The Morning Skin Care Routine You Need to Follow

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Morning Skin Care Routine

Morning skin care
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Mornings can be rough. Wouldn't you just love to keep pressing the snooze button on your alarm clock instead of waking up? Once you are up, it can be a mad rush to get out the door in time. One of the last things you are thinking about is your skincare routine. But starting your day with the right skin care routine is a must. Your morning skin care routine does not need to be complicated. Follow the steps below to simply yet effectively take care of your skin each morning, no matter how rushed you are.

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Wash Your Face

Many people skip washing their face in the morning, but washing your face in the morning is crucial.  When you wash your face in the morning all the products you apply afterward penetrate and work better. You wash away any remains of products that sat on your skin all night and didn't absorb completely into your skin. Your pillowcase could be less than clean and even harbor bacteria that got pressed into your skin while you slept. It's time to wash all of that gunk away and start fresh.

Most people should wash their face with a gentle cleanser in the morning such as Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser. You could even use a soothing toner in the morning such as Simple Soothing Facial Toner instead of a facial cleanser. If you have very oily skin or lots of breakouts use a cleanser with ingredients that will treat your acne like La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser for Oily Skin which will get rid of excess oil but won't dry your skin out.

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Treat Your Skin

Once you wash your face you now can treat your skin. What does this mean exactly?  If you have dark spots (hyperpigmentation) that you want to lighten now is the time to apply a product that does just that. If you have constant breakouts, apply a product that will treat your pimples. These products are meant to treat very specific skin issues so they can be applied only to the areas of your face that need them.

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Apply a Serum With Antioxidants

The sun, pollution, a poor diet, stress - all of these things impact our skin negatively. You can't escape them so every morning you need to protect your skin from these damaging factors. The best way to do this is with an antioxidant serum. Antioxidants help to neutralize the free radicals that are aging and hurting your skin. Think of this serum as a skin shield - protecting your skin no matter what comes your way.

A Vitamin C serum is a great way to protect your skin. Some of our favorite Vitamin C serums include Skinceutical C E FERULIC (pricey but worth it) and Alina SkinCare Vitamin C Serum.

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Apply Eye Cream

Eye creams are one of the more controversial skin care products on the market. Many people will tell you they are a waste of your money, while others will say that you must use one. Our take on this controversy? If you have a specific concern just in your eye area, like fine lines and wrinkles or darkness, use an eye cream twice daily.  

When it comes to using an eye cream in the morning you can even find one with sunscreen built in it so it not only treats your delicate eye area but protects it as well. Try Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller or Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37.

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Moisturize Away

Your skin needs moisture every day, even if it is oily. Be sure to apply a good amount of moisturizer to your skin so it stays well hydrated throughout the day. Well-moisturized skin is healthy skin.

The type of moisturizer you choose depends on a few things like the time of year or your skin type. In the winter you'll want a heavier moisturizer than in the summer.  The more oily your skin is the lighter you will want your moisturizer to be. You could use a moisturizer that contains anti-aging ingredients in it if you want.

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Boost Your Skin's Hydration

Sometimes your skin needs an extra boost of moisture, particularly in the winter. There are 2 great and easy ways to give your skin the extra hydration it needs - with facial oils or facial mists. You can use these products in a number of ways: you could apply a few drops of your favorite facial oil directly to your face before applying your moisturizer OR on top of your moisturizer. The same goes for using a facial mist or water: spray on your face before your moisturizer or after your moisturizer. Many facial mists can even be used throughout the day to rehydrate parched skin, even over your makeup.

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Load Up On The Sunscreen

You're almost done with your morning skin care routine, but you can't leave the house without sunscreen. We always recommend using a separate sunscreen for your face - even if your moisturizer and make-up contain SPF. Why? No one ever applies enough sunscreen. You need a teaspoon amount of sunscreen for your face, neck, and chest.  If you applied that much makeup or moisturizer to your face you would hate the way you look and would never want to leave the house.  So instead find a favorite sunscreen and use it religiously each morning before leaving the house.