Mornings, especially if you are not an early riser like me, can be a slog so it’s not surprising that the morning skin care routine is one that often suffers. Blame it on the snooze button, the late night or being disorganized, but it’s a safe bet that the morning skin care routine is more often nixed than not. While most of us appreciate that a good night-time skin care routine (including make-up removal and cleansing) is important, we may not pay as much attention to our skin’s needs in the morning.
A good morning skin care routine doesn’t have to be complicated, and, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. In just a few steps, you can cover the basics to ensure that you are rewarded with healthy, glowing skin.
Morning Skin Care Routine: 3 Essential Steps
- Cleanse (Optional). I say optional because if you’ve cleansed your face properly at night, it’s unlikely to get terribly dirty while you sleep. Many of us, including me, opt for a warm water splash. If your skin is normal to dry, and you feel good with the splash, that’s likely to be enough. However, if your skin is oily or you just like to cleanse in the morning, then I won’t argue with you. It’s perfectly fine to cleanse your face in the morning, so go ahead and indulge. Give Apothekari Cloud Nine Foaming Cleansing Crème, suitable for all (even sensitive) skin types, a try. If you want a bit of light exfoliation or have oily skin, try Apothekari AHA-Mazing Clean Exfoliating Cleanser Gel.
- Prevent. During the day, skin is assaulted by a variety of stressors including pollution and the sun, which generate free radicals that can harm skin leading to premature aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Your morning skin care routine should include antioxidants, which help to fight against free radical damage. Some antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E also help to boost the protection afforded by your sunscreen. Vitamin C (as L-ascorbic acid), is supported by the most clinical research to document its efficacy in protecting skin from free radical damage. We love Apothekari Bespoke Vitamin C Serum, which is available in a 10 and 15% concentration and contains an arsenal of antioxidants to help protect skin.
- Protect. There’s no longer any argument about this – the sun accounts for more than 85% of skin damage. If you’re not applying a well formulated good sunscreen every day yet, please consider doing so as soon as possible. Nothing. I’ll say it again – nothing – can do as much for your skin as wearing a good UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen every day. Our sister store PhaMix.com stocks a wide range of sunscreens including the ever popular line of Anthelios sunscreens. Plus, we will soon be introducing our very own Shade SPF 30, a zinc oxide sunscreen infused with antioxidants to deliver unparalleled protection.
3 steps to a great morning skin care routine. It’s not that difficult and shouldn’t take much time at all. What does yours look like?