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Natural skincare routine, morning time

by Sinéad Gormley

My skincare routine in the morning is a lot more simple than my night time one. And let's face it, who wants to spend too much time prepping your face in the morning when you're half asleep, I know I don't!

I like to cleanse, tone, moisture, and use an SPF, and here's how I complete these steps, using only natural products of course.

Cleanse

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To cleanse, I simply use oatmeal. If I'm cooking some for breakfast, I'll just cook a bit extra and keep it aside for cleansing my skin. You can also cook a batch and store it in the fridge for a week, using a little each morning and night for cleansing. If you've just cooked some, allow it to cool down first, then massage it into your face for about three minutes. Gently rub the main bits away with a tissue, and rinse your face clear with water.

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If I have time, I'll leave the oats on my face for about five minutes as a mask until they begin to slightly harden, and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Oats are so fantastic to treat problematic skin, especially skin prone to acne and psoriasis.

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If you want more of an exfoliation, grab a small palm full of oats and place them in a bowl with some warm water for a minute, then use them to cleanse. As they have not been cooked/soaked for long, the texture will be grainy, and you'll have a gentle scrub for your face.

Tone

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I use rose water as a softening toner after I cleanse. Pop some on a cotton pad and sweep gently over your face. This will remove anything leftover from your cleanse, and leaves your face hydrated and fresh. You can buy rose water in most Asian food stores. This cost me €1.49, so it definitely doesn't break the bank!

Moisturise

Coconut oil is very hit and miss with people when it comes to using it as a moisturiser. If you use too much, it will clog your pores. But I've finally found a way to make it work! Simply dab your finger on top of the solid oil and only use this much for your entire face, it should barely feel like you're using any.

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Oils can be a bad idea during the day, as they can attract harmful rays from the sun, but if you're only using a tiny amount like this it's fine. Coconut oil is also believed to have a very low amount of  natural SPF.

SPF

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I can't remember the last time I didn't put my SPF on in the morning. This is such a vital part of your skincare regime and should never be forgotten. Even if it's a cold overcast winter's day, the suns harmful rays still penetrate through the clouds and damage our skin. I moved completely away from chemical sunscreens (the main ones you will find in the store) and only use a physical sunscreen now. I use an all natural brand called Badger Balm, and while it's a little on the pricy side, I've been using this every day for my face for 8 months and still have a lot left. It doesn't clog pores and you only need the tiniest amount.

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When you apply this SPF balm first, it can leave a white cast on the skin. But all you need to do is to massage it in well and allow it to sit for a few minutes, most of this white cast will fade away, and wearing a tinted moisturiser/powder/foundation will hide it completely. Even if you're not wearing makeup, it's barely noticeable.

So there you have it folks, I'll be posting my night time routine soon so keep an eye out for that too.

Enjoy!

Sinéad X

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