Guest post by Lucy Chambers
Having clear and glowing skin is the result of proper and diligent care, and caring for your skin is the first thing that you should do when you wake up in the morning. Establishing a morning skincare routine is a great way to ensure that your skin is protected from the elements. Moreover, having great beauty habits can help to make your skin look fabulous the whole day. While your morning routine may not be as extensive as your evening skincare regime, proper cleansing and the right beauty products can protect your skin from harmful pollutants, UV rays, and damage. Here are a few ways to upgrade your morning skincare routine this year.
The 8-step Korean morning skincare routine
Following the Korean way of caring for skin can make your skin healthy and younger-looking. First, wash your face with water only, then pour a bit of toner on your hands and pat the liquid onto your skin. Smooth on an essence, let it absorb for a few minutes, then follow with an ampoule, serum, eye cream, moisturiser, and sunscreen. If you don’t have the time to do all 8 steps, consider paring it down to 4 steps—cleanse with water, pat on toner, moisturise, and protect with sunscreen. The result: a glowing and youthful-looking complexion that looks radiant even without makeup.
Don’t neglect your body
Don’t just spoil your face – your body needs some TLC too. Take a short shower to avoid depleting your skin of moisture and use a moisturising body wash to clean your skin. Lock in your hydration by applying body oil or body lotion right after your shower. If you’ll be outdoors the whole day, you may want to apply sunblock to your limbs, the back of your neck, and other exposed areas of your body and wear protective clothing to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.
Master a 5-minute makeup routine
A 5-minute makeup routine allows you to use fewer products to let your skin breathe and still look polished while you go about your daily tasks. Start with BB cream to even out your skin tone and softly blur imperfections, then use a bit of concealer on areas where you need more coverage. Set with pressed powder. Use a brow mascara to darken and keep your brows in place, then finish the look with a bit of cream blush on the cheeks and a swipe of lip gloss. If you want a more “done” face for a meeting or for an evening out with friends, simply add eyeliner and mascara and apply your favourite matte lipstick.
This year, give your skin some TLC first thing in the morning. You’ll be glad you did once you see how much healthier, radiant, and beautiful your skin looks from head to toe.