Mind & Body

The Life-Changing Morning Habits Wellness Experts Swear By

Clockwise from top left: Elle Macpherson, Joanna Vargas, Shani Darden, Nigma Talib, Simone de la Rue, Jules Miller, Miranda Kerr, Pati Dubroff, Hannah Bronfman

How you start your morning sets the tone for the day ahead. Here, MALENA HARBERS shares the positive AM routines and feel-good formulas beloved by health and beauty A-listers


Supercharge your caffeine hit

Hannah Bronfman, influencer and founder of HBFIT

“Every morning, I have a cup of water and lemon, keeping it at room temperature to preserve the enzymes and to make it easier to drink quickly. I then add a probiotic powder to a juice shot (usually grapefruit: the probiotics make the vitamin C in the grapefruit more easily digestible). I switch coffee for matcha, or a dandelion root and chicory blend, and pimp it up with some stress-relieving adaptogenic herbs, such as moringa leaves. It gives me the hit I need without the come-down of caffeine. But when I need extra energy before a workout, I drink a classic bulletproof coffee (ground coffee beans, filtered water, MCT oil and grass-fed butter or ghee) – it makes a real difference to my stamina.”

Don’t go straight to your phone

Miranda Kerr, model and founder of Kora Organics

“My husband wakes up at 5.30am, which means I wake up, too. I used to immediately check my emails, which started the day in a chaotic way, but now I keep my cell phone on airplane mode and have a good hour to myself until the kids wake up at 6.30am. It makes a big difference, as otherwise I have no time to myself with three little ones (all boys; my eldest is 11) and running my company from home.”

Express gratitude

Simone de la Rue, founder of Body by Simone

“I start every morning with a moment of gratitude. Our young son always gets into bed with my husband and me in the morning, and we have a cuddle. This is my favorite part of my day; the calm before the storm. We open the blinds and look at the day. I take a moment to be grateful for my family, my health and my life. This puts me in a positive mindset and sets me up for a great day. I then light a candle and put on music while I make my breakfast. Something about the ritual of lighting the candle and smelling the scent instantly wakes my senses.”

Try light therapy

Shani Darden, LA aesthetician

“I use my LED mask first thing most mornings, although not always at the weekend, but I’m pretty consistent. I wash my face and then use the red-light setting for collagen density to reduce fine lines.”

Focus on your breath

Elle Macpherson, model and founder of WelleCo

“It was difficult at first, but I wake up early and spend 45 minutes practicing breathing – it’s been a complete game-changer. I put my hands on my solar plexus (just under the breastbone), feel the breath and focus on its rhythm. After 20 deep inhales and exhales, I feel a real difference. It’s not a formal practice of meditation, but more about taking time to clear my mind, reflect and slow the brain down. I find it very peaceful and it really sets me up for the day.”

Hydrate upon waking

Jules Miller, founder of The Nue Co.

“I’m a real morning person. I love to start my day at 6am with a cup of warm water with lemon and ginger. It helps to stimulate your body’s detox and is a great way to start the day after eight hours of sleep and feeling dehydrated. I’ll then either do a 20-minute meditation, to help clear my mind and process the day ahead, or a 45-minute Peloton bike ride, to get my sweat on. Next, I’ll have a shower and have my first cup of coffee with two capsules of The Nue Co. Nootro-Focus supplement, designed to heighten mental clarity and sharpen your focus.”

Practice oil pulling

Pati Dubroff, Chanel celebrity makeup artist

“The very first thing I do in the morning is the ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling. It’s great for oral hygiene, as well as killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. I’ve done this practice every day for many years and I know it is one of the keys to my overall health and wellbeing. I use a blend developed by a dental hygienist who focuses on natural oral health, which mixes sesame, neem oregano and myrrh oils, among others. I swish it around in my mouth for at least 20 minutes when I wake up to get my day started. It's a great reminder that taking care of my health is the first order of business every day.”

Do dry body brushing

Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist, founder of Joanna Vargas salons and skincare

“I wake up around 5am naturally; I love being up before my family so that I can have some much-needed quiet time. I usually read, catch up on overnight emails and drink a cappuccino with almond milk. Once my daughter leaves for school, I do a Peloton class, shower and start my morning skincare routine. Dry brushing the body pre-shower is essential for moving the lymphatic system, exfoliating and increasing collagen production all over. Post-shower, I wash my face with my Vitamin C Face Wash, for brightening, apply my Eden Serum and Moisturizer, for soothing, hydrating and repairing – and I don’t leave the house without sunscreen.”

Set an intention

Nigma Talib, naturopathic practitioner

As soon as I open my eyes, I set an intention for the day. This helps me focus and create in that very moment exactly what it is that I want to achieve by allowing me to claim it, reserve it, call it in and, most importantly, believe it. After my intention is set, I follow a 12-minute guided meditation that involves chanting, whispering and then silently repeating the chant. The meditation is called the Kirtan Kriya. I ‘beditate’, meaning I lie in bed while I do this. I do finger-tapping when chanting the mantra Saa-Taa-Naa-Maa – this helps me solidify my intention and enhance blood flow to my brain, which wakes me up and leaves me feeling focused and ready to go.”