If you’re a skincare enthusiast, setting your day up to be a brilliant one probably starts with taking some time to complete your beauty routine. Whether you’re an early riser or an up-and-out-the-door type of person, an effective morning skincare routine only requires a few steps to get your face ready for the day ahead.

Step 1: Cleanse

Cleansing in the morning can be a dividing topic. There’s the argument that a splash of water is sufficient: it wakes you up, rinses your face and it only takes a few seconds.

However, properly refreshing your complexion in the morning has its benefits. It clears away any excess oil that your skin produced overnight and it effectively prepares your skin for following products. It also gives your skin extra contact with water, which can then be locked in with moisturiser for added hydration. A gentle cleanser such as The Facial Treatment Cleanser is effective enough to refresh your skin without drying it out.

Step 2: Sheet mask

Leisurely weekend mornings are the perfect chance to relax and pamper yourself. While you’re slowly sipping on your tea or coffee, let a sheet mask do some of the work for your skin.

A nutrient-rich mask, like the Pomegranate Energetic Vitality Face Mask , adds radiance to your skin and helps improve its texture. Applying a mask in the morning provides a wonderful brightening boost if you have plans for the afternoon or evening.

Step 3: Apply a Daytime Serum

Follow your cleanse (and sheet mask, if time permits) with a lightweight day serum. Serums loaded with antioxidants are best for the day, as they actively protect your skin from environmental and free radical damage while you’re out and about. By preventing this kind of damage, you’ll enjoy plumper, smoother skin and help minimise the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

21 Day Illume Serum is a series of daily pre-measured serum pouches. Each dose of serum ensures that your skin receives the ideal amount of product each morning, feels incredibly lightweight, and layers smoothly with moisturiser and SPF.

Step 4: Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Lock in the nourishing ingredients you’ve applied to your skin with a moisturiser that assists with moisture-retention. Products formulated with ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid are excellent for providing all-day hydration to keep your skin feeling nourished and soft.

Dry and mature skin types will particularly benefit from using a rich moisturiser. Hydration heavy-hitter, The Cream , is thick enough to prevent moisture loss and dryness without feeling too heavy.

Step 5: Always use sun protection

If you’ve spent effort taking care of your skin it will mean little without adequate sun protection. Wearing sun protection daily, and re-applying it throughout the day, is the best way to truly prevent skin damage and common complaints such as fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

Protect your skin and prepare it for makeup in one step with Re-Vital Expert Defence . This versatile product contains smoothing and brightening ingredients to prime your skin for makeup and provides protection with SPF 50+. It also has a subtle brightening effect, so it can be worn instead of BB cream, CC cream or foundation.

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