Glowing skin – a highly sought-after timeless look. But what if you’re in a rush (like most of us often are) in the morning and can only allow ten minutes for skincare?!
Here’s where I’m hoping to help, follow my guide and you’ll skin will be radiant in no time. Of course, the more you practise this routine and you get used to it, the quicker it will become.
My two go-to products when in a rush is a simple cleanser and serum. These products can be applied within just a few minutes, and the benefits are worth that short time you spent in your morning rush.
The Morning Rush Glowing Routine:
You can begin this routine in the morning when you are in the bathroom after you have cleaned your teeth.
You should begin by washing your face with lukewarm water and lightly drying your face with a hand towel in soft dabbing motions. It is important you do this to avoid being too harsh on the skin and it will leave your skin damp and ready for the application of the products.
Then reach for your cleanser, I would recommend choosing one with brightening effects. Apply a pea-sized amount of the product onto damp hands and lather it over your face before washing it off. Cleansing will make a fundamental difference in making your skin glow by removing dirt and oil, which can clog your pores and make your skin appear dull.
The second product I recommend you make time for is a serum, it is vital that you hydrate your skin – dry skin does not give us a glow and can even accentuate wrinkles. When shopping for a serum look for one with brightening skincare ingredients, such as Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that brightens the skin by blocking an enzyme that can produce pigment.
After completing your skincare, you’re ready to apply your make-up. There are small changes which you can make to your make-up routine to add an extra glow to your face. Starting with the primer you use, look for one that minimises your pores and has brightening effects.
When it comes to your foundation choose a liquid one over a powder one, I find liquid foundation looks dewier, whereas powders can look more matte making your face look flatter.
For the finishing touches to your look, apply highlighter to the high points of your face which are the bridge of your nose, below your brow bone, on your cupids bow and the most impactful place along your cheekbones – when you apply this ensure it is well blended as you don’t want an obvious steak, we want your glow to look as natural as possible.
Other ways to achieve glowing skin throughout your day (with minimal effort)
- Stay hydrated – Aim to drink 8-ounce glasses of water a day. This is a reasonable goal which will help you to see the best results from your skincare routine.
- Eat the right foods – A known staple is your fruit and vegetables so ensure your intake of these are high. Other foods and drinks you could already have in your pantry boast many skincare benefits, such as products containing green tea extracts. The antioxidants within this product can help to soothe your skin and achieve a glowing complexion.
- Get a good night’s sleep – Aim to sleep for 6-8 hours each night. It is important to do this because like you get tired, so does your skin and this will cause it to look dull.
- Take time to exercise – Even if you a tight on time a brisk walk around the block on your lunch break or whenever you have ten minutes to spare. This will increase your blood circulation and the more you work out you will notice the glow on your face immediately after.
- Protect Yourself From The Sun – This may seem obvious, but the sun is the main cause of increasing the signs of aging. To protect your skin, apply an SPF daily, avoid sitting in the sun at peak times and wear protective clothing, i.e. sun hat, sunglasses.
- Remove your makeup at night – A golden rule to skincare and so important because you need to remove your makeup in order to allow your skin to breathe overnight. If you do not remove your makeup your pores will become clogged overnight which will result in a dreaded breakout.
Extra glowing tips (for when you have more time)
- Clean Your Make-Up Brushes – By cleaning your make-up brushes you will be promoting clearer skin. The reason is that they collect bacteria which can lead to dreaded breakouts, this is not what you want when you are trying to get better skin.
It is recommended that you wash your make-up brushes every two weeks, and you don’t need fancy equipment to do so.
To wash the brushes simply mix a couple of drops of facial cleanser or hand wash with lukewarm water in a cup, then swish your brushes around in the formula, let them soak for ten minutes, rinse with lukewarm water, carefully pat them dry using a towel, and lay them flat to air dry.
- Exfoliate – When you’re not in a morning rush, take extra time for your skincare routine and exfoliate. The process removes the skin’s outer layer of dead skins cells, this makes the skin clearer and smoother.
Use a face scrub to exfoliate your face, if you have time repeat this three times a week to see the best results.
- Try Hyaluronic Acid – This key ingredient acts like a sponge retaining a vast amount of water in the skin. This hydrates the skin therefore making the skin firmer, plumper, and reducing signs of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin with a luminous glow.
It can also prevent signs of aging, even if you are lucky enough not to have any signs of ageing, it is still beneficial to use as a preventative treatment and to maintain the current state of your skin.