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Morning routines are essential for setting yourself up for the day ahead, for minimising stress when you have somewhere to be or something to do and are great for forming desired habits as let’s face it most of us are on autopilot until we get our morning coffee or smoothie! These are the reasons why perfecting a morning skincare routine will help make you feel good and if you are lucky, your skin may even thank you for it with some radiant results. At night the main focus of skincare is to nourish and repair, while in the morning it’s all about protection. The better your protection, the less repair work your skin may have to do so it’s important to get it right. We have put together a guide on which products to use and what order to use them in to help you create a routine fit for royalty. Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of steps to reach the ultimate morning routine, simply add in steps one by one and take time to enjoy each new product that you fall in love with.

Kilkenny Design brings a collection of Irish skincare brands that offer a variety of different approaches from cutting edge science to the power of natural ingredients. Choose the brands to suit your unique skin care needs as part of your morning skin care routine.

  • Cleanser

Start your morning skin routine with a cleanser to remove dirt, oil and other impurities that have accumulated on your skin during the night. Customers adore the Jo Browne Facial Cleansing Balm containing camellia oil said to work miracles for revitalising and replenishing skin. Rub the cleansing balm in your fingers and apply to skin, remove with a warm Bamboo Face Cloth.

Other popular cleansers include Nunaïa Superfood Cleansing Balm and Voya’s Cleanse & Mend Cleansing Milk.


  • Eye Cream

eye cream

The reason eye cream comes directly after cleansing is so that the skin is free from barriers that could prevent it from doing its work. Cult beauty favourite Pestle & Mortar are loved for their science backed formulas designed to give skin changing results. Their super lightweight Recover Eye Cream is packed with beneficial ingredients including Irish moss extract, passionfruit extract, coffee bean extract and a special amino acid that boosts collagen production. Helping to lessen dark circles and puffiness around the delicate eye area. 


  • Toner

Toners are used to wipe away any remaining traces of dirt left behind after your cleanse and to help tighten and smooth skin. Try the Ritzy Spritzy Toner by Voya which is made from 91% certified organic ingredients. Developed to cool and hydrate your skin, the Voya toner promises to leave the skin with a fresh dewy glow.


  • Secret weapon

skingredients skin veg pre serum cream

Developed by Skingredients Skin Veg is a hydrating and brightening pre-serum used to help achieve runway level elegance. Part of its special allure is in its use of a polyhydroxy acid that helps your follow up products reach deeper penetration and therefore effectiveness for your skin. It’s a secret weapon in creating skin luminosity.


  • Serum

Skincare serum

The premise of a serum is that it contains a high concentration of active ingredients that provides the perfect layer in between cleansing and moisturising to help soothe and protect skin. There are many different types of serums available to address various skin care needs. Nunaïa Nourishing Radiance Serum is designed to help maintain natural skin cell regeneration and balance skin moisture levels. Another favourite skin serum is Voya My Little Hero Facial Serum made for dry troublesome skin and also designed to repair signs of aging. 

  • Moisturiser

Moisturiser is an essential step in keeping your skin hydrated. It also soothes sensitive skin and helps fight the signs of aging. Green Angel Face Cream contains seaweed extracts from seaweed harvested off the West coast of Ireland. It’s a collagen rich formula that is a powerful anti-ageing cream. Choose your perfect match from our collection of moisturisers.

  • SPF Protection

Spf cream

While sunscreen during summer is a no brainer, it’s not always a common practice in winter despite advice from skin experts urging us to wear it all year round. The sun’s UVB rays are known for causing sunburn during summer but the UVA rays which penetrate even cloudy skies can cause wrinkling.  Elave Sensitive SPF 45 Broad Spectrum High UVA/UVB Protection is an essential step in your daily skin care. 


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