morning skincare

My Morning Skincare Routine

If you follow my Instagram, you know I’m always testing new skincare products. After years of trial and error, I’ve finally nailed down a fabulous morning routine—all with clean ingredients! The routine is simple and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. Most importantly, it also protects me with ample SPF. Finally, I’m very happy to have narrowed it down to as few steps as possible—it’s all about less is more and quality over quantity!

Face Wash

I use the same Summer Fridays cleanser for both morning and night. It’s so gentle and does a fantastic job restoring the skin’s pH balance. A small pump goes a long way, so it’s worth the price because it lasts a good few months. I’ve been a fan of Summer Fridays since day one, and regularly use both their Jet Lag Mask and Overtime Mask. Their toner is the MUST HAVE step of my nighttime skincare routine too!

After cleansing, make sure to always do a quick cold rinse for your pores, then PAT your face dry! Pulling with a washcloth stretches out the skin, so pat, pat, pat!

Vitamin C

I’ve tried every Vitamin C serum under the sun—both high end and low end. A large part of that came from working for beauty magazines—Glamour and Allure—and always testing out new products on the market! After going through so much Vitamin C, I can confidently tell you, this is one of those products where a luxury price tag doesn’t make a difference. Good Vitamin C is good no matter what bottle it comes in! My favorite one that I use every morning is from Honest Beauty. I love this one because it gives a little extra glow, plus you can’t beat the price tag!


Just like Vitamin C, I’ve tried many, many moisturizers. And again, my favorite one is from Honest Beauty! This hydrogel cream is sooo hydrating and leaves my skin ultra plump and dewy throughout the day. I can’t recommend Honest Beauty enough. It’s one the cleanest brands on the market and the prices are so affordable! I usually pick mine up at Target, but you can also find Honest products at Ulta and other retailers.


The most important step in the skincare routine. If I had no other skincare, I would still make sure to wear SPF every single day. My go-to is from Supergoop because it’s clean and gives full coverage with SPF 40. It’s a bit of a splurge, but totally worth it!


This isn’t officially part of my morning skincare routine, but a step I frequently repeat throughout the day. It’s so important to keep your skin hydrated and my favorite is the Evian facial mist. It’s a classic and I’ve been using it since I was a teenager!

You can shop my morning routine below, and be sure to check out THIS POST for my top 10 skincare commandments.