Hey Sleeping Beauty, did you have some sweet dreams in your slumber last night? Dreams of happy relationships, remarkable professional accomplishments and general bliss? Well, we can’t promise to make all your dreams come true, but there is certainly some truth to the old saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a (wo/)man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Healthy, wealthy and wise, you say? Not bad! A great morning routine can even help you look better, so why are we making the same mistakes over and over again? Let’s revamp our morning routines together and put an end to these silly post-slumber mistakes.
Mistake No. 1: The Late Riser
The night owls may not want to hear it, but studies show the early bird really does get the worm. Power women like Vogue editor Anna Wintour, newswoman Ann Curry and Avon chief Andrea Young are all regularly up and at ’em before 6 a.m., according to a 2011 article by Forbes Magazine. It makes sense when you think about it — by eliminating the stress and guilt caused by tardiness, you’re giving yourself room for a great start.
Don’t skimp on sleep though — getting enough rest is just as important to success as rising early. So head to bed on time, and wake up with the sun.
Mistake No. 2: The Lazy Daisy
Because you’ve risen with the sun, you have enough time to be productive in the early morning hours. Not only does exercise do great things for your mind, but it helps you tons in the beauty department too! According to a LIVESTRONG.COM article by beauty industry consultant Tracy O’Connor, sweat can improve dry skin and help fight against acne. Worried that a good gym session will complicate your morning beauty routine? Don’t sweat it — we’ve got you covered with these tips.
Mistake No. 3: Skipping Sustenance
While you’re sure to check your email and probably several social media accounts before you start your day, it’s important that you take the time to fill both your tummy and your mind with good things. The food you eat affects your general outlook as well as your beauty look, so make it count with a breakfast that is good for you. And perhaps while you eat your morning yogurt, try a little visualization for your day to get into an optimistic mindset. Two [early] birds, one stone! If you don't have time to sit down for a proper breakfast, grab a Kind bar, which packs 10 grams of protein and is made with all-natural nuts, fruit and whole grains.
Mistake No. 4: Frantic Face
We know that in an ideal world, you’d have endless amounts of time to play with your makeup routine. But in reality, it’s often better to take a beauty shortcut. After all, the point is to look polished, not frazzled. When you’re short on time, it’s better to focus on one or two elements, like a bold lip or perfect brows, and get them right rather than putting a full face of makeup on but getting it totally wrong.
Mistake No. 5: Unplanned=Unsuccessful
Before you go to bed (relatively early; see Mistake No. 1), think about what your day looks like tomorrow. Look at your calendar and plan your outfit accordingly, and then plan your makeup look in accordance with your outfit. Jot down a couple goals for your day and revisit them in the morning. This way, you can go to bed without worrying about the day tomorrow, which will help you get optimal beauty sleep.
An Extra Two Scents: If you tend to be stressed during your morning commute, try aromatherapy. According to a study from Wheeling Jesuit University, people who inhaled cinnamon or peppermint while driving saw a 20-percent decrease in anxiety, a 15 percent decrease in fatigue, a 25-percent decrease in frustration and a 30-percent decrease in fatigue. So try applying a beauty product like The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Leg Gel or keep a cinnamon-scented air freshener in your car.
What does your morning routine look like? Share your secrets below!