10 Morning Skincare Habits That Give You Amazing Skin


Skincare can be confusing-there are a million skincare products to choose from. It becomes extra difficult with every product claiming to give you great, clear, vibrant skin. Join me in these 10 Morning Skincare Habits that work.

To buy the correct products you have to understand what your skin needs. This means you need knowledge of how skin ages giving you the power to prevent and heal. I hope by sharing what I have learned will help you also find your best skincare routine.

Here are morning skincare habits that I swear by that have transformed my skin.

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Never dry your skin out

So what exactly does that mean?

It means NO FOAM washes! Nothing is more drying to your skin than the face washes that foam. These harsh face washes strip away all your natural oils. Every time I see an esthetician at a dermatologist’s office, they always remind me.

As you age, your skin has a harder and harder time staying hydrated. The collagen and elastin break down meaning your skin can’t retain moisture as well. By removing all your natural oils, you are making this problem worse.

If you strip your face of its natural oils, your skin will go in overdrive with its production of oil, leading to clogged pores and acne. I love PCA skin Daily Cleansing Oil but there are many ones to pick from. Try a few until you find one you like so you actually use it.

PCA SKIN Daily Cleansing Facial Oil – Hydrating Skin Care Makeup Remover Face Cleanser for All Skin Types including Sensitive, Alcohol Free, Non-Irritating (5 fl oz)
  • A lightweight face cleansing oil suitable for all skin types, including oily and sensitive skin
  • Gently dissolves dirt, oil, and debris including full-face makeup
  • Leaves your complexion more hydrated and soft
  • Formulated with grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, and antioxidant vitamin E
  • Use as a first step before face wash to thoroughly cleanse your skin

Never drying your skin out also means to hydrate your skin correctly!

Hydrating your skin means trapping water onto the surface of your skin. The best way to hydrate your skin is to mist your skin with water and then put on a serum with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. By putting it on your skin, hyaluronic acid will trap water onto your skin keeping it hydrated for hours. I love La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid because it feels amazing on my skin and the price is great.

After a hyaluronic acid serum you will want to add a cream-based moisturizer with sunblock.

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Face | Vitamin B5 + Hyaluronic Acid + Madecassoside | Hydrating Serum Visibly Plumps Skin | Sensitive Skin Safe | Anti Aging Serum | Oil-Free
  • This anti-aging ultra hydrating pure hyaluronic acid face care and neck serum leaves skin feeling plump to the touch and helps repair skin by replenishing the natural moisture barrier
  • This skincare serum combines concentrated pure hyaluronic acid, madecassoside and vitamin B5 for optimal effectiveness while also being suitable for sensitive skin
  • Anti-aging skin care recommended for: Fine lines, Loss of volume, Elasticity, Dehydrated skin, Sensitive skin
  • Pure hyaluronic acid serum hydrates and visibly plumps skin. Rich serum texture leaves skin feeling supple and hydrated to the touch
  • 4 week consumer test showed 90% of users felt their skin was more hydrated, softer, and more supple

Shower with your skin in mind

I have included this one here as a morning habit since some of you might shower in the morning. Even if you shower at night, it is still good to know.

To give an example of how much impact your shower products can have on your skin, I will need to go all the way back to high school. In high school, I had very bad acne. I had tried every single product, and nothing cleared my skin. Nothing worked until my hairdresser told me that hair products can contribute to acne and suggested that I try Tea Tree shampoo. To this day, the only hair shampoo and conditioner I will use is the Paul Mitchell tea tree brand. I have recommended this to so many people and almost all of them have seen improvements in their acne. So, if you are struggling with acne, seriously give these products a try.

Tea Tree Special Shampoo, Deep Cleans, Refreshes Scalp, For All Hair Types, Especially Oily Hair, 10.14 fl. oz.
  • Special ingredients and tea tree help wash away impurities, leaving hair full of vitality and luster
  • Refreshing tingle invigorates the scalp
  • Tea tree, peppermint and lavender leave hair smelling great
  • Color Safe, ideal for all hair types

Since I am very aware of how these products can affect my skin, my order of operations is always shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and then face wash.

Speaking of showers, the best time to put on a body lotion (make sure it has hyaluronic acid in it!) is right after a shower since your skin is wet. I like Medix 5.5 Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E Cream Body Lotion because it is so lightweight. Again, remember to find one you love so you use it all the time.

Medix 5.5 Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E Cream Body Lotion & Face Moisturizer | Hydrating Dry Skin Firming Lotion Minimizes Look Of Wrinkles, Stretch Marks, & Crepey Skin | Skin Care Products | 15 Fl Oz
  • HYALURONIC ACID CREAM – Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance found in our skin that helps to keep it hydrated + plump. As we age, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid in our skin decreases, leading to a loss of firmness + elasticity. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, which means it draws water to the skin + helps to keep skin hydrated to prevent dryness + flakiness. Hyaluronic Acid can also help to improve skin texture and tone, giving you a more radiant & youthful complexion.
  • DEEP SKIN MOISTURIZING – Hyaluronic Acid can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, sagging skin, & wrinkles by plumping + deeply moisturizing the skin, while also restoring elasticity. This Medix 5.5 Hyaluronic Acid Cream helps hydrate & nourish the skin making it smoother for more youthful & healthy-looking skin. This lightly scented Hyaluronic Acid body lotion is highly effective against reducing the appearance of premature aging, wrinkles, dry skin, crepey skin, sagging skin, & more.
  • HYALURONIC ACID MOISTURIZER – Hyaluronic Acid promotes skin cell turnover by offering extra hydration & skin barrier protection to the skin, leading to healthier cells & a more vibrant complexion. Hyaluronic Acid helps make your skin truly softer & plumped, giving you a radiant & youthful complexion. Hyaluronic Acid works as a very effective hydrating moisturizer for reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone, sagging skin, crow’s feet, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, & dry skin.
  • HYDRATING + TESTED FORMULA – Infused with powerful active ingredients like Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Cica Extracts, Vitamin E, & Aloe Vera, which all work together to help nourish, hydrate, & plump skin for a healthier, fuller, & younger appearance. Compatible with all skin types, even sensitive skin, oily skin, & acne-prone skin. Dermatologist-Tested, Allergy-Tested, & Clinically-Tested Formula that is lightweight and formulated to easily absorb leaving your skin supple and smooth.
  • RELAX, HYDRATE, RENEW, & RESTORE – Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Non-Greasy, Gentle, & PH Balanced Formula. Free From: Parabens, Drying Alcohols, Animal-Derived Ingredients, PEGs, Sulfates, Dyes, Propylene Glycol, Talc, & Mineral Oil. Manufactured in our FDA-Regulated & Inspected Laboratory in Chicago, USA. We’re confident that you’ll love the way this Medix 5.5 Hyaluronic Acid + Cica Hydrate + Renew Body Cream makes your skin look and feel, and we stand behind our product with a satisfaction-guarantee.

A great shower tip is to replace your shower head with a shower head that has a filter. There can be so many chemicals in your water from county water treatments. If you are have well water, hard water can also wreak havoc on your skin and hair. They only cost around $50 and can make such a difference.

AquaHomeGroup Luxury Filtered Shower Head Set 20+3 Stage Shower Filter for Hard Water Removes Chlorine and Harmful Substances – Showerhead Filter High Output
  • Luxury Shower Head Set: Includes 20+3 stage shower filter for hard water removal of chlorine and harmful substances
  • High Output Shower Head: Features 1 high output jet for a powerful showering experience
  • Wall Mounted Design: Conveniently mounts to the wall for easy installation
  • Stainless Steel Construction: Durable metal construction built to last
  • Chrome Finish: Sleek and stylish chrome finish complements any bathroom decor

Never reuse towels or rub your face dry:

This next one is one of my favorite tips to get rid of acne

Finding out your towel might be the cause of your bad skin can be a slap in the face. Especially after you spend all this money on the right products and go to all this work on your skincare routines.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the towel you are using is problematic for two different reasons.

Reason 1 to change your routine: Towels contain so much bacteria!

Towels in your bathroom are great breeding grounds for bacteria. One study showed that 90% of bathroom towels contained coliform bacteria. In other words, after you wash your face, you are drying it with bacteria. Yuck!

Option 1– Buy a pack of towels and switch to a one-time use system where you wash them after every use.

Utopia Towels 6 Pack Premium Hand Towels Set, (16 x 28 inches) 100% Ring Spun Cotton, Ultra Soft and Highly Absorbent 600GSM Towels for Bathroom, Gym, Shower, Hotel, and Spa (Grey)
  • 6 PIECE HAND TOWEL SET- The set comprises of 6 luxury hand towels each measuring 16 by 28 inches.
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  • SUPPLE AND ABSORBENT – The texture of the towel has a soft hand-feel while the composition enables it to be highly absorbent and durable.
  • QUALITY TAILORED JUST FOR YOU – To prevent unforeseen color discoloration, it is advised, to avoid the removal of the application of any form of cosmetics, facial creams, or scrubs directly with the towel.

Option 2– Use something like this-Biobased Dermatologist Face Towel.

Clean Skin Club Clean Towels XL, 100% USDA Biobased Face Towel, Disposable Face Towelette, Makeup Remover Dry Wipes, Ultra Soft, 50 Ct, 1 Pack
  • 50 Dermatologist tested and approved biobased face towels.
  • ⁠Clinically shown to help individuals achieve visibly clearer skin, less irritation, and to reduce the appearance of redness.
  • Always have a clean, bacteria free towel for drying your face.
  • Advanced cellulose fiber technology designed to support overall skin health and skin barrier function.
  • ⁠100% vegan & cruelty free.

Reason 2 to change your routine: Rubbing a towel on your skin is damaging

Always, always, always pat your skin dry. Rubbing your skin causes extra wear and tear on your skin that can lead to extra wrinkles. Patting dry helps to retain some of the moisture in the skin and prevent it from becoming dry and irritated. So, you always want to pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

Always Wear Sunblock-The Most Important of the 10 Morning Skincare Habits

My idea of skincare was completely changed once I learned that 90% of aging is due to skin damage from the sun. Here I was slathering every type of anti-aging serum and cream on my skin, instead of just protecting my skin from damage in the first place.

I asked my dermatologist about my theory that sunblock was the absolute best way to keep my skin young and beautiful and she confirmed it. She told me that most people age faster on their left side since that’s the side that gets more sun when they’re driving a car.

I always paired being hot with getting burned so I only wore sunblock when I was outside and hot. However, it doesn’t always pair up that way and if you are inside with big windows, UV goes through windows. This means you can still damage your skin while you sit at the desk or driving in a car.

I was convinced and I made sunblock a habit. I would put it on every morning and then set phone alarms for 11 am and 2 pm. By just putting it on in the morning, you’re not protecting your skin from the part of the day when the UV is the highest. It was also helpful for me to check the UV on my phone throughout the day, so I had a better sense of when my skin needed protection the most. If you go to the weather app and scroll down you should find the UV index.

The trickiest part was finding a sunblock I didn’t mind wearing. I don’t like sunblock that leaves my skin greasy. After trying a lot of different ones my two favorites are the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Body & Face Sunscreen because it melts into your skin and also the EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 Tinted Sunscreen Moisturizer. They are both around $30 and very much worth it-they make a bigger difference than any anti-aging product I could use on my skin.

EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide, SPF 40 Face Sunscreen Moisturizer, Helps Hydrate Skin and Decrease Wrinkles, Lightweight Face Sunscreen, Absorbs Into Skin Quickly, 1.7 oz Pump
  • EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 Tinted Face Sunscreen Moisturizer is a tinted moisturizer with spf that protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays while infusing it with essential moisture for a more youthful appearance
  • This tinted SPF 40 non greasy sunscreen face moisturizer blends into skin effortlessly, won’t leave a white cast after applying, and can be worn alone or under makeup
  • Hydrate and protect your skin with this daily moisturizing sunscreen with Hyaluronic Acid for a smoother, supple feel that increases skin softness and decreases wrinkles
  • EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Sunscreen is a TSA-approved sunscreen travel size sunscreen lotion, making it the perfect travel companion when you need a daily face moisturizer sunscreen for quick trips or weekend getaways
  • EltaMD UV Daily Face Sunscreen comes in both tinted and untinted formulas and is fragrance-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic

I also always keep a Blue Lizard stick sunblock on me in my purse so I can apply some on the go. I love the stick sunblock since I know it won’t spill.

BLUE LIZARD Mineral Sunscreen Stick with Zinc Oxide SPF 50+ Water Resistant UVA/UVB Protection Easy to Apply Fragrance Free, Kids, Unscented, 0.5 oz
  • We love the reef – Contains no oxybenzone or Octinoxate to help protect delicate coral reefs
  • Spf 50+ mineral sunscreen, no chemical active ingredients – protects skin from UVA and UVB rays by acting like thousands of tiny mirrors that reflect UV rays away before they enter your body
  • Paraben-free, fragrance-free, dye-free and 100% vegan – Contains no parabens, fragrances or dyes, which are common causes of skin irritation
  • Sweat AND water resistant (80 minutes) – stays on skin through sweat and water so You stay protected longer
  • Applies easily, dries non-greasy and non-sticky – glides on easily, rubs in clear and dries smooth, not sticky

The best part of wearing sunblock is your skin can start to heal itself and look better younger with fewer wrinkles, and fewer age spots because it isn’t spending all its energy on repairing the daily damage. Within months of consistently putting on sunblock throughout the day, you should be able to tell a difference in your skin. Rub it on the back of your hands too!

Tap on an eye cream

The skin under your eyes is very fragile so never pull or rub it. Also, it is skin that will almost never break out, so you can use very different creams and oils than other areas of your face. Since that part of your skin is so delicate, it is also the first to age and get wrinkles.

By patting on your eye cream, you can better protect that skin. I use and love Filorga Time-Filler Eyes Daily Anti Aging and Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream With Hyaluronic Acid. It isn’t very expensive but works great and was what my dermatologist recommended to me. What is important is that you are doing it every night and morning.

Filorga Time-Filler Eyes Daily Anti Aging and Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream With Hyaluronic Acid to Minimize Wrinkles and Dark Circles, Lift Eyelids, and Enhance Lashes, 0.5 oz.
  • Time-Filler Eyes is an eye cream inspired by aesthetic medicine techniques, this eye contour treatment reduces wrinkles and dark circles, lifts the eyelids, and enhances the lashes in a single step.
  • The creamy texture of time-filler eyes instantly absorbs into the skin and leaves it velvety soft.
  • Formula designed to lift eyelids.
  • Vitamin B5 helps to thicken lashes.
  • Professional quality skincare from home.

Never mix these ingredients together

There are three big rules when it comes to skincare that you need to memorize and follow so you aren’t wasting product or damaging your skin.

Do not mix these products:

AHA/BHA acids and Retinol: Both are very drying and can cause excessive skin sensitivity.

Benzoyl Peroxide and Retinol: They literally cancel each other out, making both products ineffective.

Niacinamide and Vitamin C: They will diminish their effect when used together.

Don’t use these products in the morning

In addition to the mixing rules, stay away from using these skincare ingredients in the morning. The reason is they make your skin more sensitive to the sun meaning you are more likely to damage your skin from the sun. The two products are:

Retinol is great for your skin since it rebuilds and repairs collagen, which starting in your 20’s decreases. Your body repairs and builds collagen during sleep so it is an awesome product to use before bed. Skip it in the morning since it will make your skin more prone to sun damage though! I love the La Roche-Posay Pure Retinol Face Serum with Vitamin B3.

La Roche-Posay Pure Retinol Face Serum with Vitamin B3. Anti Aging Face Serum for Lines, Wrinkles & Premature Sun Damage to Resurface & Hydrate. Suitable for Sensitive Skin, 1.0 Fl. Oz
  • This anti-aging pure retinol face and neck serum leaves skin feeling smoother, hydrated, and renewed
  • As a result, the look of lines, wrinkles and premature sun damage is reduced. This retinol serum combines concentrated pure retinol and vitamin B3 for optimal effectiveness while also being suitable for sensitive skin
  • Lightweight, hydrating texture visibly renews skin, reducing lines and wrinkles and creating a more luminous look
  • Pure Retinol: A derivative of vitamin A (retinoic acid) helps promote surface cell turnover and improves fine lines and wrinkles. Pure and gradual release retinol acts gradually on skin for efficacy and tolerance
  • Niacinamide: helps restore skin’s moisture barrier, and visibly fades skin discolorations. Hyaluronic acid hydrates helps improve the look of wrinkles, plump the skin, and improve elasticity

AHA/BHA acids: These acids are amazing for your skin since they exfoliate and unclog pores as well as improving skin texture. However, just like retinol you want to skip them in the morning since they will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. I use my BHA exfoliant about once a week and every other night I use retinol.

Always use a Vitamin C product under your sunblock

Unlike retinol and AHA/BHA acids, vitamin c is a great product to use in the morning. Vitamin C can protect your skin from environmental pollutants, free radicals, and UV damage. I use the La Roche Posay Vitamin C Serum just like the Retinol one because it lasts a year and is well priced.

La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Salicylic Acid, Anti Aging Face Serum for Wrinkles & Uneven Skin Texture to Visibly Brighten & Smooth. Suitable for Sensitive Skin
  • This anti-aging vitamin c face serum leaves skin more radiant, softer, and hydrated to help treat skin concerns like wrinkles, fine lines, lack of radiance, elasticity, and uneven skin tone.
  • As a result, wrinkles look visibly reduced and skin texture and tone are more even and refined. This serum combines concentrated 10% pure vitamin c, salicylic acid and neurosensine for optimal effectiveness while also being suitable for sensitive skin.
  • 10% pure vitamin c serum for face hydrates skin and visibly boosts radiance. Rich serum texture leaves skin feeling softer and more hydrated. Use alone or as an added boost to your favorite moisturizer.
  • Key ingredients include pure vitamin c known for its anti-aging and antioxidant properties, salicylic acid known for its effective exfoliating properties to help clear and refine pores, and hyaluronic acid known for its hydrating and plumping properties.
  • Pure vitamin c can react on contact with the air, causing it to turn yellow. But it’s still effective.

Don’t stop with products

Your skin can’t repair itself or build new collagen if you aren’t nourishing it with the correct foods. While I don’t always eat healthily, I try to always make sure my breakfast is packed with nourishing foods for my skin. Find breakfast options that you both like and are high in protein. My favorite is yogurt with almond granola topped with fruit. I will also do veggie omelet or avocado toast with smoked salmon.


Wear sunglasses and a hat whenever you can

You should go beyond just sunblock and invest in good quality sunglasses and fashionable hats you will actually wear. I always bring a hat and sunglasses with me since putting on a hat is such an easy way to protect my skin.

10 Morning Skincare Habits to Discover Your Best Skin Ever

I hope the tips that I use to keep my skin looking young, healthy, and beautiful will help you achieve your skincare goals. My journey to better skin took a lot of time as I found what caused my skin to age, how skincare ingredients work, and what things outside my skincare products were affecting my skin.

Remember to always wear sunblock if nothing else. Consider how your shower products, towels, and shower filter might be affecting your skin. Lastly, learn what is in your skincare ingredients so you know when to use them and how to mix them.

Last update on 2024-04-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


I started Social Kelli as more of a journal than a blog and realized that it could also speak to other women like me leading normal yet unique lives. Women like me, who are not celebrities but are creative, intentional, mature yet experimental, constantly evolving, (over)thoughtful, engaged where they want to be, decidedly disconnected from the noise and of course, purposely comfortable with who they are…