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In a rush? This five-minute skincare routine will have you out the door in no time. It’s as simple as cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating.
When it comes to having a good skincare routine, you want one that you can follow easily and stick to no matter what. Even if you’d like to get on board with a 10-step skincare routine, you want something that’s quick and unfussy for those hurried mornings when you’ve hit the snooze button one too many times and have to scramble to get ready. (We’ve all been there!) The good news is that a good morning skincare routine doesn’t need to be complicated or consist of too many steps. This quick and easy skincare routine will have you ready and out the door in a cinch.
Start your morning skincare routine by cleansing your face. Cleansing is the most important step in any skincare routine and helps ensure that your skin stays clean, strong and healthy. If you’re a fan of double-cleansing, save it for the evening when you need to remove the impurities from the day like dirt and pollution, along with traces of any hard-to-remove makeup that you might be wearing, like waterproof mascara or long-wear foundation. Skipping that extra step can help save some time on those mornings when you’re feeling rushed. For your a.m. routine, stick to a gentle cleanser packed with non-drying, nourishing ingredients that will leave your skin soft and hydrated.
Next, incorporate a scrub into your morning regimen. Exfoliation is another key step in your routine and has several skincare benefits: It can help slough away dead skin buildup, unclog pores, improve skin texture, increase circulation and boost radiance. Remember to only exfoliate two or three days a week because skin doesn’t need to be exfoliated daily, especially if it’s on the sensitive side. Avoid using a scrub with large or sharp granules, which can be more abrasive and cause issues like redness, irritation and micro-tears. Instead, look for a gentle sugar-based exfoliant that’ll work to give you a brighter, glowing complexion. Regular exfoliation will also ensure that your skincare products are more effective by helping them go deeper into the skin to deliver essential nutrients.
After you’ve cleansed and exfoliated, it’s time to give your skin a boost. You want to start with the lightest product first, which is your serum. A serum is packed with active ingredients and generally lighter in consistency, so the formula goes deeper into your skin. Serums are used to address specific skin concerns, whether you’re dealing with dryness, an uneven complexion or fine lines. If you’re after hydration, look for a serum with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which boosts moisture.
While the serum does the heavy-lifting, a moisturizer is the ultimate hydrator and helps protect your skin’s moisture barrier. Incorporate a moisturizer into your morning routine that contains both hydrating and skin-nourishing ingredients. Together, your serum and your moisturizer are crucial for their anti-aging benefits and for helping create a smooth and hydrated base for your makeup.
Once you’ve cleansed, exfoliated and hydrated, you’re ready to start your day by putting your best and freshest face forward!
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