6 months back in the Summer I accompanied a friend to her appointment in London with Harley Street dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting. Highly recommended by skincare guru Caroline Hirons, Dr Bunting is a cosmetic dermatologist and all-round expert when it comes to getting great skin.
My friend wanted to talk about her adult acne -which spoiler alert: Dr Sam completely cleared over the course of 6 months!- but whilst there I gleaned some important info, notably around the importance of wearing SPF. Now I live in Wales and favour the coldest countries I can travel to, but that doesn’t mean I’m immune to sun damage and I have to admit whenever there’s the vague chance of a tan I try and often burn myself as I just don’t tan well. Consider me converted, this Summer I’ll be wearing SPF at all times.
The key takeaway for me however was just the importance of listening to your skin and keeping to a routine that works for you. I’ve been pretty good with my skincare for the past few years but it definitely became a bit more haphazard, so after this London trip I got back on the case and the following AM routine has worked wonders for me.
I don’t double cleanse in the morning as I’ve just woken up and have no makeup etc to remove. I use a fairly gentle cream cleanser and have been loving this Alpha H -famous for their cult product Liquid Gold- cleanser which isn’t drying but leaves skin feeling really clean. I apply with cotton pads and flip over to rinse with water. I would like to move away from cotton pads as it’s not particularly green but find flannels to be too rough and get filthy after one use when I’m removing makeup.
I was given this cleanser and a whole host of products by said friend as it was too harsh for her skin and not part of the routine suggested by Dr Sam; Lucky me! It’s been a great way to try out some new products, some of which I’ve had my eye on for a while.
I’m completely addicted to this Pixi hydrating mist. It contains HA (hyaluronic acid) one of my favourite ingredients which I find makes my skin super hydrated and smooth. I spray this on after cleansing for a moisture sandwich, to freshen up during the day, when traveling or in my husband’s face when he passes as he always forgets to moisturise.
I follow with another old favourite from Pixi, Glow Tonic which is an acid toner (my all-time favourite acid toner). I find I can acid tone twice daily without any issues, even if using another acid product in the evening like Liquid Gold. With that said, it could be too harsh for lots of different skin types so I suggest integrating it slowly by using just a couple of times a week and building up if it agrees with you.
This is a crucial step of my AM skincare routine as it wakes up skin instantly which I find makes a huge difference in terms of not looking like a zombie who just rolled out of bed.
I was lusting after this product after absolutely loving Sunday Riley’s Luna retinol oil so was over the moon when my friend gifted it to me. It was one of the products she could no longer use but interestingly she said it wasn’t one which ever really agreed with her. I’ve found Good Genes to be a real skin saviour, reducing redness and evening out my skin noticeably after just a few uses.
I do notice that too much of this can make the skin appear temporarily oily so I just dap on a few small dots, paying particular attention to red areas on my cheeks. It is another exfoliating product so it can be harsh and as with the Glow Tonic I would recommend integrating it into your routine slowly.
I’ve blogged about Pestle & Mortar’s flagship product Pure HA Serum before and still consider it the best product I’ve discovered through blogging. It’s now taken off in a huge way and is widely regarded as a cult product; I’ve repurchased it twice!
HA is an amazing ingredient for hydrating skin and reaping all the benefits which come with that. Despite HA featuring in some products prior to this step I always add a few drops before moisturising.
Lastly I finish up with a good moisturiser. I’ve been trying this Goat Milk moisturiser from Kate Somerville which is super hydrating and has been working well for me. I’ve also used her oil free moisturiser which I loved even more and of the two would probably repurchase first.
When listed that looks like a lot of products but I find they last a while and I have them on my dresser so it’s not too much hassle to do each morning. Look out for my next skincare post where I’ll talk about my PM routine, which is slightly more involved.
Do you have an AM skincare routine? Do any of these products feature?