Sometimes the world outside can feel harsh and cruel. And that might be because it is. Alongside all the hatred and fear, we also have pollution, allergens, and harmful light to contend with. So when considering your morning skincare routine, opting for something with a protective slant might be the best way to preserve your youth and keep your skin looking radiant, dewy, clear, and smooth. Here’s what you need to know.
First Things First, Cleanse your Face
First things first, you want to be washing your face. Something gentle is fine for the morning, and I absolutely love CeraVe. Their Hydrating Cleanser is incredible for those with drier or more sensitive complexions, as it leaves skin feeling calm, soft, and still undeniably clean. For the oilier amongst us, consider instead their Foaming Cleanser, which manages to give a deeply cleansed feeling without getting overly dry or tight.
Your Morning Skincare Routine Needs a Toner
You can follow your cleanse with a toner to up the ante. The Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner is one of the best all-rounders on the market. It’s great for all skin types to balance and prep for the day. But if you’re on the drier side, I’m a huge fan of the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner. This is a fantastic way to sandwich some extra moisture in, and it smells totally incredible, too.
Vitamin C is Key for Your Morning Skincare Routine
I’m a huge fan of a vitamin C serum in the morning to help protect and repair skin. The Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum is an absolute classic and definitely a failsafe if you’re looking for something reliable. And recently, I’ve been really enjoying the SVR C Ampoule Anti-Ox, which is more affordable and yet certainly reminds me of the Drunk Elephant.
Some people don’t get on with vitamin C, and that’s fine too. If you want a serum that’ll totally knock your socks off, I point you towards the Zelens Z Luminous Brightening Serum. It’s hugely expensive, which I cannot deny – but its immediate and cumulative effect on smoothness and brightness is nothing short of magical.
Never Forget Your SPF
A good moisturizer is also key to skin protection. The Banilaco Dear Hydration Boosting Cream is a current favourite and perfect if you’re into that K-Beauty “glass skin” look. I’m also a huge fan of the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream for the morning, which feels thick and luxurious and has the added bonus factor of SPF 50!
Speaking of SPF, you absolutely need to be wearing it to protect your skin if you’re planning on leaving the house at all. The Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF50+ is a great option for dry or sensitive skin, as it feels super gentle and leaves the complexion dewy and ready for makeup.
For a multitasker, though, the Diego Dalla Palma UV Daily Primer is an amazing product. Not only does it offer an SPF of 50, but it acts as a glow-boosting primer. Applied with fingers, it imparts a soft, pearly glow to the skin while also smoothing pores and blurring imperfections. The makeup looks perfect on top.
The Tula Face Filter Blurring and Moisturizing Primer is also amazing for smoothing and blurring. It looks slightly grey when pumped out. But takes on a softly glowy skin-like tint when massaged into the skin. It’s also amazing for adding some extra dew if you’re feeling dried out.
Shop The Edit
Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner.
The Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum
SVR C Ampoule Anti-Ox
Zelens Z Luminous Brightening Serum
Banilaco Dear Hydration Boosting Cream
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF50+
Diego Dalla Palma UV Daily Primer
Tula Face Filter Blurring and Moisturizing Primer
Annie Walton Doyle is a writer based in Manchester, UK. She typically writes about beauty and other "personal aesthetics," with a healthy dose of both social commentary and stupidity. When not touching makeup, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature, and mysteries. Find her on Instagram @anniewaltondoyle.