Good morning ladies. Its Monday… Again. And I can bet it took you some minuets and all the will power you could muster to drag yourself off your bed to the bathroom and off to work. Mornings can be very difficult and adding routines to it could be almost impossible.
But developing this routines with time pays off as you not only develop a health skin and body, these routines also empower you for the day.
Use A Facial Mist
Need something that will wake you up? Grab a facial mist. This burst of hydration will wake you up pretty quickly, and has the bonus of being good for you.
Put tea bags or cold spoons on your eyes
If you tend to have puffy eyes, try one of these tricks: use warm tea bags to soothe puffiness, or cold spoons under your eyes to get rid of bags and help with dark circles. Then follow up with an eye cream.
Wash your face
You know you’re supposed to wash your face before going to bed, but did you know you’re also supposed to wash it when you wake up? Or did you know and just choose to ignore that? Splashing water on your face will instantly wake you up, and it’s also good for your skin. A gentle, citrus-scented face wash in the morning is advised. Citrus is more likely to help you wake up, and it’s energizing.
Drink a tall glass of water.
Dehydration doesn’t only make you feel terrible—it messes with the quality of your skin, too. After a night’s rest, your body is desperate for fluids, so starting the day with a big glass of water, preferably ice cold, is key for kicking off your metabolism and sending the message to your brain that it’s time to get started.
Move your body.
Studies have proven that women who exercise in the morning sleep better at night. Still, the beauty benefits of sleep are very real, so you want to be sure you’re getting every second of sleep that you need, without compromising to fit in that early morning workout. Shift your schedule to make a morning workout easier to manage.
Exfoliate Your Lips
Okay, so don’t exfoliate your lips every day, but you should do it two or three times a week. In cool weather, lips get chapped and dry, leaving them painful and kind of annoyingly flakey. I find that right after exfoliating is when lips get the most benefit. So why do it at night when you’re only going to sleep? Do it in the morning two or three times a week for soft lips that aren’t hurting you.
Use an antioxidant serum.
Potent antioxidants, like vitamins C and E, help to protect the skin from aging free radicals, which occur when you encounter UV rays, pollution, and other environmental skin stressors throughout the day. They also help your sunscreen to work better, and over time really help to impart skin with a noticeable glow. Apply an antioxidant serum to dry skin after you cleanse and before you apply moisturizer.
You know you’re supposed to moisturize your face, but what about the rest of your body? Yup – especially during harmattan. To avoid dry, cracked skin, apply a body lotion to arms, legs, feet, shoulders, and even your torso if you want. Choose a scent you love and lotion up before you get changed. To make things easier, there are tons of lotion sprays available now that are so fast and easy to apply, AND dry super quickly.
You already know that you need some form of sun protection daily but did you realize that the SPF in your makeup probably isn’t cutting it? That’s right: you need about a nickel-sized amount of sunscreen for your face alone, and most of us don’t pile on makeup that thick. Double up on protection by using an SPF moisturizer under your foundation or powder. Don’t forget your lips, your neck, the backs of your hands, and your eye area, too, as all of those spots are exposed to aging UV rays.
Drink green tea.
If you need an A.M. caffeine boost and aren’t the coffee type, green tea is the ideal way to get it. The drink is packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, which have been proven to slow cell damage (read: premature aging) and are even linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers. Can’t bear to give up your coffee habit? Good news: coffee contains antioxidants, too, and research suggests that it may even speed up the metabolism.