My Morning Routine

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes

I do all of my serious cleansing at night, and even then I would never use wipes as my main cleansing method. Still, they're great to use in the morning for clearing off oil and any excess product from the night before.

These wipes from Yves Rocher are as moisturizing as they claim, leave almost no residue, and they smell so green, it's a real burst of freshness in the morning.

I don't love everything from Yves Rocher's Vegetal skincare line, but I'll order these over and over again.

Cedar + Stone Rose Water

Facial mists aren't as useful as they seem - any mist that only contains water will actually draw moisture towards itself and away from your skin. A spritz to cool your face on a hot day probably won't hurt, but as a remedy for dry skin it's the opposite of helpful.

This is one of those kinds of mists - nothing but water, albeit fragranced (a byproduct of the fragrance distillation process). That's why I spray this on only as a first layer, give it about 30 seconds, and then follow immediately with moisturizer.

This is the one part of my routine that I do strictly for the aesthetic value. I love the fragrance, and the cool mist sensation is really reviving on a sleepy morning.

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

No doubt, a caffeine-based product is what you need to de-puff swollen eyes in the morning. I'm surprised that there aren't more caffeine infused creams and oils on the market. There are a few, and this is my favorite - it absorbs so quickly that you can really see it working, smells faintly of coffee, and it's emollient so it works as a moisturizer for the delicate eye area as it's doing its depuffing work.

Another caffeine eye product I've tried lately and liked is the caffeine solution from Deciem (The Ordinary). It's an oily serum with a high concentration of caffeine as well as hyaluronic acid. I don't find it to be as effective as the 100% Pure cream, but it is affordable and might suit you better if you'd rather have something unscented.

(I didn't realize until I started this write-up how much I rely on fragrance in the products I use in the morning!)

Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream

I get just a slight amount of redness in my cheeks and chin - it's not rosacea, I think my skin is just a little sensitive. I've been using this daytime moisturizer for about six months now, and I'm happy with the results but I'd be open to trying something new.

Although it's labeled as a cream, this product is definitely lightweight enough for daytime. When I use it, I don't see a dramatic decrease in the redness, and I think some of its positive impact comes from the fact that the cream itself is tinted green, so there's a bit of a masking/color correcting effect. It feels great though! It really is the most soothing cream I've used, with the possible exception of Nivea creme.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50

And what can I say about sunscreen? You should always use it, whether you spend a lot of time outdoors or not. This one is fine - it does absorb quickly, and it doesn't leave a white cast as far as I can tell (but I have super pale skin, so). I might try something new once I finish this tube, but I just bought it so that's a long way off. I'll let you know when I get there.