Bleary and vacant at 6am, you smack the top of your bedside table randomly until you beat your alarm clock into “shut up and be quiet mode”, your head still burrowed in your pillow. As slowly as possible, you rise and head for the bathroom mirror.
The usual horror awaits you – baggy eyes, dry skin, hair akin to a caveman’s and lips crustier than magma. It’s not exactly a stylish look to kick-start your day.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few of these tips, you’ll be healthier, happier and more stylish in the morning. So give them a go!
Keep your wash schedule natural
It probably wouldn’t occur to you on your weekly shop, but those high street shampoos and body washes you’re using are harming the quality of your follicles and skin.
Brimming with harsh chemicals, lathering agents, oxides and dioxides, these high street brands might be pleasingly cheap, but they’re also stripping your hair and body of its natural cleaning agents.
For a healthier alternative, try natural shampoo and body wash. Made from entirely natural ingredients, it’ll move your hair from Captain Caveman to Cara Delevigne.
Keep makeup “light”
We’ve all seen makeup disasters walking the streets, caked in more cosmetics than an entire branch of Boots. Their neon orange foundation blinds passers-by, their fluorescent green lipstick resembles asparagus, and their smudged eyeliner gives the distinct impression of the night itself.
All that makeup isn’t just garish – it’s actively bad for your skin. By not allowing the pores to breathe, you’ll create a hotbed of spots that’ll make you reliant on makeup to cover them up, repeating the cosmetic cycle ad nauseum.
So, instead of “cakey” cosmetics, aim for a light application of makeup that won’t leave your skin in tatters when you wake.
Know your water
A hefty dose of H2O can kick your morning off swimmingly. With an average of around eight glasses a day, your skin will gain a healthier glow. These doses of water essentially make the blood pump more effectively, allowing your organs to function and, in turn, lending you that glow.
So, stick to a healthy water consumption schedule for better skin.
Eat well and be merrier
Does your diet consist exclusively of Cheesy Wotsits, Domino’s Pizza, Irn Bru and entire blocks of margarine? Then we might have found the root of your pallid complexion.
A poor diet won’t just give you a sore stomach – it’ll make your skin as healthy looking as a deep fat fryer. Cut out the pizzas and Irn Bru, and replace them with fruit, veg and a healthy balanced diet.
Manage all this and you’ll look stylish no matter what you’re wearing.