Incorporate a few morning beauty habits into your daily routine and you’ll look and feel better all day.
I admit I am not a morning person. I wish I was because, like most of us, my day starts early. I’ve never enjoyed being woken up by the sound of an alarm clock. I often hear my personal smartphone wake-up sound used as someone’s ring tone, and no matter what time of day it is it sends shivers up my spine.
One thing I know for sure: If you wake up aggravated, you’ll probably look aggravated all day long. And a stressed out face is not an attractive face. So, it’s time to wake up, sleepy heads! Starting today, commit to including these new habits in your morning beauty routine, and you’ll look and feel better as a result.
Morning Beauty Habits
The Most Important Meal of the Day
First up: breakfast. Put down those sugary cereals, maple syrup-drenched pancakes and chocolate covered donuts immediately. Our bodies need to be properly fueled to get our day started on the right foot, and protein is the number one fuel that we need. A breakfast that’s high in protein helps us to feel fuller throughout the morning. This is important because it keeps us from snacking on the wrong foods during the morning hours, and it keeps us from over indulging at lunchtime.
Think eggs, Greek yogurt, or if you’re like me, chocolate protein shake. I’m not a traditional breakfast person, but I know I can get all of my protein and essential vitamins in a delicious shake. And the best part is I can bring my shake with me as I’m running out the door in the morning.
Wake Up with a Cup of Tea
I’ve always been a morning coffee lover. But because of the coffee breath it’s time to make a change. And green tea is the answer. Not only will it help wake you up, but its antioxidants help combat damage from free radicals. Remember, free radicals are a key culprit when it comes to aging, and antioxidants can contribute to healthy aging.
Speaking of Antioxidants
What we put on our bodies is equally important to what we put in. So, apply antioxidant-rich skin care products regularly. Also, vitamins C and E help to fend off free radical damage. Free radicals are found everywhere: in the pollution we’re exposed to every day and in many of the foods we consume. Even our bodies create free radicals. Applying antioxidant-rich skin care products every morning is a must. Think cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer. And sunscreen is mandatory before leaving the house every morning, no matter what the weather.
H2O is the Way to Go
You know about the importance of water and keeping the body hydrated, but did you know that drinking water in the morning is super important? For every hour that you’re capitalizing on your beauty sleep, it’s an hour that your body is not getting any water. When you wake up, your body needs to hydrate. When you’re dehydrated, you simply don’t feel your best. You can get headaches, feel sluggish and, well, look dehydrated on the outside with pronounced fine lines and wrinkles.
So, make it a morning habit to drink a tall glass of water after you wake up. Not only will this help to hydrate your body, but it’ll also help to kick-start your metabolism and get your day started on the right foot.
Exercise in the AM for a Restful PM
If you can commit to getting in a little morning exercise, you’ll reap the benefits at bedtime. Set aside some time for a brisk morning walk, a swim before work or even a few laps around your neighborhood on your bicycle. Exercising in the morning can help you get a better night’s sleep. And remember, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason.
There’s nothing like that post-workout glow to give you a more youthful, radiant appearance to start off your day. So, make it a practice not to hit the snooze button. Put your alarm clock across the room so you have to get out of bed to shut it off. Sounds like torture, doesn’t it? But once you come to appreciate the benefit, you’ll be glad you did.
Start every day off by following these morning beauty habits and you’ll start to love the morning. Taking care of your body and your skin is important. Remember, the healthiest body and the healthiest skin, are always the most beautiful.