Our skin does an important job – keeping toxins and other nasties at bay. The trick to great skin is keeping it healthy and happy, but how can we do this? When it comes to all things skincare, routine is key.
Your nighttime routine should involve removing your make-up, cleansing and using any treatments and oils. Your morning routine is just as important. This is when you can get your day off on the right foot, and get some skin-saving routines in before breakfast.
Take a look at these six additions to your morning routine.
1. Head to bed earlier
We know, this is a boring tip but trust us – your skin will thank you! Our skin repairs overnight so if you don’t get enough sleep, your skin can look sallow and dry with dark circles.
2. Drink water before anything else
Make drinking water the first thing you do in the morning. Being well hydrated will boost blood flow to the skin, reducing wrinkles and pores. If you have dry skin, drinking plenty of water is especially important as it helps to hydrate from the inside. Want an extra boost? Add a slice of lemon for collagen-boosting vitamin C.
3. Make the most of your moisturiser
Moisturiser helps to trap water in the skin, so it is most effective when applied within three minutes of getting out of the bath or shower. Keep your moisturiser in your bathroom as a visual reminder.
4. Get your blood pumping
Exercising in the morning will give you a physical and mental boost. It also gets your blood flowing, which is good news for your skin. A study carried out by McMaster University in Ontario found that regular exercise can actually reverse skin ageing. It was found that when a group of participants aged 65 or over started jogging or cycling for 30 minutes twice a week over three months, the inner and outer layers of skin looked similar to people aged 20 to 40.
5. Take a breath
When we’re stressed, our bodies release a hormone called cortisol. This decreases the skin’s barrier function and cell turnover. This can lead to sagging skin, breakouts and dehydration. To help reduce stress, take a few minutes every morning to breathe deeply and meditate.
6. Clean your make-up brushes
Make-up brushes looking a little grubby? Remember dirty brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria and can lead to breakouts. Once a week, take some time in the morning to give them a good wash.