My Morning Beauty Ritual

Keeping our skin healthy can really be hard sometimes. Especially when the seasons are changing. During summer we try hard to save it from sun damage and when the colder months arrive we try to save it from the cold. It can really be stressful to think about all the different routines and products that need to be used depending on the weather.
But hold your anger for just a second. What if I told you that you don’t have to do any of that stuff, if you just add a daily morning routine to your life? According to dermatologists, this is the most important thing for your complexion, and it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes of your day. It really doesn’t sound tiring, does it? Not to mention the awesome feeling on your skin after you’re done.
With all that being said, here are 5 tips on how your morning routine should look like:

Step one: Exercise and hydrate
This will be the hardest part if you aren’t a morning person, but trust me it will become addictive once you feel that after workout feeling. Morning workout isn’t as intense as a classic gym training, it is more about increasing the blood flow in your body and breaking a little bit of sweat. For example, run 10 circles around your building and do 50 sit-ups and you are good to go. It is not that hard, right?
As for the hydration part, instead of coffee being the first thing you put in your mouth in the morning, drink at least two glasses of water. Besides the fact that water will do good for your skin and save it from dullness, dryness and breakouts, it will also do good for your body.

Step two: Cleanse

Believe it or not, a lot of bacteria are piling up on our faces during night time. That’s why it is important to start our day with a gentle and natural facewash product. After you put it on, rinse it with lukewarm water and dry your face with a clean towel you use only for your face.

My Morning Beauty Ritual

Step three: Exfoliate and cleanse again

Exfoliation means washing a part of your body (in this case your face) with granular cosmetic preparation in order to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface. But, you can also do it with a cotton washcloth (if you know how to use it gently).
Put the washcloth under lukewarm water and wring it out to make it just moist rather than dripping, and rub it on your face in small circles starting from your nose and then proceeding towards the forehead, chin and temples. Besides the fact that all the dead skin will be gone, this will also help you reduce the morning facial swelling.
After this is done, clean your face again of course, since you wouldn’t want to leave all that dead skin on your face.  

Step four: Tone

This particularly refers to anyone suffering from oily and acne-prone skin. The toner will help your skin by preventing it from overproducing oils. Be careful and use a toner which is alcohol-free, since the alcohol will dry your skin out completely. Apply it on the cotton round and gently tap or swipe it all over your face, but never scrub it.
Step five: Serum, SPF and moisturise
Serums are very important since they have a much bigger concentration of active ingredients than cleaners and moisturisers. Besides the formula itself, application is also a very important factor. Put two to three pumps in your palm and rub it gently between your hands. Then, press it on your face starting at your nose and work it outward – never rub it, since you want all those ingredients to really sink in your skin.
Wait a couple of minutes and then move to the next step - sunscreen.  Don’t take this for granted, as it is a very important part of your routine. Sunscreen protects your skin from the sun damage which can cause wrinkles, sunspots and a potential melanoma. Find a product with at least 15 SPF and apply it on your face, neck and other exposed parts of your body.
Last, but not least is the moisturizer. Apply it by smoothing it across your face, chest and neck by patting it instead of rubbing, and you are good to go.
That would be it. Do this every day and you will notice how your skin is slowly becoming flawless. All in all, it is very important to take good care of your body, because you know what they say – Mens sana in corpore sano.

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Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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