Real talk: I can't tell you how many times "become a morning person" has topped my list of personal resolutions. In fact, it's still at the top of my list. But I have a feeling 2020 is my year! If you can relate, I'll let you in on a hot tip I've only recently discovered myself: the secret to instilling one big habit is to focus on the multiple small ones that add up to it.
In the case of the morning miseries, the idea is to create an AM ritual that brings you so much joy, you'll welcome the chance to get out of bed everyday. For me, anything that involves beauty, or more specifically skin care, is worth the sacrifice, even those extra minutes of precious shuteye. From a delicious pick-me-up to a nourishing shower situation, here are the fun, small rituals that just might turn you into a morning person. Some may call it extra, but I just call it a good time.
Enjoy a Delicious Drink With Collagen Powder
If we could all sit down and actually savor our wake-up beverage of choice, mornings would be so much more enjoyable. And while you're at it, why not have your drink pull double duty by adding some collagen powder to help you get that radiant glow? Might as well do both! Prepare your favorite morning drink to sip on, whether that's a nourishing green smoothie, decadent mocha, or comforting matcha latte, and sit with no distractions for a few moments of calm before a busy day ahead.
Simply mix a scoop of NeoCell Super Collagen Powder ($14) into your drink to help activate your natural beauty from the inside out and promote healthy collagen synthesis.
Dry Brush Your Entire Body Before a Shower
If you don't already dry brush your skin, you're missing out. And if you don't already dry brush your skin first thing in the morning, what are you waiting for? Not only does dry brushing exfoliate and detoxify your skin by effectively removing dead skin cells, but it also helps boost circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system. In other words, it gets your blood flowing and fluids draining — exactly what your body needs after waking up. Plus, this practice can be a mood booster and anxiety reliever as well.
Before turning on your shower, grab a dry brush ($20) and use long sweeping strokes toward the heart.
Shower With Essential Oils
After dry brushing your body but before turning on the water, try adding a few drops of essential oil to the bottom of your tub. The steam from your shower will transform the whole space into a giant diffuser. Skin care (and aromatherapy) at its cleverest!
Something like this Sweet Orange Essential Oil ($13) is zesty, bright, and high in Vitamin C to help increase circulation to your skin when combined with the steam. Alternatively, you could try lavender essential oil to reduce redness and irritation, or tea tree essential oil to tone and treat your skin — or a combination of all three.
Apply an Invigorating Face Mask
Who says face masks are only reserved for evenings? Using one specifically made for AM application and formulated with energizing or invigorating ingredients can help wake up your skin and prep it for the day ahead, not to mention bring a little luxury to your morning.
This Vitamin C Paste ($45) contains a potent amount of Vitamin C which can help brighten your skin, boost collagen, block free radicals, and lock in moisture. After cleansing, warm a pea-size drop between your hands and apply to your face (including your eyelids and lips) and neck and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing. It's gentle enough for daily use.
Gua Sha Your Face
As the last step in your morning routine, take a gua sha tool to your newly cleansed and masked face to help relieve tension, release toxins, and tone your skin. Similar to dry brushing, the practice also helps improve circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, and decrease inflammation, but for your face. Plus, the scraping motion will help all the morning's skincare ingredients better absorb into the skin.
Combine a gua sha tool ($38) like this one with your favorite face oil for a little slip and feel the stress melt away!