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Who doesn’t want glowing perfect skin? If you’re anything like any of us, you have tried a myriad of different products, routines, and supplements to try to achieve your definition of perfect skin. But with so many different products, brands, and ingredients out there, it’s hard to know which are best. In addition, it can be difficult to know what order to apply the products. So we have created a great starting point: an affordable CeraVe and drugstore skincare routine (includes other drugstore brands as well) that will help you glow all day long.
The first step in any morning skincare routine should be cleansing. And if there is one thing your skincare routine needs, it’s the CeraVe Cleanser. No other brand has shot to popularity quite as CeraVe has. This brand is known for having high-quality and dermatologist-approved products at reasonable prices. Skincare addicts all over YouTube and TikTok cannot seem to get enough of the brand. Even better they seem to have cleansers for every skin type.
Whether you have sensitive skin, dry skin, or oily skin, CeraVe has a cleanser for you. Their cleaners are known to be gentle yet effective, meaning they are the perfect product to use to start your day!
Our Favorite Cerave Cleansers
- CeraVe Foaming Facing Cleansers
- The CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
- CeraVe SA Renewing Facial Cleanser
Vitamin C Serum
Whether you’re new to skincare or trying to improve your routine, vitamin C serum is an absolute must-have. Vitamin C is known for its antioxidants and anti-aging abilities. Many people who use it also note that after applying it they notice a ‘glow’ on their skin.
This product is a must-have for anyone trying to reduce fine lines or fade dark spots or anyone just trying to achieve beautiful glowing skin. Vitamin C serums and creams should be applied after cleansing but before moisturizing to achieve the greatest results. In addition, be sure to not use vitamin C and retinol at the same time.
Our Favorite Vitamin C Serums
- CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum
- La Roche-Posay Vitamin C Serum
- The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
The next step everyone should take after applying vitamin C serum is applying moisturizer. Moisturizing your skin and keeping your skin moisturized are probably the most key components to preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
There are many different types of moisturizers: these include water-based, hyaluronic acid, or even oil-based moisturizers. What works for you is going to depend on your skin type and what you want or need out of your skincare routine.
A few of the more popular ingredients are hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, and ceramides. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient known for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliator great for reducing dark spots and pigmentation. Finally, ceramides are fatty acids that help to strengthen the skin barrier and lock-in moisture.
Our Favorite Moisturizers
- CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
- Neutrogena Hydroboost Watercream
If there is one thing and one thing only you need to add into your skincare routine, it’s sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun is the best thing you can do to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and if you start young, your older self will thank you.
One of the many things we hear when telling people that they need to implement sunscreen into their routine is that it makes their skin oily. Fortunately, this doesn’t need to be the case! There are tons of great sunscreen options that don’t leave a white cast or an oily residue; some are even powders! So there is definitely something out there for you!
Note: if you are using or plan to implement some strong active ingredients, such as retinol or benzoyl peroxide, these make your skin extra sensitive to the sun. So no matter what, if you are implementing these ingredients into your skincare routine, you need to be applying sunscreen daily. Yes, daily!
No matter which products you use in your daily morning skincare routine, as a rule of thumb, sunscreen should always be applied last. In addition, many sunscreens only offer protection for a few hours. So whichever sunscreen you do decide to implement, make sure that you are reading the label and finding out how often you should be re-applying.
Our Favorite Sunscreens
- La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Sunscreen
- CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
- First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen
There is no one-size-fits-all skincare routine. However, a solid morning CeraVe skincare routine (along with other quality drugstore products) is an excellent place to start! Just to reiterate: the order should be gentle cleanser, vitamin C serum, moisturizer, and then sunscreen. If you keep this in mind and look for products that work for you or fit your skin type, your skin will be glowing in no time!