My Morning Skincare Routine

My Morning Skincare Routine


One of my most requested YouTube videos is my skincare routine.  Since I haven’t had a chance to film it yet, I decided to put together this quick collage of the skincare products I’m currently using on an every day basis.

In the winter months, I tend to get super dry, especially because I’m currently using Atralin gel.  I’ve learned from my amazing esthetician to cut the gel with moisturizer to prevent extreme drying.  I only use it every third night, but I’m supposed to work up to applying every night however I never get quite get there lol.  My dermatologist sent me home with samples of Cerave Moisturzing Cream and I got totally hooked.  It’s extremely thick, but incredibly hydrating.  Cerave is great for spot treating if you have dry issues in specific areas, such as around your nose.

When it comes to cleansing, I use mild cleansers such as Cetaphil.  Since the cleanser is so mild, I make sure to remove my makeup with a makeup removing wipe and cleansing oil at night before washing with cleanser.  However, in the morning, I use my same cleanser and my Clarisonic Mia 2 at least three times a week.  If you don’t already own a Clarisonic, this is an investment I highly recommend.  This brush removes six times more makeup than washing my hand.

After cleansing, I reach for my Glow TonicThis toner is super mild, alcohol-free and leaves your skin glowy and fresh.  I apply each morning with a cotton pad.  I then reach for my Hydropeptide Serum.  I love the tingling sensation this anti-aging serum gives my skin, I feel like my face is super clean and fresh when I apply it!

I talk about my dark under eye circles (old sea hag bags) basically every single day of my life.  They will be the death of me.  I can beat my face with more makeup than ever and I still will see my dark purple circles.  I know it’s almost completely in my own head, but such is life.  I’ve tried more eye creams than you have probably ever even seen in your life.  I’m always in search of that one miracle cream to make me look refreshed and wide awake.  I discovered Origins GinZing Eye Cream a couple of months ago and I’m all in.  It’s not the miracle cream I dreamed up in my mind, but it really does leave your eye area looking brighter and feeling smoother than before.  I would have to say this is the best product for dark circles that I have found to date, and that’s saying a lot.

I talk about Laneige BB Cushions in basically every tutorial I film, and that’s because I use this product literally every day of my life.  That is not an exaggeration.  This BB cushion is a primer, moisturizer, skin tint and 50 SPF all in one.  It leaves your skin looking the most polished it could possibly look by using only one product.  I can leave my house wearing only this one product and feel totally confident about my skin/face.

I’ve been riding the struggle train hardcore lately when it comes to dry lips.  I’ve tried it all: Rosebud Salve, EOS, Vaseline, Burt’s Beeswax, Chapstick…  The list goes on and on.  I recently read or saw something about the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream so I ordered it from Amazon with truly high expectations.  Let me just say, it did not disappoint.  I use it on my chapped lips, nose, infected earlobes (basically every earring I wear lately gives me crazy infections!) and it fixes it all!  The only downside?  I hate the smell.  It’s not pleasant, sorta plastic-like.  Because it works though, I get over the smell.

I have incredibly resilient skin.  I don’t get irritated easily and I definitely don’t fall under the sensitive category.  If that freaks you out, because I’m recommending these products and you are polar opposite, then rest assured…  I have a story for you.  My best friend, Megan, who is currently pregnant and has just about the most sensitive skin known to mankind called me a few weeks ago requesting a skin-tervention…  She was having major issues and nothing was helping.  I recommended this regimen to her: Cetaphil cleanser, Glow Tonic and Laneige BB Cushioin (for daytime use) and my normal night time routine, which I will blog about soon!  Her skin is responding beautifully and she is completely obsessed with the BB cushion.  I truly believe in all of these products, and highly recommend you give them a try!


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  • Brittany

    I can’t wait to try the skincare. I’m currently doing Chemotherapy, and it’s messing with my skin so badly. I wish I could meet you one day, I look up to you. You are an inspiration! If only I could do my makeup like you. Lol. Thank you for all that you teach others! Email me [email protected] if you ever are in Texas. I would love to meet one of my idols. Have a great night!

    • Healing prayers & best wishes coming your way gorgeous. My mom, best friend’s mom, and now my best friend all have cancer. Their treatments ranged from chemo to radiation. We are blessed in that our clinic has a “whole you” treatment facility. They provide classes from fitness to art therapy to beauty as well as spiritual support. I went with my best friend to the beauty clinic. It was eye opening. I hope your facility offers similar services. If so, take advantage! If you haven’t yet, try Eucerin for your skin. It’s thick & takes some getting used to. I applied it on my mom & she swore by it. I hated it, but she loved it. Many blessings!

  • Ghyanka Mendoza

    Hey Angela! I am so glad you did this because i wanna make sure i start taking care of my skin while im still young so im not too late ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway i will be trying the BB cushion, Gin Zing, Cetaphil Cleanser, Cleansing oil, and Cera Ve moisturizer. Please Please PLEASE post a video soon showing how you actually use them so i can see. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS!!! also can you do a morning and nightime routine? and a hair care video or post or both. THANKS!
    Much love from San Diego

    BTW: i use a eucerin estremely dry and damaged skin moisturizer and it works very well too. It is super creamy and leaves you skin feeling super smooth

  • This is great. I’ll def be using all these products down the line, I trust your opinion. Don’t let that girls comment on snapchat get to you, YOU AND MATT ARE PERFECT together!

  • I am dying to get my hands on that Pixi Glow Tonic after seeing how much you love it!

    My #1 favorite for my skin right now is the Neutrogena Hydroboost water gel moisturizer. My skin just loves it it soaks it right in!

    Angela if you have tried that moisturizer I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!
    Love you girl!

  • Hey gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to share a quick tip of my own as I suffer with extremely sensitive skin. I’m allergic to silicone, latex, & avocado. When researching ingredients in cosmetics, 90% had silicone or avocado as a smoothing agent. The industry is just now coming out with silicone free products which I’m super psyched about, but that’s not what my post is about. Earrings. Try coating the earring post with clear nail polish. Let it dry & it should act as a barrier between the metal and your skin. You may have to reapply depending on how often you were the earrings. Thanks for sharing this. CeraVe & Ceraphil are amazing for sensitive skin sufferers too! If anyone is looking for a silicone free alternative, Pixiwoo’s Sam Chapman swears by Embryilisse Lait-Creme Concentraite & I do too! I also have oily skin whereas it’s recommended for dry skin. Before I apply, I spritz my face with rose water. It helps it absorb better for my oily skin. I only use a small amount since it’s so concentrated. Many blessings.

  • Thank you for the run down of your skin care routine, Angela. Can’t wait to see the video! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Regarding the Elizabeth Arden skin protectant: it’s one of my holy grail protects too! I also have sensitive skin so I always make sure certain things (like perfume and phtalates) are not in my beauty products. Upon research, I found out that there is a skin protectant for “sensitive skin” i.e. without perfume, which is what gives “the original” its weird smell. I have been using that ever since and the smell is more vaseline-meets-rose than anything so can’t complain….I love it and highly highly recommend it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alice Mary S.

    Skincare products that I’ve been loving lately include: Tatcha’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, Drunk Elephant’s Juju Bar (for cleansing in the morning), Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum, Drunk Elephant’s TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, La Solution 10 de Chanel moisturizer, and Devonne by Demi’s 3-in-1 moisturizing primer! I most recently heard about Drunk Elephant and Tatcha through Huda Beauty and had to try out some products. Have you ever used any of those brands too?

    • Angela Lanter

      Hi babe! I LOVE Huda Beauty and definitely believe in her opinions and expertise! I haven’t tried these brands out yet, but now I’m very curious!

  • Leona Morelock

    I just ordered all of these products and I can’t wait to start. I have officially started my mid life crisis and I have to get ahold of myself! I can’t wait until you do a video and or post more about your nighttime routine. Why do you use your Clarisonic in the morning instead of at night?

    • Angela Lanter

      Yay! So glad to hear you’re starting a new skincare routine, Leona!
      I alternate use on my Clarisonic depending on what is going on with my skin and how much I’ve been wearing makeup lately. Sometimes I use it only at night when I remove my makeup and other times I’ll use it during my morning shower to get a deeper clean and keep the dead skin away!

  • Hi Angela!

    Thank you so much! Love all your posts! How did you decide on what color to choose for the BB cushions? I keep seeing them at Target, but then when I go on Amazon, there are different colors there too. I want to make sure I get the right one ๐Ÿ™‚ any suggestions? I use coverfx makeup in N30, and have enjoyed their products too! Thanks for all your help!

    • Angela Lanter

      Thanks Jenna! I went with Medium based off photos online. Here’s the thing, this formula is extremely blendable, so I don’t get too caught up on exact color matches. If you choose what you think is closest to your skin color, you should be just fine. If you’re an N30, I’d say a Medium Light for you! Check the swatch online to see if you agree. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thank you so much!! You are such a blessing!
        I will definitely check out the swatches online & pick one up to try:)

  • Hi Angela! I searched on your blog to see what youโ€™re loving these days for covering dark circles and came across this post. I know this is an older post and Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ve updated your skincare routine tons since 2016. Is Origins GinZing still the best eye cream for dark circles you’ve found? Iโ€™ve used it and keep coming back to it but still am searching for that holy grail eye cream for my dark circles! Thank you!

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