My Morning Skincare Routine

Considering that I have been through quite a lot lately–stress, emotional rollercoasters, irregular sleeping patterns–my skin has held up really well. I can’t even remember the last time I had a breakout. I used to get at least a couple of hormonal spots during that time of the month, but I haven’t seen any of those in a while either–and I’m not complaining.

Beside using products that work really well for me, I believe that my current diet, but more specifically, the elimination of the foods that I am sensitive to, has made a difference. It is probably since I quit eating those foods that I have seen the biggest difference in my skin. And guess what, the list of foods includes (beside dairy and wheat–no surprise there) tomatoes, walnuts, pineapple, green beans, all types of peppers, and even vanilla (fjiugtigfbfioshwqlkqe???!!!). I was definitely eating all of the above, so it makes perfect sense to me that my skin improved after removing foods that cause an inflammatory response in my body.

Back to my morning routine (but I would dedicate an entire post or two to food sensitivities & skincare, if you were interested–it is one of my absolute favorite topics), I have kept things quite simple and minimal. I stick to a daily regimen that includes very few products, but good ones–so good that they are almost irreplaceable.

A Few Considerations

As you guys will notice (especially those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time), not much has changed. Yet, my skin looks a million times better now. Which means a few things:

  1. Less is more. At least for me. For some people the whole ten steps routine works–but it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. If layering several products cause your skin to get congested, like it did to mine, you might want to try to use less. Please, don’t get caught up in what your skincare routine should be like according to the Internet. Unless you consult a dermatologist and they give you specific product recommendations, you are the the one who should tell how much products your skin needs. I use less products than I ever have and my skin is healthier than it’s ever been.
  2. Diet and lifestyle are VERY important. And I don’t mean just eating healthy, drinking juices, herbal teas, and doing pilates. What I mean is: identifying nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, and lifestyle factors that may be causing inflammation in your body. I know so many people who eat plants-only, do yoga, but cannot get rid of acne. Sometimes working with a functional doctor or nutritionist may be necessary to improve certain skin conditions.

With that being said, here’s exactly what I have been using.

The Products

YÜLI Halcyon Cleanser I have remained loyal to this cleanser throughout the years, because I simply haven’t found one that works the same for me. I just started testing another cleanser that is less expensive, but it will be a little while before I can review it. This cleanser for me is still the best. You can read my full review here.

MUN Anarose Toner I know that some people don’t really care for toners/face mists, but I am a fan. This one helps to balance my skin after cleansing and allows the following product to work better. Full review here.

Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Barrier Restore Serum*. The texture is super-light and almost gel-like. It feels soothing and refreshing, hydrating, and non-greasy. It also leaves a lovely luminous finish on the skin, so it looks great under makeup. Dare I say, this has become my foundation. I practically only use concealer at the moment. It is very expensive, unfortunately, so I am treasuring every drop of this bottle. If it fits your budget, it is worth trying. Full review here.

And guess what?! I’m back on Youtube, so you can watch the whole skincare routine I just described below :)

 

*gifted/PR sample

  • Jenna

    Who doesn’t like face mists!? They’re probably my favorite items to purchase and the first thing I test at stores.

    Love your simplified routine. And have all three products. Yuli Halcyon, for me, remains holy grail. I’ve used cheaper cleansers, more expensive cleansers, even one that the Kerri at CAP Beauty told me was “made due to the success of Halcyon” (clue: they use the same base as Halcyon but don’t have any of the fancier ingredients), and they all have left me going back to Halcyon.

    MUN’s toner for me also is top 3 status. Smells good, feels good and missed it when it ran out. I don’t think it is as active as something like an In Fiore, Tata Harper or Yuli mist, but it gets the job done and is so nice to use.

    The Barrier Restore Serum, I wanted to like so much because I am a fan of Kristina Holey. However I happened to have half a bottle of Glossier’s Super Pure and the results were almost identical, except Super Pure is $28 to their $110. I don’t mind paying for luxury but I think that while the Marie Veronique serum has better quality ingredients, it’s just too hard to not stick with Super Pure.

    • Hi Jenna, thanks for reading and for your comment. I totally agree with you about face mists! They are a very important step in my routine, and when I apply serums on dry skin after cleansing, I feel the difference (and regret it). I have a question for you, if you don’t mind telling me: what is the cleanser you tried that is supposed to be similar to Halcyon? I will likely continue to use Halcyon forever and ever, but I would love to try it, especially if it’s cheaper (I would like to be able to suggest more affordable options to anyone who needs them, and I would like to test it out myself first). Also, I am definitely going to try Super Pure for the same reason, so thank you so much for mentioning it :)

  • Guilly

    I would love it if you would delve into food sensitivites and skin. Thanks.

    • Will do it, Guilly! Thank you so much for reading :)

  • Kcecelia

    Love the MŪN toner. No other toner makes my skin feel so good. I apply it with cotton rounds because I think it works better that way to lightly exfoliate. I use the MŪN cleanser as well. It doesn’t leave a residue on my skin. I’m curious about the Yuli line and would like to try to the Halcyon Cleanser, Metamorphic Elixir, and Liquid Courage. Currently, I use the Marie Veronique C on my skin before the MŪN serum (I’m a fellow proponent of a streamlined routine), and I’m impressed with the results. I’d love to see your evening routine.

    • Thank you for reading, Kcecelia. I am so glad to hear that MUN and Marie Veronique products are working well for your skin. I will have the evening routine up very soon :)

  • Jen

    Lovely simple routine. I have been to estheticians and all i got was a multistep regimen and left my skin red and irritated. Love seeing the less is more approach and really think this is the way to go with skincare… enough with the scrubbing, acids and chemical peels. I would love to see your nighttime routine!! hope everyone is doing well I am sure its a stressful time for you and your other.. god bless

  • maiastras

    Hello – I just came across your blog as I was looking for reviews about the Kristina Holey+Marie Veronique collaboration. I love reading about simple skincare routines! Unfortunately the Yuli cleanser never really worked out for me, but the Anarose toner is lovely. The barrier restore serum sounds like a wonderful treatment/moisturizer. I’m curious – how long does one bottle last for you?