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What is the perfect skin care routine to start your day with?- Simplified

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

Ever wondered what a professional skin care specialist is putting on their own skin in the morning?

Here are some tips I'd like to share with you.

Your morning skincare routine should be about prevention, correction and protection.

No matter how busy your lifestyle is, if you want to achieve a healthy, clear, radiant skin you should never skip these simple steps in the morning.


Step 1: Cleanse

Not all #cleansers are made equal. There are typically two types of cleansers to look for and it's important to choose the appropriate cleanser for your skin type.

If you have an oily skin type, you would want to get rid of a little of that oil, so I recommend an #exfoliating #cleanser ideally with Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA) such as Salicylic Acid, or Tea Tree ingredients.

I have been using the Exfoliating Cleanser from Zo Skin Health for years and I have tried many other cleansers before, but honestly I haven't been fully satisfied with any of the other brands so far. The reason being is either because some cleansers cannot remove your makeup entirely, leaving residue on your skin surface or they are oil based and not suitable for my skin type.

If you're on the opposite side and you have more #sensitive or drier skin then you would want to look for a gentle or #hydrating cleanser.


Step 2: Tone

This is a step you could conceivably skip, but if you choose to use a #toner make sure you avoid astringent or alcohol-based toners.

The problem with these astringents is that the alcohol not only strips your skin off your natural #oil, but kills your skin's microbiome- the good bacteria that lives on the surface of your skin and allowing other types of bacteria to take over.

By removing all of your skin's oil, your skin will notice the lack of oil and will react by overproducing #sebum. So even though you may think that removing the oil is going to be good in short term, in the long term your skin will end up creating even more oil resulting in enlarged #pores and #breakouts.

Now the ideal for a toner is to re-establish the ph of your skin to keep it healthy.

Here are a few toners I would recommend for you.


Step 3: Antioxidant

This is the most important part of your morning skincare routine. Ideally I would recommend an antioxidant product that contains vitamin C and vitamin E

in combination as it can create a synergistic effect.

Antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals and #oxidation.

The most common antioxidant is vitamin C.

When you choose your antioxidant make sure it is in a container that doesn't allow light in. If you noticed your Vitamin C serum has a brown colour it means that it's oxidised and no longer works. Chuck it in the bin immediately!

Many customers love CE Ferulic from Skinceuticals but they find it wayyy too pricey. The best alternative to CE Ferulic on a better price is C20 from DVI Cosmeceuticals. I'm obsessed with it and my patients love it!

If you're on a budget the most inexpensive antioxidant is vitamin E. It is a very good antioxidant and you can use it during the day, in the morning or as part of your night routine.


Step 4: Sunscreen SPF>30

This would be your final step of your morning skincare routine.

When it come to choosing the best sunblock there are a few factors you need to keep in mind:

Your sunblock should have an SPF 30 or greater than 30.

Choose a physical sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen as it will protect you from both UV A and UV B rays.

Apply it on your face, neck and décolletage at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.

Reapply a consistent amount (approx 5 grams) frequently at least twice a day.

Choose a non-comedogenic sunscreen if you have oily skin.



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