Devoting part of that precious time between waking up and walking out the door for skincare may seem silly if you’ve already done it the night before, but it is, in fact, crucial to maintaining the look and feel of really great skin. That’s why in this blog post, we’ll talk about creating the best morning skincare routine, what products you need, and talk about some ways to make sure you actually stick with it.
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Main Takeaways: It may seem odd to go through a whole skin care routine at night just to go through it again in the morning, but a morning skin care routine is crucial to keeping skin its best.
Good to Know: Going through your morning skincare routine doesn’t just ensure great skin– it’s also an easy way to make sure your makeup or sunscreen go on much more smoothly.
Why Do You Need a Morning Skincare Routine?
Given that most people who are dedicated to a daily skin care routine usually perform this ritual at night, it’s understandable that one might question why a morning skincare routine is also necessary, or even useful. After all, if we’ve taken off all our make-up and washed our skin the night before, what’s the point?
There are many reasons to commit to a morning skin care routine, including the fact that a morning skincare routine gets your skin ready for make-up and/or sunscreen by making sure it’s as clean and as exfoliated as possible.
A morning skincare routine can also wash the sweat off your face. If you’re like just about everyone you probably sweat a little--maybe even a lot-- during the night. That sweat causes dirt and oil to become lodged in your pores, making skin prone to breakouts or clogged pores. By getting it off with a great cleanser, you’re giving it a much better shot at not breaking out.
One of the main reasons to use skincare products in the first place is to take advantage of antioxidants that protect your skin from environmental stressors. By using skincare products rich in antioxidants, you’ll help shield your skin from whatever is thrown at it that day. It also allows you to replenish your skin with the products that your skin just absorbed overnight.
Additionally, a proper morning skin routine rids of dead skin cells that have been shed as you slept. Your skin is constantly turning over; while that’s great for letting new, healthy skin show through, it also means a layer of dead skin is sitting on top of your face. By including exfoliation or a thorough cleanse in your morning skincare routine, you’re prepping your skin for the remaining products you will apply to get you ready for the day.
Finally, a morning skincare routine will give you an instant glow. Let’s talk about the steps you should complete every morning.
What’s the Right Morning Skincare Routine Order?
Here’s a quick run-down of a perfect morning skincare routine order:
Washing your face first thing in the morning ensures you remove all the sweat and oil from your face that might have collected overnight. A little facial massage while you apply your cleanser also increases circulation in your skin and wakes it up. We’ve included a bit of pink grapefruit peel oil in our So Clean! facial cleanser to invigorate the senses.
A toner is the perfect way to help control excess oil and rehydrate. With a toner as gentle as as our Rose and Shine rose water toner, you can spritz away throughout the day.
3. Apply a Serum
There’s no better or faster way to get an instant glow than with a vitamin C serum, which is known for its incredible brightening benefits. If your skin feels and looks dull and is lacking hydrating, plump it up with a hyaluronic acid serum.
4. Use an Eye Cream
An eye cream like our Eyes Eyes Baby is great in the morning for prepping the eye area for make-up and minimizing the look of puffiness and bags. It also features caffeine for a morning pick-me-up.
Protect and hydrate your skin as your final step before applying any makeup or sunscreen. We recommend H2 Oh Yeah for those with dry or dehydrated skin, and Crème de la Cream for those looking for anti-aging and brightening benefits.
6. Apply a Sunscreen
If there is one step in your morning skincare routine that is the most crucial, it is definitely this one. Don’t skip it and reapply as needed throughout the day.
But Do I Really Need To Wash My Face in the Morning?
We guarantee you you’re not alone in asking this. As we said above, it might seem strange to wash your face in the morning when you’ve just done it the night before, but it is best to clean your skin of all the sweat, oil and other impurities that can be clinging to your skin first thing in the morning. Otherwise, you’ll risk clogged pores and skin that will not absorb your serum and moisturizer and will cause uneven application of makeup.
So, those are our tips for getting your skin in tip-top shape each morning. Whether you decide to do it before or after your coffee is up to you--the main thing is just to make sure you do it.