If you’re anything like me, you probably find routines especially as relating to the body tedious. #sigh
However, establishing a good skincare routine is truely the most important thing we can do for our complexion.
So, we’ll chuck those excuses and establish a Morning routine to give us that healthy, gorgeous & glowing skin.
STEP ONE: EXERCISE
Is this as difficult for you to hear as it is for me?
However, trust me when I tell you this, early morning exercise is essential for radiant skin; by increasing blood flow and promoting healthy circulation. It would reduce your stress levels and get your heart rate up, giving your complexion a natural glow for the rest of the day.
Hectic lifestyles can sometimes deny us the luxury of a gym, however, there are several short, intense workouts that can be done in the comfort of your home. Check out @kaysfitclub and @sveltebwbyuche
for guidance on exercise routines, giving us an opportunity to break a sweat and give our skin a boost. 😁
Healthy skin + fit body, I’m beginning to see the win in this, do you?
STEP TWO: HYDRATE
Before you down that Juice, tea, coffee, chocolate drink or anything for that matter, remember to drink water first thing in the morning.
Drink at least two glasses of water (you’ll probably need some more after your workout). Water is very important for our overall health, and dehydration does show in our skin with dullness, dryness and breakouts.
So, hydrating in the morning and through the course of the day, sets us up for healthy skin.
STEP THREE: CLEANSE
There are 3 Things to note;
We need to wash our faces in the morning with a subtle cleanser/soap. It is important to remove all traces of nighttime bacteria or makeup.
• Lukewarm Water:
If the water is too cold or too hot, it would dry our skin. So, let’s rinse our skin with lukewarm water.
• Face Towel :
Do you have a special towel for just your face?
If you don’t, now is the time to start.
After cleansing and rinsing with lukewarm water, dab skin with clean face towel.
STEP FOUR: EXFOLIATE
Exfoliation helps to slough off any dead skin cells, and the massaging action will also help with blood circulation, getting rid of any morning facial swelling.
Personally, I am a sucker for exfoliating brushes and subtle scrubs.
Exfoliating your face doesn’t have to be expensive. At the most basic, a cotton washcloth gives the perfect amount of facial exfoliation, it won’t irritate your skin and is gentle enough to use every day.
Run the washcloth under lukewarm water and wring it out (so that it’s moist,but not dripping), then rub in small circles on your face, starting from your nose and working out towards your temples, forehead and chin.
When last did you exfoliate?
STEP FIVE: CLEANSE AGAIN
Yes… Cleanse again! But I’m sure it’s pretty easy to figure out why.
Nobody wants to leave exfoliated dead skin just seating around on their face. And what better way to get rid of it, than to cleanse?! Massage gentle cleanser in small circles, then rinse clean with lukewarm water. Don’t forget to pat your face dry with that your clean face-towel we spoke about earlier.
Gosh! Can you feel that silky skin. . .
STEP SIX: TONER
This is an important step, even more so if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
Why? I hear you ask; Toners will help your skin achieve a balance and stop it from overproducing oils.
However, whatever your skin type, you don’t want to dry it out, so ensure you choose an alcohol-free formula.
Look out for ingredients that are soothing for skin; toners that contain chamomile, Apple Cider Vinegar, hibiscus extract, vitamin E amongst other things.
To tone skin, apply toner onto a cotton pad and swipe gently over your face and neck.
STEP SEVEN: SERUM
So, here’s the million dollar question, are serums really important?
Yes!!! Serums have higher concentrations of active ingredients than moisturizers or cleansers do. On our journey to the perfect, glowing, radiant skin, whether you’re looking to remedy sun damage, minimize fine lines or wrinkles or even and brighten your skin tone, there’s a specialized formula for you.
Do note: The application of your serum is just as important as the formula itself. Apply a dollop into your palm, rubbing it gently between your hands to warm it. Then, press the serum onto your face, starting at your nose and working outward—do not rub. This ensures that all those beneficial ingredients really sink in. Wait about three minutes for the serum to fully penetrate, then move on to the next step.
STEP EIGHT: SPF
If you have ever felt the full strength of Nigerian Sun, then you should know never to skip sunscreen— even if it’s overcast or if you’ll be inside most of the day. Sun damage today, no matter how little can lead to wrinkles, sunspots, a dull complexion and potential melanoma in the future.
Look for a product with an SPF of 50+. If you use a traditional cream or spray-on sunscreen, apply it the way you would a serum: spray or squirt some of the product into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, then gently press the sunscreen onto your face and neck.
If you prefer a moisturizer with built-in SPF, even better; gently smooth it over your face (rather than rubbing), and feel pleased that you’ve successfully combined two steps in your ultimate skincare routine.
Do Remember though, that your face isn’t the only place you should worry about sun damage. Make sure you apply SPF to your chest, the backs of your hands, your legs (if they’re exposed), the tops of your feet (if you’re wearing open shoes) and your scalp, where the hair parts. Don’t give burns an opportunity to ruin our gorgeous skin goals!
STEP NINE: MOISTURIZE
So if you used a moisturizer with SPF in step 8, you’ve already done this—Yayy!
Otherwise, a light moisturizer is essentially for daytime use. Not only does it make your skin look dewy and gorgeous under your makeup, it also keeps it from drying out throughout the day.
Apply your moisturizer by smoothing it across your face, neck and chest, taking care to pat it (never rubbing) around the delicate skin of your eyes.