My Clean Morning & Evening Skin Care Routine

Liz Smith

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I’ve come a long way with my skincare journey. I spent my early adulthood battling hormonal acne and struggled to find the right products that worked well for my skin and lifestyle. I also spent those years going out a ton (and sleeping in my makeup), baking in the sun, and eating gut-destroying foods. And on top of it all, I had no clue that my Lyme disease could negatively affect my skin.    

Fast forward to 2020: the year when my skin healed to its fullest potential. Like most other people, my day-to-days were pretty predictable, and spending more time at home allowed me to focus on practicing new forms of self-care. I learned about fasting, focused on hydration, and started giving my complexion some much-needed TLC.

And while I’m not a skin expert, I truly believe that the quality of your skin is mostly determined by lifestyle choices, diet and environment. While I believe those were the biggest game changers for my skin, I also believe that finding clean, effective products for your unique skin are just as important. 

When you look at the products on my vanity, there are three common qualities you’ll find between them all:

  1. Non-toxic ingredients: no hormone-disrupting chemicals or bioaccumulating toxins.
  2. Conscious Brands: I love supporting beauty businesses that do good for the environment and people behind the brand. 
  3. Effective formulations: I have no problem investing more on products that work well for my unique skin type. I read lots of reviews and avoid purchasing products strictly off of branding.

If you’re in the market for new products or looking for a new routine, here’s a little peek of what I’ve been using and loving lately, listed by order of use. 


I’m a firm believer that how I choose to start your morning sets the tone for my day. I love creating what I call “mindful moments” throughout the day where I stop my mental to-do’s and focus on just “being” in the moment. And there’s no better time for a mindful moment than my morning skincare routine. 

I give myself 5-10 minutes in the morning to show myself some self-love by supporting my skin with the nourishment it needs for the day. I layer the products by molecular weight to make the most out of it’s absorption (these are listed in order.)


My ride-or-die cleanser. Gentle yet effective. Even my boyfriend uses it daily!

Osea Malibu
Ocean Cleanser


I’ve noticed that just 3-4 spritzes of this on my freshly washed skin helps my products absorb better. 
Kari Gran
Essential Hydrating Rose Tonic


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My ride-or-die hydrating serum. One bottle has lasted me close to a year – half a pump easily covers my entire face.

OSEA Malibu
Hyaluronic Sea Serum


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Just one tiny drop (not even a full pump) is all I need for both eyes. 

OSEA Malibu
Eye Gel Serum


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I love this moisturizer because it’s hydrating and light weight, and leaves a perfectly matte finish for wearing alone or under makeup.

Osea Malibu
Atmosphere Protection Cream


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I strongly believe in the magic of a pre-bedtime routine. I value my sleep and do whatever I can to make the most out of my nightly recovery time. I use my nightly skincare routine to wind down, give myself facial massages while I cleanse and seal the whole routine off with some red light before bed. 


One of the best pieces of advice I got from my aesthetician is to double cleanse at night. I start with a cleansing oil to remove all makeup and follow up with a second cleanse with my morning cleanser.
Kari Gran
Cleansing Oil


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Hydrate with A Humectant

I always make sure to apply this right out of the shower to lock in moisture before applying any other serum. 
OSEA Malibu
Hyaluronic Sea Serum





Like everything else with OSEA, half a pump goes a long way.
Brightening Serum


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This is the only eye cream that has shown a visible improvement in my fine lines. 
Alpyn Beauty
PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm


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Seal with Oil

The final step of my routine. I love sealing in my product with this luxurious, silky oil. 
Algae + Moringa Universal Face Oil


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