5 ways to streamline your morning skincare routine
Your mornings are essential. They’re often the most time-sensitive part of your day. You want to squeeze in that last bit of sleep before you start your day but you also want to look and feel great when you leave the house. Which is why you need to create a morning routine that works for you and allows you all the time you need to get yourself up and ready to face the day with a smile on your face.
Of course, when it comes to your morning routine, you’ll find that your skincare regimen is a crucial part of it. Proper skincare is not one of those things you can skip when you’re in a rush. Whether you have dry, sensitive skin or you have combination skin, you should never go a day without looking after your skin.
So, you cannot cut out your morning skincare routine, but you can definitely streamline it. You can make it easier to get through the early hours of your day by following these five tips.
Take a good hard look at your current morning routine
What do you do every morning? Is there a structure to the way you approach skincare or do you simply do whatever seems easiest at the time? There should obviously already be an order in which you use the products, but is it chaos when you try to get things done on time?
Take a few days and be conscious of how you treat your skincare regimen. Do you wash your face before, during or after showering? Do you have a regular schedule of when you should exfoliate (which should be once or twice a week, according to many dermatologists)? Or do you simply decide what needs to be done on the day? Take two or three days to note what you’re already doing in the morning.
Figure out where you’re wasting time. Are you struggling to find your face wash from where you left it the night before? Or are you accidentally applying your day cream twice because you’re distracted by your need to leave the house?
Then decide what you need to do each morning and when
After observing yourself for a few days, it’s time to find the way forward. You need to decide what has worked for you during this time and what has held you back. Where have you been wasting time? Did you find yourself blankly staring in the mirror after washing your face or accidentally using your night cream instead of your day cream because you were thinking about the weather outside? Streamlining your morning skincare routine all starts with being more conscious of your actions.
Writing a list of what you need to do and when may seem like a strange idea, but it’s the best way to start a new routine. This list would include what products you need to use and in what order you should use them, as well as when in the week you should exfoliate and when you should use a face mask. Stick it above your mirror in the bathroom or somewhere else that’s visible during your morning routine. Once your streamlined skincare regimen has become a habit, you can take it down.
Don’t forget to identify your problem areas
No one knows your skin as well as you do. You know where you develop blemishes and whether you have oily or dry skin. Which means you know what your problem areas are and therefore what you need to focus on during your morning skincare routine.
Prioritise your problem areas so you make sure they’re always taken care of. For example, if you have dry skin, you should make sure to pay attention to moisturising your skin. It’s also important that you use the right products to treat these problem areas.
It’s also important to keep your skincare products organised at all times
Organisation is key when you plan to streamline any area of your life, especially skincare. If your bathroom cabinet is cluttered and filled with all sorts of things that shouldn’t be there, now is the time to neaten it up. Throw away or give away old products you no longer use that are simply gathering dust. You should also consider what items can be kept in your bedroom instead of the bathroom.
Once you’ve cleaned out your bathroom cabinet, it’s time to organise your products. Place them in an easy-to-reach place where you’re able to grab them as you need them in the morning. It’s a good idea to put them in order so you know what you need to use first, second and third without having to think about it.
Lastly, don’t make things difficult for yourself
There are many things that can make your morning skincare routine take longer than it has to. Many people fail to remove their makeup at night, even though they know it’s bad for their skin. It’s so easy to tell yourself you’ll leave it until the next morning but when the next morning arrives and yesterday’s mascara is all over the place, you regret it. Removing makeup that’s been on your face for 24 hours can add extra time to your morning skincare routine.
You also should never skip your evening skincare routine as this means your skin will need more attention the next morning. You need to pay your skin as much attention at night as you do in the morning. Your skincare regimen should be a priority, both at night and in the morning.