Finally, the clocks have gone forward and the lighter mornings are here to stay… for now!
There’s something about the spring and summer AM that has me waking up with more energy and an even greater zest for life.
I am by no means a morning person but when the sun is in the sky and I’m not rushing around, I certainly have a far more relaxed, enjoyable morning before I have to head out the door to work and you can too with these 5 steps to enjoy a spring morning…
1. WAKE UP EARLY
All great mornings start the night before with an early night, after prepping your bag and clothes for the morning, doing your skincare and setting an alarm.
I like to use my Lumie Bodyclock because it gradually gets lighter half an hour before my alarm is due to go off which helps to wake me up much more naturally.
In the dead of winter, I’m rarely up early but in the warmer months, I love to seize the day and get up a good hour or two before I actually need to leave the house. This means that I can get what I need to done and I’m not rushing around, especially if I’m going to work as I find that if I start my morning more relaxed then I’m more prepared for work by the time that I get there.
2. GET REFRESHED
I enjoy my mornings most when I have time for a refreshing shower and a little pamper. I tie my hair up, jump in and use a minty or citrus shower gel to start to pull me around into reality. After using my mintiest toothpaste to really wake me up, I move onto my skincare.
Setting aside time to do my skincare is one of my favourite ways to start my day. Pampering my skin is so enjoyable; I cleanse (currently using this Elemental Herbology cleanser), tone, apply my serum and then moisturise.
Right now, its a choice between two lightweight bases and they’re both from La Roche-Posay.
First up, theres the daytime moisturiser that I go when I’m going to be wearing make up for the day and that’s the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ SPF 30 which is great for correcting imperfections while giving you some sun protection too. If you’re wanting to correct skin imperfections then you need to be concerned about the sun too as daily UV exposure can lead to hyper pigmentation and premature skin ageing!
This moisturiser is ideal for oily skin like mine or for those who have blemish prone skin as it helps to clear blocked pores to reduce blackheads. It feels really lightweight on the skin, doesn’t clog the pores and it is free from parabens. There’s Niacinamide in the formula which purifies the skin, an LHA solution that exfoliates and Salicylic Acid which helps to draw out impurities and repair damaged cells on the surface of the skin. I like to wear this moisturiser on days when I’m going to be wearing makeup because it leaves my skin looking and feeling soft, shine free and makeup sits really nicely on top of it.
On days when I’m not wanting to wear makeup, which is A LOT of the time, then I like to wear the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Unifant Tinted Moisturiser which is available in light and medium of which I use the latter when I’ve got a little bit of a tan. I wish they’d bring out a dark shade for the darker skinned beauties out there as I’m sure so many girls would love it!
Essentially, its a tinted version of the other one that I use but without the SPF in it so I make sure to layer it up with a separate one. Think of it as treatment for the skin with coverage. Of course you can layer it up with foundation and the rest of your daily makeup but the beauty of using this one is that I don’t need to. It leaves my skin with a hint of tint and perfecting coverage which is all I need for no makeup days, especially when my brows are already tinted and shaped and I’ve got my Essential Beauty lash extensions on.
It makes the perfect lightweight base, leaves my skin looking perfected and hydrated and doesn’t clog my pores. I couldn’t ask for more!
The third step to enjoying a spring morning is without a doubt, found in the tummy. Whether you go out for breakfast or dine in, enjoying a tasty meal washed down with a good ol’ cup of coffee like Organo Gold is certainly a great way to start the day.
I have a balcony on my apartment so when the days are sunny and the weathers warm, I like to cook up a toasted bagel, bacon and smashed avocado and head out to sit on there in my dressing gown because no, I really don’t care what other people think!
4. SPEED SPRING CLEANING
This might come as a bit of a surprise to you but my next step to enjoying a spring morning is with a spot of cleaning. I’m not suggesting getting the marigolds out and bleaching the house from top to bottom but if you’ve been up early and have time before you need to leave the house, then pick up some of the things you’ve had lying around and tidy them away.
I pop on some music and tend to challenge myself to tidy up while one or two songs are on. I always feel so much better about my space when its tidier and having done a little bit of speed cleaning, I feel as though I’ve already got my day off to a productive start. This does wonders for my positivity and the productive approach tends to filter through my day too!
5. GO OUTDOORS
The last step to enjoying a spring morning is to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Whether its taking a stroll on the treehouse bridges at The Alnwick Garden like I am here wearing my Yours Clothing casual wear or power walking along the coast, get outside, get your heart pumping and enjoy the world around you. Even if you’re on your way to work, maybe take a different route, go a little earlier and walk around near to wear your office is or take a change of clothes with you and find one of those outdoor gyms.
Whatever you do, its all about getting your blood pumping, clearing your mind and enjoying the start to your day!
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What are your steps to enjoy a spring morning? What skincare do you like to use? Whats your favourite brekkie?