My A.M. Skincare Routine age 38 | Oil Cleansing + Nano Current

by Molly Gardner
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I’m so happy to share my updated skincare routine!  Since my last post a couple of years ago, I’ve added at-home nano current facials to my morning routine and changed how I oil cleanse my skin. 

I have to say, at 38 years old, this is the happiest I think I’ve ever been with my skin!

This video is in-depth and goes into each product and why I love it (hint: results!!).   Also, in the video  I talk about a few things that have really improved my skin that aren’t products, so make sure to bookmark this post and video to watch later.

If you prefer reading to watching, or are reading this at work, there is more information below in this post.  I will be sharing my evening routine separately as well!

I have two different routines, based on whether I am doing a nano current facial or and oil-cleansing routine.  They are both detailed below.  

Hit “play” or click {here} to view the video directly on YouTube.

– a.m. Nano Current Skincare Routine #1 –


1 – Lip Balm |  This Jack Black lip balm is another product that I’ve done a full post on and it’s also another product that I’ve used for years.  Once you try it, you will not want to use anything else.  Make sure to buy the Shea Butter and Vitamin E version.  It has SPF and it under $8.  

shop onlineulta . sephora . amazon prime 


2 – Skin Prep | On days that I am working from home, I will take time to do a nano current facial.  I’ve found that for the best facial results, I have to clean my face before and the micellar water is the most quick and convenient for me.

I cleanse my skin with Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water (micellar water) on a gauze pad before I start the facial.  I make sure to dab the gauze on my face, instead of dragging it across my skin.  

shop micellar water | Koh Gen Do . Bioderma 

3 – Nano Current Face-Lifting Facial | The nano current facials have made a big difference in my skin tone and the lifting of muscles in my face.  It’s pretty easy for me to do the facial while I am having my coffee, checking emails, and responding to youtube comments. 

You only need to do the facial routine for 12 minutes, but I find myself doing it for much longer because it’s so relaxing, but also invigorating.  Nano current is a wild ride. 

The device was an investment for me, but I have to say, I have noticed a huge difference in my skin.  I just spent a week with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a year and she could not believe the difference in my skin.

I posted a full review and my results in this post.  Here is the full review and a link to Violet Grey, which lets you split the purchase into four payments.

shop | goop


nano current results

4 – Rinse + Cleanse | After I’m done with my facial and morning email routine, I’ll hop in the shower and rinse my face, then wash with Kate Somerville Cream cleaner.  I prefer to shower to rinse all the gel off my neck, and “wake up” for the day.

If I don’t have time to shower, then I’ll rinse the gel off, then use DHC Face Wash Powder.  I add a little powder to my hands, then a drop of water to make it into a face wash, then do gentle circles all over, including my neck, to get off all the gel.  The powder transforms with water into a rich foam.

shop | Kate Somerville . DHC Wash Powder

5 – Toner | I rinse that off, then usually use the DHC CoQ10 “lotion” as my toner and serum.  The name lotion doesn’t accurately describe the texture, it’s more of a water-like consistency. 

Most days, I let the coQ10 lotion double as my serum because this specific toner has such great ingredients.  This helps me justify the price.  Specifically, I love that it has sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) and soluble collagen. 

Because the toner has sodium hyaluronate, it needs to be applied while your skin is still damp, right after washing your face.  This helps keep the moisture in your skin.  Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water, which helps your skin stay looking fresh and dewy all day.

I tip my face back and apply right from the bottle to my skin (face, neck and chest).  I pat the toner on with my fingers, no cotton pad, to try and lessen the amount of physical exfoliation that my skin gets.

shop online | dermstore

6 – Serum | If I’ve had a lot of early mornings or been traveling and my skin feels like it needs even more of a boost, I’ll apply DHC Extra Concentrate over my fine lines and around my eye’s expression lines. 

I’ve been using Extra Concentrate on-and-off since my mid 20’s and it’s one of the best serums I have ever used.  I always notice a visible improvement in my skin when I use it consistently. 

If I need strictly moisture, then I’ll use The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, NIOD Pure Hyaluronic Acid, or Bioderma Hydro Serum all over my face, neck, and chest.   I don not use all of these serums at one, these are just a few that I have tried and really love.  

Most days the DHC toner is enough, but I do like these serums as an extra boost a couple of times a week.

shop | DHC extra concentrate . The Ordinary . NIOD . Bioderma

7 – Eye Cream | On to eye cream.  I’ve done a full post on this one here.  I’ve been using the DHC CoQ10 eye cream for around five years now. 

I still remember looking at the skin around my eyes about three weeks after I started using this eye cream and the skin was noticeably brighter and plumper.  Over the years, I have tried other eye creams, just to be open minded, but always come back to the CoQ10.  It has the perfect amount of hydration and lays perfectly under eye makeup.

I dab a pea size amount on my fingers and use my ring or middle (I have a very light touch) and gently dab-and-lift, dab-and-lift to apply the cream to my lower and upper lids.

shop |  dermstore

8 – Face Lotion |  I discovered the Jack Black Double Duty SPF 20 face moisturizer on a whim at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.  You know those little shops inside the hotel that sell shampoo and toothpaste when you forget yours?  I was browsing one day while waiting for Darius and picked up this travel set to try.  Needless to say, it was a pleasant surprise to find such an amazing moisturizer when I was least expecting it. 

It sinks in right away, lays perfectly under foundation, and has SPF 20.  I honestly rarely go outside (as I work from home most days), so that is enough SPF for me. 

I’ve been using the Jack Black lotion for approximately three years now and love it!  I buy the jumbo sets and keep one for myself and give one to Darius.  He loves it too and tells me when he needs more of the “face stuff” – ha!  

shop | ulta . sephora 

9 – Sunscreen | If I am going to be outside for the day, I will wear this La Roche Posay SPF 50 sunscreen serum.  I love how lightweight it feels, it doesn’t break my skin out, and it truly prevents sunburns.  Make sure to apply a little extra on the area behind your ears!

shop | ulta beauty

10 – Mist |  One of my favorite things to do while I work (especially during the winter!) is to give myself a few spritzes of this DHC Super Collagen Mist throughout the day.  Before I started using mists, I thought they seemed unnecessary. 

However, when I tried this collagen mist, I noticed my skin maintained a fresh look and if I was wearing makeup, it stayed looking “just applied” and didn’t get dried out or patchy looking.  I am now a firm believer in a mid-day mist!

shop | dhc . dermstore

shop routine #1


-Routine #2 a.m. Oil Cleansing –

1 – Oil Cleanse  | I have been using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil for over 15 years now, which blows my mind!  There is no other skincare product that I have used longer.  

A few years ago, I tried using this oil cleanser, which is meant to gently dissolve makeup, on my bare skin in the morning.  The result: completely clear pores, smooth skin that felt balanced (not tight or dry) and all of the blackheads around my nose were gone.  

I was hooked and now oil cleanse in both the morning and at night!  

One key thing with oil cleansing, it must be applied with dry hands to dry skin.  You only add water once you are ready to rinse.  I leave the oil on for 30 seconds up to a few minutes to really let it work and then rinse.  

shop |  dermstore

2 – Toner  | I use the same DHC Co10 “Toner”/Serum from routine #1.

3 – Serum | Again, I’ll use one of the serums from routine #1.

4 – Jade Rolling | I have a full post here on how I use my jade roller.  In short, I love rolling, not only because it is relaxing, but because it helps depuff my face if I wake up bloated and increased my circulation, which my my skin look healthier and more glowing.  

You don’t have to spend a ton of time rolling in the morning (even though you will want to).  Just 10-30 seconds of rolling helps your serums absorbs and gets the depuffing started. 

shop | amazon

5 – Eye Cream | DHC CoQ10 eye cream (full post)

6 – Face Moisturizer with SPF | Jack Black SPF 20 face moisturizer from routine #1

7 – Sunscreen | La Roche Posay spf 50 (only if going outside)

8 – Mist | Always Be Misting, baby!  Ha!  Same mist from routine #1

shop routine #2



I hope this skincare routine post is helpful.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions below, I’d love to hear from you!


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