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The idea of waking up early having a chance to sit down to a proper breakfast, maybe read the paper or possibly even go for a job sounds fantastic.

The snooze button is so very tempting on chilly winter mornings, and then before you know it breakfast is just a thing of the imagination. 

In theory the dream of the seamless morning routine is great, but unfortunately sometimes it can be difficult to master. If you struggle to get a morning routine that really works, this could be why.

Your eyebrows take forever: 

The brow has never been more important. However, if you’re rushing and stressed every morning facing into rush hour traffic, consider streamlining aspects of your morning routine.

Picking an outfit the night before is one way to speed things up. Then you have time for other things, such as breakfast, or maybe even reading that book you were supposed to finish last year.

You love the snooze button: 

Making the leap from an 8 o’clock wake up call to 6 o’clock might be a might courageous. You can however start to train yourself to wake up earlier.

Start by setting your alarm 20 minutes earlier for a week, and then try for 30 or 40 minutes the following week. Who knows, after a month you might actually be a morning person.

Your night time routine is less than practical: 

If you’re working or studying until three in the morning then of course waking up early is going to be a struggle. Try to find some less stressful activities to do to wind down.

Pinterest is full of simple yoga routines that are supposed to help you settle down. Also, avoid staring at your phone, computer or television.

The blue light they emit slows down your production of melatonin, a hormone we need to help regulate our sleep cycles. 


Most of us don't get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night – and as we all know, there can be major repercussions on the way we look as a result.

We wish we could wake up bright-eyed, with dewy skin every morning, but that's never going to happen… unless you follow these quick fixes that will have you looking fresh in a shorter amount of time than you spend in the line for Starbucks. 

Moisturise it

When you don't get enough sleep, you body – mostly your skin –  misses out on its nightly repairing.

By not allowing it to rejuvenate, you'll be more prone to breakouts, redness, patchy skin and dehydration. Thankfully, the latter can be solved by doing what we should be doing anyway: moisturising. 

It'll help you achieve that radiant glow we all sought after, but as well as that it will help fight long term symptoms of not getting enough sleep, like enlarged pores, wrinkles and under-eye circles. 


Massage it 

Now we're not talking about a full-on massage here, just a quick face one. If you're to be ready in under five minutes, you're going to need a good multi-tasker – and this one is perfect. While using your finger to moisturise, give yourself a small face massage. 

It will help boost circulation and brighten the complexion. Not only does it feel amazing with cold moisturiser, but if you practise the right routine, you will give your face an instant boost in a minute flat. 


Highlight it

In the morning, especially on days where you've gotten little sleep, a good highlighter is like saviour in a tube. When you've found the right one for your skin tone, it'll be your go-to for brightening and defining your features in a flash.

The best places to apply this is the inner corners of your eye, under the brow bones, and across your cheekbone to fake that eight-hour sleep look. 


Cool it

When it comes to the dreaded puffy morning face, rely on one thing – cold temperatures. Cold temperatures shrink capillaries and stimulate drainage (in other words, de-puffs).

Whether you press your face with a cold cloth or store your moisturiser in the fridge, take every opportunity to give your face a zap of coolness. Pro tip: Place two spoons in the freezer for a couple of minutes and place them over your eyes (curved sides inward) for 10 – 15 secs to get rid of puffiness in that area.

The best part is, it will not only make you look more awake, but you'll feel more awake too.