Streamlined Morning Routine
Ok so I started thinking about doing an initial post on my VERY, very streamlined morning routine. The most basic of basic, and the things I absolutely must do as I start my day. Keep reading for the full routine.
Immediately when I wake up, I usually run to the bathroom (if I haven't woken up early enough to work out) --- which has been often lately, as my body is a little out of whack and I haven't been getting enough sleep.
I will brush my teeth and proceed in washing my face with my new DCL C Scape Enzymatic Gel Cleanser. Then I will tone my skin with my Renee Rouleau Balancing Skin Tonic. These steps are followed by covering my entire face with my Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Solution Pledgets, which were prescribed by my dermatologist ---- * shout out to Dr. Gottlieb at Caldwel Dermatology I love her.
I use the Clindamycin, partnered with a Retin-A cream treatment at night to try and combat my hormonal cystic acne, which usually shows up at inoportune times on my jawbone and chin. If I am really unlucky it will circulate up to my cheeks (esp. when I am not being diligent with my diet). When I am super desperate I will run to Dr. Gottlieb and get a cortisone shot, but those are $$$ so I try and treat it at home as best I can. I will do a full post on my acne treatment/full skincare routine in the near future.
So once I am done with that step, I have to remember to put my contacts in, which is easy most of the time because without them I am virtually blind and will not make it to work without them.
After my contacts, I usually move onto some sort of moisturizer and SPF. My current favorites are my (yet another!) Renee Rouleau Daily Mattifying Solution for basic moisture (I tend to use this AM and PM) and my new DCL Super Sheer Sunscreen for face.
Once I am done with my skin for the day, I will dust on some Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Fair 01 with my olllllld Bare Minerals Kabuki Brush.
Last step --- just a bit of fragrance, to make me smell pretty all day, and to brighten my morning. Two that I have been loving lately are Calvin Klein ck one (oldie but a goodie) and the new Chloe Eau de Parfum.
Now keep in mind that this is a veeerrry streamlined routine that I will do on my busiest (and most rushed) days. I love learning about and trying new products and am usually incorporating one or two new things to try out into my routine. Please do me a huge favor and let me know what your current faves are!