I don’t know about you, but I am NOT a morning person.
Like not at all.
I have no problems working until long after midnight, I’m always most inspired to write at night (it’s 9 in the evening atm). But the idea of getting up at 6 in the morning gives me anxiety. Luckily it doesn’t happen very often.
Modeling is actually quite a good job for us night owls. Because castings usually run from about 9 am and most of the time there is a large window when we can go. Jobs, on the other hand, can start as early as 2.30 in the morning (in Bali, going to a monkey forest to catch the morning light). But most of the time call-time is 8 or 9. And I don’t have to do my hair or makeup before I leave, so I save some winks that way too.
However, something I never skip is my morning beauty routine.
It’s a quick 5-minute input, with an output that will last for years to come. Taking care of your skin is an investment. You can’t take it off, it’s on you every day of your life, like it or not. So why spend lots of money on clothes you can take off and not on what stays on?
In the end a 5-minute morning beauty routine is really nothing in the long run.
Here we go;
First of all, I cleanse with a really gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip my skin too much of its precious oils. I have only been in my bed since I washed my makeup off, so it’s not like it needs a deep scrub. I love Biotherm Softening foam cleanser in the morning. It has the right consistency and is gentle on my slightly dry skin.
Next, I apply a serum. My skin loves most oils, but the long-term favorite is the REN Vitamineral Omega 3 oil. It’s actually the product I have recommended most often over the years and I still get messages from girls telling me how much they too love it. It smells a bit like apricots and leaves my skin with a lovely dewy glow.
On top of my serum goes my Eve Lom day cream*. It’s a new favorite on my shelf. I get gifted a lot of products, but I only end up finishing the very best. This is one I will be buying after it runs out, it’s gorgeous on my skin.
Since I reached my mid-thirties, I prefer slightly heavier products and this one is just perfect. My skin could probably absorb butter, but I know that is rare. This is one of the few products I would recommend even if you have mixed, sensitive or normal skin.
Skin tends to get dryer as we age, and needs a bit more help with elasticity and moisture levels. This is why it’s important to review our skin-care routine every couple of years. What works in our 20s might not work in our 30s.
When I was younger I didn’t always use a specific eye cream. It lead to me overloading the sensitive under-eye area and I ended up getting a milia (a little white lump under the skin). I had it removed by a professional and after having learned that lesson the hard way, I always use a specific eye cream.
At the moment I’m really liking the Dermalogica stress positive eyelift. I have to admit I don’t like the feeling of the metal nozzle, so I just use my finger instead. It’s a really light the formula and makeup goes really nicely on top. I don’t really have one favorite eye cream, but I would buy this one again.
Last but not least is my SPF. OF COURSE, I WEAR SPF DAILY. Don’t you? You would be mad not to. I, unfortunately, realized this a bit too late, so I have some sun damage already. It’s super annoying and I’m really mad at my younger self. But I have decided that I at least won’t make it any worse (and I will laser as much of is as I can later in autumn).
The tricky bit about SPFs is to find one that doesn’t make me look like a white ghost or makes my makeup slide off. I bought Elemis Daily Defence Shiels spf 30 at the beginning of the summer. And I really really like it. It goes on like a normal cream, doesn’t leave me looking pale and actually sinks into the skin. I wear it every day and I know that I’m protected. It’s a great feeling and takes almost no effort at all from me. Such an easy win!
…then I brush my teeth, add some heat protection to my hair (if I’m shooting that day), drink my collagen and I’m ready for the day! Simples!
It doesn’t have to be harder than this. Not everyone has to have a 12-step routine. I personally save more of the active ingredients and slightly more complicated stuff for the evenings. When I have more time, energy and patience.
Ok, share with me. What is your morning beauty routine like?
Photo – Ida Zander
I have listed my favorite items from my morning beauty routine below All links are affiliate links.