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GRWM: My Simple Morning Skincare Routine

GRWM: My Simple Morning Skincare Routine

Raina von Zerneck

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There is no doubt that in recent months skincare and skincare education have been popular topics of discussion. Between lockdowns and stay-at-home order, many of us have had less of a reason to focus on makeup, and more of a reason to focus on our skin! I, myself, even began looking into skincare that would best suit the needs of my skin. It’s really amazing to see so many dermatologists, estheticians, and skincare specialists become social media influencers all due to their knowledge on healthy skincare – skin is the largest organ of the body, you know!

Personally, I have dry, sensitive skin and living in a cold, Northern climate doesn’t help much with keeping my skin healthy or hydrated. I also am a college student, so like most of us I don’t have a very large budget when choosing skincare products to use in my everyday routine. This led me to creating a tailored skincare regime that works best for my skin. I also notice that because my skin is so sensitive, it reacts the best when I keep my routine simple, affordable, and fragrance-free! Check out my morning skincare routine below and see how I learned to care for my dry, sensitive skin!

My morning skincare routine | Raina Von Zerneck via RGNN on YouTube
  1. First things first, I brush my teeth! There is often a debate on social media about whether one should brush their teeth before or after breakfast, but in my research I found that to protect your tooth enamel it’s better to do it before you eat anything for the day. Additionally, bacteria builds up in your mouth overnight, so it’s best to brush before you eat or drink anything, even your beloved morning coffee!
  2. Next, I wash my face with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser (available on for $14.99). Now, this may seem a little hypocritical since this cleanser specifically states it’s for normal to oily skin. However, in my research I found that this cleansers formula is slightly more deep cleansing than the formula of the cleanser meant for dry skin. The reason why I chose this cleanser is because at work I am required to wear a mask through my entire shift for the safety of myself and others, so to make sure all the build up under my mask and on my face is washed, I prefer to use a slightly stronger cleanser.
  3. I then dry my face and use the e.l.f Cosmetics 50 MG CBD Eye Cream (available on for $15.00). This is a relatively inexpensive eye cream compared to what’s available on the market, and it has CBD which is a great ingredient for reducing inflammation.
  4. Next, I use the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (available on for $15.49). It’s thick and moisturizing without feeling heavy on the skin – perfect for the cold, winter months!
  5. Last, but not least, I use the CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Face Sheer Tint SPF 30 (available on for $15.99). Sunscreen is a crucial element of anyone’s skincare routine, even if you live in a cold climate. As the ozone layer breaks down, a very unfortunate consequence of pollution, the ultra-violet light emitted from the sun only gets harsher and can effect our skin even if we live in an area that’s usually cold and cloudy! It’s imperative that one finds a sunscreen best suited for their skin. The CeraVe sunscreen is great, and a little goes a long way! The only critique I have is that it is tinted, and many people with darker skin tones have stated the tint leaves a white-cast on their face, even though it is advertised that the tint is meant to off-set the white-cast of typical mineral sunscreens. I hope this is something will take into account and adjust their formula to be more inclusive because it is truly a great product.

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