Before I tell you what I'm currently using in the A.M, lemme mention my particular skin type + concerns I have. My skin is primarily sensitive & could react to products at any time - even stuff that I've been using for a long time. There's at least 1 active ingredient I know I have to limit my use of (Vitamin C) as my skin turns bright red whenever I use it. I also have combination skin, with open pores on either side of my nose (aka the oiliest part of my skin) & a few open pores creeping onto my forehead & chin too. It's also prone to dehydration, even on the oiliest parts of my skin.
In terms of skin concerns, I also have a little bit of pigmentation + I'm seeing the beginning of the ageing process (i.e. crows feet, my smile lines deepening + my skin beginning to slacken a little). I can & do get red every now & again as well. Oh & there's those scars I have from both skin cancer surgery + a biopsy on the other skin cancer I had, but reducing their impact doesn't necessarily come into my skin cancer routine.
When I do remember my morning skincare routine, this is what I use:
I currently use Essano's Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water, aka my HG micellar water. For me, it does the trick & it doesn't sting my skin like other products could do. The only time I don't use it of a morning is if I'm having a shower - in that instance I use my usual Trilogy cream cleanser, which I also use of a night-time.
I'm not one for toner, so facial mist for me is a great substitute & helpful for locking moisture into my dehydrated skin. I've just gone back to La Mav's Rose Hydrating Mist & issues with the nozzle aside, I'm loving it again as my skin doesn't drink this up quite as fast as other facial mists that I've used.
Hyaluronic acid serum
I'm currently using The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 of a morning as I'm using a more active serum at night-time. Pretty sure this stuff saved my bacon last winter & will continue saving my bacon because, as mentioned, my skin suffers from dehydration & hyaluronic acid I feel does a good job in boosting the hydration levels in your skin.
Moisturiser or face oil
I'm currently out of moisturiser & I'm rather impatiently waiting on either Priceline or Myer to re-stock my beloved Trilogy sensitive moisturiser (seriously guys, pull your finger out, this was meant to be on the market weeks ago!), so atm I'm using The Ordinary's 100% Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil as a substitute. I tend to stick to facial oil only in the warmer months as my skin can feel a bit heavy with both moisturiser and facial oil on.
If I know I'll be out for the day & near the sun, then using an SPF is non-negotiable. I don't need to bang on about my skin cancer history & how harsh the sun is in Australia for you guys to know how important this product is to me! I've been using Ego Sunsense's Sensitive Invisible SPF50+ for close to a year now & it hasn't let me down yet. I keep a large tube of it in my bathroom & carry a smaller tube in my handbag when I'm out & about.
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What products are in your current AM skincare routine? Have you tried any of these products featured?