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 [contentblock id=leaf]
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil [contentblock id=leaf]
Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Juice [contentblock id=leaf]
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Juice [contentblock id=leaf]
Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Juice [contentblock id=leaf]
Vegetable Glycerin [contentblock id=leaf]
Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Plant Extract [contentblock id=leaf]
Lactic Acid [contentblock id=leaf]
Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil [contentblock id=leaf]
Sodium Benzoate [contentblock id=x] Preservative
Xanthan Gum [contentblock id=leaf] Viscosity Control
Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) [contentblock id=leaf]
Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester) [contentblock id=leaf]
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) [contentblock id=leaf]
Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10) [contentblock id=leaf] A coenzyme that is ubiquitous in the bodies of most animals.
Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid) [contentblock id=leaf] Antioxidant
Salicylic Acid [contentblock id=leaf] Exfoliator
Potassium Sorbate [contentblock id=leaf] Preservative
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Essence [contentblock id=leaf]
Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Oil [contentblock id=leaf]

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 [contentblock id=leaf]
Algae Extract* [contentblock id=leaf]
Coco-Caprylate/Caprate [contentblock id=leaf] (Vegetable Glycerides)
Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil* [contentblock id=leaf]
Sorbitan Olivate [contentblock id=leaf] (Emulsifier From Olive Oil)
Cetearyl Glucoside [contentblock id=leaf] (Corn & Coconut Glucolipid)
Butyrospermum (Shea Butter)​ Parkii​*​ [contentblock id=leaf]
Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil* [contentblock id=leaf]
Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil* [contentblock id=leaf]
Tocopherol [contentblock id=leaf] (Vitamin E)
Calendula Extract [contentblock id=leaf]
L-Lysine Lauroyl Methionine [contentblock id=leaf] (Amino Acid From Plants)
Xanthan Gum [contentblock id=leaf] Viscosity Control
Laminaria Algae Extract [contentblock id=leaf]
Ginkgo Biloba​ ​Leaf Extract [contentblock id=leaf]
Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract* [contentblock id=leaf]
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil* [contentblock id=leaf]
Pelargonium (Geranium) Graveolens [contentblock id=leaf]
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate [contentblock id=leaf] (Natural Smectite Clay)
Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil* [contentblock id=leaf]
Potassium Sorbate
*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% [contentblock id=leaf] 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) [contentblock id=leaf]
Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride [contentblock id=leaf] A specific fraction of coconut oil fatty acids.
Propanediol [contentblock id=leaf] Naturally derived, sourced from corn (Zea Mays). It is made by the fermentation of corn sugar.
Glycerin [contentblock id=leaf] Present in all natural vegetable lipids (fats).
Methylcellulose [contentblock id=leaf] A chemical compound derived from cellulose.
Glyceryl Stearate [contentblock id=leaf] A lipid used as surfactant and emulsifying agent.
Cetyl Alcohol [contentblock id=leaf] A long chain organic alcohol.
Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (1%) [contentblock id=leaf]
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C, Stay-C® 50) [contentblock id=leaf] A naturally occurring substance that resembles a white powder made of tiny crystals.
Decyl Glucoside [contentblock id=leaf] A natural, renewable, plant-derived, biodegradable mild non-ionic surfactant.
Xanthan Gum [contentblock id=leaf] Viscosity Control
Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (?) A potassium salt of a complex mixture of esters of phosphoricacid and cetyl alcohol.
Glyceryl Stearate Citrate [contentblock id=leaf] A combination of vegetable oils and citric acid.
Phenoxyethanol [contentblock id=x] 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 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!

    • Acure really is amazing – at least for the products I’ve tried so far! 🙂 I got a sample from 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!