WAKE UP WONDERFUL


You know those days where you feel like you’d rather walk across hot coals than have to get up and look in the mirror?  Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!  But unfortunately, how you feel when you wake up can end up affecting your confidence and mood levels for the entire day.  Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up feeling like a million bucks for a change?  Well you can!

I’m no natural morning person (at least until I’ve had my coffee and my Super Green Smoothie!) but I've gotten better at waking up almost every day feeling good. How? For me, it comes down to having a routine. Just a few little steps each night that have had a big impact on the way I look and feel in the morning. 

Here are my top tips to help you wake up feeling refreshed and looking like your gorgeous self.

HYDRATE

Yeah yeah, you’ve heard it all before, but it seriously helps! If you are constantly going without enough water, it won’t be long before you start to see the effects on your skin.  Under-hydrated skin quickly gets tight, dry and flaky and is more prone to wrinkling, especially when your face is pressed in a pillow all night!

Try to drink at least 2 litres of water each day and keep a bottle by your bed at night.  I find the easiest way to get all that water in is to make it taste great!  I do this by infusing fruit into my water in a mason jar and taking it everywhere I go.  Here’s one of my favourite recipes:

Strawberry Basil & Lime Infused Water

INGREDIENTS METHOD
  • 4-6 strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • ½ lime, sliced
  • Small handful of basil, scrunched
  • Ice and cold water

 

  1. Fill your mason jar to the top with ice and fruit. Slightly scrunch up the basil so it releases its flavor. Cover with cold filtered water. Let the water infuse for at least 1 hour before drinking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also pick up a mason jar to use in our SWIISH shop                                                                

 

 FRESHEN YOUR ROOTS

Washing your hair every day can be a pain, especially if you’ve got a whole lot of it!  It also takes up a lot of time that most of us don’t have.  Most importantly though, its just not necessary!  Washing your hair too much can strip your scalp of all those natural oils it produces that keep your hair healthy. 

If you think you can go without washing, opt for a dry shampoo instead.  This stuff is seriously a miracle!  I personally love this Schwarzkopf Styliste Volume Dry Shampoo because it adds a little volume too. I apply before bed and comb through so that I wake up with clean, fresh, bouncy locks!  It’s also super affordable too.





Schwarzkopf Biotin Volume Dry Shampoo – PRICELINE, $9.99

GET THAT GLOW

Yea, it’s winter all right… and for most of us that means pale, ghostly skin.  Don’t worry though, there’s a way to fix this!  I love to add a little fake tan to my moisturiser to maintain a fresh, subtle glow throughout winter.  Just apply a little bit before bed, wash off any excess in the morning and viola! 

My favourite one to use is this natural self-tan lotion from ModelCo because not only does it give you that lovely bronzed look, but it’s also made from skin-loving ingredients like cocoa butter and goji berries and free from parabens, sulfates and pegs. 





Natural Self-Tan Lotion – MODELCO, $16

SOFTEN HANDS & FEET

Although we sometimes forget about them, those delicate little areas between your fingers and toes are often the first areas of our skin to start drying out and cracking.  Ouch!

Applying a heavy duty hand and foot cream prior to sleeping will have you waking up feeling moisturized from your tips to your toes!

La Clinica Leg and Foot Care Balm – THE ORGANIC BEAUTY SHOP,  $16

La Clinica Hand & Nail Treatment Cream – THE ORGANIC BEAUTY SHOP, $23


 

OVERNIGHT FACIAL TREATMENT

Our faces are always our primary concern when it comes to skin maintenance.  This is because it’s usually the first place one starts to see the visible effects of ageing.  I recommend investing in an effective anti-ageing face cream with high-quality ingredients to maintain your skin and keep it looking soft and radiant! 

I’ve been using Renu28 for a while now and it the results have been AH-MAZ-ING. The cream contains special molecules that enhance your skin health at the cellular level.  Ever since I made it a habit to apply this cream every night before bed, I’ve been waking up with dewy, moisturized, plump and youthful looking skin. Obsessed.





                    RENU28 – ASEA, $72

PLUMP YOUR POUT

Don’t you hate the feeling of waking up with a dry mouth and lips?  The first sign is dehydration (already covered!) and the second has simply got to do with lack of proper lip care.  I love applying a generous amount of soothing lip balm right before bed so that I wake up with soft, full, moisturised lips! 





Beeswax Lip Balm – PRICELINE, $4.79

SLEEP LUXURIOUSLY

Sleep like a princess and you’re guaranteed to wake up looking like one!  Sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase allows the skin to stay more hydrated throughout the night and prevents wrinkles and creases from appearing on your face.  It also stops all those terrible nighttime tangles that can end up doing serious damage to your hair.




Sheridan Lanham Silk Pillowcase – DAVID JONES, $99


There you have it!  My top 7 tips to help you wake up looking and feeling like you can take on the world. What do you like doing to wake up feeling great?

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