Get in touch with any dermatologist around and they will tell you that the key to having a good complexion is establishing a great skin routine. And while most of us are conversant with the night skincare routines, their morning skincare counterparts are often found wanting. Morning skincare is just as equally important as that of the night. Our love for the snooze button make us leave hurriedly in the mornings probably just throwing on some face cream before dashing out. But now that you know better, you should do better. Finding a skincare routine that works for you is usually a trial and error process but I have put together a great morning skincare routine that will make your skin glow
- Exercise: You might not want to hear this but a little morning workout will set your skin on a great path. It enhances healthy circulation by increasing blood flow and reduces stress. If you have time restraints, at least you can do some stretching, take a walk or some yoga poses.
- Proper Hydration: Ideally most of us would normally go for a cup of tea or coffee but water is more important. 2-3 glasses of water are just about right, you would probably need it after your workout anyways. Dehydration makes your skin dry, dull and cause breakouts. Morning water is good for your skin.
- Cleanse: In the morning, there’s likely to be some makeup residue, dirt or some nighttime bacteria, so washing your face is highly essential. Start the day with a gentle, oil-based cleanser to get your skin going. Use a lukewarm water, after, dry your face with a towel specifically meant for your face.
- Exfoliation: This is a big beauty secret and what’s more? You don’t need an expensive machine for this. A damp cotton washcloth can do the trick. Rub it in small circles all over your face, this in turn helps remove dead skin cells and rid off morning swellings. Cleanse your face again after exfoliating and apply face cream if need be.
- Tone: Those with oily and acne-prone should pay special attention to this step. An alcohol-free formula is ideal for any skin type. Ingredients to look out for are anyone containing chamomile, Vitamin E and hibiscus extract. Dip a cotton round in a toner and swipe over your face gently.
- Serum: Serums are instrumental to a radiant and glowing skin. Their ingredients are more active and concentrated than moisturizers and cleansers. Apply 2-3 pumps on your palms, rub gently between your hands and gently press on your face. Do not rub, so the ingredients can sink in well. Wait for 4-5 minutes and proceed to the next step.
- SPF: Never skip a sunscreen ever, whether it is overcast or you wish to stay indoors. A little sun damage today can prove fatal to your skin in the future. Any product with SPF of 15 and above is okay. SPF should not be restricted only to the face, your chest, back of hands, scalps, feet and leg (if they are exposed). Prevent burns today for a glorious skin tomorrow.
- Moisturizer: If you already used a moisturizer with SPF, you don’t have to bother again. If not, a light moisturizer should be applied for a dewy skin and to avoid skin dry-out.
- Primer: Finally, you need a primer to fill in pores, hide fine lines and set a smooth base for the rest of your makeup. Primers are often silicone-based, be wary of the ones you go for. After applying the primer, you can go ahead with your make ups and facial creams.
These are the major steps involved in your morning skincare routines and vital if you crave an envious skin. There are new skin care products that get released every other day but their effectiveness is unproven. A few cosmetologists have appeared on reality shows and in a recent episode received funding for revolutionary Anti Aging Cream on Shark Tank. Watch out for these products when they are ready to hit the shelves.