If you’ve spent way too much time and money applying an endless stream of beauty products in the pursuit of glowing skin only to be disappointed by its persistent dull look, we get it. And while there are certain skincare products that can help, the first step to radiant skin starts with our habits.
What if we told you that a few tweaks to your morning routine could make a world of difference when it comes to the appearance of your skin? Here are six easy ways to change up your morning to get naturally glowing skin.
1. Stay in bed for an extra half-hour.
Sounds like a dream, right? Your skin thinks so, too. Not getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep nightly can lead to a slew of health problems — and that includes dry, dull-looking skin. Our bodies do some serious repair work while we sleep, and not getting enough of it dehydrates our skin and can lead to spots and breakouts. So if you can afford it, set your alarm just a little later each morning.
Your skin won’t be the only thing thanking you — you’ll probably be in a better mood, too.
Even though our bodies are wired to breathe, stress often causes us to hold our breath, which makes delivering oxygen to the skin more difficult. Among the many benefits of meditation — reduced stress, improved sleep quality, better attention span — one perk of meditation that’s often overlooked is that it helps regulate our breathing. If you can even carve out just five or 10 minutes of your morning to close your eyes and focus on your breathing, you’ll likely see a decent change in your complexion.
3. Drink a glass of water.
Hydration, hydration, hydration! There’s a reason why so many celebrities say their beauty secret is “water.” If you’re not drinking enough of it, it will show up on your skin in the form of a dull, pasty complexion. So whether you chug regular old H2O or eat a piece of hydrating fruit, kicking off your day with hydration is an excellent way to get your skin glowing.
4. Slather on a vitamin C serum.
Vitamin C is good for a whole lot more than keeping your immune system strong. It’s also a crucial molecule for skin health, according to research, and topically applying a vitamin C serum every morning can help brighten your skin quite a bit. If you’re all about going the natural skincare route, try Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum or Marie Veronique’s Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum.
5. Add collagen to your smoothie.
While our bodies naturally produce collagen, one way to give your skin an extra boost is by adding collagen powder to your smoothies. You won’t taste it at all, and brighter, healthier-looking skin isn’t the only benefit of collagen supplements. Collagen also protects our organs, keeps our muscles and joints healthy, and leads to stronger hair and nails.
6. Eat avocado toast for breakfast.
As if we really needed to convince you to do this one! Nothing makes skin look dull (and even grayish) faster than a diet lacking in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. So set yourself up for a day of glowing skin by mashing up an avocado and putting it on top of a slice of toast — Ezekiel bread is a great, nutritious option. For a bonus glow, throw on a few slices of tomato and a handful of greens.