This Carefully-Curated Morning Routine Takes Care of My Skin—And My Soul

In five easy, zen-like steps.

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Hallie Gould

If I've learned anything in this life, it's that mornings matter. Think of a time you overslept and the mania that came along with it—not only during the rushing-around part, but for the entire day afterwards. When I have time to slowly move through my routine and give my mind and body a chance to breathe a little, my productivity and general mood increases by leaps and bounds.

So, with that in mind, I've curated a morning routine that sets me up for a good day and healthy skin. It includes some coffee (because I'm not superhuman), candles, and a nice dose of good-for-you skincare. Below, find my new favorites from Keys Soulcare as well as the best ways to make them work for your zen-like mornings.

The Slow Start

coffee and keys soul care candle

Hallie Gould/Design by Cristina Cianci

After hitting the snooze button (just once, I'm working on it), I get out of bed and make myself a cup of coffee. My morning routine is meant to infuse just enough quiet and calming vibes to get me ready to take on the day. As such, I light a candle (this one is Keys Soulcare Sage + Oat Milk Candle) and sip slowly—in silence—for about 20 minutes while the morning light fills my living room before beginning my skincare routine.

The Cleanse

keys soulcare cleanser

Hallie Gould/Design by Cristina Cianci

First in the skincare rotation is Keys Soulcare Golden Cleanser, a delicate and soothing facial cleanser formulated with Manuka honey, turmeric, and chamomile. Turmeric is the most exciting part, as it's known for its soothing, detoxifying, and anti-inflammatory benefits, a close second being the antioxidant benefits of Manuka honey and deeply calming properties of the chamomile. The formula delicately lathers to remove any dirt or makeup, leaving my skin feeling soft and refreshed before applying the rest of my skincare. Breathe slowly and massage it in for maximum relaxation.

The Moisture

keys soulcare moisturizer

Hallie Gould/Design by Cristina Cianci

Next is Keys Soulcare Skin Transformation Cream, a fragrance-free formula brimming with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It works to hydrate, plump, nourish, and comfort. Plus, the moisturizer also contains buckuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol to improve my skin's tone and texture.

The Massage

keys soulcare obsidian roller

Hallie Gould/Design by Cristina Cianci

Now comes the fun part: Keys Soulcare Obsidian Facial Roller stimulates my skin and helps to de-puff and smooth. The stone, obsidian, is said to remove negativity (I'll take it) and feels cool to the touch. I roll it against my skin, pressing up and out, and it absolutely feels meditative—while increasing circulation and encouraging lymphatic drainage.

The Buttery Balm

keys soulcare balm

Hallie Gould/Design by Cristina Cianci

The last step in my feel-good morning routine is Keys Soulcare Comforting Balm. You can use it everywhere (hands, cuticles, elbows, lips, etc.), but I like to use a tiny bit on my face for extra hydration and glow. Think of it as a natural highlighter and the easiest way to seal in all that good moisture. Just a tiny bit goes a long way, and immediately, my skin feels soft and quenched.