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Skin Secrets from Elite Daily

This is an excerpt—you can read the full article on Elite Daily

Dermatologists Reveal The Ideal Morning Skin Care Routine To Follow

There’s no better way to start your day than with a little TLC, but when it comes to your morning skin care routine, what are truly the best ways to ensure you’re nourishing and protecting your skin? Beyond waking you up, your morning skin care routine preps your skin for all the stress, pollutants, dirt, and more that the day will bring. The last thing you want is to dedicate all your time to a morning routine that’s not protecting your skin — or worse, potentially irritating it.

Elite Daily tapped five skin care experts, including dermatologists and estheticians — for their insight on the best possible skin care routines, steps, and products to use in the morning. And with how much wisdom they’ve dropped, you’ll want to take notes. From the right water temperature for washing your face to a prime selection of morning sunscreens, here’s your guide to developing the ideal morning skin care routine.

Your morning skin care routine needs SPF.

Whenever you plan on leaving the house, no matter what the weather looks like, you should first apply a layer of sunscreen to protect your skin. Point, blank, period. “I have two favorite facial sun protectants: AKT Therapy’s Elemental Sun Balm SPF 30 and Earthwise Beauty Farizad's Veil Sun Reflector,” Chen says. “I reach for the AKT Balm during the fall/winter when my skin is drier, and I reach for the Earthwise one during the spring/summer or when I am dealing with a breakout. I love the balm because it's a multitasker and gives skin an even-toned glow. The Earthwise Sun Reflector is powder-based, and I love how I can customize how lightweight I want the sun protectant lotion to be.”

Most experts recommend using at least SPF 30 or 35 each day. But before you hunt high and low for SPF 10,000, Dr. Orit Markowitz, board-certified dermatologist and founder of OptiSkin, previously told Elite Daily that the SPF number isn’t the be-all and end-all of choosing the right sunscreen. Rather, the best SPF to use in your morning routine is the one that you’ll actually use — and reapply — every day, throughout the day.

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Written by Margaret Blatz and Theresa Massony for Elite Daily

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