My morning skincare routine has evolved over the years.
Back in the day, I was lucky to splash my face with cold water and I usually finished up my makeup in the rearview mirror at stoplights. Those were the days my friends! I bet many of you mama’s out there can relate.
Thank Goodness, times have changed a bit.
These days, I’ve got my morning skincare routine down to a science. My morning skincare routine is not only effective in treating my mature skin concerns but it’s also simple, fast, and affordable too!
My Super Simple Morning Skincare Routine for Women 40+
Eye drops. Water. (coffee) and my jade roller.
Because I have dry eyes, I reach for my eye drops first thing. Second- I have a large glass of water at the ready on my bedside table so I can take my thyroid meds and because I believe drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning is key to getting your day started right!
Drinking the full glass of water right off the bat will get you off to a great start with your water intake for the day. Water is the spring of life, my friends, and drinking plenty of water will make your skin glow from the inside out!
Now I head to the kitchen and start my morning coffee ritual. While the coffee is brewing, I grab my jade roller out of the freezer. The frozen jade roller helps to de-puff my sleepy and very puffy face!
I’ve tried and tried to sleep on my back, but sadly, I wake up every morning with big creases on my face. That’s where the jade roller comes in. It’s Heaven sent!
Tip: Don’t buy an expensive jade roller, AND Be careful not to drop the jade roller! I have lost 3 rollers due to dropping them on the floor. Also, because they are frozen, they break super easy when they hit the tile.
I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking, why do I have to cleanse my face in the morning when I washed it before going to bed?
It’s a very logical question. I have battled the same question, and I’ve got the answer.
Cleansing your face in the morning is important because bacteria and dead skin cells (I know, gross) can build up during the night. In addition, cleansing your skin primes it for your morning skincare routine.
Your skin not only needs to be cleansed, but it needs exfoliation as well. Light exfoliation is achieved through thorough cleansing twice a day.
I use a mild cleanser along with my Clarisonic (yep…I still love my Clarisonic) to quickly wash my face.
For this article, I timed myself. It takes just 1 minute. First, make sure you rinse really well. Even though the cleanser is super mild- my skin will get dry if I don’t rinse it off well.
Apply Morning Serums.
I discovered serums about 5 years ago, and I’m so glad I did.
Serums are lightweight, highly concentrated formulations of active ingredients such as vitamin C, Hydraulic acid, and niacinamide, to name a few.
Serums are super absorbent, so they penetrate the skin. The great thing about serums is that you can completely customize your skincare based on your needs and concerns.
Serums that I use in the Morning:
–Timeless Vitamin C. I have tried several vitamin c serums and always come back to Timeless. I first heard about Timeless via Angie on Hot & Flashy.
She is a wealth of knowledge about everything aging and skincare.
–The Ordinary Buffet. The Buffet is my favorite of The Ordinary serums. It targets a wide array of aging concerns in one little bottle.
-The Ordinary Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) helps to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. This has helped my pore size tremendously! I stopped using it for a while and noticed a difference. Good stuff!
-The Ordinary Hydraulic Acid. It adds mega moisture to my skin and seems to plump it up a bit!
As you can see, I am a huge fan of The Ordinary. Their products are straightforward and extremely affordable! Many YouTubers swear by it, and it comes with rave reviews.
After I allow the serums, I like to give them some time to soak in. But, of course, you don’t have to if you don’t want to or are in a hurry. This is when I usually take time to do my morning self-care rituals.
When I’m done with my morning rituals-I head back to the bathroom and finish my skincare routine.
Sunscreen is without a doubt the most important product when it comes to overall health and anti-aging. Do not skip the sunscreen. Apply it to your face, decolletage, and the tops of your hands.
Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 40 every day without fail.
Apply lip treatment
I have made the mistake of forgetting to treat my lips with the same amount of love and care as my face! As a result, I have battled with chapped and sunburned lips more times than I can count.
Put on a good lip treatment that contains (you guessed it) sunscreen and have an extra with you at all times so you can reapply throughout the day.
I use good old chapstick with sunscreen every day. I love the original-the smell reminds me of being on the beach when I was a kid.
Apply your make-up
To wrap it all up, apply your make-up if you are wearing make-up, that is. If not, you are good to go!
To this point, my entire morning skincare routine (not counting my morning ritual time when I journal and meditate and all the jazz…) comes out to be just 10 minutes! Pretty fast, right?!
I did an entire blog post about my favorite foundations for mature skin. The article goes into depth on several foundations that I use and love for different reasons.
Because I’ve been staying home so much this past year- I usually wear Clarins UV Tinted Moisturizer for my foundation. It’s super light and natural for those “no Make-up days.”
So there you have it!
My super simple morning skincare routine (Perfect for women 40+)
I haven’t timed my morning skincare routine, but I’m guessing it takes about 10 minutes total. Worth. Every. Second.
Let me know what you think and if you would like- please share your favorite skincare products/tips in the comments below.
Until next time- take good care of yourself (and your skin!)