Lets be honest, for many men the morning routine consists of a quick rinse in the shower, some deodorant under the arms and maybe a spray of cologne on the way out the door.
While this outdated ritual may be quick and easy, it does not take into account one of the most important organs to our body: the skin! Skin is the body’s largest organ, and it serves as a protective barrier between your insides and the rest of the world. It is therefore critical to devise a morning routine that incorporates skincare, not just for appearance, but for your health.
We've put together this flawless 5-step, tried and tested morning routine that will leave you looking and feeling fresh.
A morning shower wakes you up and gets you ready to tackle all that the day has to throw at you. While you're in the shower, you can think about the upcoming day and mentally prepare yourself for all the tasks that lie ahead of you.
When in the shower, use a body wash that matches your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, a body wash with moisturizing properties and glycerin will work well. For people with drier skin, consider avoiding harsh detergents and and keep and eye out for shower gels with shea butter. If you suffer from acne, shower gels with tea tree oil can help you manage this.
To really wake you up, you could turn the faucet to cold. While the initial shock of the cold is unpleasant, after a couple of deep breaths your body will start to adjust. You'll feel a jolt of energy as your blood starts pumping, and cold showers have even been shown to decrease stress!
For a lot of professionals, it is still a requirement to be clean-shaven at work. While shaving daily might seem excessive and tiresome, once you have this three-step process down it only takes a matter of minutes.
For those of you lucky enough to be allowed a beard in the office, it is still important that you groom and maintain on a regular basis. Trim any stray hairs, line up the beard so that it is even, and make sure that your neck is shaved. You could also consider using a beard balm or beard wash to combat excess frizz and itch, leaving both the beard and the skin underneath smooth and soft.
Now that you are clean and shorn, it is time to replenish your skin. Moisturizing is important after showers or baths-- the warm water can dry your skin out.
With so many choices of creams, moisturizers and lotions it is hard to know where to start or what to really look for. We recommend selecting a moisturizer by your skin type:
Moisturizers designed for oily skin will often include keywords in the description such as 'water-based', 'non-comedogenic' and 'non-acnegenic'.
Look for a heavier moisturizer that includes ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or dimethicone. These ingredients help to hydrate your skin.
For sensitive skin you'll want to avoid anything with a fragrance-- these can be very irritating to the skin.
Whether we like it or not, our hair is one of the first features people notice about us. For that reason alone, it is important to keep it well groomed and maintained.
Its a good idea to ask your barber or hairdresser for recommendations of hair products. They will be able to tell you what type of hair that you have, and what kinds of products will help you achieve the style that you want.
Before walking out the door don't forget to apply your signature cologne! Be careful not to over do it, though, as may people are sensitive to strong scents. To keep the smell subtle yet classy, apply no more than two sprays around the neck area before leaving.
And there you have it: a daily ritual that you can be proud of! You'll leave your house looking, feeling and smelling sharp. If you implement this morning routine and stick to it, we guarantee that your body and skin will thank you for it!
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