Are you ready to face the day? After a night of sleep (or late parties), your skin needs a boost of nutrients to kick-start your day and prepare you to face the world.
Not only will you face other people, but your skin will be subjected to pollutants that can clog your skin, damage it or contribute to premature aging.
After all, our skin is our first line of defense against environmental hazards that may cause infection or illness.
There are many factors that contributes to skin aging and damage. It is important to fight off airborne nano-particles that might sabotage your success to great looking skin.
It is important that we cleanse it properly, arm it with antioxidants and prepare our skin in the morning to protect it all throughout the day.
If SPF is the only morning skincare routine you know, then you must read these tips to look your best.
1. Exercise daily
Regular exercise contributes to healthy skin. Exercise increases your blood flow and get your heart to pump blood efficiently. Because of this, your skin cells get nourished adequately. It flushes cellular debris and wastes out of your system.
You also get an instant healthy glow because you are supplying your skin with a nice dose of oxygenated blood. Exercise also reduces wrinkles by delivering collagen and elastin where it is needed the most.
A simple 5 to 15 minutes of cardio workout is enough to get your skin flushed as well as trim unwanted flab. It also gives you more energy and make you less tired.
2. Drink lots of water
Let me guess. The moment you jump out of bed you go straight to your kitchen and make your favorite coffee. Before you drink that coffee, do yourself a favor.
Drink a glass or two of water first thing in the morning to set you up for a great skin for the rest of the day. Not only that, drinking water in the morning is vital for your overall health and hydration.
You need water to get your body conditioned to do its work. It helps regulate your metabolism as well as provide hydration to your cells. If you are well hydrated, your skin will look clearer, it's easier for you to excrete bodily wastes, and you are preventing fine lines in getting permanently and prematurely etched on your face.
Nothing beats water. It is calorie-free and it is an inexpensive way to boost your health.
3. Cleanse your skin
It is important to remove your makeup before you hit the sack but let's get real here. Sometimes, we do forget to clean our face thoroughly. We might be too tired or too wasted to remove that mascara or eye makeup that it might still be there the morning after.
After a hard night, you sure want to remove bacteria and leftover makeup residue in the morning.
Remove your makeup thoroughly with a makeup remover. Wash your face with a gentle facial cleanser based on your skin type. If you have dry skin, go for cream-based facial washes. If you have oily skin, look for foaming gel cleansers that is specially formulated to remove that icky greasy feeling and control oil production.
Cleansing also wakes up your senses with that splash of water! It is best to use lukewarm water in cleansing. Do not use hot water because it strips your skin with healthy oils that your skin needs. You should wash your face not more than twice a day.
4. Exfoliate regularly
Your skin will look dull when it is blocked with dead skin cells. Your skin will look tired, lifeless and unappealing. Wake your skin up by removing those dry, rough and dead skin cells through microdermabrasion.
You can reveal that soft, radiant and glowing skin that will last for days.
You can invest in your very own microdermabrasion machine and use it once up to three times a week to continue getting that glow and avoid looking dull and lifeless.
5. Tone your skin
After microdermabrasion and exfoliation, you want to splash cool water and tone your skin to make sure all of the dead skin cells have been removed and cool the face down.
This is very important especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
It moisturizes and balances your skin. It stops over producing excessive oils that can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
To avoid drying your skin, use an alcohol-free formula.
6. Avoid sun damage with SPF
Whether you plan to be outside or not, you never want to skip this step. Sun damage can lead to wrinkles, a dull complexion, sun spots and potential melanoma in the future.
You still get sun exposure when you sit by the windows in your home or through the windows of your car. If you do not have a tinted car, you can compare your left and your right hand. Here's another example on how the sun can cause wrinkles.
Apply creams with SPF 30 or more on your face and neck. Remember that sunscreen is a must for everyone, especially people who are light skinned. Wear long sleeve tops or if not, lather sunblock on your sun exposed skin.
7. Moisturize your skin
Apply a lightweight moisturizing cream for daytime. Massage it over your face and neck. Use an eye cream and massage it around your eyes.
Moisturizing your skin protects and nourishes the skin, improves tone and masks imperfections. It helps prevent wrinkles.
Moisturizers also protect the outer layer of the skin from harmful effects of the sun, wind and other environmental factors.
8. Use a Primer
Fill in those pores and hide those unwanted fine lines by applying your favorite primer. A small amount can be used all over your face including your eyelids. Set it for 3 minutes before applying make up.
Makeup is only as good as the skin underneath. This may seem like a lot of work, but is actually only 5-10 minutes and requires very minimal effort for self-care.
It is just a few minutes of me-time for you to prepare your skin to face the world. Aren't you worth it?