Rise and shine … or at least rise – My morning skincare routine

Having
suffered from acne for a long time, taking care of my skin became second
nature. I have come a long way, starting with regular visits to the
dermatologist at the age of twelve (definitely a must if you suffer from acne),
going through a phase of experimenting on my own (absolutely NOT recommended)
and lastly turning to the world-wide-web looking for answers (Caroline Hirons,
I am looking at you).
During
these years, 23 to be exact, I picked up a fair share of knowledge. While being
a physician myself has added some useful background information, I am by no
means a skincare expert.
This is
just what I find works for me.
Now.
Let´s call
it work in progress.
In order of appearance… Lip balm missing in action

In the
morning, I will remove night time sweat and the product residue from the
evening before with a quick cleanse-and-flannel, using Sunday Riley CeramicSlip Cleanser (I will have a separate review on the used products coming up).
It is described as slightly foaming, but I don´t find it to be foaming at all.
Cleansing
my face (and neck, but for lengths sake let´s stick to face) twice a day has
made a huge difference in my skins appearance.
I take it
off with a washcloth and warm water and move on to toner. 
At the moment, I use
La Roche Posay Serozinc, which I buy in bulk when I am in France, as it is not
sold in Germany.  If you are reading this, La Roche Posay (Ha! I wish!), fix
this please! It really calms down my redness and helps control the oil during
the day.
My current
serum is by Weleda (Pomegranate Firming Serum). Award-winning and completely
organic, but available in drugstores and budget-friendly, I really tried to
like it. But I just don´t. It feels drying, I´m not keen on the smell and the
number one ingredient is alcohol, something I tend to avoid, but didn´t notice
right from the start, because I didn´t read the ingredient list. (Serves me
right. The only reason I am going to use it up.)
Then eye
cream (I am a believer, even more so now that I am constantly lacking sleep),
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm at the moment,
which I quite like, but don´t worship and some Nuxe Rêve de miel Lip Balm to
prep my pout for the bright summer colours.
During
summertime, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is used as moisturizer. Despite the
fact that it is meant to be a treatment for problematic areas, I find it to be
moisturizing enough to use all over. Maybe I have to accept, that my whole face
is a problematic area? Like, just face it? (Sorry, bad one…)
Wearing SPF
is really important to me, partly because I am fair-skinned and burn easily,
but also because I use exfoliating acids on a regular basis, which leaves my
skin sensitive to sun damage.
If it is
cloudy, if I am only going to be outside to run some errands and maybe go for a
little walk, I usually get my SPF from my foundation or tinted moisturizer. I
go for SPF 25 at least, as you seldom reach the number on the bottle, because
you just sheer it out too much. Or do you really use a teaspoon of foundation
for your face? Me neither.
If I will
be spending quite some time outside, I go for 50, even on cloudy days. EucerinSun Fluid 50+ is my current favourite, as it is mattyfing, oil-free and works
awesome as a face primer.
For the
rare occasion I stay indoors all day, I skip SPF. Should be self-explanatory.
So this is
it: Cleanse – Tone – Serum – Moisturize – SPF.

Can be done
within 7 minutes, carrying a baby on your hip.

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