Take a few minutes every morning to practice some self-care. Here are seven morning beauty habits that will have you looking and feeling great.
The start of any day is full of opportunity. Each morning is a blank slate, a chance to kick things off right. Who better to spend your time on than yourself?
Dedicating part of your morning to your beauty routine ensures you get everything done. Plus, it makes you feel good about yourself and sends you into your day at the top of your game!
Take a look at these seven beauty habits you should be doing every single morning. Add these to your to-do list and check them off before you get into anything else.
1. Drink Some Water
As you sleep, your body loses water. Your skin starts drying out from a lack of hydration over the six to eight hours you spend in bed.
The first thing you want to do when you wake up is to get that water back into your system. An ice-cold glass of water first thing in the morning gives your mind and body the energy they need to take on the day. It makes you feel good and look great.
It even kick-starts your metabolism!
While you’re sleeping, toxins begin to build up in your body. When you chug a bottle of water as soon as you get out of bed, you flush those toxins right out of your system.
Sending those nasty toxins packing will do wonders for your mind and skin, keeping both fresh and clear.
2. …or Indulge in Green Tea
Need a caffeine fix after you down that glass of water?
Green tea is a fantastic way to fill up on energy while treating your body right. It’s full of antioxidants, which are essential for fighting free radicals that cause cell damage and inflammation. Your body produces antioxidants naturally, but it can always use a little help in that department.
By drinking green tea, you could very well be fighting signs of aging. It not only gives you energy but also keeps you looking young!
Along with these great benefits, green tea works alongside water to flush away toxins and rev up your metabolism.
There’s hardly a better way to get your mind and body up and moving for your busiest of days.
3. Eat a Balanced Breakfast
Don’t even think about skipping breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day — even for your beauty routine.
Eating a variety of healthy foods each morning is vital. What you put on your plate has a big impact on how you feel and how you look. It can set the tone of your insides for the entire day.
There are plenty of breakfast foods that are good for your skin.
You get your fiber from oatmeal to keep things running smoothly. Fruit is one of the best sources of antioxidants to fight off that pesky cell damage. Anything with fatty acids, such as avocado, adds hydration to keep you glowing.
Don’t forget to have some eggs or a bit of yogurt for that protein.
Eating a good breakfast is fantastic for your metabolism. Not to mention, it makes you feel more satisfied and usually leads to less overeating throughout the rest of the day. Great news for your waistline!
4. Mist Your Face
You can’t go wrong with a quick spritz when you get out of bed in the morning.
There are specialized face mists made for this, but a one-dollar spritz bottle filled with purified water will do just as well.
Misting your face each morning livens up your skin after a full night of beauty rest. It will reduce any redness and puffiness, rehydrate your dry skin, and really wake you up.
And for an added effect, put your mist of choice in the fridge to keep it nice and cold. Talk about a wake-up call!
5. Do Your Workout
Most of the time, your health is directly connected to your beauty routine. Exercising is a great habit, and there’s no better time to work it in than bright and early.
The benefits of working out in the morning speak for themselves.
When you exercise after getting out of bed, you give yourself so much energy. Working out gets you moving and revitalizes you after a full night’s sleep. It really gets your blood pumping!
Also, morning workouts help you sleep better, which means you’ll get more beauty rest.
Leaving your workout for after work or before bed means there’s a greater chance you won’t get it done. Things change throughout the day, and sometimes you don’t have as much time as you thought.
So, it’s best to get it done and out of the way first thing just in case!
Are you tired of hearing about hydrating your skin yet?
Good! Because we’re still on that hydration train.
After a full night of rest and inevitable drying out (especially in the winter months), your skin craves moisture.
And what’s the best way to give it what it wants?
Moisturizer, of course!
Find a moisturizer that works for you and apply it liberally every morning. This is probably something you should be doing at night as well, but we’re focusing on the morning here.
So, mist your face and then put on your moisturizer before you apply your makeup. Your skin will thank you for it!
7. Put on Sunscreen
Don’t skip this step!
Sunscreen is just as important to your beauty routine as it is for children spending the day at a swimming pool birthday party. The sun can do a lot of damage to your skin, and sunscreen is pretty much the only way to avoid it.
It doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy out or if you’re spending the day indoors. Harmful rays can easily penetrate clouds and windows to get to your skin. They cause signs of premature aging and, at their worst, skin cancer.
It’s pretty easy these days to find moisturizers and makeup that contain SPF so you can seamlessly incorporate this step into your beauty regimen. Just make sure you’re getting plenty of protection.
It takes an average of 66 days to form a habit, so you better start now!
Use your mornings to take care of you. It’s the best time to fit these beauty habits into your day, and you should be doing them daily to see the best results.
If you make it a priority to do them every morning, they’ll become second nature in no time!
Angus Flynn is the business manager for Chatham on Main, a luxury apartment community in Chatham, NJ.