Today I wanted to share my morning skincare routine! My routine has mostly stayed the same for the 1-2 years since I’m a creature of habit. My main concerns have been dryness, aging, and sensitivity since I’ve had really bad allergic reactions to some products in the past.
Other things I look for in a product:
- Affordability – if I’m planning to use this product every single day, it should not be something that will be expensive to rebuy
- Brand – I have a lot of brand loyalty when it comes to buying skincare, so it needs to be a company whose mission and aesthetics align with my values
- Ingredients – I am not extremely concerned with active ingredients for my daytime routine, but I like to keep the ingredients to a minimum to limit things my skin might react to
The first thing I do every morning after brushing my teeth is to wash my face with water. I normally put on a face oil at night, so in the morning I just need to just wash it off with water and then I pat my skin dry with a towel. I don’t want to use a cleanser because I find that it’s unnecessary and dries out my skin.
Muji Sensitive Skin Moisturizing Toning Water
My next step is to immediately apply a toner. Toners, in general, are supposed to help balance the pH of your skin, and this one also has the added benefit of being moisturizing.
I have been using this Muji toner for years. This is a pretty no-frills toner, but it’s really moisturizing and gets absorbed quickly by my skin. For key ingredients, this toner has a small amount of portulaca oleracea extract (I assume small since it’s the last listed ingredient), which is known for its antioxidant properties and having beneficial minerals.
As for price, a giant bottle like the one that’s pictured is less than $20, will last me a few months, and Muji will often have 10-15% off sales on their skincare, making it even more affordable.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
After the toner, I’ll apply this caffeine solution from The Ordinary. Thanks to genetics, I was born with pretty awful eye bags that I used to get bullied for in grade school and as a result, I am really self-conscious about my eye bags :(.
So to help with the appearance, I use this to depuff my eye bags. It’s no miracle worker, but I have noticed it reducing the puffiness a little bit.
ACURE Radically Rejuvenating Eye Cream
One step I never skip is applying eye cream since the skin around my eyes gets pretty dry. It also doesn’t help that I rub them all the time because staring at a computer all day really dries my eyes out.
I am on my third bottle of this eye cream and I love how hydrating it is. I’ve tried other products from ACURE like their lotion and bath products, and I love the quality of their products. Their products are also vegan and cruelty-free. I’ve seen this at Target and Ulta, but sometimes I’ve been able to find this at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s at a more discounted price.
Key ingredients include edelweiss extract, which “provides antioxidants and skin-smoothing benefits“, as well as chlorella which is a type of algae and is rich in nutrients.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
I’ve tried many different types of moisturizers ever since I’ve started my skincare journey. As far as I’m concerned, I feel like there’s no other moisturizer that can beat this one in terms of moisture, value, and price.
I have gone through several tubes of this moisturize from The Ordinary and it is still hands-down my favorite. It contains hyaluronic acid as well as various other ingredients to keep the skin hydrated. The large size is less than $10 and I only need a small amount to cover my face and neck.
This brand was created by Liah Yoo, who started out as a skincare YouTuber before starting her own company. I am also a huge fan of the Krave Beauty face wash, but I’ll save that review for another post.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that it takes so long for new ingredients to be approved in the U.S., this product cannot legally be marketed as a sunscreen (this is also the reason why people prefer sunscreens from Europe or Asia over the U.S. since the technology and ingredients in those countries have become more advanced). However, this product is the exact same formula as the sunscreen being sold in Korea, meaning it is a sunscreen, but it just can’t be sold as one in the U.S. (here’s Liah’s video explaining the issue here).
That aside, I absolutely love this product. I have never used a “sunscreen” that feels so smooth and non-greasy. The texture is like I’m applying liquid velvet to my face. It doesn’t feel sticky nor does it feel like it’s just sitting on my face.
That wraps up my morning skincare routine! A very quick, easy, and affordable five-step process to ensure that my skin is moisturized and protected from the sun each day. Have you tried any of these products? Is your routine shorter or longer than mine? Let me know in the comments!
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JyotiMarch 6, 2020 at 6:41 am
I love you current morning skin care routine! Nice Post! Have a great day!
Jenny in NeverlandMarch 6, 2020 at 7:15 am
Oooh some lovely sounding products here! x
nortoncharityMarch 6, 2020 at 7:19 am
These all look like some great skincare products! Thanks for sharing them!
HollyMarch 6, 2020 at 7:31 am
I do like the ordinary, I’ve tried a few of their products – I might need to try the moisturiser.
jenniferpickering22gmailcomMarch 6, 2020 at 8:41 am
I have that caffeine solution and love it!
KateMarch 6, 2020 at 12:44 pm
I want to try this skincare routine now! I have been obsessed with skincare lately and I love trying out new products! I have never tried the Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG even though I have several products from them, so I just put it in my wishlist! Excellent post!
Carrie @ Curly Crafty MomMarch 6, 2020 at 6:42 pm
That’s interesting that it takes so long for new products to get approved in the US! I guess better safe than not! Thanks so much for introducing these products… I haven’t heard of them, but I’m off to check them out!
makeupmuddleMarch 7, 2020 at 4:41 am
I had no idea that Muji did skincare! I really like the sound of that toner xo
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rolalalovesMarch 7, 2020 at 8:48 am
I love the Krave Beauty The Beet Shield as well. It’s one of the best sun protection products I’ve used in awhile.
NancyMarch 7, 2020 at 4:39 pm
It is always interesting to see other people’s skincare routine. I am the same with you when it comes to brand loyalty!! I didn’t know Muji sells toners! Oooh, I need to check out the caffeine solution. Thanks for sharing your routine! It is interesting that although the product isn’t marked as sunscreen due to testing, it is still the same formula. That’s one way to get around it. Thanks for sharing!
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Sonia De Macedo (@soniademacedo)March 7, 2020 at 7:18 pm
I’ve started changing my mornings by washing my face instead and noticed a difference too. I’m also fairly loyal to brands, I’ll stick with them for years even when they may not be doing wonders anymore. Which is a bad habit of mine
Hazel SalcedoMarch 8, 2020 at 12:45 am
I love the brand The Ordinary ~ but I haven’t tried those products you got from them. I have to check that eye serum because I also have puffy eyes! Thanks for sharing this! 🙂
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MargotMarch 8, 2020 at 9:20 am
All theses products look so good.
I’ll love to try the ordinary moisturizing as my skin always need extra hydratation.
SimoneMarch 8, 2020 at 4:55 pm
A good skincare routine is key for me too. I’m loving The Ordinary products so much.
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Lovely AmusanMarch 9, 2020 at 4:18 am
Yes I have also adopted a good skin care routine, adore using the Ordinary products!
Ellis James DesignsMarch 9, 2020 at 5:20 am
Thanks for sharing your routine! Love The Ordinary and and it’s cool to see their products in this post!
JulesMarch 9, 2020 at 6:28 am
hayleyxmartinMarch 9, 2020 at 6:33 am
Love that you listed the things you look for in a product – i completely agree with affordability, I go through phases of treating myself to pricier items, however, I can’t say I have found anything groundbreaking! I would much rather look after my budget and have more spend to spend on other things.
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alimackin2013March 9, 2020 at 3:19 pm
OMG I so want to try that caffeine eye gel from The Ordinary. I have heard really good things.
sundaydahliasMarch 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm
I’ve been curious about Acure products for a while now. I’ll have to check out their eye cream now too!
stylefrontierMarch 10, 2020 at 4:58 am
i’ve been wanting to try The Ordinary!
Bash HarryMarch 10, 2020 at 8:12 am
I’ve been meaning to try The Ordinary Caffeine Solution, I’ve only heard good things about them! I hope it’s good for dark circles too
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Soph Hearts ? (@sophhearts)March 10, 2020 at 8:17 am
I really want to try that caffeine solution from The Ordinary- I love their skincare and anything that helps me look more awake is definitely needed haha!
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AshleyMarch 10, 2020 at 12:08 pm
I need The Beet Shield immediately! What a great product- SPF that doesn’t FEEL (or smell) like SPF is the goal!
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Ice pandoraMarch 10, 2020 at 4:20 pm
I’m curious about the brand Ordinary, I’ve heard lots of good things about it!
My morning skin routine looks the same. I do use a lot of Asian brands though cuz I’m a bit biased haha…
I’m convinced that Korean brands will do my skin the best ha…
JenniferMarch 11, 2020 at 10:30 am
Ooo! Great skincare routine! There’s definitely some products that caught my attention. Thanks for your thorough and honest review! 🙂
Jade CaoMarch 11, 2020 at 9:23 pm
Love your minimal skincare routine. Sometimes minimalist is the best.
JessicaMarch 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm
I have a similar skincare routine, too. I might have to look at some of the products you’ve mentioned.
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busyandfabMarch 12, 2020 at 12:44 am
I also have trouble with my eyebags though I noticed that sleeping in the sides makes that side of eyebag really puffy. But then we can’t really sleep on our back the whole time so that’s inevitable. Thank goodness for products like this to help us control our face issues 🙂
AngelicaMarch 12, 2020 at 11:34 am
My worst issues it the puffiness on my brow bone and lids in the am. I wonder if this caffine solution would work for that also.
EmmylouMarch 12, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Thanks for sharing your routine:) I’ve been wanting to try that Muji toner. Good to know it’s good! And that The Ordinary serum sounds good as well:)
AlyssaMarch 13, 2020 at 9:07 am
Great routine! I used that Beet The Sun sunscreen, one of my faves but I only use it when cold. Too greasy for my oily skin. I also keep reading good reviews about Muji skincare products, I should really check them out 🙂
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RadiMarch 13, 2020 at 7:50 pm
This is a lovely routine to follow. I would love to try the ordinary brand. Have heard so many great things about it.
DasynkaMarch 14, 2020 at 9:02 am
I always so focused on my skincare routine but I change products often because my skin always changes.. but I follow all the steps you do too 🙂
Mai NguyenMarch 17, 2020 at 4:34 pm
That makes sense! Everyone’s skin is different after all :)!
dousedinpinkMarch 14, 2020 at 9:42 am
I’ve heard great things about Ordinary products! I need to check out that Acure eye cream – it sounds amazing!
Jill – Doused in Pink
Mai NguyenMarch 17, 2020 at 4:29 pm
I love it, it’s affordable and very moisturizing!
BekaMarch 14, 2020 at 5:13 pm
I love The Ordinary! I use their retinol serum and it really helps with decongesting around my nose and cheeks, which are the worst for blackheads. I’ll need to try their caffeine drops too, my eye bags are also soooo bad ? I should probably make an effort to use eye cream more, as well!
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Mai NguyenMarch 17, 2020 at 4:23 pm
Yess, The Ordinary has such effective products for really reasonable prices!
Jill GilbertMarch 14, 2020 at 10:31 pm
Thank you for sharing these products! I’ve tried a couple products from Acure, but I didn’t even know they had an eye cream! How does that moisturizer from the ordinary do under makeup? I was using a couple serums from them, but I got frustrated when they would pill after I added some concealer.
Mai NguyenMarch 17, 2020 at 4:18 pm
It does really well! It absorbs pretty quickly and after applying sunscreen, nothing pills when I apply concealer or foundation.
Atsuna Matsui (@atsunamatsui)March 15, 2020 at 8:37 pm
I have very sensitive skin as well so I take extra precaution whenever I try new skincare products. I’m also a creature of habit and like to stick to using what I like.
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Mai NguyenMarch 17, 2020 at 4:17 pm
I’m glad I’m not the only one!
ElleseMarch 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Always looking for new skincare, these look great! XO, Ellese
Mai NguyenMarch 17, 2020 at 4:12 pm
DominikaMarch 19, 2020 at 12:19 pm
I never knew Muji does skincare products too – I would love to give it a try one day. I also swear by the Caffeine Solution and Natural Moisturizing Factors from The Ordinary, they’re both absolute staples in my skincare routine!
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CelynApril 2, 2020 at 3:48 am
Nice! I’ve been wanting to try The Ordinary Products!
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Des | itsbetterinheelsApril 15, 2020 at 6:57 pm
Ahh I’ve been interested in purchasing a few things from The Ordinary! I definitely want to check out your recommendations here. I’m all for affordability, I don’t believe in spending a boat load of money on products, especially everyday products. I like how your skin care routine is fairly simple, it’s a bit overwhelming when I see 10 products in someone’s skincare routine lol. Thanks for sharing doll, stay safe!
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