As the leaves fall and the temperature drops, it’s easy to hit the snooze button once (or twice, or three times…) and snuggle up in your cocoon comforter each morning. But the changing season is also an opportunity to revamp your routine and get the most out of your mornings. Whether you’re headed to an 8 a.m. lecture, preparing for a presentation, or wrangling the little ones as they catch the school bus, here are a few tips to keep your morning routine simple – so you have time to shine.
Stop hitting snooze. You’ll accomplish more if you don’t hit the snooze button. If you struggle with this, keep your alarm across the room from your bed or just outside your bedroom door so you’re forced to get out of bed immediately. That way, you’ll hit the ground running as soon as your alarm sounds.
Pump up the jams. Once you break that snooze habit, make a habit of pressing play instead. Create a playlist of your favorite high-energy hits to listen (and dance to) as you get ready in the morning. It’ll help you feel awake and ready to take on the day.
Use double duty beauty products. Simplify your morning beauty routine by using products that carry their weight and are true multi-taskers. Here are some of our favorites:
- Lip and cheek stains are perfect for getting a gorgeous glow, and you can throw them in your purse for on-the-go touchups.
- A tinted moisturizer evens skin tone and provides moisture for dry or dehydrated skin. It’ll go on easier with our Skin Perfecting Brush.
- Moisturizing balms are a perfect cure-all for chapped lips, dry cuticles and anything else that needs a bit of love.
- Use a bronzer on your cheeks and eyelids for a healthy and glowing look. Check out our Beauty Team expert Teni Panosian’s tutorial here.
- Save time and shower at night. In the morning, soak up any oil and add texture to your hair with a dry shampoo. If you’re a fan of powdered dry shampoos, use our large powder brush to apply with precision. Check out our helpful #BeautyDab here to get the right technique.
Lists, lists, lists. Prep your daily to-do list ahead of time and prioritize your tasks accordingly. To hold yourself accountable, set short term (daily) and long term (monthly or yearly) goals. Keep a list of them at your desk or in your phone as a constant reminder of what you have yet to accomplish and what you’ve already achieved.
Say no to screens. Take time for yourself in the morning. Starting the day with a positive mindset begins with leaving your phone (or laptop) alone. At least for the first few moments of your day. Checking email, scrolling through Instagram and chatting with friends can wait.
Wipe out wrinkles while you shower. No time to iron? No worries. Hang your outfit in the bathroom as you shower. The steam will loosen wrinkles and you’ll save time and look great for the day.
Prep your portions.
- Gather your smoothie ingredients the night before and portion them in mason jars. Store in the fridge or freezer overnight, and in the morning drop in the blender and press puree!
- Use Sunday as meal-prep day. Plan your lunches ahead of time and pack up as much as possible beforehand. You’ll have prepackaged portions so you can grab and go in the mornings. No more scrambling to make a peanut butter jelly sandwich!
Save your hair for last. Use an ultra absorbent, microfiber towel (a cotton t-shirt works well too!) to wrap your wet hair after you’ve showered. Keep it on as you complete your makeup routine and other morning tasks. Then use the Ultimate Air Dryer to blow dry your hair before you head out the door. Your hair will have plenty of time to dry naturally first, and the Ultimate Air Dryer will speed things up too.
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