5 steps to the perfect morning skincare routine

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5 Steps to the Perfect Morning Skincare Routine

It's never too early to start a morning skincare routine. And no matter your skin type, Martha Stewart's makeup artist, Daisy Schwartzberg, has the best tips to get a glowing, clear complexion before you head out for the day.

1. Start off with an alcohol-free cleanser

You can do this in the shower or use a cotton pad. Take a dime-sized amount and massage all over your face. Then take lukewarm water and pat dry. It's important you don't rub too hard -- especially if you have sensitive skin.

2. Exfoliate

You get a lot of buildup of dry, dead skin cells as you age so removal is especially important. Equally important? Finding exfoliants that are gentle and natural so they don't tear at your skin.

3. Tone

To soothe the skin after exfoliation, squirt just a bit of the balancing liquid into your cotton pad and massage into your skin to even everything out while also tightening your pores.

4. Moisturize

The morning is not the time for your heavy duty emollients. Save those for bedtime and use a light moisturizer for the day. And all skin types benefit from daily use. If you have dry skin, try a glycerin-based cream with antioxidants and if you're prone to oily skin, find something lightweight and oil-free.

It's also imperative you add a separate cream for the eyes that contains peptides, retinol and antioxidants.

5. Don't forget the sunscreen

The sun is the leading cause of aging, but this skin saver is key even when it's a cold, rainy winter day. Aim for an SPF of 30 or higher and you only need a dime-sized dollop to keep UVA and UVB rays at bay.

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