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The Ultimate Morning Skin Care Routine

We all know the importance of a rock solid nightly skin care routine. But did you know that a morning skin care routine is just as vital? Our night time routine is aimed at skin concerns before the skin regeneration process starts while we sleep. However, a solid daytime routine protects against environmental pollutants and preserving. It is much easier to maintain healthy skin, as opposed to trying to fix it later in life.


Below I will list out the steps that you should be following each morning before exposing your face to the day. Waking up 5-10 minutes early is worth it when it means protecting our beautiful features, and maintaining healthy skin.

Step 1: Cleanser

In the mornings I like to use a gentle cleanser. I try not to strip away all of the natural oils that my face has produced overnight. However, a light cleanser will wash away your night time skin care products and anything that has been brought to the surface of your skin throughout the night. My top recommendations would include:

Step 2: Toner

Toner is a very important step to any skin care routine, which gets skipped my many. A toner is a barrier product you apply, it balances your skins PH, and is meant to hydrate. Some misconceptions about toner that I have heard say that a toner strips your skin and dries it out. This is not true. My top recommendations for toners would include:

  • SK-ll Facial Treatment Clear Lotion Toner $95 CAD
  • BIOTHERM Biosource 24H Hydrating & Tonifying Toner $26 CAD
  • Clinique Clarifying $20 CAD
  • Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile $33 CAD

Step 3: Facial Serums

Next to sun protection, this is one of the most important steps in your skin care routine, and often time the most expensive. Your face is up against many agents throughout the day. Whether it be cold temperatures in winter, vehicle exhausts on your your commute to and from work, and stress factors. Your serum will act as a barrier to all of these factors, while preventing fine lines and wrinkles. With so many truly amazing benefits, the heavy price tag makes this purchase a little easier to swallow. My top recommendations for day time serums include:

  • OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum $60 CAD

  • Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate $89 CAD
  • Clarins Mission Perfection Serum $69 CAD
  • Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum $99 CAD

Step 4: Moisturizer

Your skin can never have too much hydration. Don’t substitute a sunscreen in place of your moisturizer. The two are very different in terms of what they can do for your skin. My top recommendations for moisturizers include:

  • TATCHA The Water Cream $82 CAD
  • CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion $36 CAD
  • LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream $45 CAD
  • SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer $28 CAD

Step 5: Sunscreen

If you only have time to apply one skin care product in the morning, make sure it is your sun protection. Daily wear of sunscreen is just as important for your skin as water is for staying alive. Don’t skip it. My top recommendations for sun protection include:

  • CLINIQUE Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 $25 CAD
  • CLARINS 50+ SPF Sunscreen For Face Wrinkle Control Cream $34 CAD
  • BIOTHERM Face Multi-Protection Sun Cream SPF 30 $39 CAD
  • PETER THOMAS ROTH Max 50 UV Milk Ultra-Lite Sunscreen $52 CAD

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