By Shae Marshall-Rae
It’s time to be honest…
Do you give your skin the good morning that it deserves?
Here’s what your morning should look like for your face:
1. Cleanse me — in the morning, it’s best to cleanse your skin with your proper skin cleanser. Just once is fine. If using a wash-off cleanser, or cleansing in the shower, try to avoid letting water run over your face (especially those of us in Australia starting to enjoy hot winter showers) —the pH of hot tap water is more alkaline than regular water, making it less friendly to our skin’s natural acid protective barrier. Best to use a face washer, or splash your cleanser off with your hands.
2. Protect me — before anything else, give your skin a drink. Moisturise to suit your skin type. If you use a serum, now’s a good time to use it. If you’re wondering what kind of serum is good for day, look for something that likes water, i.e. something with hyaluronic acid. There’s no reason that you can’t use a heavier moisturiser during the day, especially if you are on the normal – dry skin type side. I find make up sits better when the skin is nourished; powders don’t make the skin look dry and foundation has a nice smooth dewy look.
3. Protect me some more — you didn’t think I would forget my favourite subject, did you? Sunscreen! I can talk about about it til I’m blue in the face, but really, when it comes down to it, there’s only one person that can put it on for you in the morning… and unless you have your very own personal beauty therapist, that person is you. One other benefit of sunscreen application (apart from the obvious) is that it also helps to protect against pollution we expose our skin to every day in the air (which can aggregate sensitivity in the skin).
Also, physical sunscreens (like your everyday Zinc type products) don’t absorb into the skin, they create a protective barrier on the skin, that lasts all day. This is great for people that aren’t in heavy sunlight, as the need to reapply isn’t so essential. This magic barrier to the outside world also holds moisture in, and keeps your make up from sinking in and dehydrating the skin.
So, cleanse, protect, and protect some more. That’s not so hard, is it?
Also, some things to keep in mind when waking up your skin
Don’t exfoliate before your coffee
— why? Morning time is not the best time to exfoliate. The reason being is that morning skin is just about to face the world. If we remove that protective layer of dead skin cells, it leaves fresh, vulnerable skin cells — and exposes us even more so to uv radiation and pollution (increasing the likeliness of sensitivity issues)
Avoid two-in-one solutions
Moisturising sunscreen? Sunscreen in your foundation? Ok, at least it’s a start. But, you’re much better off doing it separately. Really, if you time how long it takes to apply all three – it’s probably two minutes out of your life.
The reason why? Sunscreen isn’t a moisturiser, and vice versa. You want moisturiser to absorb into the skin, but sunscreen shouldn’t. If you are going to choose to combine, ensure that you are using a broad spectrum 30+ (and if you’re in Australia, it’s essential your sunscreen is purchased here — if you don’t know why then read this)
A glass (or 8) a day keeps premature wrinkles at bay
Wake up with a glass of water to wake up your digestive system, which in turn is going to help keep you and your skin hydrated. I like to drink ice cold water, really wakes you up!
Let the blood flow
When waking up, it’s a great idea to stretch your body —standing with feet shoulder width apart and keeping legs straight, bend from the hips to try and touch your fingertips/hands to the floor just in front of your feet. Let your shoulders and neck relax… this will get blood flowing to your face, and wake up your skin for the day!
It might seem like a lot when reading this, but in reality, all the steps that I outline here take a matter of minutes to complete, and will help your face to start the day for you, even when you don’t feel like facing the day.