My Morning Skin-care Routine Made Simple

I am BEYOND excited to finally share *more in-depth than what you’ve seen on the gram* my skin-care routine with you. Many of you know I won’t fully share what I’m using, how I’m using it, or the results until I’ve tested the products against any crazy thing my face wants to throw my way.

You are probably already aware that since June, 2020 I’ve been using MONATS skin care line. I’ve shared a few items here and there, but haven’t gone into crazy detail about the wonders of this vegan, non-toxic, leaping bunny certified skin care line.

This easily could have been shared this 2 weeks after using the products because *woah yes* I saw results right away. Skin-care has always been something I loved. Sephora and Ulta were always my hour long stops at the mall. I’ve always been the one looking to try the latest craze – some products I would see a huge difference with, other products would just make my face worse. *But hey at least I tried it!*

I recently shared why it’s so important for everyone to have a self-care routine. However, I emphasized how a starting with a skin-care routine is the best first step. It truly is the best way to start and end one’s day *scouts honor*

Lets Talk About MONATs Routines

MONAT created two really amazing, yet different systems that will cater to your specific skin needs: Be Gentle (Dry/Sensitive) and Be Balanced (Oily/Combo). I started out using the Be Gentle cleanser with the Be Balanced moisturizer. But because of the weather in Austin, TX I switched over to using the Be Balanced cleanser, which has really helped. I do use the Be Gentle cleanser when my skin is flaring up from my rheumatoid arthritis.

I’m going to cover the items that I specifically use from the skin care line in the MORNING. The only product that I don’t use is the Skin Revitalizing Essence, but you’ll see where you would use that in the routine and the benefits that go along with it.

I’m including this visual so you can see just how much product you should be using and you can see that a little bit goes a long way.

Step One: Cleanse *Twice*
Be Balanced™ Foamy Cleanser

Everything about this cleanser is great. A little goes a long way, which is something I’ve never experienced with other face cleansers. This product allows your pores to be refined and purified without your skin feeling tight or dry *this is like another woah my face feels great moments* It draws out impurities, environmental elements and surface oils. The goal is to clean while preserving the skin’s moisture barrier, revealing a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.

*Hack* Cleanse your face TWICE – I promise you it makes a difference.
But when using this product, apply a small amount and create a foamy lather before applying to face. Be sure to cleanse your face, neck, and decolletage using circle motions. Then move on to Step Two.

The active ingredients packed into this cleanser are:

– Rejuveniqe S: Hydrates, moisturizes, and nourishes
– Peptide: Tightens and plumps
– Natural Fruit Acids (AHAs): Smooths and brightens
– Antioxidants: Protects and shields

Step Two: Prepare
Skin Revitalizing Essence™

Okay so full disclosure – I don’t actually use this in my morning routine. But every.single.person. who uses this says it’s amazing! They’ve all noticed that their skin is brighter and way more vibrant.

This is a product you can use both morning and night. Once you’re done cleansing your face, pour this into your hands and press gently onto face and neck area. Make sure you allow the product to fully adsorb before moving onto step three *I love to brush my teeth or finish putting my body lotion on while I let it adsorb into my skin*

The active ingredients packed in are:

– Natural Fruit Acids (AHAs): Smooths and brightens
– Moisturizing Blend: Feature beet root extract – Nourishes and prepares
– Colubrine Extract: Hydrates and restores
– Chamomile: Soothes and protects

Step Three: Target
C. Radiance Illuminating Serum
Eye Smooth

I AM OBSESSED. Like I don’t think I will ever be able to FULLY explain to people how much I freakin love this product. This is literally a supercharged, 15% Vitamin C serum for your skin featuring powerful antioxidants to help brighten and enhance your complexion.

One pump and gently press into face and neck. I do three pumps which seems to work for my face and neck area. You should pump not even a pea size amount onto my hands – again a little goes a loooong way.

The active ingredients packed in are:

– Kakadu Plum Complex: Brightens, plumps and protects
– Hyaluronic Acid: Moisture magnet
– Licorice Root Extract: Brightens and tones
– Antioxidants: Protects and shields
– Ferulic Acid: Enhances and strengthens
– Niacinamide: Soothes and refines

This eye cream is something else. Endless nights at the computer and my issue with sleeping through the night has given me an issue with dark circles under my eyes. I used to wear make-up to specifically cover this area.

Well I can proudly say I am not reaching to cover them up. This eye cream tightens the skin around the eye, while diminishing the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. The goal is to reveal a brighter, more youthful look.

It comes with the prettiest rose gold eye roller for added de-puffing and de-stressing benefits. *Hack: Keep it in your freezer. Feels amazing in the morning*

Apply a small amount to your ring finger to pat the products under your eyes. Then use your roller in an out and upward motion until it’s absorbed. Allow a few minutes before moving onto Step Four.

The active ingredients packed in are:

– Rejuveniqe S: Hydrates, moisturizes, and nourishes
– Plant Stem Cells: Strengthens and protects
– Caffeine: Depuffs and brightens
– Peptide: Tightens and plumps
– Plant-derived Squalane: Moisturizes and conditions

Step Four: Replenish
Be Balanced™ Lightweight Moisturizer

Okay let me just start off by saying how this moisturizer smells amazing and if I knew what a cloud felt like, I’d say it was like this moisturizer. Like this stuff is literally the OG. It’s incredibly lightweight, which I personally love. My skin feels great as soon as I put it on, but I don’t feel like I have a crap ton of it. Similar to all the products, a little goes a long way.

I use this product specifically in the morning and during the day if I have to wash my face after a workout or if I sweat a ton walking to the grocery store *gotta love that Texas heat baby*. Next to loving how lightweight this product is, I love that it does NOT leave my skin looking/feeling greasy or oily *because that’s something I hate* Sometimes I find myself questioning if I need to put the MONAT Rejuveniqe on my entire face because I get that glowy/duey look with the moisturizer alone.

My only complaint *and I mean ONLY* – there’s no sunscreen, so you have to make sure you’re still using something (makeup or a tinted moisturizer) that has an SPF in it. I use this one and this one.

*HACK: If you’re feeling extra dry – apply 1-2 drops of Rejuveniqe light.

The active ingredients packed in are:

– Rejuveniqe S: Hydrates, moisturizes, and nourishes
– Hyaluronic Acid: Moisture magnet
– Ceramides: Supports skin barrier and hydrates
– Plant Stem Cells: Strengthens and protects
– Peptide: Tightens and plumps

Before and After

So my main and biggest concern with my skin is blemishes and sun marks. Yes my under eyes are important, but the other two tend to cause more of a headache. Below you’ll see right before I started using the products, 1 month, and 4 months. You can clearly tell how much this has helped and in the world of wearing face masks 24/7 – it helps keep the mask acne at bay.

MONAT says “NO” to toxic ingredients, which if you’re anything like me, that’s wicked important.

– Parabens
– Cyclic Silicones
– Phthalates
– Plastic Microbeads
– Harmful Colors
– Harmful Fragrances
– Animal Testing

Everything is Vegan| Leaping Bunny Certified | Gluten Free

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