Shake your breakfast up
iStock/Lecic Beautiful skin starts from within. Seize the day by starting your morning with a green smoothie, says Anthony Youn, MD, chief surgeon at Youn Plastic Surgery in Troy, Michigan, and author of The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger. “Combine kale, almond milk, a dash of coconut milk, some berries, a scoop of almond butter, and a little matcha tea for a huge antioxidant boost,” he says. Good news for java junkies: “Morning coffee is fine,” he says. “It has lots of antioxidants and you can add some coconut milk for medium chain triglycerides which can help rev up the metabolism.”
iStock/tarasov_vl “Wash with an exfoliating cleanser. A combo chemical and physical scrub is best. Look for glycolic or lactic acid and/or polish beads. This will prep your skin to receive hydration,” says Jessie Cheung, MD, director of the Jessie Cheung MD Dermatology & Laser Center in Willowbrook, Illinois. While an exfoliating cleanser will leave normal or oily skin glowing, it’s not the best for daily use for those with sensitive or dry skin. If you fall in either category, you may want to skip the morning wash altogether. Follow these skincare tips if you have oily skin.