The Den Daily Routines : 7 Step Morning Skincare Routine
Good morning! We’re here to give you the rundown on our favourite skincare rituals when it’s time to rise and shine. Whether it’s a regular old workday or a slow and indulgent day off, these are some of our most loved steps that make us (and our skin) feel our best. Let’s start things off with a fresh face – you can cleanse with your favourite cleanser or splash with warm water to wake things up a bit.
The first step in this morning routine is a Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Pranic Forest. Despite being categorized as an acid, hyaluronic acid is the key to helping your skin to lock in moisture, in case you aren’t already familiar. This serum includes essential oils of frankincense and neroli to prevent fine lines, reduce inflammation, and prevent acne while helping to improve skin health by regenerating and maintaining your skin’s elasticity, reducing the appearance of scars, and helping heal broken capillaries.
Step 2 & 3:
Next up, we mist on a 3-in-1 magic spray, aka Flora Toner by Harlow. It’s a primer, toner, and setting spray all in one with the toning and tightening properties of Witch Hazel and a moisturizing shot of jojoba oil. This is our go-to for a dewy glow and happy, hydrated skin. Whether you got your 8 hours or you’ve been burning your Ancient Cedars Candle at both ends, it never hurts to give your eyes their own wake-up call. The Harlow Eye Elixir gives your peepers a surge of caffeine and a dose of vitamins A, C, and E for a smoother, brighter, more hydrated eye area.
Then we love to layer on the Harlow Sun Face Elixir for it’s deeply hydrating and nourishing properties. Packed with potent plant extracts high in vitamin C + antioxidants, it enhances complexion and gives a nice healthy glow courtesy of richly hued, supreme botanical sea buckthorn.
Our skin is our largest organ, and therefore good skincare truly does start from within, hydration is a key component to happy, healthy skin, and Wooden Spoon tinctures are a great source of support for a range of needs. Two of our favourites for our morning routine are their Immunity Now Tincture and Rose-Colored Glasses Tincture. The Immunity Now blend is designed to inspire and stimulate the immune system to better support your body’s innate resilience. While the Rose-Colored Glasses blend will lift your mood, open your heart, and enhance your intuition. Pick your potion and give your H2O a plant-powered boost.
As a finishing touch, we love the Roll-On & Relax Essential Oil Blends by Harlow. For mornings, we recommend their Energize blend of geranium, sweet orange, eucalyptus + bergamot designed to energize and activate creative flow. Gently onto wrists, temples, behind the ears, and enjoy the aromas and benefits all day long.
Last but not least, we let our hair down and give it a nice shake. Spritz your locks with the wildly intoxicating Harlow Rain Waves Salt Spray, inspired by our coastal, temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Tame or tousle with a refreshing mist of sea salt and essential oils, a mix of crisp, woodsy pine, howood, and bitter orange. Yes, we know this last step isn’t technically skincare, but this final step is like a good hair day (think: post-beach-hang) in a bottle, so we couldn’t help ourselves.
While we love both the Harlow and Pranic Forest lines of products for their clean, natural ingredients and thoughtfully crafted formulas, one of the biggest perks is that they are all refillable in store. Made in Canada, packaged in reusable and recyclable glass bottles, and available for purchase or refill at The Den — consider this your cheat sheet for sustainable skincare that actually works.
Video by Andi Wardrop.
Words by Andrea Turner.