My morning skin care routine – Winter 2016

If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, you know I am infatuated with skin care.

Given that I wrote about my routine the last time in September 2014 (read here if you are still interested), I figured it was about time to show you what has changed since then.

So prepare for my bare face and click the video below to see what I have done to keep my skin on track this winter.





Here is a list of the products I have mentioned, complete with links to reviews should I have written them already:

– Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser (Buy here)
– Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner (Review here)
– La Roche Posay Serozinc (Review here)
– M. Asam Resveratrol Essence of Youth * (Buy here)
– Garnier Ultra Lift Complete Beauty Eye Cream
– Oskia Renaissance 360 Anti-Ageing & Brightening Supreme Cream (available from March 2016 here)


Looking back, only the La Roche Posay Serozinc has remained unchanged. A few other bits have moved to the evenings, and others are completely gone.

The steps however did remain pretty much the same:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Acid toner
  3. Facial spritz
  4. Serum
  5. Eye Cream
  6. Moisturizer

I do apply a sunscreen whenever I know I will be outside for more than approximately 20 minutes, even in the midst of winter and on cloudy days, and I will add that on top of my moisturizer.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm that I apply every morning without fail.


How did your routine change over the course of time?

And what do you use on your face in the mornings?

(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)

Related Post

  • I can’t wait to try Serozinc, it’s finally coming to Italy too! The steps are pretty much the same for me too 😉 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • The products may change, but the steps stay pretty much the same. Even though there is an ongoing debate if it should be serum -> eye cream or the other way around. I have not taken a side yet…

      • I go for serum first mainly out of habit, but I think it’s better as it’s thinner in texture than eye cream…

        • Yes, and I guess the great stuff in the serum is beneficial for the eye area as well.

  • I am super jealous of your naked skin. I love how you talk us through your routine while actually performing it, multi-tasking ftw! Interesting that you apply eye cream not only on your eye contour but also on your eyelids. Doesn’t that make your eyelids oily/eyeshadow crease? I never touch my eyelids with anything. Then again I do have very oily skin of course.

    • I don’t have much problem with creasing, but I wouldn’t do it with every eye cream there is, the richer ones I use at night time would probably give me issues. The ones I use in the morning are so quickly absorbed that by the time I am dressed there is no residue, at least not on my lids.

  • Some people say you shouldn’t apply eye cream on your eyelid and some say the opposite, I really don’t know what to do. What do you think about it? Does Serozinc get your skin oily? I still haven’t had a chance to purchase it and reading mixed reviews kinda confuse me.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I have heard that too, but honestly, if it isn’t for creasing issues, why shlouldnt you? What would you apply to your eyelids instead? Your regular moisturizer? Or just nothing? The skin is skin, it needs love and protection as well. At least that is what I think.
      No, Serozinc doesn’t get my skin oily at all, and judging by the ingredients I really wouldn’t know why it should. The zinc as well as the salt are more on the dring side, if any, and even if I don’t think it is majorly oil-controlling in the long run, it is by no means making my skin oily.

      • I wasn’t applying anything to my eyelids for so long, started using it like a year or so. I feel like if I don’t do anything for my eyelids then they won’t look good in time.

        • I feel the same way. Better start prevention early on, there is no way to repair wrinkles once they are there.

  • I am extremely minimal with my skin care but I still love seeing the products other people use, it’s very interesting because skin is so personal 🙂


    • It is, and you should really work out what is best for you and stick to it instead of following every trend.

  • alice

    Hey that’s cool! I love these pics!

    Alice Cerea,

    Alice Cerea blogger

  • Neelima Sunil

    I’m such a Caudalie fan. Bought their toner very serendipitously while in Paris. Its so good! I don’t think I will stop using it hehe. Thank you for the rad recommendations.

    Looking forward to your future posts 🙂

    • I only tried three Caudalie products so far and wasn’t blown away by any of them, to be honest. Which toner are you referring to?

      • Neelima Sunil

        I use their moisturising toner. With my super combination skin, it works really well. Kind of balances the oil production well. Have you tried it yet?

        • No, I just tried the cleanser, the beauty elixir and a tinted moisturizer (which was the worst for me). The other two are just okay, I just don’t feel like I get the hype that surrounds them.

          • Neelima Sunil

            Hehehe…. I get where you come from. Hope you find the Perfect stuff for your…. Caudalie or not 😉

          • I do have many great products, but curiosity keeps me always looking for something else…

  • This just reminds me how I need to create a better routine! Currently it’s just remove makeup, cleanse, moisturize and spot treat any acne. I definitely need to start using a toner (I want to make my own rose water one!)
    Unfortunately we’re in different skin-stages so the product you use probably aren’t a great fit for me! However, sunscreen is a must!

    • Now that sounds like a good routine to me. If you just want to amp up your regime a little, maybe try a serum before you introduce a toner. They are usually very rich in active ingredients and a great way to get the good stuff without having to spend a lot of time. But a home made rose water toner sounds awesome, just make sure you only make very small amounts (I assume you want to make it water based, not alcohol based), because water grows bacteria very quickly if you don’t add any preservatives!

  • My morning skincare routine is pretty similar but I always add SPF whether I leave the house or not… especially after I had that face scan last summer. Eek!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • I have some SPF in my makeup, and I always apply it in the summer, whether I am staying in or not, but your approach is probably the better one. But to be honest, the days I stay at home completely are rare anyway, given that my daughter needs to be outside at least twice a day.

  • Arg, ich hab noch keines dieser Produkte ausprobiert oder gekannt! Danke für die Review! xxx

    • Die Produkte sind ja auch nicht das entscheidende, die sind je nach Hauttyp ganz unterschiedlich. Was benutzt Du denn so?

  • I also use a glycolic acid exfoliator in the mornings maybe 3-4x/week. Otherwise I wash my face with cream or powder cleanser. My routine in the morning is all about sealing moisture in and I follow similar steps as you except I also do a targeted serum and essence and in addition to a hydrating serum and I will add sunscreen if I’m going to be and a primer before applying any makeup.

    • I never use primer (too lazy) and i do add sunscreen, at least whenever I leave the house, which is most days.
      My skin isn’t dehydrated, and especially at the moment with the hormones I don’t need that much hydration, so I can skip that step. And I have read a lot about essences, but I haven’t gotten around to incorporate one in my daily routine yet. Definitely something I need to look into soon.

  • awesome skincare routine, will have to try some of these products out!

    ♥ Ellen #NZblogger


    Facebook + Instagram

  • One of the huge struggles with living in Japan has been that my old products aren’t available here. I’m sure Clarins must be, though, so I’ll keep an eye out.

    • Or you just dive into asian skincare head first. Probably what I would do, so exciting!

      • I’ve been experimenting a LOT with Etude House, but with skin care really rocking the boat is scary for me! I’ve been breaking out like nuts since the beginning of winter…

  • love your morning skincare routine, thanks for the suggestions!

    xx Melis

  • Your routine is quite nice and i have used the clarins brand before , they are good. I have an oily skin but sometimes it can also get a bit dry during the winter. Great video

  • Your routine is definitely enviable haha. I usually just pop on some SPF! I wish I took better care of my skin..


    • Well, it is never too late to start, and as you can see it doesn’t even take 5 minutes when talking someone through it.

      • Yeah! Definitely inspires me to do it! Thanks xo

  • Belle M

    You’ve got beautiful skin darling 🙂

    Question, does that chemical exfoliator do the same thing that a peel would do and does it tingle at all? I’m looking for a chemical exfoliator but they’re all too harsh and irritating for my skin

    • Thank you. To be honest, it is worse than it has been in years, thanks to the hormones.
      A chemical exfoliant will do similar things to a physical scrub, yes. If they are tingly depends on the product you choose and the strength it has. The one I am using here isn’t irritating at all (on my skin), the ones I use in the evenings is much stronger. And there are different kinds, dedicated to different skin types.
      If your skin is very sensitive, you should maybe try a lactic acid one or even an enzymatic peel to ease into it. Or the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator if it is aging that concerns you more than lack of hydration.
      What is your main concern?

  • Sounds like a great routine. Mine is pretty much the same except I use different products.

    • The products do change, but the steps stay the same. I switch products out of curiosity and depending on the season, obviously.

  • Nice vlog and routine. Kinda the same with mine but right now I’m mostly using Korean Beauty products 🙂


    • I would love to see a round-up of those!

      • Maybe next month I’ll post it. I have some new products added to my routine recently 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing your routine! I love caudalie products , I’ll have to try their cleanser. Their beauty mist is amazeballls!

    • To be honest, I am not sold on the beauty mist. Apart from smelling nice, I don’t feel like it does anything for my skin. What do you enjoy most about it? What am I missing?

  • Aisha

    Your routine is really good 🙂 sometimes when I have to go to uni I use only a face cream. I need time for my skin care and then I use a cleanser by Lush or Cien, a serum and an eye cream :)x

    • I try and take the time every morning. As you can see it was under five minutes, and that was talking included, so I think that is reasonable in the mornings. My evening skincare routine is a little more indulgent…


    Great post, I love Clarins, is always my skincare favorite. Would you like to follow each other? if you decided to follow me on BLOGLOVIN and Instagram please let me know so I can follow you back. Thank you.

  • thisgirlloveschic

    great selection of products

    This Girl Loves Chic xx

  • My skin care routine haven’t changed either. Been using my Noreva products and doing the same steps 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • I switch up the products from time to time, but the steps stay the same pretty much all the time.

  • Rasa Virviciute

    Great selection! xo

  • Great vid anne, love seeing skincare routines and your’s has certainly out mine to shame lol. Have a great day. Gemma x

  • Kate

    Ooh I have that Clarins Gentle Exfoliating toner and would never have thought to use it on the backs of my hands before! Starting that tonight! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • I have seen a huge improvement on the „freckles“ on the back of my hand since I started doing it.

  • I would love to try clarins exfoliating toner 🙂 sounda interesting…

  • I never thought about using the exfoliating toners on my hands! Will certainly do it now 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I have seen a big difference, as has my mother since she started doing it.

  • Nice routine! I am also interested by that Clarins exfoliating toner.

    • I like it a lot, but am testing the Pixi Glow Tonic next, which is said to be similar, but less pricey.

  • Ileana Druetta

    So good! I need to start using an eye cream 🙂



    • People are debating whether or not one is needed, but I have been using one for ages.

  • Surbhi Suri

    this is practically what mine also looks like . I can’t live without a toner in winters too.
    New Post on my blog, do drop by soon ,<3

    • Which one do you use?

      • Surbhi Suri

        I am using the one from clinique currently. love it

  • Really like this video of your morning skincare routine 🙂 -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

    • Thank you Maireem. I still don’t know why the sound was off, but I guess I will have to play a little more with my microphone settings.

  • As you know I love the Clarins toner, although that’s now been replaced by the Pixi Glow Tonic. I also avoid foaming cleansers but there’s one that is always in my routine (from Organic Surge). It’s lovely. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • I am going to start my Pixi Glow Tonic tomorrow. Is it weird that I get all excited?

      • Not at all. I also love buying & trying new products. 😄 I hope you like it.

  • I feel like in essence, we have the same steps in our skincare routine, but I think I’m lacking in a few departments (such as an eye cream), so this really helpful because it reminds me that I do need to keep up to date and I do need to change up a few steps in my routine in order to adapt and somehow make it better. I’m currently nearly running out of my moisturizer and I’ve been thinking about maybe going for La Roche Posay or Avene, or maybe Oskia. Which of the three would you maybe recommend?

    I’ve never thought of using an acid toner as opposed to a „simple toner“ but I think it makes all the sense now. It’s sort of like a light went up in my brain. I really like these types of videos, and even though the sound was a bit off, I think it was perfect and right up my alley, so thank you!

    Ella Pinto xx

    • The choice of the moisturizer depends on your main skincare concerns: Dehydration? Spots? Aging? Dryness? Oiliness? Sensitive skin?
      I have replaced my physical exfoliants with acid toners a few years ago, and I couldn’t be happier that I did. They are so effective, but much less harsh than the scrubs. I have a video planned on the different types of acid toners, but I don’t think I will have it up until May.
      Oh, and I guess I have (finally) figured out my sound issues, so hopefully the other ones will be more pleasant to listen to…

  • Mary

    Such a fun video! I love other people’s skincare routines.. I have a really simple one. Just moisturizer and sunscreen. I’m interested in that Caudalie product!

    Love, Mary

    • I do love my cleansers, but everyones skin is different. And SPF is really very important.

  • I’d love to try the Oskia!

    • It was the first thing I tried from the brand, but I really liked it.

  • thefashionsalt

    Nice routine. I tried using toner and serum, but it seemed to irritate my skin. Now I just wash it with soap and put on a day cream and that is it. Great video, I was wondered if that Roomba works well. I was thinking of getting one, but several people said it didn’t work too well.

    • What kind of soap? Most soaps are very stripping and disrupt the natural pH balance, leading to more irritable skin. And with toners and serums, many contain alcohol, which is very irritating.
      As far as the Roomba goes: After getting over the anger of getting one for Christmas (ah, the romance!), I really enjoy it. You need to keep your floor free from clutter, which is very educating (and hard to do with a toddler) and obviously it isn’t as thorough as a spring clean, but I use it about 6 times a week when I am out shopping or walking or whatever and only vacuum every other week, which is a great relief when pregnant.

      • thefashionsalt

        I use Dove sensitive soap and it feels pretty mild. The toner I tried had alcohol, though I’m not sure about the serum. The roomba sounds great. I was vacuuming twice a week since my dogs sheds a lot. And I don’t have too much clutter since I have no little ones yet. I can’t imagine trying to vacuum when pregnant. I think it would be exhausting. I hope you are feeling good right now 🙂

        • At the end of pregnancy, pretty much everything is exhausting.
          Just check your soaps ingredients for SLS or anything that reads „… sulphates“. Sadly the claim „sensitive“ means nothing, some things labelled for sensitive skin can be horrible!

  • super produkte und wirklich eine gute routine 🙂 Ich bereite mir ständig meine artikel vor die ich nutzen will und stelle alle schön im bad auf um sie auch zu benutzen, aber in der morgen hektik vergesse ich leider oft eine routine durch zu ziehen…genauso am wochenende wenn man späts nach hause kommt 😀 Da muss ich mich wohl mal ein bisschen mehr hinter klemmen 🙂

    • Du hast ja gesehen, selbst mit Reden dauert es morgens nur 5 Minuten, die hat man eigentlich immer. Abends dauert es dann ein bisschen länger.

  • I’ve long been wanting to try this Clarins Exfoliator but I will need to wait as I have a few (too many) acids on the go right now. Oh, and can’t wait for the release of the 360 cream. I’ve been loving the sample too!

    • I just finished mine today and started using the Pixie Glow Tonic to compare. No repurchase until I am nearly done with that one!
      How many acids are too many? I have four on rotation at the moment. One in the mornings and three I switch between in the evenings.

  • Bernadette

    These products sound awesome.

  • My skin is quite sensitive, but yes I find that i change my skin care routine with cleansers and facial masks by season. Right now, I am using a hydrating night cream by Estee Lauder that I love. I love Clarins and use their cleansers, the chamomile and the tamarind cleansers are my favourite.

  • I always change my routine over the years to see what best suits me. I find that I can’t just use anything so it is important to work for sensitive skin. I loved your video and post here it was very fun to read 🙂

    • My products are constantly changing as well, it is very important to listen to your skins needs.

    • My products are constantly changing as well, it is very important to listen to your skins needs.

  • I like REN, I have some new products I have been meaning to test from them sitting in my cabinet, but I try to be good and finish my stuff before opening something new.