The lethargy of winter lends itself to mornings spent pressing snooze, staring blankly into your closet, and slowly polishing it all off with a bit of makeup and hair. Since its spring, it might be time to put a bit of pep back in your step. One easy way to do it is to streamline your morning beauty routine.
Rather than dreading the minutes or hours you put into getting ready, do only what’s necessary to get yourself out the door to enjoy the sun-filled season. In fact, you’ll probably realize you look and feel as cheery as spring itself. Here are five ways to whittle down your spring beauty routine.
5 Ways to Simplify Your Spring Beauty Routine
1. Put Down the Face Wash
At least, in the morning. If you’re each night, then it should still be clean in the a.m. An unnecessary wash in the morning could leave your skin dry, which will translate to a potentially oily or greasy look if you end up sweating out in the sun. If you must, start splashing water on your skin to wake it up without drying it out.
2. Bring on the Brightness
Say goodbye to wintry grays and darkness by livening up—and simplifying—your morning makeup routine. First, invest in an eyelash curler in order to really curve your lashes and make the eyes appear more open and brighter. This trick works whether or not you apply mascara.
You can also brighten your face by using good old Vaseline to give your lips and cheekbones a moisturizing glow. Just remember that a little bit goes a long way when it comes to these lotions, and the fact that you’re applying just a dab means your makeup regimen just got shortened a lot.
3. Find a Hairstyle
You probably don’t want to add up all the hours you’ve spent in your hairdresser’s chair, so don’t. Instead, slash your salon time by adopting a low-maintenance cut this spring. Try to find a style that requires fewer layers so you can go for touch-ups more infrequently. Select a look that goes with your hair’s natural color and texture so you don’t have to dry, iron, or curl your locks every single day. Fortunately, many of have this type of convenience in mind.
4. Apply Sunscreen
The springtime sun feels great on your face, but it’s imperative that you protect your skin from damaging . Fortunately, a morning application of sunscreen lotion can actually save you time while safeguarding your youthful, dewy skin. That’s because many of the sunscreens made specifically for your face contain the same components as your daily moisturizer. That means you can get a two-for-one deal with your sunscreen and skip moisturizing altogether.
In many places, the humidity also helps your skin to retain moisture without applying anything extra to your skin.
5. Sleep It Off
This may not seem to be a way to shorten your beauty routine, but sleep is at the core of many of the skin’s most telling discolorations and imperfections—dark circles and stress breakouts, anyone? If you’re getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night, though, you will be able to worry less about how your skin will look in the morning. That’s because your body is trained to use your rest time to repair skin from the inside out.
You might be doing things that impede the quality of your sleep that you aren’t even aware of. Most know that alcohol consumption before bed , and that browsing on your phone before bed stimulates your brain. However, letting your pet sleep in your bed and a too warm room can also drastically reduce the amount of restful sleep you get each night.
This spring, make it a priority to get enough high-quality sleep in order to unlock the glowing skin you’ve had all along. With that canvas, your mornings will be a breeze.
At the end of the day, everyone’s beauty rituals are different and no two mornings will be the same. However, with the proper adjustments, you can make your personal routine something you can enjoy for its quickness and effectiveness. Now, that was fast—let’s get out there and really enjoy spring.
How will you simplify your spring beauty routine?