We all know that establishing a good skincare routine is essential to our skin’s health, and is the foundation for that naturally flawless complexion we’re all dreaming of. But most of us only implement our skincare regimen at night, and we often forego giving our skin the TLC it needs when we’re rushing out the door in the morning.
Between hitting your snooze button a few extra times and stumbling out of bed to throw on some BB cream before heading to work, there are 8 essential steps you must make time for in order to achieve that naturally flawless complexion…
Step 1: Hydrate
Water. Not coffee. Plain and simple. Instead of pouring yourself a cup of coffee, drink 1-2 full glasses of H2O in the morning. This helps to flush out the toxins in your blood and is a secret to glowing, naturally beautiful skin. It also helps prevent dryness, dullness and breakouts - all of which are tell-tale signs of dehydration.
On top of that, drinking water on an empty stomach has numerous other benefits such as increasing your energy, boosting your metabolism and helping you in losing weight.
Step 2: Exercise
Believe it or not, exercise is another essential step in an effective morning skincare routine. It is key to getting your blood pumping which promotes circulation and reduces stress - both of which affect your complexion. Whether it’s yoga, pilates or HIIT training, make sure to break a sweat and give your skin a boost!
Step 3: Cleanse
Most of us are pretty religious about taking our makeup off at night, but when we’re in a rush in the morning we all too often skip this step and apply our makeup on what we believe is a “clean” canvas. In actuality, your skin produces oil at night and cleansing your face is an essential step in your morning skincare routine as it helps to wash away any nighttime bacteria and prep your skin for a fresh start to the day.
Step 4: Tone
If you have oily or acne-prone skin - this is one step you really can’t skip. Toning will help to balance your skin and help with any overproduction of oils. Look for an alcohol-free formula with ingredients like chamomile, hibiscus extract and vitamin E, and apply by using a cotton round to gently swipe over your face and neck.
Step 5: Use a Serum
Many people will ask if serums are really that important if you’re using a moisturizer - the answer is without a doubt, yes.
Serums have higher concentrations of ingredients and their gel-like consistency allows the product to penetrate deeper into the dermis than a moisturizer can. Moisturizers are designed with many benefits in mind but their primary job is to moisturize and nourish your skin.
Serums, on the other hand, are designed with specific and specialized formulas to remedy specific skin concerns. For example, Vernal Hydra-Glow Multi-Benefit Serum was designed to hydrate and brighten skin; it’s key ingredients are hyaluronic - which helps to hydrate, plump and firm, as well as organic Indian gooseberry (amla) - which contains a high concentration of vitamin C and helps to brighten and balance skin, as well as prevent acne.
Step 6: Moisturize
No matter how hydrating your serum, sunscreen or primer is - these products are no stand-in for a moisturizer and should not be used interchangeably. Not only will properly moisturizing help your skin look dewy and gorgeous under your makeup, but it also helps prevent your skin from drying out throughout the day and provides the essential nourishments your skin needs.
Depending on your skin type and personal preference, you can use a face oil in lieu of a cream-based moisturizer, so long as it’s hydrating enough. If you go this route, look for ultra-moisturizing ingredients like camellia oil - a treasured beauty secret of the Geisha extracted from tea leaves. It is one of the main ingredients in the Vernal Bee-Radiant Organic Face Oil.
Step 7: Use an SPF
Never forget to apply sunscreen! Whether you’re hitting the beach or heading to the office, sunscreen is important and you should apply it to your face, decolletage, backs of hands and anywhere that will be exposed to the sun.
We recommend using a mineral sunscreen as chemical sunscreens absorb into your bloodstream, can cause cell damage, and can even trigger skin reactions like acne! If you’re using other organic skincare products, make sure you don’t compromise on your SPF. Pick up a natural mineral sunscreen which is the safest and works by acting as a physical block that sits on top of your skin and reflects away the UV rays, rather than absorbs them.
Step 8: Primer
Last but not least, a primer is an optional final step if you plan on applying foundation or pigmented products on your skin after sun protection. Not only does it fill in pores, hide fine lines and help provide a more flawless makeup application - but it is the last barrier of protection for your skin. Watch out for primers containing silicone if you’re sensitive to this ingredient. Make sure to apply with a clean foundation brush and allow 2-3 minutes for it to set before applying your makeup.
And voila! Your most effective morning skincare routine is now complete and you’re ready to face the day.