The Best Morning Routine for Great Skin
By Matilda Davies
Five simple steps for having a
great skin all day
Great skincare requires mindfulness, commitment, and routine. While we can’t eliminate exposure to damaging
sunlight and the bacteria that builds up on skin during the day, there are steps to take to mitigate their
effects—and the best skin care begins in the morning before we expose our skin to the world.
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step that can be taken every day in the evening and the morning to make your skin look
The good news is that the best morning routine for great skin is simple. Here are steps you should take every
morning to achieve healthy, glowing skin.
Great skincare begins the night before
Sleep has a profound effect on your skin, and lack of sleep shows up on your face quickly. Research shows that getting a poor night’s sleep can cause wrinkles and fine lines, dark
circles, puffy and swollen skin, paleness, and unsightly drooping eyelids.
A great morning skincare routine absolutely begins the night before with a solid night’s sleep. In addition to
making sure you’re getting the right quality of sleep, you should also make sure
you’re getting enough: most adults will need 7 to 9 hours.
Start with a glass of water
Staying well hydrated improves the health and look of your skin, so opt for a glass of water first thing.
Drinking water increases circulation, which means that your body is more easily able to flush toxins, especially
from your skin. When your body gets dehydrated, your blood pulls water from your skin cells. This means that your skin
becomes dry, less elastic, and prone to wrinkles. By drinking plenty of water, you can prevent breakouts, avoid
dryness, and fight unwanted wrinkles.
Stress can cause breakouts, rashes,
hives, and fever blisters, and for those with psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea,
stress can exacerbate these conditions.
By establishing a morning routine, you can reduce stress that will not only benefit your skin health, but also
your physical, mental, and emotional health as well.
Begin your day with a routine that includes waking up slowly, light exercise, meditation, and a healthful breakfast.
Use a gentle cleanser
While you’re sleeping, your skin produces repairing oils that keep your skin from being irritated and dry. Those
oils are good, but you won’t need them during the day.
Wash your face in the morning with a gentle cleanser that’s dermatologist tested, doesn’t strip your skin of
nutrients, and does not include sulfates, parabens, comedogenic oils, soaps, or fragrances.
But don’t wash too frequently—your skin needs natural oils to stay moist, healthy, and glowing. If you have
especially dry or sensitive skin, some dermatologists will recommend cleansing only in the evening to remove the impurities your
skin has collected.
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and take other steps to protect it against harsh sunlight and to avoid potential skin
Don’t forget sunscreen
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that everyone wear sunscreen. The sun’s
ultraviolet rays not only cause fine lines and wrinkles, extended exposure can cause sunspots and can lead to
skin cancers. The AAD recommends using sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays (called broad-spectrum
sunscreens), has an SPF of 30 or higher, and is water resistant.
Because the skin on your face is more prone to clogged pores and dryness, be sure to use a sunscreen that is
formulated for use on your face.
Matilda Davies lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she writes about health and wellness and is a
contributing writer at House Method. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and walking her