You are strapped for time. So your morning skincare routine needs to be quick and easy, we get it. Here is a four-product regimen that takes 4 minutes to apply.
Step One - Wash Your Face
The first thing you want to do in the morning is to remove all the dirt and oil that built up on your face overnight.
Unfortunately, some people underestimate how important this step is.
Millions of dust mites are living in our pillows, eating dead skin and hair. Add to that dirt, oil, dust, sweat, and makeup. As a result, studies show that lab samples of toilet seats and pillowcases are almost identical. Gross, right?
Using a gentle facial cleanser and changing your pillowcases at least once a week will let your face have a fresh and clean start of the day every day.
Step Two - Use Vitamin C Serum
Our skin gets damaged from ‘oxidants’ every day. Oxidants are unstable molecules caused by sun damage and pollution.
Poor diet, alcohol, and smoking create oxidants as well. That is the reason why we get fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
And studies show that even if you use SPF properly, it tends to reduce only 55% of these ‘oxidants’.
So adding antioxidants into your skincare routine helps you fight them.
Vitamin C, the most powerful antioxidant, effectively neutralizes oxidants preventing sun damage, dark spots, and skin sagging.
Step Three - Moisturize Your Skin
Moisturizing is a crucial step in your morning skincare routine. This is a good way to prepare your skin for countless environmental factors throughout the day.
It also keeps your skin from drying out and getting flaky.
If you are wearing makeup, stick to lightweight non-greasy moisturizers with hyaluronic acid. They absorb faster and will not make your makeup cake, unlike heavier texture moisturizers.
For dry skin, heavier, creamier moisturizers are more preferable. They are more likely to lock in moisture.
Step Four - Protect Your Skin From The Sun
Everybody knows that the sun causes skin cancer. According to a study, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Over the years, sun damage also adds up to dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and melasma.
However, many people still neglect applying sunscreen.
Using sunscreen is the last step of your morning skincare routine. And one of the most important ones. All other efforts that you make are in vain if you are not using SPF.
Choose a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30. Choose mineral-based products, which are those with zinc or titanium. They are safe for you and the environment.
Following these four steps is really easy and beneficial. Be kind to your skin and dedicate 4 minutes of your morning to taking good care of it.