5 Best Morning Beauty Routines

For most of us, mornings often mean a hectic scramble just to get the basics together so we’re out the door on time. Beauty is often the last things on our minds…maybe that’s why you sometimes see ladies applying lip liner at red nights (not you, right?). But the fact is, setting up a simple routine can make a difference in how we look over the long haul—and of course, each day. With that in mind, here are some essential steps to mix into your morning routines for better beauty and skin care.

#1 Hydrate
While moisturizing your skin on the outside is crucial, for overall health and appearance, getting your basic 8 glasses of water a day is also important for both health and how your skin looks. So reach for a glass of water to start your way, and see if you can’t take some more with you on the way to work.

#2 Cleanse
Pick a water-soluble cleanser and use it in the morning, then later in the evening, advise the skin care specialists from Adore Cosmetics There’s still a myth going around that you need to wash your face a lot to combat oily skin—wrong! That actually gets rid of essential oils we need for keeping our skin looking good and dries it out. Avoid cleansers with fragrances and with sodium lauryl sulfate, since both can be irritating to the skin.

#3 Tone
Pick one that is alcohol-free but has plenty of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients like retinol.

#4 Exfoliate
This is a key step if you have oily skin—exfoliants with beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid are you best bet for cleaning clogged pores and removing dead skin, say Adore Cosmetics scientists.

#5 Moisturize Right
Look for moisturizers that have certain key ingredients that dermatologists recommend for the best results, including stearic acid, emollient ceramides and (believe it or not) cholesterol. Relax, on the skin cholesterol won’t spike your blood cholesterol levels. And you don’t need a ton. Just a quarter-sized bit will do the trick.
Also look for moisturizers with sunscreens, since the sun is leading cause of skin damage and it’s a great way to solve two problems at once.

There’s more to add, but only so much in the morning, as we all know. But these 5 basics should go a long way towards giving your skin the care it needs to look fresh and radiant.