Not a morning person?
Just because you don’t wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, doesn’t mean that you can’t start your day off on the right foot by making a few additions to your morning beauty routine.
It’s easy, just add these must-dos to your morning schedule and reap the benefits all day long.
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 moisturiser.
Eat some protein
Swop your carb-heavy bagel or sugary fruit for eggs or Greek yogurt. A recent study found that eating a high-protein breakfast helped women stay fuller longer and avoid overeating later in the day, which is basically all we’ve ever wanted out of food.
You already know that you need some form of sun protection daily, but did you realise that the SPF in your makeup probably isn’t cutting it? Double up on protection by using an SPF moisturiser 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 a tall glass of water
Dehydration doesn’t only make you feel terrible; it also affects the quality of your skin, too. After a good 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.
Mist your face
Keep your face mist of choice in your fridge and give yourself a frigid spritz to the face first thing in the morning. It’s shocking, yes, but it’s just the thing to bring down morning puffiness and leave you feeling bright and awake.
Drink green tea
If you need a morning 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 and are even linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers.