10 Ways to Finally Be a Morning Person
From invigorating your skin to powering through your workday, these pro tips will help you look and feel your best even on the worst mornings.
No matter how many alarms we set on our phones, we never seem to get out of bed on time or in the right mood. It’s just a fact of life that mornings suck. But, here are nine ways to make them a tiny bit better.
EAT EGGS FOR 24/7 ENERGY
Odds are, your arsenal of A.M. hot tools does not include a frying pan. But maybe it should. According to Brooke Alpert, R.D., a nutritionist in New York City, two whole scrambled eggs with a sprinkle of sea salt (for trace minerals and electrolytes) and a side of avocado “can help stabilize your blood sugar, keeping hunger at bay and maintaining energy levels throughout the day.” (As if you needed another reason to eat avocados!).
GET YOUR GLOW BACK
Here’s what’s to love about facial scrubs: In mere seconds, they can transform a face from sleepy and drab to refreshed and radiant. A classic like St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, made with 100% natural exfoliants, gently buffs skin and removes dry skin cells leaving your face smooth and glowing.
SPIKE YOUR COFFEE
Legit no time to cook breakfast? Blend it. When getting out the door on time means skipping a real breakfast, Alpert relies on a coffee-based smoothie to deliver her morning fix of caffeine, healthy fats, and protein. “It keeps me full and plumps my skin,” she says. She pours her French-pressed coffee into the blender (regular or cold brewed works, too), adds a cup of ice, ¼ of an avocado, and a scoop of Reserveage Collagen Replenish Powder.“The avocado makes it creamy, so you don’t need milk, and the collagen powder has hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to help boost skin hydration and fight free radicals,” says Alpert.
BANISH DRY SKIN
St. Ives Soft & Silky Coconut & Orchid Extract Body Lotion, made with glycerin, soybean oil, and infused with coconut milk extract, envelops limbs like a silky cocoon, recharging their summertime luminosity. Plus, the tropical scent is downright paradise, inspiring warmth (and memories of your last summer vacay) on the chilliest of days.
FAKE A MEGA-BRIGHT SMILE
Bright lips can make a face come alive even when the rest of you is dead tired. “Choose a fiery tone that conjures the sunrise — and don’t be afraid to wear it everywhere, even to the grocery store,” says Emily Kate Warren, a makeup artist in Los Angeles. When wearing a bold lip, even out your skin tone with something like Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer to keep the focus on your pout.
PLAY OFFICE (AROMA) THERAPIST
“Essential oils offer more than just scent — smelling them can change brain patterns and adjust emotions,” says Hope Gillerman, author of Essential Oils Every Day: Rituals and Remedies for Healing, Happiness, and Beauty. Pressing two drops of peppermint oil on the back of your neck and to either side of the spine can “invigorate a tired mind while simultaneously relaxing you — a winning combination that no pharmaceutical can match,” she says. An easy cheat? Get similar benefits with a Vitamin C-infused serum like Kate Somerville Mega-C Dual Radiance Serum.
BOOST FROM WITHIN
We all know guzzling water can perk up our skin, but can also be bor-ing. Saving her patients from the tasteless task is dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D., who stocks her New York City waiting room with flavored detox waters — all super tasty and suited to the season. On tap this fall: her apple cinnamon infusion. “The cinnamon boosts circulation, nourishing skin with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy; and the apples and lemon are rich in vitamin C, which helps alleviate free radical damage that leads to wrinkles and brown spots,” she says. To make it at home, add a few apple chunks, a pinch of cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon to your H20.
FIND YOUR ZEN
Next time you have an argument with your BF, or eff up in front of the boss, just take a step back to chill out and meditate. Try this simple breathing exercise from certified holistic health coach Jeannine Morris. Sit up straight, close your eyes, and pay attention to your breath. Then, breathe in through your nose for five counts, pause for one count, and then exhale through your nose for another five counts. Repeat this cycle at least five times. “This sort of breath work helps to regulate oxygen flow in the blood, which makes you more aware, alert, and energized — and it can be done almost anywhere, from the shower to the subway,” she says.
PLAY TRICKS ON YOUR EYES
You’ve done the shimmery eye cream and concealer thing, but still look like a zombie? Curl your lashes and try a brow gel — two tiny steps in your beauty routine with major impact on your look.
Keeping your skin happy goes beyond your morning routine. Try spritzing your face with a moisturizing mist throughout the day — bonus points if you use one with caffeine for a major pick-me-up. “I keep my Origins moisturizing mist in the refrigerator,” says New York City dermatologist Michelle Henry, M.D.. “It gets my skin glowing while alleviating morning puffiness.” The refreshing spray boasts coffee, ginseng, and pomegranate — all soothing antioxidants ideal for soothing your skin without smearing your makeup.