Great skin starts with a good morning, quite literally! If you observe the morning routines of people with naturally healthy and glowing skin, there are quite a few practices that you will find in common. Let’s take a look at these early morning habits that are sure to give you clearer, healthier and more radiant skin.
1. Drink up: Start your day with a glass of water. As tempting as it may be to reach out for that cup of coffee first thing in the morning, keep in mind that your body needs to rehydrate itself as soon as you wake up. If plain water doesn’t sound quite as appealing, you could add some lemon and honey to it. Green tea and coconut water are some other great beverage options for the morning. And if you must drink your coffee in the morning, then wait to do that until breakfast.
2. Cleanse, tone, moisturize AND protect: A morning skincare routine is non-negotiable if you want to enhance the health of your skin. The key is to keep things quick and simple but to use products that are gentle, nourishing and effective.
Step 1: Use a mild and gentle cleanser
Unlike in the nighttime, you don’t need your cleansers to remove your makeup in the morning. Instead, you could opt for something that’s mild and make with natural ingredients. Cream cleansers that are infused with the goodness of aloe vera and other natural skin-benefiting ingredients are ideal.
Step 2: Use an antioxidant-rich and alcohol-free toner
Follow this up with a gentle and nourishing toner. Make sure that your toner is alcohol-free (which will ensure that your skin does not feel excessively dry and dehydrated) and is enriched with antioxidants that will heal and revitalize your skin.
Step 3: Hydrate and protect your skin
Follow up the cleansing and toning routine with a wholesome and replenishing moisturizer that is packed with the goodness of ingredients like sea buckthorn, grape seed, aloe vera and green tea. But if you really want to preserve the radiance and youthfulness of your skin, then you have to follow this up with sunscreen—every single day.
3. Work up a sweat:
Moving your body and getting some exercise early in the morning can work wonders for your skin. Aerobic exercise is an excellent way to rid your body of toxins and to revitalize your skin and body with oxygen. So, maybe it’s a good idea to skip the gym and take in the fresh air.
4. Eat a colourful breakfast: If you’re in the habit of skipping breakfast, then it’s about time you broke that habit. There’s really no substitute for a good breakfast. A healthy and wholesome breakfast in the morning is the key to not only great skin but to your overall health and fitness. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, build your immunity or improve the texture of your skin, eating a hearty breakfast is crucial. So, make sure that you include a filling cereal (such as oatmeal), a variety of fresh fruit (make it as colourful as you possibly can!), protein and a handful of the good fats in your meal.