My good friend Maurine shared this article with me and I thought it had some great suggestions for little tips and tricks we can do to look our best and healthiest. I think some of these are easy to forget, so I enjoyed the reminder. Thanks, Mo!
#IWokeUpLikeThis: How to Wake Up Looking (Even More) Amazing
By: Maurine Anderson
Let it be known: many things are much more important than looking perfect when we walk out the door in the morning. When we have responsibilities such as caring for children, juggling a career, and getting an education, having a perfect appearance simply falls lower on the priority list. With that said, there is still a case to be made for spending that extra moment or two during the day on our appearances. It can help give us the extra boost of confidence we need to go forth and conquer the day. It can contribute to our overall self-worth, even encouraging us to do wholesome things for ourselves such as exercising and eating a balanced diet. And here’s the good news: by adopting just a few healthy habits, we can look and feel our best much of the time—even when we wake up. Here are some tips that will help you wake up in the morning looking amazing.
Give your skin the nutrients it needs.
This is much easier said than done, but it cannot be overstated. Clear and healthy skin is central to bringing out your natural beauty, so it is important to determine which skin care ingredients work best with your skin and to infuse your skin with those ingredients. This may involve some experimentation with different products, especially if you have sensitive skin. Try visiting a dermatologist or esthetician if you need help determining what your skin needs and which makeup products will work with your skin. Whatever you decide, your skin care regimen will likely consist of, at the very least, a cleanser, a daytime lotion, a nighttime lotion, and an eye cream.
One great way to ensure that your skin is getting exactly the nutrients it needs is to go private label. Once you know which ingredients work best on your skin, you can have something specially formulated for your skin. This article on how to have a natural glow, for example, suggests working with a private label serum that contains ingredients like Niacinamide, rose otto essential oil, and vitamin C to give your skin a natural glow.
Lay on the moisturizer.
On a similar note, remember that nighttime is really the best time for treating your skin (and lips!) to some deep moisture. Your hands and feet may be busy during the day, but while you sleep you can let them soak in something extra moisturizing without it causing an inconvenience.
Remove makeup every night.
As hard as it can be to say goodbye to a stellar makeup application, removing makeup every night is important for keeping your skin healthy and blemish free. And what is more beautiful than waking up in the morning to a clean face?
The secret to smooth and clear skin? Exfoliation. Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis will remove that dull layer of dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin, help you get a closer shave, prevent breakouts, and help skin care products penetrate deeper. How often you exfoliate depends on your skin type, but many people who exfoliate regularly will exfoliate their faces once or twice a week and their bodies two or three times a week. You can choose to exfoliate with an exfoliating cleanser, exfoliating mask, specialized scrub, facial brush, and/or body brush.
Drink plenty of water.
As if there weren’t enough reasons to drink plenty of water already, drinking enough water (on average, about 12 cups per day) can actually improve the overall look of your skin. You’ll notice improved under eye circles and bags, and your skin will stay soft and supple. Drinking plenty water will help you wake up in the morning with soft, supple skin.
Get enough rest.
This is another tip that falls into the realm of common sense, but it’s worth the extra reminder. Getting enough rest at night—at least 7 to 8 hours—is crucial for helping your skin produce collagen, which helps maintain plumper skin and reduce wrinkles; for boosting blood flow, which gives you that natural glow; and for reducing the appearance of dark circles and bags under the eyes. Get enough rest at night (or supplement with naps as needed), and you’ll wake up with a youthful glow.
Get those brows shaped.
Brow shaping is one of those spa treatments that can bring out your natural beauty significantly. If done right, your brow shape can complement the unique bone structure of your face. One major plus to having your brows shaped is that you potentially only have to pay for it once if you are diligent about plucking new brow hairs regularly. And if you happen to have sparse brows that you have to fill in every morning, there is the option of microblading, also known as 3D brows or eyebrow embroidery, should you choose to go that route. (Microbrading is a semi-permanent procedure that essentially deposits hair-like strokes of ink at the brow area, allowing you to enjoy the look of fuller brows for up to two or three years.)
Try overnight hair styling.
There are a myriad of ways to create a no-heat, subtle wave hairstyle overnight, from braids and pin curls to headband tucks and sleep-in curlers. One easy way to give your hair a soft, wavy look overnight is to part damp hair into two sections and then twist each section towards the back of your head, pinning each twisted section to the top of your head so it stays put. Untwist your hair in the morning for beautiful wavy locks. For an added touch of shine, lightly nourish your hair from the tips to the roots with a lightweight hair milk.
Apply dry shampoo before bed.
If you plan on wearing second (or third) day hair the next day, dry shampoo is the perfect thing to apply to your roots before bed for a fresh head of hair in the morning.
Sleep on a satin pillowcase.
Sleeping on a satin pillowcase can reduce hair frizz, and ultimately even reduce wrinkles. Consider investing in a zip-style pillowcase that fits under your decorative pillowcase so that you don’t have to compromise on your bedroom decor. Be sure to wash your pillowcase on a weekly basis as well to rid it of blemish causing bacteria.