This is a guest post courtesy of Christina C., the lead esthetician at Silver Mirror Facial Bar.
We all want to fight off any visible signs of aging, but many of us aren’t necessarily doing it properly. Many people will do the bulk of their anti-aging skincare routine in the evening before they go to bed, but the truth is there is a lot you can do in the morning.
What better way to ensure you maintain a youthful, radiant glow through the day than by putting the work that you’ll get to show off all day?
Here are some proven techniques that you can invite to your morning anti-aging routine.
Have a Fruit Smoothie
There are some important compounds in certain fruit that help strengthen your skin, boost its production of healthy skin cells, and protect it from photoaging. Things like antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and other minerals have been shown to have anti-aging properties to protect your youthful skin.
So first thing in the morning, make yourself a smoothie with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, papaya, guava, and other fruits that are high in those minerals.
Apply Natural Sunscreen
Before you set out for the day, you should always apply sunscreen to your face and your neck. Most of the damage to your skin that you will accumulate in your life comes from UV radiation from sunlight, so you should have sunscreen on even if you are sitting inside by a window.
Find a good, natural sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher and comes with moisturizing properties. Avoid anything that says it has ingredients like retinyl palmitate, retinol, and especially oxybenzone as they have been linked to causing skin damage.
Use Natural Oils
There are some good natural oils that can be very beneficial to your skin’s health. Coconut oil and olive oil are both excellent sources of antioxidants, which was mentioned above as being great for anti-aging.
You don’t have to use both these oils, however, so pick which one you like best. Coconut oil can be massaged into your skin after washing your face in the morning as a natural moisturizer, while olive oil has good natural protection against sun exposure.
Give Yourself an Acupressure Massage
Speaking of massaging, after you wake up you can give yourself a quick acupressure massage.
Take your index and middle finger and apply light pressure between your eyebrows, on each temple, and then the joints of your jaw while lightly clenching your teeth. Rotate the fingers on each spot for around 10 seconds.
This quick massage helps relax the muscles in the area and smoothes the skin there to prevent them from wrinkling due to tension caused by stress.
Apply Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes are usually the first part of your face to show wrinkling, due to you rubbing your eyes, smiling, crying, and other sources of stress on the skin.
Even as early as your 20’s, you should be applying eye cream around your eyes to help strengthen the skin there and fight off wrinkles from forming. Do it in the morning when you get up to help keep the skin around your eyes protected when you are out in the sun, smiling, laughing, and feeling stressed. That’s when your skin will need the help.
You can start with a lighter cream that also moisturizes and fortifies your skin with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and antioxidants.
Christina C. is the lead esthetician at Silver Mirror Facial Bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC. She has over 18 years of experience in the beauty and spa industries, both as an educator for top skincare and makeup brands, as well as a highly sought-after esthetician providing high-end facials. Silver Mirror Facial Bar has been a natural step in Christina’s journey as it encompasses results-driven facials and treatments in a dynamic and skincare-loving environment. Connect with Christina on Twitter.