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We all know the two morning basics; brush teeth and put on deodorant. They’re the hygiene and beauty habits that everyone tries to remember to do. And why do we do them repeatedly? Because they’re important; they keep our breath and body fresh.
But there’s a lot more to keeping your body, inside and out, in great condition when starting the day. There are certain habits that we need to develop in order to keep our looks lasting and strong.
And not all of them are beauty habits we can take care of externally. Many times, our looks and skin health come from the inside. Because whatever we take in almost always resurfaces.
So here are some beauty habits you should do everyday to ensure that your morning is started off right with great body and hygiene health.
What You Should Drink
The first thing I will talk about is water. Everyone wants to mention about how you should drink it first thing in the morning. And it’s true, you should. But I want to quickly talk about its great health benefits when drinking it as soon as you wake up.
- Water helps to kickstart (boost) your metabolism for the day. It gets it into gear and tells your body that you’re awake and it’s time to go and burn some calories.
- Over the course of an eight hour sleep, you body has built up toxins that need to be released. This can range anywhere from your brain to your digestive tract. So drinking water on an empty stomach helps to uncloud the brain of toxin buildup as well as aid you in digestion
- Last note on toxins, drinking water can release them from your bloodstream and help keep your skin clear and glowing. Great for beauty right?
We all know that applying aloe vera on our skin topically can help to restore any dryness and heal burns. But drinking aloe juice (or aloe mixed with water), is a great way to hydrate yourself as well as load your system up with vitamins.
With beneficial and healing vitamins such as E, B, and C, we can count on it to give us healthy glowing skin.
I’m aware that I’ve already talked about water, but I have one last suggestion when contemplating what to drink in the morning.
Infusing your water with lemon is a great way to give you an ample dose of electrolytes which gives you energy for the day (great sub for coffee), boosts your metabolism, and helps the water to hydrate you quicker. It also stimulates your brain which makes your more alert; again, another reason to sub it in for coffee.
It also helps to fight against free radicals that would cause skin damage and helps the body to produce collagen (which keeps your skin soft and smooth).
You can also infuse your water the night before with berries and cucumber to give you a great boost of hydration and antioxidants.
Now this one you can either do in the shower or just a simple face scrub. It really is great to make this as one of your beauty habits and do everyday.
We all know that exfoliating can help get rid of dead skin cells, which gives you clearer healthier skin. But it can also reduce any appearance of fine lines on your face over time. So not only are you getting cleaner skin, but you’re also reducing signs of aging.
There are many options you can easily make at home. One of the simplest ones I use is sugar and olive oil with a 1:2 ratio (1 cup sugar and 2 cups oil, or ½ cup sugar and 1 cup oil).
Salt, coffee grounds, and baking soda are also great options when looking for a great scrub (pair with coconut, olive, jojoba, or tree oil and it’s amazing!).
Invest in an Oil
That’s it, just one. You don’t need all of the trending expensive oils out there for your skin. You can invest in one for your morning routine, simple as that.
The great thing about this is that you know what you’re putting on your face. A lot of face moisturizers and creams have added ingredients that my not be that great for your skin.
Over the last few years, I’ve found that Jojoba Oil, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, and olive oil are all great for hydrating my skin and giving it great nutrients.
The Optional Easy Mask
This isn’t necessary, but if you want a deeper cleanse and restoration for your skin, look into doing an easy 1-2 ingredient mask that takes no time… and then finish it off with an oil.
You can give your skin a healthy cleanse with a honey mask, apple cider vinegar, raw egg white, and even non-dyed aspirin mixed into a thick water solution. Leave them on for around 10-20 minutes, wash it off, and you’re ready to end it with a light patting of hydrating oil.
When You Shower
You want to make this apart of your every-other-day routine. Taking a shower every day can strip your skin and hair of it’s natural oils which can dry it out and then produce even more oils.
Basically you’re creating more of what you’re trying to get rid of.
And after you take a shower, whether you exfoliated or not, make sure you use a good lotion to hydrate your body after being in the hot water. Hot water is a great way to dehydrate your skin.
Clear Your Bed
If you have time in the morning, this is something you should make as one of your beauty habits.
Take off your pillowcase quickly and replace with a fresh one. You want to do this every other day and in the morning. Because let’s face it, by the time we actually go to bed, we’re exhausted and don’t feel like getting a pillow case from the closet and then replacing it with the old.
This will ensure that it gets done and you’re ready to lay your face down on a pillow that’s not going to contaminate your skin and give you breakouts.
What To Eat in the Morning
Take into mind that these are merely suggestions of what you should put in or make a part of your morning diet. They’re great suggestions, all of which I’ve had, and have seen great results for my inner and outer health.
Carrot juice is amazing for skin health. Sounds a bit strange, but when I got mine at Trader Joe’s, it really was refreshing and had a good taste. And let’s be honest, it’s a lot easier than chomping down on carrots by themselves.
Carrot juice has beta carotene, an attribute that naturally gives you a glow to your skin. Basically it can give you darker pigmentation without having to go out into the sun and damage it. Just make sure you don’t drink too much as it can go from a mild tan to discoloration of skin. Moderation is key.
Other healthy foods you can easily eat in the morning that hold beta carotene and have great nutrients are cantaloupe, peaches, bell peppers, and peaches.
Avocados are an easy add-on to eggs (scrambled or in an omelette), or just by itself. Because of its natural fats and oils, it’s great for hydrating your skin.
Lastly, chia seeds do the same as well when it comes to hydrating your skin. They also have an ample amount of omega-3 (and 9) fatty acids which can help the skin in looking smoother, as well as reduce redness and inflammation. Not to mention that it’s packed with protein for energy as well as antioxidants and fiber.
SPF Before Leaving
To make sure that all of your skincare you did that morning isn’t a loss, go ahead and spray or rub sunscreen into your skin.
Also, don’t forget to put lip balm on that has SPF in it as well. It’s a great way to ensure your lips stay soft and free from any skin cancer (strange to say, but it can happen to lips as well).
You can have great skin with these beauty habits and without spending a lot of money on overpriced products that may not be as great as they say they are. It’s great to know that you can just go to the store and get a simple ingredient or change a part of your routine to make sure that your health and beauty are taken care of.
Now if you have any questions or tips and advice on beauty habits and skin care, let me know in the comments or email me! I’d love to hear what you have to say (and maybe write a response post).