My Morning Face Care Routine

A little over a week ago I shared my Evening Face Care Routine and today I will share with you the products that I use in the morning. There will be some repeats, but about half of my products are different.

my morning face care routine

Éminence Organic Firm Skin Açai Cleanser

I’ve reviewed this product before, but I’ve since finished that bottle and purchased a new one.

Antioxidant-rich acai berries are perfect for revitalizing mature skin. This cream cleanser also blends hyaluronic acid and seabuckthorn oil to restore the appearance of elasticity to the skin and present a more youthful look. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.

View Ingredients for Éminence Organic Firm Skin Açai Cleanser
Zea Mays (Corn Germ) Oil green leaf - natural ingredient
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil green leaf - natural ingredient
Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Juice green leaf - natural ingredient
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Juice green leaf - natural ingredient
Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Juice green leaf - natural ingredient
Vegetable Glycerin green leaf - natural ingredient
Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Plant Extract green leaf - natural ingredient
Lactic Acid green leaf - natural ingredient
Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil green leaf - natural ingredient
Sodium Benzoate synthetic ingredient Preservative
Xanthan Gum green leaf - natural ingredient Viscosity Control
Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) green leaf - natural ingredient
Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester) green leaf - natural ingredient
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) green leaf - natural ingredient
Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10) green leaf - natural ingredient A coenzyme that is ubiquitous in the bodies of most animals.
Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid) green leaf - natural ingredient Antioxidant
Salicylic Acid green leaf - natural ingredient Exfoliator
Potassium Sorbate green leaf - natural ingredient Preservative
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Essence green leaf - natural ingredient
Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Oil green leaf - natural ingredient

View these ingredients on CosDNA.

my morning face care routine eminence organic skin care routine

I’ve come to the realisation that I don’t like foaming cleansers in the morning because I find they strip too many natural oils from my skin. I usually wash my face as the last step of my shower, but I find I have to rush to moisturise because my face always feels tight.

About 2 months ago I remembered that I had this cleanser in my stash so I decided to give it a go as my morning cleanser and it’s perfect! As you’ve seen in my evening routine, I use a lot of moisturisers on my face and while I may wake up with a slightly oily face, I’ve learned to embrace it. Better to have oily and plump skin than dry and old looking, right? 🙂 So I don’t want my morning cleanser to completely remove all of that moisturising goodness. This cleanser from Éminence is perfect at removing the excess oil and leaving just enough so that my face is not screaming for moisture the second I’m done.

I won’t repeat everything else I’ve said about this cleanser so if you’re interested you can go read my review.

Repeat Items

The next few items are repeats from my evening routine so I won’t go in depth about them again.

raspberrymint Face, Body & Home Mist – Rose Chic
Cacay Naturals 100% Cacay Oil
ACURE Organics Quick Fix Balm
ACURE Organics Aromatherapeutic Rose Argan Oil

my morning face care routine raspberrymint cacay naturals acure organics

Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream

I received this product in my FabFitFun: Summer 2016 Edition and finally started using it earlier this year.

A Lightweight Daily Moisturizer that Protects Against Damage from Environmental Stressors

View Ingredients for Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream
Aqua green leaf - natural ingredient
Algae Extract* green leaf - natural ingredient
Coco-Caprylate/Caprate green leaf - natural ingredient (Vegetable Glycerides)
Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil* green leaf - natural ingredient
Sorbitan Olivate green leaf - natural ingredient (Emulsifier From Olive Oil)
Cetearyl Glucoside green leaf - natural ingredient (Corn & Coconut Glucolipid)
Butyrospermum (Shea Butter)​ Parkii​*​ green leaf - natural ingredient
Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil* green leaf - natural ingredient
Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil* green leaf - natural ingredient
Tocopherol green leaf - natural ingredient (Vitamin E)
Calendula Extract green leaf - natural ingredient
L-Lysine Lauroyl Methionine green leaf - natural ingredient (Amino Acid From Plants)
Xanthan Gum green leaf - natural ingredient Viscosity Control
Laminaria Algae Extract green leaf - natural ingredient
Ginkgo Biloba​ ​Leaf Extract green leaf - natural ingredient
Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract* green leaf - natural ingredient
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil* green leaf - natural ingredient
Pelargonium (Geranium) Graveolens green leaf - natural ingredient
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate green leaf - natural ingredient (Natural Smectite Clay)
Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil* green leaf - natural ingredient
Potassium Sorbate
Glycine
*Certified Organic Ingredient

View these ingredients on CosDNA.

my morning face care routine osea malibu

This cream has been making my face feel wonderful. It absorbs quickly and leaves it feeling moisturised and soft.

I also really enjoy its scent. It smells like a natural product, but not in a grassy/earthy way – it’s light and fresh and really pleasant.

This cream retails for $64 CAD.

Derma-E Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen Oil-Free Face Lotion

Since there is no sun protection in my moisturiser I finish my morning routine with sunscreen.

Derma E Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion helps shield skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, oxidative damage and premature signs of aging.

View Ingredients for Derma-E Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen Oil-Free Face Lotion
Active Ingredient:
Zinc Oxide 16% green leaf - natural ingredient Unlike chemical sunscreens, zinc forms a physical barrier on the skin, reflecting the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them. Origin: Zinc oxide is found in the Earth’s crust as natural mineral zincite.

Inactive Ingredients:
Purified Water (Aqua) green leaf - natural ingredient
Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride green leaf - natural ingredient A specific fraction of coconut oil fatty acids.
Propanediol green leaf - natural ingredient Naturally derived, sourced from corn (Zea Mays). It is made by the fermentation of corn sugar.
Glycerin green leaf - natural ingredient Present in all natural vegetable lipids (fats).
Methylcellulose green leaf - natural ingredient A chemical compound derived from cellulose.
Glyceryl Stearate green leaf - natural ingredient A lipid used as surfactant and emulsifying agent.
Cetyl Alcohol green leaf - natural ingredient A long chain organic alcohol.
Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (1%) green leaf - natural ingredient
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C, Stay-C® 50) green leaf - natural ingredient A naturally occurring substance that resembles a white powder made of tiny crystals.
Decyl Glucoside green leaf - natural ingredient A natural, renewable, plant-derived, biodegradable mild non-ionic surfactant.
Xanthan Gum green leaf - natural ingredient Viscosity Control
Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (?) A potassium salt of a complex mixture of esters of phosphoricacid and cetyl alcohol.
Glyceryl Stearate Citrate green leaf - natural ingredient A combination of vegetable oils and citric acid.
Phenoxyethanol synthetic ingredient Common cosmetics preservative that’s considered one of the least sensitising for use in formulations. It does not release formaldehyde. Can be found naturally in green tea, but the commercial ingredient is synthetically produced in a laboratory creating what’s termed a “nature identical” chemical.
Ethylhexylglycerin (?) A glyceryl ether used as a weak preservative and skin conditioning agent.

View these ingredients on CosDNA.

my morning face care routine derma-e

Since I use this sunscreen at the end of my routine, my face is already a bit oily from all the products I’ve put on it. So I can’t really say if this sunscreen would leave a greasy residue or not. What I can say is that it doesn’t seem to add any greasiness, but I can’t guarantee that it won’t.

I bought this sunscreen on Well.ca for $25.99 CAD.

Final Thoughts

As I just mentioned, by the time I’m done applying all of these products on my face, my face is left a bit oily. However, by the time I apply my makeup, my skin has absorbed all of the products. There are a good 10-15 minutes between the two, though. Here’s what my after-shower routine looks like once I’m done drying myself up:

– Moisturise face
– Moisturise body
– Dry & style hair
– Apply makeup

My face has been feeling great during the day, and all the moisturising I do in the morning has not affected my makeup one bit. I find that I need to blot later than I used to before I started adding all of these moisturising products into my routine.

So, even though I have combination skin and have sought out products to keep me looking matte all my life, my face really benefits from all this moisture. It’s taken me a long time to understand that, but I’m glad I finally have because it’s feeling and looking so much better!

What products do you use for your morning routine?

– Chantal 🙂

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my morning face care routine

Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.

  • Acure sounds like an amazing brand – to be honest I haven’t tried any of these brands before! The Ingredient list in the cleanser looks pretty darn good all things considered. I agree, I find that a foaming face wash does leave your face feeling dry (thanks to SLS’s!) they just completely strip moisture away.
    I’m looking for another face cleanser – not a big fan of the Dr. Roebuck’s one so I’ll have to keep this in mind 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Chantal!

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    • Acure really is amazing – at least for the products I’ve tried so far! 🙂 I got a sample from well.ca of their argan oil in coconut, which I was planning on buying after this rose one since I LOVE coconut, so I’m looking forward to trying it. And that Éminence cleanser really is wonderful!