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A Morning Skin Care Routine For Every Skin Type

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A Morning Skin Care Routine For Every Skin Type

Written By:

Marle Tyrrell

If you believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you already know what you do in the morning counts. Skin care is no different. Thankfully, if you have a jam-packed start to the day, your morning skin routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead, discover how easy it is to complete a simple skin care routine tailored for your skin type, all while your first cup of coffee brews.

Why Do You Need A Morning Skin Care Routine? | 4-Step Morning Routine | For Dry Skin | For Normal Skin | For Oily Skin For Combination Skin | For Sensitive Skin | For All Skin Types | Esthetician's Morning Routine

Why Do You Need A Morning Skin Care Routine?

An effective morning skin care routine removes dirt or oil that may have settled on the face through the night. It also preps the skin and creates a healthy skin barrier to protect you from any environmental stressors during the day ahead. Stressors include pollution, blue light and UV exposure. You’ll also want to choose products that replenish and strengthen the skin throughout the day. Keep reading to find out our recommended morning skin care routine for each skin type, as well as our esthetician’s must-have products for her morning routine. 

4-Step Morning Skin Care Routine

Before we dive into product recommendations for each skin type, here are the foundational four steps to follow.

Step 1: Cleansing

Using clean hands, start your morning by cleansing the skin. The best morning cleansers work to remove any dirt (especially anything that has transferred to your face from your pillowcase), sweat, residual makeup or skin care from the night before. You can select from an oil, gel, balm or cream cleanser depending on your skin concerns and skin type. 

Step 2: Toner

There are many reasons to use a morning toner. Toners offer replenishing benefits and add a barrier of protection and hydration throughout the day. Depending on your skin, you might choose one that increases hydration, reduces oil or removes dead skin. 

To use, apply the toner to a cotton pad to the face, lightly sweeping it across the skin. Alternatively, you can spritz your toner directly onto the skin. When selecting a toner, avoid a product with a high alcohol percentage that can irritate or dry out your skin. Instead, look for a toner with soothing ingredients that address your skin’s needs. 

Step 3: Moisturize

Seal the deal on your morning routine with a moisturizer to smooth the skin and protect the skin barrier. A strong skin barrier protects the skin from bacteria and other nasties that can lead to breakouts, dryness or irritation. The moisturizer you choose should also align with your skin type. For example, a dryer skin type might opt for a thick cream-based moisturizer that adds hydration, while an oily skin type may prefer a gel-based moisturizer that will hydrate without adding bulk or oil.

Step 4: SPF

The final step is applying an SPF to protect your face for the first few hours of the day. Ideally, reapply every few hours to continue to protect your skin from sun damage. Sweat, weather, touching your face, or even using your phone can all contribute to sunscreen losing its efficacy throughout your day. This step is key, even if you’re working inside (the sun’s UV rays can get through windows!) or if the weather is looking cloudy. Sunscreen is the best defense against the aging effects of the sun and using it regularly can lower your risk of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can protect you from UVA and UVB rays and aim for one that is at least SPF 30. We recommend reviewing our range of SPF moisturizers and sunscreens found here. 

Morning Skin Care Routines For Every Skin Type 

Morning Skin Routine For Dry Skin

Step 1: Cleanse and rehydrate your skin with the Firm Skin Acai Cleanser.

Step 2: As a further hydrating layer, follow with the refreshing Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist.

Step 3: Apply the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer to lock in moisture and provide hydration throughout the day.

Step 4: Use an SPF to shield yourself from harmful UV rays. We love the Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40 for skin in need of hydration. 

Morning Skin Routine For Normal Skin

Step 1: Cleanse with the Stone Crop Gel Wash to remove any buildup, dirt or sweat from the night before.

Step 2: Follow with the replenishing Stone Crop Hydrating Mist to leave your skin feeling dewy and refreshed.

Step 3: Apply the Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer for the hydrating benefits of stone crop.

Step 4: Normal skin will benefit from Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 which improves the look of skin exposed to blue light stress and pollution.

Product picks first

Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer

Product picks second

Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser

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Morning Skin Routine For Oily Skin

Step 1: Use a gel-based cleanser such as the Citrus Exfoliating Wash to remove any oil or dirt that has built up overnight.

Step 2: Spritz with the Lime Refresh Tonique to add a boost of green tea and Vitamin C. These ingredients encourage a more youthful-looking complexion for oily skin. 

Step 3: Use the lightly moisturizing Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator, which provides hydration and leaves a fresh strawberry scent.

Step 4: Apply an SPF to protect your skin from the sun. The Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 40 protects and mattifies oily skin to keep the shine in check.

Morning Skin Routine For Combination Skin

Step 1: Cleanse with the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser to remove any surface buildup.

Step 2: Follow with the antioxidant-rich Mangosteen Revitalizing Mist.

Step 3: Finish with the hydrating but lightly moisturizing Mangosteen Gel Moisturizer.

Step 4: Use an SPF to defend your complexion from harmful UV rays. The Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 40 balances both dryness and oil while brightening up the appearance of dark spots. 

Morning Skin Routine for Sensitive Skin

Step 1: Begin your routine with the Lemon Grass Cleanser to refresh and cleanse the skin.

Step 2: Spritz with the Hawthorne Tonique. With hawthorn, chamomile and marjoram, this tonique helps the skin look calm.

Step 3: Apply a layer of Apricot Calendula Nourishing Cream to soften and smooth the skin without the risk of irritation. 

Step 4: Protect your skin from the sun by applying an SPF daily. Reduce dry patches with a replenishing SPF like our Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40.

Morning Skin Care Routine For All Skin Types

Step 1: Start your routine by cleansing with the Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser, a cleanser that balances the microbiome and reveals a healthy-looking glow. 

Step 2: Follow with a spritz of the Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist. Neroli oil provides refreshing and hydrating benefits. 

Step 3: Moisturize with the replenishing Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. This cream is formulated to reveal radiant-looking skin with our Peptide Illuminating Complex, an antioxidant-rich combination of yellow plum extract, gardenia and hibiscus seed botanical peptides. 

Step 4: Use an SPF to block your skin from the sun's radiation. There are many great options, but with its blue-light protection, the Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 is ideal for all skin types.  

An Esthetician's Morning Skin Care Routine

Our Lead Skin Care Trainer, Natalie Pergar, is ready to pull back the curtain and unveil her own morning skin care routine. Watch Natalie as she discusses her favorite natural products that she uses daily.

Do you have any favorite products in your morning routine? We’d love to hear about them. Let us know in the comments below or on our social media.

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Beauty Buzzwords: 10 Terms You Need To Know

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Beauty Buzzwords: 10 Terms You Need To Know

Written By:

James Shaw

Body second

With new terminology added to our beauty lexicons every year, it can be challenging to keep up with the latest terms. That’s why we’ve created this quick guide to explain some of the jargon you might come across in skin care videos, magazines or blogs. We’re covering 10 beauty buzzwords, including popular treatments, skin care science basics and viral trends you may want to try once you have a better understanding of what they are. 

10 Beauty Buzzwords

1. Slugging

This unfortunately-named trend became popular online in 2022, but “slugging” isn’t actually a new concept. It’s been around for many years, only gaining recognition recently due to the social media app TikTok. Slugging involves applying a thick occlusive layer at the end of your nighttime routine and leaving it on while you sleep. 

People with dry skin benefit from slugging the most as the occlusive layer seals in hydration and prevents moisture loss. Those with oily or problem skin may want to try slugging occasionally or avoid it altogether, as it could increase breakouts for this skin type.

Many online videos about slugging suggest using a petroleum-based product like Vaseline. For a cleaner, petroleum-free alternative, we suggest trying a rich lipid balm such as the Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm. Watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar in this In The Mix video as she investigates the slugging skin care trend and provides recommended products. 

2. Skinimalism

In an ideal world, we would all have time to apply a robust, multi-step skin care routine every morning and night. Realistically, however, there are many situations where we might be running short on time and need to focus on just the essentials. Enter skinimalism, the practice of simplifying one’s routine into a few quick steps using multi-tasking products. we recommend that even the most basic routine should include at least three essential steps: cleanser, eye cream and moisturizer. Additionally, we suggest finishing with an SPF in the morning. For more information, read more about the best simple skin care routines for each skin type.

3. Gua Sha

Gua sha tools can now be found in many spas and skin care stores around the world. You may be surprised to know that this tool has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries for its blood circulation-boosting properties. Besides increasing lymphatic flow, gua sha massage can improve the visible signs of aging, decrease inflammation and sculpt the face. It works by breaking up facia adhesions, also known as scar tissue adhesions, which releases tension and improves blood flow.

Traditionally, gua sha tools were made from jade, but today they can be constructed from many different materials, including rose quartz and aventurine. Regardless of material, a gua sha tool should be comfortable to hold with angles that correspond to the natural shape of the face.

If this de-puffing, contouring device sounds like something you’d like to try, watch our gua sha demonstration video or learn how to use gua sha for the body.

4. Skin Cycling

Skin cycling is a skin care hack that went viral on social media. This method requires you to switch up your skin care routine over the course of four days to “cycle” through different effective, yet intensive, products. Typically, the first day involves using an exfoliant, followed by conventional retinol on the second day. The next two days are “rest days,” when you can add a replenishing serum, mask and moisturizer to your routine. Skin cycling helps you establish a consistent routine, while minimizing reactivity to conventional retinol and exfoliation — ideal for sensitive skin.

At Eminence Organics, we use a Natural Retinol Alternative instead of conventional retinol. Made from potent botanicals, it mimics the benefits of conventional retinol without any of the harmful side effects. If you’re using a product containing Natural Retinol Alternative (like the Bamboo Firming Fluid) rather than a conventional retinol product, skin cycling isn’t necessary because no rest time is required between uses. 

5.  Chemical Peels

While the words “chemical” and “peel” might evoke imagery of harsh ingredients and blotchy skin, this is not an accurate depiction of the type of chemical peels you can find at an Eminence Organics spa. In fact, all our peels are made with natural ingredients, and many are suitable for all skin types. 

A chemical peel is any skin care product that contains exfoliating chemicals and is applied topically. One popular group of chemicals used in peels is alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), like the mandelic acid used in our Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel. Chemical peels have many benefits, including high active ingredient content and faster cell turnover so that you see results quickly.

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7. Clean Beauty

Clean beauty is a term used to describe products that are free from toxic ingredients and synthetic chemicals such as parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates (SLSs) or phthalates. Clean beauty consumers also tend to choose products that are cruelty-free and sustainably made. It’s best to think of clean beauty as a movement that begins with the wish to become mindful about what we put on our skin, for our own health as well as the Earth’s.

8. Biodynamic®

Biodynamic® farming is a process that yields the most pure, potent ingredients, safe for our skin and the planet. Crops are grown in rhythm with the moon phases and ocean tides, to be harvested during their most nutrient-rich state. The Biodynamic® farm itself is viewed as a self-sustaining, living organism where all its needs are provided from within.

Both organic and Biodynamic® agriculture emphasize soil health and prohibit the use of synthetic chemicals, but the latter goes a step further. Biodynamic® farmers use a variety of regenerative agricultural techniques including crop rotation, composting, interplanting and seed saving to ensure a farm’s health and longevity. Notably, our Beyond Organic Collection features Demeter-certified Biodynamic® ingredients that are hypoallergenic and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin.

9. Double Cleansing

Double cleansing is a common beauty term originating in South Korea. It refers to the method of using two cleansers to ensure that your skin is perfectly cleansed and ready for the next steps in your routine. Washing your face twice may seem redundant, but using two different kinds of cleansers allows you to cleanse your face of makeup, sebum and a buildup of oil. Start with an oil-based cleanser, such as the Stone Crop Cleansing Oil, which will remove makeup and other debris. Next, use a gel, foam or cream cleanser like the Coconut Milk Cleanser to wash away any residual surface impurities.

10. Transepidermal Water Loss

If you’ve ever researched solutions for dry or dehydrated skin, you’ve likely come across the term, transepidermal water loss (TEWL). This process occurs when water passes from the dermis (middle layer of the skin) through the epidermis (outer layer) and evaporates through the skin barrier, leaving the skin dehydrated. Our Marine Flower Peptide Collection is specifically formulated to combat TEWL with deeply hydrating ingredients. You can learn more about transepidermal water loss here.

Have you tried any of these trends at home or any of the professional treatments listed above? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

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