A complex cleansing routine is the last thing that would encourage me to get up in the morning, so a quick and easy cleansing oil is usually the most that I can muster using. I really like the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, although each of the oils that I've tried deliver similar results. I massage it into the skin before showering and then rinse it off under the water - simple. It's just about as committed to a regular morning routine that I've managed to get.
Before applying my makeup I'll massage a few drops of the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate* into the skin. I find that my base looks fresher for longer if I apply a serum in the morning and the Kiehl's one manages to kick the main signs of dullness and fatigue. The Vichy Idealia Eye Cream* is another product that's great at waking me up in the morning, adding a subtle amount of radiance to the undereye area and providing a great base for concealer.
I keep a few morning moisturisers on rotation. They seem to be something that I always have a large stock of, so I take advantage of being able to cater my choice to the way that my skin is feeling that day. Probably my most used is the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer. I reach for this on days where my skin is behaving fairly well and can survive with just a little boost of hydration. I've mentioned before that it's a great option for sensitive, easily irritated skin and that's something that I still stand by. If my skin is feeling particularly sluggish then I'll use the This Works In Transit Camera Close Up. I need to write a more dedicated blog post on this one soon - it's one of the best discoveries that I've made recently. I then like to pat a little Dr Pawpaw Original Balm around my nose and over any dry areas, just to allow my makeup to sit a little better.
I've been using coconut oil to remove my makeup for well over a year and I'm yet to find anything more effective. It's natural, gentle and able to break up even waterproof mascaras without the need to tug on or scrub the skin. For my second cleanse I tend to use the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm. Although it's probably not one that you're supposed to use for your 'main cleanse', I find that it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean without being harsh or stripping. It's also one of the few cleansers that I find is gentle enough to be used every day.
If I'm having particular trouble with my skin then I'll apply a thin layer of La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+; a wonder product for blemish prone skin and one that has held a place in my daily routine for around three years now. If not, I'll skip straight to using the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate*. After applying this for the first time, I woke up to my boyfriend saying that my skin looked noticeably more radiant. I think it goes without saying that it's been a staple in my routine ever since.
I like to finish with a rich moisturiser, particularly at this time of year when my skin is naturally feeling a little more dehydrated than usual. The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream* is one of the best that I've found for sensitive skin and offers fuss-free, long-term hydration without feeling too heavy. Otherwise, I'll apply a thin layer of the La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra Fluide*. It does much the same thing, but the consistency is a little lighter and it works particularly well at calming redness if needed.