Make your morning's magic whether you're up at 5am or 10am (no judgement here gf!) with these simple improvements that combine to make all the difference! Add these things to your daily routine and you'll enjoy the benefits all day long. The alarm has sounded and it’s time to START FRESH!
Use an Antioxidant Serum
Keeping your skin looking young and fresh is something that needs a daily commitment to have the greatest effects. If you have not yet incorporated an antioxidant serum to your skincare routine, now is the time to do so. Antioxidants contain vitamins C and E, which help to protect your skin from free radicals that contribute to ageing. Your skin encounters various damaging factors during your day to day such as UV rays and pollution, so it needs every advantage you can give it. You should apply this before moisturising - also a must-do on a daily basis.
Brush and Floss Properly
If you want to keep your teeth looking white and healthy, you need to brush and floss properly on a daily basis. Your toothbrush needs to be at a 45 degree angle, and you need to use a brush that comfortably fits inside your mouth. Gently brush in small circles, making sure that you cover the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth. You can also brush your tongue to keep bad breath and stubborn bacteria at bay. You should aim to replace your toothbrush every three or four months. If you are looking for cosmetic treatments, take a look at digital smile design. Visiting your dentist regularly should be an integral part of your dental routine.
Protein for Breakfast
If your breakfast tends to consist of a lot of carbs or sugars, you should try to introduce some more protein-rich items such as eggs or a vegan protein powder. Studies have shown that if you eat more protein at breakfast time, you will stay fuller during the day and are less likely to overeat. Avoiding high GI and nutritionally devoid morning snacks, and replacing them with an energy sustaining protein smoothie is one of the best things that you can do for your overall health and beauty from the inside out.
Apply Sunscreen (Even When It’s Not Sunny)
If you are not applying some kind of sunscreen on a daily basis, this is one of the most important things that you can for your skin. Even when it’s cloudy (and I even read in front of the computer screen...eeek!), UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds and cause damage. You can apply sun protection without even thinking about it by applying makeup and moisturiser with an SPF factor already built in. Make sure that you don’t forget about the areas which are prone to ageing including the backs of your hands, around the eyes, lips and neck.
Drink Your First Glass of Water of the Day
Dehydration is something which is unfortunately common to a lot of people, but there is an easy solution - drink more water! Give yourself a head start with a big glass with lemon to start the day off well. After you have just woken up from a night’s sleep, your body is crying out for fluids, so get your metabolism moving with your first glass of the day. While you are at it, grab yourself a refillable water bottle and keep this with you throughout the day.
If you get your exercise out of the way first thing in the morning, you don’t have to worry about it later on or potentially not fit it in later. It's cooler in the mornings, less crowded at the gym and it sets you up for an awesome day mentally too. As an added incentive, studies have shown that people who do some kind of workout in the morning sleep better at night. Though you may find it difficult when you first set your alarm a little earlier, the feel-good benefits are certainly there for you to enjoy once you incorporate this into your regular routine.
Switch from Coffee to Green Tea
Instead of your regular cup of the black stuff in the morning, try having a more mellow moment with a cup of green tea instead. This beverage is packed with antioxidants, which have been shown to slow damage to your cells and even reduce your risk of certain types of cancer. If it's a taste you just can't acquire, there are many other immune-boosting and detox herbal teas on the market, so enjoy experimenting and find your favourite. Just be sure the ingredients are as natural and preservative free to truly feel their full health benefits.
Try out these seven things in your morning regime and enjoy the changes
that you experience in the way you look and feel.