Five tips to getting that Beyoncé 'I woke up like this' feeling - every day

Beyoncé may wake up flawless every morning but for mere mortals, maintaining clear skin in the age of 'maskne' is enough of an uphill battle, let alone keeping up with expensive treatments, facials, peels and daily pampering. 

But for the gals who don't have time for complicated 20-step routines or the spare cash for celebrity-endorsed skincare, there are a few simple tricks that can help to achieve that goddess glow worthy of Queen B.

Someone who knows more than a thing or two about achieving - and keeping - a clear complexion is skincare guru, Mon Kaminski, the founder of Christchurch-based beauty and wellness brand Jeuneora.

She gave Newshub her top five tips to getting that 'I woke up like this' feeling - every morning.

Drink plenty of water during the day

It's age-old advice, and for good reason: drinking enough water every day as part of a healthy lifestyle will help keep your skin in tip-top condition.

"Drinking plenty of water does so much for your skin appearance. Make sure you are consistent too... drink well every day, rather than yoyo-ing," Mon advises.

Although the jury is out on whether drinking enough water each day actually reverses the signs of aging, it's known that good hydration is imperative for good health - including the health of your skin. Drinking water is just one facet of a healthy lifestyle, scientists say - and chucking back the litres won't do much good without a nutritious diet. 

"You need water to stay healthy, and if you're healthy, your skin might not look like it did when you were younger, but it will look pretty good," Elizabeth Damstetter, MD, a dermatologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, told healthcare platform WebMD.

Proper hydration can also help with the overall tone of the skin, said Alok Vij, MD, a dermatologist with the Cleveland Clinic. 

"If you are dehydrated, the outermost layer won't contain enough water and the skin won't spring back if you push on it. If you rehydrate, your skin bounces back."

Mon's top tip is to use a clear bottle, allowing you to see how much water you've drunk each day. There are plenty of drink bottles on the market that allow you to track your water consumption, which can hold you personally responsible - 500ml by mid-morning, a litre by lunch, etc.

Find an evening skin care routine that works for you

There's no point purchasing endless products touting a myriad of claims if the mere thought of a 12-step skincare regimen makes you fall asleep. At the end of the day, formulate a routine that works for you and your lifestyle.

If the prospect of retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, dermarolling and three different moisturisers makes you give up on any dreams of dewy skin, pair it right back to the basics - better to keep it simple than do nothing at all.

"Find an evening skin care routine that works for you and that you enjoy," Mon says. 

"Taking time at the end of the day to look after your skin and do something caring for yourself is something you'll never regret."

On the other hand, if you genuinely enjoy a comprehensive skincare regimen that requires a step-by-step manual, keep slathering on those lotions and potions - just make sure you're layering your products in the correct order to maximise their benefits.

Let your skin breathe

A full face of makeup can be a great confidence boost - it allows you to fix up any perceived imperfections and enhance the features you're most proud of. But wearing layers of makeup each day can exacerbate common skin concerns, such as acne, dryness or irritation. 

There's never been a better time than now to ditch the full-coverage foundation - with many New Zealand businesses still encouraging employees to work from home, it's the perfect opportunity to embrace your natural visage.

"I love taking a couple of days a week to be completely free of any make up and letting my skin breathe. So if you're working from home or just running errands for the day, try to wear less makeup - or don't wear any makeup at all," Mon suggests.

"You may find by breaking the daily makeup cycle, your skin looks healthier and you build the confidence to wear less than normal, or maybe even go without it more regularly."

Without makeup, you can also allow your skincare products to soak in and work their magic to the best of their ability. Before work, slather on a moisturiser or serum and let it fully absorb into the skin while you get on with your morning - without rushing to paint foundation right over it.  

Give your skin a deep exfoliation 2-3 times a week

Exfoliation is imperative to happy and healthy skin. Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new cells every 30 days or so, which can result in dry, flaky patches and clogged pores if the cells don't shed completely. Exfoliating helps to remove these unwelcome hangers-on - it's easy to do at home and can be achieved with a number of products, such as tools, chemical exfoliants or granular scrubs. 

Importantly, exfoliating also buffs away the residue that can leave an unhelpful film between your products and the skin, meaning your expensive serums aren't properly penetrating.

"Exfoliating is so important to remove dead skin cells that can make our skin look dull or congested. It also helps prep your skin for the active ingredients in your skincare routine," Mon explains.

She recommends the Jeuneora Clarifying Booster, an overnight resurfacing peel that uses AHAs like glycolic and mandelic acid to exfoliate, removing excess oil and unclogging pesky pores.

Other at-home exfoliants include Dermalogica's Daily Superfoliant - a resurfacing, anti-pollution concoction that helps fight environmental triggers and congested skin - or Murad's Skin Smoothing Polish, a scrub for oily-prone skin that softens and purifies.

Make time for you

All the products in the world won't compensate for a stress-fuelled lifestyle - so put down that third cup of coffee, take a deep breath, and take a second to think about the small things that make you happy - then start making time for them like you would a business meeting.

"Stress can have a huge impact on your general health and therefore the state of your skin. There's so much going on at the moment and I think everyone's stress levels are higher than ever, so I really recommend making time for little moments of joy in the day," Mon says. 

"For some it could be going for a walk, doing yoga or practicing gratitude, for others it could be lighting that fancy candle you've been saving up, cooking that recipe that you've been meaning to try or chatting to a loved one.

"For me it's walking my dog Kevin and listening to podcasts. Whatever it is, taking 10 (or 20 or 30!) to unplug from the news cycle and allow yourself to be in the moment."

So when someone next asks you what your secret is to glowing skin - you know what to say.

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