs Supple Preparation Toner either alone or over my acid toner. (Always pat in your toner, don’t rub).
Treat: This to me is the most important part of your routine in the morning and evening and where the bulk of your money should go. The treatment serum you choose should be based on your skincare concerns. This is what I mean…..
Hyperpigmentation/ texture: consider serums with azelaic acid, glycolic acid, mandelic acid, lactic acid, alpha arbutin, kojic acid, vitamin c, licorice root extract, tyrosinase inhibitors etc. Great brands are the GOW range, Good Genes, Jan Marini, Allies of Skin, Urban Skin and Paulas Choice
Enlarged pores: Niacinamide (I love the GOW one and heard great things about Stratia)
Dehydrated skin: hyaluronic acid (though I think everyone needs it including those with acne). Jordan Samuel Skin, Hada Labo, Medik8 are all great examples
Acne: salicylic acid, Niacinamide, hyaluronic acid (see above)
My current favourite morning serums are Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid rich serums.
Moisturize: I honestly don’t pay a lot of attention (or money) in this step. Depending on where you live or your skin you may or may not need one. Some treatment protocols don’t even include a moisturiser but do what works for you. When I do choose to use one, I opt for a gel crème. My favourites are Cerave PM and Clinique Skin Fortifying Hydrator but I have also used slightly heavier ones like the Neostrata Bionic Cream, Jan Marini Bioglycolic Ccream and Obagi Hydrate.
Protect: SUNSCREEN IS VERY IMPORTANT, BLACK PEOPLE NEED SUNSCREEN, YOU NEED SUNSCREEN EVEN IF IT IS NOT SUNNY. Now that we have that out of the way……it is tempting to combine your moisturize and protect step in one but if you have to, choose a moisturizing sunscreen not a moisturiser with sunscreen. Have I confused you???? This means choose a product that is a sunscreen first. That moisturiser with SPF 15 won’t cut it neither will the SPF in your make up. Great options are Altruist, Obagi, Replenix, Elta MD, HelioCare, Eucerin Oil Control ….always choose SPF 30 or 50 (anything higher is pointless to me) and do not forget to reapply!
I hope this helps at least one person. What is your morning routine like? Let me know in the comment section