4 ways to start your day right

Easy tricks to stay refreshed and focussed

Beauty Crew Editor / June 01 2016

You’ve probably heard it a million times: How you start your morning can set the tone for the rest of your day, and even your week. 

So instead of spending your day in a funk waiting for bed time to roll around again, here are four tricks to try when you wake up in the morning.


Drink warm water with lemon

Besides the fact that you should be drinking water throughout the day and this is a good way to kick-start your hydration, adding a few slices of lemon into the mix has multiple benefits for your body and skin. The zesty addition can help boost your digestive system for the day, help keep your immune system strong so you can fight off those dreaded winter colds, and thanks to the vitamin C, can actually help boost collagen and have an anti-ageing benefit.


Fit in a quick workout

This may mean you’ll have to wake up earlier than you’d like, but getting your body moving and your heart rate up in the morning can leave you more alert and awake for the day. Another bonus? There are studies that have suggested that exercising in the morning makes for a more rested sleep come nighttime.

TOP TIP: If you can’t fit in a long session in the morning, try a HIIT routine of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 10-15 minutes.


Wash your skin properly

When you’re rushing to get out the door, chances are you’ll give your skin a quick splash and spend your time on your hair and makeup. But by not looking after your skin properly, you’re actually compromising your skin’s hydration levels, which can then lead dryness, a rough texture, and even a dull complexion. 

During your post-workout shower, spend a couple of minutes with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, a deep-cleansing and hydrating non-soap cleanser. It will wash away dirt, impurities and sweat, while still caring for your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and revived. The formula is incredibly gentle, meaning that it’s suitable for all skin types (and won’t sting your eyes!). 

Gently massage the nourishing formula in circular motions, starting at your forehead, moving down your nose and chin, and finishing with your cheeks. Apply the cleanser with or without water and rinse off with a warm cloth for a refreshing finish.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser


Eat a balanced breakfast

If you want to be fresh and alert all day, you need to fuel it properly – and that doesn’t mean picking up something from the McDonald’s breakfast menu on your way into work. A high-protein breakfast (think: eggs) can help keep you fuller for longer, and it will mean you’re less likely to snack on high-sugar foods that can leave you feeling a little lethargic once the instant buzz from eating them dies down.

TOP TIP: If you don’t have time to cook and sit down for a proper breakfast, try a protein-based smoothie or a cup of Greek yoghurt with high-fibre fruit.

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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.