Whilst for most of us, the convenience of a face wipe at the end of a messy night will always be the go-to, it’s easy to forget that a regular skincare routine can revolutionise your skin. If you couldn’t face drunkenly trying to use a serum at 4am last night, your morning skincare routine will be your saving grace. Although your skin will be mostly makeup free in the morning, the layer of grime from your pillow that builds up whilst you sleep needs to go.
For easy cleansing, a much talked about micellar water is what you’re looking for. Ever since Bioderma’s Sensibio H20 (250ml £10.20) snuck onto the shelves of Boots last year, drugstore dupes have been popping up left right and centre. Whilst Bioderma will always be the number one, Garnier Miscellar Cleansing Water (400ml, on offer for £3.33 at Boots) is a fantastic cheaper alternative, as are Simple and La Roche Posay’s versions. Just pour some of this onto a large cotton pad, and wipe away your skincare woes. If you’re feeling fancy there are other cleansing options; it’s best to avoid oil cleansers in the morning as they are more suited to make up removal, but you could try a balm, cream or gel option. Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28) is a favourite in the beauty blogging world, and has a gel to oil consistency that feels lovely on the skin. Wipe this off with a warm, damp flannel and you’re sorted. If you want to include a toning step, the La Roche Posay Serozinc toner (£8.50) is great for blemish-prone skin, or for something a little stronger try the Pixi Glow Tonic (£18).
For extra protection, you’re looking for a light morning serum that works great under makeup, such as the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Morning Facial (£46). Although investing in a serum for the morning is not a necessity; overnight is when it will have the most impact. However when used under moisturiser, think of each layer of skincare as a barrier against the harsh winter weather. A thicker, creamier moisturiser is what you’ll need in the winter months, and one such as the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (£24) will give you the intense hydration needed to combat dryness all day. However if your skin is more prone to be oily, a lighter but still hydrating option is La Roche Posay’s Toleriane moisturiser (£15), which sits nicely under makeup and doesn’t feel too thick.
On lazy days when you want to simplify this routine for early mornings and 9ams, then cut the complexities and stick to a simple cleanse and moisturise; you can faff about with serums and oils in the evening. Aiming to nourish and protect your skin rather than strip it will help to maintain a bright and youthful complexion all year round will ultimately make you have a much higher chance of looking like J-Lo by the time you’re 40.