Whether it’s a couple sun salutations, a Starbucks run, or pressing the snooze button at least five times, everyone has their own morning ritual. While nothing can replace some good old REM sleep, we have some fantastic tips and product recommendations to help you look awake in the morning.
Before we dive into which products you need to incorporate in your morning regimen, let’s discuss what ingredients can hide dark circles and awaken dull, dry skin.
Caffeine isn’t just for your morning cup of coffee
Yes, caffeine wakes you up. But did you know that you don’t have to brew a cup of coffee to reap the benefits of caffeine? Caffeine-infused skin care products can actually do wonders for your skin; it can make your skin glow and help you feel ready to greet the new day. Of course, products with caffeine won’t replace a good night’s sleep. You’ll have to figure out how to kick (or embrace!) that Starbucks habit another way.
Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor. Once it’s absorbed into your skin, it constricts blood flow. This will in turn tighten pores and reduce redness. Don’t believe it? Check out this awesome post by an InStyle editor who replaced his coffee habit with a caffeine-infused skin care regimen for two weeks. One more thing—caffeine is a powerful antioxidant.
Antioxidants + your skin = good morning
Antioxidants, including caffeine, are always fantastic ingredients to look for in your skin care products. Because they fight skin-damaging free radicals naturally, antioxidants are a skin care must.
Some antioxidants have anti-inflammatory benefits; they increase blood circulation and cell metabolism, which in turn reduces the appearance of acne and wrinkles. Look for products with green tea or chamomile. Antioxidants like vitamin C and E plump skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
By using skin care products with antioxidants regularly, your skin will be healthier, brighter, smoother, and look more awake.
Time for the fun part. Here are 3 stellar skin care products perfect for brightening your skin—and your morning.
I hate to break it to you, but your grandma’s famous cherry pie won’t be your favorite recipe anymore once you try this product. Recipe for Men’s Under Eye Gel, a 2015 Best in Shop selection, will be your #1 recipe from now on.
Caffeine reduces dark circles and puffiness while black tea provides softness, elasticity, and reduces the appearance of fine lines around your eyes. In addition to this double-antioxidant boost, this awesome gel also contains the soothing and hydrating power of algae, cucumber, and aloe vera.
Insider tip: Refrigerate the eye gel for an extra-refreshing jolt in the morning. You’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in no time.
This exfoliating scrub gently washes away any dirt, oil, and dead skin with the help of walnut shells and glycolic acid. Antioxidant alert! Sea buckthorn berry extract is a great antioxidant that improves skin tone and reduces blemishes.
And that’s not all. The Port Products Skin Renewing Face Scrub has bamboo extract (perfect for soothing your skin’s redness), turmeric (anti-inflammatory properties!), and spirulina (time to say goodbye to toxins). Plus, it’s all-natural and fragrance-free.
This oil-free daily moisturizer is part of Darren Criss’ daily regimen. Why shouldn’t it be part of yours, too? It contains caffeine, vitamins, AND antioxidants for a morning routine triple-threat. With the Urth Antioxidant Face Complex, your days of dull and tired-looking skin are over.
Vitamins E and B5 fight aging, glycolic and salicylic acids minimize pores and oil, and chamomile calms the skin. Also, it’s fragrance-free if that’s your jam.
Jump-start your mornings by incorporating these 3 products into your morning regimen. Need even more skin care recommendations? Check out The Motley’s 2016 Best in Shop.
Plus, a solid night’s sleep, a healthy diet, and plenty of water will always be a skin care must. Your skin—and your body—will thank you. Want to get healthy skin from inside out? Read this.