What if we told you that a few twists to your morning routine could make a world of difference when it comes to the appearance of your skin?
If you’ve spent way too much time and money applying an endless stream of beauty products in the pursuit of glowing skin only to be disappointed by its persistent dull look, we get it.
And while there are certain skincare products that can help, the first step to radiant skin starts with our habits.
We bet it’s safe to say that you have a pretty jam-packed schedule, right? And to keep track of all the non-stop activities you’ve committed yourself to—from hitting the gym to important work meetings to happy hour with friends—you probably have a calendar on hand that you update whenever you’ve tacked something new onto your to-do list.
What if we told you that a few twists to your morning routine could make a world of difference when it comes to the appearance of your skin? Here are some tips on what should be a must for you in the morning to get naturally beautiful and baby soft skin.
Have a glass of water
Hydration, hydration, hydration!
Water makes up approximately 70% of your body and in order to maintain good health, you must keep that. As tempting as it may be to reach out for that cup of coffee first thing in the morning, keep in mind that your body needs to rehydrate itself as soon as you wake up.
Drinking water first thing in the morning helps flush your system of toxins and waste, aids in cell regeneration and a host of other good-for-you functions.
There’s a reason why so many celebrities say their beauty secret is water. Beauty begins as an inside job, and being properly hydrated is one of the first steps to optimal health and beauty. If your water level isn’t maintained, it can cause the skin to become dehydrated – it will show up on your face in the form of a dull, pasty complexion.
So, whether you chug regular old H2O, or eat a piece of hydrating fruit, kicking off your day with hydration is an excellent way to get your skin soft, smooth and glowing. Drinking water can also help promote an even tone and skin that is wrinkle free!
Cleanse and tone it up
Many people love babies’ skin because it looks so pure, and one way to get it there is to ensure it is clean. Cleansing helps get rid of oil, dirt, and debris that often build in pores and create texture. Cleansing will also help diminish the appearance of pores eventually making it baby soft.
Cleansing should be done for about 1-2 minutes, because after 3 minutes your cleanser can become acidic and strip away moisture, reversing all of your hard work.
Choose a soothing, low-pH cleanser that does not irritate your skin. Unlike in the nighttime, you don’t need your cleansers to remove your makeup in the morning. Instead, you could opt for something that’s mild and made with natural ingredients. Cream cleansers that are infused with the goodness of aloe vera and other natural skin-benefiting ingredients are ideal.
Toning your face is very important. A good toner helps in removing any remaining bits of oil and dirt left behind by a cleanser. It shrinks the pores and balances the pH level of your skin.
Toners prevent your skin from producing excess oil. Take enough toner and dab it over your face evenly and let it get absorbed into your skin.
This one seems easy like a child’s play, but there are still people who often skip a daily moisturizer, as they think they just don’t have the time. But after the face wash, you should moisturize your skin to keep it fresh all day long and prevent dryness and wrinkles.
Follow up the cleansing and toning routine with a wholesome and replenishing moisturizer that is packed with the goodness of ingredients like sea buckthorn, grape seed, aloe vera and green tea.
Find a moisturizer that best works for you, and be generous about it. Depending on your skin type, either choose a creamy, moisturizing lotion or a water-based gel to nourish, lock the moisture into your skin and protect it from drying through the day.
Take a few blobs of the moisturizer and smoothly pat it over your face and neck. Massage it into your skin till the moisturizer is absorbed.
Pat on an eye cream
You’ve probably heard the popular saying “the eyes are the window to the soul”. But what if you don’t want anyone staring too hard at your eye area in the morning?
If, after waking up, you have dark circles under eyes, puffiness, or crow’s feet, that’s likely the case. Enter eye cream. Look for one that’s formulated for your specific skin issues and apply it after moisturizing, both morning and night.
Enjoy an extra-nourishing breakfast
Trade 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.
While our bodies naturally produce collagen, one way to give your skin an extra boost is by adding collagen powder to your smoothies. You won’t taste it at all, and brighter, healthier-looking skin isn’t the only benefit of collagen supplements.
Collagen also protects our organs, keeps our muscles and joints healthy, and leads to stronger hair and nails.
Protect yourself from sunlight
One reason a baby’s skin is so soft is because of the lack of sun damage. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can prevent the skin from being baby soft, because it can cause it to dry, peel, and develop imperfections like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
If you are unable to avoid the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen for ultimate sun protection. You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s worth repeating: sun protection is a skin care routine must. In the morning, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher—after moisturizer, but before applying makeup—as directed.
Apply the sunscreen liberally to your face, neck, and cleavage. And don’t forget your ears and your hands. Ears? Yes, ears. If you’re rocking a short ‘do or a ponytail, your ears are exposed to the sun’s unforgiving rays just as much as your face.
Despite earning a spot on our morning beauty routine list—since it doesn’t need to be used at night—you should reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.
If you’re consistent with your baby soft skincare morning rituals, they will no doubt result in baby soft skin. Once you achieve baby soft skin, it is important to keep up with these rituals, so you’ll have it for life.