You’ve probably heard repeatedly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Research shows that a healthy breakfast can help with weight control, as well as increased focus, concentration, and overall performance throughout the day. And a healthy breakfast can encourage you to make healthier choices all day long.
Starting the day with healthy skin habits is important
Think of your morning skin care routine as your skin’s breakfast. It’s true that your skin does a lot of repair and rejuvenation overnight, but that doesn’t mean you can skip caring for it before you start your day.
Morning skin cleansing
You just washed your face before you went to bed. All you did was sleep, so is it really necessary to wash it in the morning? For most people, the answer is yes.
While you sleep, your skin can lose moisture, produce oil, and sweat. And during that 8 hours or so you spend slumbering, your skin is replenishing skin cells – and shedding the old, dead skin cells. In other words, you aren’t waking up with clean skin.
Your morning routine should consist of cleansing your skin. Most people will require more than just water (though, for some skin concerns, splashing the face with water may be the best option). Typically, a gentle cleaner formulated for your skin type will get rid of the dead skin cells and any excess oil without stripping the skin.
Moisturize before you apply makeup
Some people worry that moisturizing before applying cosmetics will make their makeup look runny or shiny – especially if they are using liquid foundations, liners, etc.
The trick is to give your moisturizer time to absorb. You don’t have to slather it on and then apply makeup immediately. In fact, applying moisturizer as soon as you shower/bathe will help keep skin hydrated, and will give your moisturizer time to absorb before you apply your makeup.
Mornings are the perfect time to make sure you’re taking care of your entire body. Get a good body lotion, and apply it from head to toe. Make sure you pay close attention to elbows and knees – and any other areas prone to dryness. Throughout the day, our bodies can lose moisture – starting the day by moisturizing your entire body can help keep the skin properly hydrated.
Don’t skip the sunscreen
You need to wear sunscreen every day. It is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin healthy. Use a moisturizer that includes an SPF 15 or higher, or apply a sunscreen over your existing moisturizer. And this goes for your body as well as your face. Unless you’re covered up completely, there are several areas that should be protected by sunscreen – especially your ears, neck/chest area, hands, and arms, which are commonly exposed, even in the colder months.
Take time to mask
Just as starting the day with yogurt and fruit will make you feel better than starting the day with a donut, starting the day by giving your skin the care it deserves will give you and your skin a boost. A Bel Mondo facial treatment mask can give you refreshed skin in only 20 minutes – you can wear it while you’re eating your yogurt and fruit (or drinking your coffee). Your skin will look and feel fresher, and you can start the day relaxed.