Who doesn’t want to step out into the world each day with a beautiful, glowing complexion? To help you be that person, we’ve compiled a list of the six most valuable things you can do each morning to reveal your skin’s inner beauty.
1. Perfect your breakfast
The foods that help one person thrive may break another out in hives. So, if you want healthy, glowing skin, it’s important to figure out what works for you.
Some people are, for example, absolutely fine with a dairy-filled breakfast. Meanwhile, even the best low-fat milk will lead to breakouts for many others. Some people look fantastic on a diet of baked goods and breakfast burritos, while others need to stick strictly to healthy whole foods.
If you struggle with your skin, the most common breakfast culprits are sugar, caffeine, gluten, and dairy. However, before you rush into any major dietary changes, it’s best to seek professional guidance from a dietician, doctor, or alternative health expert you trust.
2. Master your cleansing technique
If you’ve used actives like retinol or niacinamide the night before, then cleansing your face should be the first thing you do in the morning. Use a gentle cleanser, and if you live in a place with hard water, consider using filtered or purified water to wash your face.
If you didn’t use any active ingredients the night before but did cleanse and moisturize before bed, you may wish to experiment with simply washing your face with water in the morning. Many people find their skin responds well to a minimal cleansing routine.
3. Up your water game
Before you even think about firing up the toaster or brewing up your favorite specialty coffee beans, down a glass or two of water. Hydration is the foundation of glowing skin, so basic water is all you need. However, if you’re looking to really boost your water game, consider any of the following ideas:
- Sip plain hot water to kick-start your digestion;
- Try 100% natural coconut water for an electrolyte boost;
- Give your body a caffeine-free energy boost with a blend of cold mineral water, lime juice, fresh mint, and a dash of salt.
4. Move your body
Whether you fit exercise in before or after breakfast is up to you. The important thing is that you get moving.
Getting your blood pumping in the morning is the best way to bring a healthy glow to your skin. However, it doesn’t have to be a major event. You could do a few minutes of calisthenics and then a few minutes of stretching, squeeze in a quick HIIT workout, or simply dance around the kitchen while you prepare breakfast.
5. Do something you love
Whether it’s the aforementioned dancing around your kitchen, taking your dog for a walk, playing with your kids, or singing in the shower, it’s surprising how many benefits flow from doing something you love in the morning. As you find more joy in your daily routine, that happiness will radiate through your skin.
6. Use sun protection
This is a tricky one as many people get breakouts and other skin reactions from sunscreen. Unfortunately, it may well take you a few attempts before you find the ideal form of sun protection for you. If you struggle with sunscreen, keep in mind that hats and UV-protective clothing can also create that all-important barrier.
Follow the six steps above, and you can soon look forward to healthy, vibrant skin. If you find that nothing seems to work, then it may be time to book an appointment with the best dermatologist in town.