When it seems like time never slows down and you’re constantly on the go, it quickly becomes apparent that every extra second of your day matters. And that means that finding ways to get the most out of your time—especially during your morning skincare routine when you’re in a rush—is pretty important.
You shouldn’t completely skip out on taking care of your skin—it’s just about finding ways to streamline your routine when you wake up in the morning.
Since a hectic schedule is no excuse to cut your ties with a proper skincare routine, the next time you’re short on time, just simplify your steps. Perhaps you could use multitasking products and stick to the essentials.
Here’s our busy girl’s guide to morning skincare routine.
Step 1: Cleanse and Exfoliate
It’s not just wrinkles that can make you look older—so can dull skin and an uneven tone. And your skin’s ability to shed surface dead skin cells declines with age, which can lead to this dullness and uneven tone. Using a daily scrub cleanser that is formulated with glycolic acid, could help exfoliate dead skin cells and improve skin tone. When you use it, you’ll notice brighter-looking skin immediately, while your tone will improve with continued use over time.
However, before doing so just keep this in mind: Using an alpha hydroxy acid like glycolic acid can also increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so make sure to follow up with a broad-spectrum SPF. And, this leads us to our next step.
Step 2: Moisturise and Protect
Using a broad-spectrum SPF (one that protects against the harmful UV rays) is very important. That’s because when you spend time in the sun without wearing protection, this can lead to damage—causing visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots. Who wants that! And don’t think you can get away with not using SPF when it’s chilly outside. Previous studies suggest that you can get still get burned even on cloudy days! They recommend wearing an SPF of 15 or higher for everyday use and an SPF of 30 or higher for use on days when you’ll be spending extended periods of time out in the sun, so do plan accordingly.
When you’re short on time, reach for a moisturiser that’s formulated with SPF so that you can cut a step out of your skin care routine. A moisturiser with SPF should be the last step in your skin care routine before you move on to makeup. Experts advise reapplying sunscreen every two hours, so make sure to toss a bottle in your purse so you have it on hand during the day.
The Bottom Line: Keep your skincare routine simple! If you find yourself feeling exasperated over your skincare routine, don’t worry. In the morning, just stick to the basics by cleansing your complexion with a scrub cleanser and swiping on a moisturiser with SPF to help keep your skin protected from UV rays. Set aside just a few minutes each morning before you leave for the day to care for your skin.