Confession time: no, we did not wake up like this. Great skin takes preparation and good behavior. Here, we share a few of our favorite morning rituals that help us hit our hydration and glow goals.
START WITH SLEEPTo have a great skin day, you really need to have had 8 hours of restful sleep the night before. Plan ahead by avoiding sleep-disturbing stimulants like caffeine, sugar, and alcohol in the evening, log off all devices at least an hour before bed, and hit your silk pillow before 10 pm. Wake to skin glowing with gratitude.
BEAUTY BEGINS FROM WITHIN
Starting your day with a genuinely positive mindset will help you radiate fresh-faced optimism. A couple of ways to get you into a healthy head space: set a positive intention for the day by repeating a mantra or affirmations that resonate, practice some yoga poses, or meditate. As British author Roald Dahl said: “If you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
WORK UP A SWEATAs the body’s largest organ, the skin loves and appreciates a workout. Raising your heart rate (and a decent sweat) boosts your skin’s circulation and natural radiance. Find a form of exercise you love and can commit to, even if all you have time for is a 10-minute power walk around the block.
Taking good, consistent care of your skin is the best form of self-care. Start your day by cleansing your skin, then apply a hydrating serum, followed by a nurturing moisturizer to hydrate and protect you from the skin stresses of the day ahead. We love the 24-hour hydration of the Moisture Plus Rare Rose range.
HYDRATE INSIDE & OUTJust as you can literally see dehydration in the skin (hey there fine lines), drinking 8 glasses of water a day really helps skin look fresh, smooth, and radiant. Start strong by drinking two glasses upon waking and continue through the day. Overachievers eat water-dense fruits and vegetables such as berries, watermelon, cucumbers, and celery for extra credit.
P.S. Don’t forget how drying your environment can be. Keep a hydrating facial mist close by for an instant skin refresh to combat the drying effects of sun exposure, air-conditioning and central heating. We don’t make a move without Rosewater Balancing Mist.
For whatever reason, and there’s always a reason, you haven’t been able to commit to any of the above. Freshen up fatigued skin by adding a few drops of a tinted bronzer or illuminator into your moisturizer or foundation. And promise to do better tomorrow.