When we wake up, there are a few things to do before you start your day. One of them is performing your morning skincare routine. Not only is it a refreshing wake-up call, but it also lets you apply products to protect your skin throughout the day.
Building a skincare routine, however, can be tricky when the market is flooded with so many different types of products, all with big claims. While some people have elaborate 10-step routines, this isn’t necessary to keep your complexion healthy.
Here are the skincare basics you need for an effective morning skincare routine and how to apply them.
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STEP 1 / Cleanser
We all sweat and shed dead skin cells throughout the night. This is all still clinging to your skin in the mornings, which is why it’s important to give your face a wash. Use a gentle cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean but not tight.
STEP 2 / Toner
What is the point of toner? Glad you asked! They help to restore or maintain the pH balance of the skin. They also contain ingredients to tackle skincare concerns, such as diminishing the appearance of pores, making them great for layering under your other products.
STEP 3 / Serum
A crucial step in your morning skincare routine, a serum can deliver a concentrated dose of ingredients to your skin. The best ones to apply during the day are ones that contain antioxidants, as this keeps skin protected from free-radical damage, including fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
STEP 4 / Moisturiser
Using a moisturiser daily is necessary to keep skin supple by locking in moisture. Some people with oily skin omit this step to reduce shine but this can cause the skin to produce more sebum. Use a lightweight formula for oily skin and a richer one for dry skin.
STEP 5 / Sunscreen
Applying sunscreen daily – and reapplying it every two hours if you are spending time outdoors – is the best defence against premature signs of ageing and hyperpigmentation. It also lowers your risk of developing skin cancer. There are many different formulas available so you can find your favourite.