Prepping Your Skin For The Day Ahead

Prepping Your Skin For The Day Ahead

Patrick Bateman, not exactly a guy you will want to emulate. Fans of “American Psycho” will remember the meticulous morning skin routine of the slightly unbalanced (to put it delicately) main character portrayed by Christian Bale in the 2000 psychological thriller. Bateman begins the monologue by saying, “I believe in taking care of myself,” which may well be the understatement of the century. He then launches into a full blown breakdown of said routine which includes an ice pack, a deep pore cleanser lotion, a water activated gel cleanser, a honey almond body scrub and an exfoliating facial scrub, followed by an herb-mint facial mask and an after shave lotion. Clearly, a man who takes his skin care routine seriously.

Although some may deem this ritual a bit excessive, we all know the importance of prepping the skin for the day ahead. After all, we can’t just give it a cup of coffee and an, “off you go.’ If you are looking for ways to get your morning skin perky, here are some great tips.

Women exercising
Exercise
Even Patrick Batemen did his situps in the morning, “I’m up to 1,000.” Early morning exercise increases blood flow while reducing stress. Once you get your circulation pumping, your complexion will thank you with a healthy glow.

Hydrate
Morning coffee is great for cleaning out the cobwebs in the brain, but two glasses of water in the morning will help to prevent dull, dry skin and breakouts.

Cleanse
You don’t want all that nighttime bacteria crawling around your face all day. Wash away the residue with an oil based cleanser to clean skin without over drying. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel reserved only for use on your face.

Exfoliate
No need for a big investment here, a simple peeling product will provide the perfect amount of exfoliation with our skin irritation. Just run it under lukewarm water and rub it on your face in small circles starting around your nose and working to your chin and forehead. This should not only take off the dead skin, but also banish the puffy face look.

Woman using toner

Tone
Use a toner that won’t dry your skin and look for soothing ingredients like chamomile and vitamin E. Apply toner on a cotton round and lightly swipe over your neck and face, taking precautions not to over-scrub.

Serum
Serums have a high concentration of active ingredients and are a must for minimizing lines and wrinkles, brightening skin tone or repairing sun damage. Application is also important. For best results, pump two or three times into your palm and rub your hands together to warm and mix it. Dab it on your face, beginning with the nose; then work outward to make sure the ingredients really seep in. Give it 3-5 minutes to penetrate before moving on.

SPF
The dangers of sun damage can never be over-estimated, if you want to avoid sunspots, wrinkles, and even melanoma look for an SPF of 30. Apply as you would the serum, rubbing the product between your palms before gently pressing to the face and neck. Remember that the sun’s rays also makes it to you hands legs, tops of feet and scalp, so make sure to get all of your body covered.

Moisturize and Prime
Smooth moisturizer across your neck, chest and face to keep it from drying out during the day, follow with primer to fill in fine lines and pores.

That’s it! A routine to rival Bateman’s! Let us know if this works for you, or add to the list. We’d love to hear about your obsessions.

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