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13 positive morning habits of beauty & wellness experts

Clockwise from top left: Elle Macpherson, Shani Darden, Monikh Dale, Miranda Kerr, Hannah Bronfman, Charlotte Mensah, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tata Harper, Tina Craig (bottom left), Victoria Beckham

Ever wondered what the beauty A-list do to kick-start their mornings? We’ve spoken to many of them over the years, and this is what they told us. From caffeine alternatives to breathing techniques and light therapy, try their feel-good formulas for yourself…

Beauty

Focus on your breath

Elle Macpherson, model and founder of WelleCo

“It was hard 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 breast bone), 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.”

Do a daily workout

Victoria Beckham, fashion designer and beauty entrepreneur

“The first thing I have is three tablespoons of apple-cider vinegar, followed by a mug of hot water and lemon, and multiple coffees. I then get my workout done – the coffees help me do that. When the children are at school, I get up at about 6am to work out, then I get their breakfast before David or I take them to school. My workout routine is really key for me, it’s what I do every day. Gwyneth Paltrow introduced me to the Tracy Anderson Method, and she has said that working out daily for her is like cleaning her teeth; it’s what you do. First, I do an uphill fast walk/run – it’s on quite an incline, so it’s good cardio. Then I do a session with weights and bands – either with my trainer or by myself. I dance a lot, and I’ve done the Tracy Anderson Method for over nine years now; you focus on every single muscle in your body and it’s quite intense. Tracy is a really great woman, and since being introduced to her method it has changed how I feel, my confidence levels and how I hold myself. For me, it’s about making the best of what I have and maintaining it rather than doing anything drastic.”

Take supplements

Tina Craig, founder of U Beauty

“I take Lumity supplements and raw bee pollen every single day. I swear this simple routine strengthens my immune system and helps defend against illness each season.”

Drink water and matcha

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, model and founder of Rose Inc.

“I’m not naturally a morning person, so I wake up at 6am with my alarm, or my body clock will wake me around 8am – usually I get up an hour before my son so I can have some me-time. I drink a litre of water first thing, followed by a matcha latte. After breakfast, I work out in my garage – I’ve been using the Body By Simone app to stay active during lockdown. I then cleanse my face with IS Clinical Cleansing Complex and use ZO’Skin Health Oil Control Pads, followed by IS Clinical Super Serum or Poly Vitamin Serum; finally, I apply Biba Daily Moisturizer and Image Skincare SPF 50. If I wear makeup, I use Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer, Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and Brow Gel, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Sun Touched, and Hourglass Lip Oil or my signature Confession Lipstick You Make Me.”

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. I then do a 20-minute meditation, a few stretches, do my body brushing – I’ve done it for 10 years and it’s good for the lymphatic system and, on an energetic level, it’s quite clearing. Then I take a shower and get ready for the day. It makes a big difference, as otherwise I have no time to myself with three little ones (all boys; my eldest is nine) and running my company from home.”

Motivate yourself

Tata Harper, skincare entrepreneur

“Exercise is the one change that I have made to my mornings, and it really helps with my motivation. I keep up my regime by streaming Ballet Beautiful on YouTube, for Mary Helen Bower’s bite-size, 15-minute workouts.”

Meditate

Gucci Westman, makeup artist and founder of Westman Atelier

“I do transcendental meditation every morning at 6am. My kids wake up around 6:30am, so it gives me a little time to gather myself. I also like to meditate in the afternoon, if possible. It helps to center me.”

Boost your breakfast

Charlotte Mensah, haircare entrepreneur

“My daily breakfast routine is porridge with water, nutmeg from Grenada, a little honey and a spoonful of evaporated milk. It’s so delicious – and keeps me full until the afternoon.”

Start with tea

Jen Atkin, hair stylist and founder of Ouai Haircare

“If I’m busy, I’ll wake up between 5.30 and 6.30am – but, equally, I might sleep until 1pm if I have a rare day off. Either way, I start my day with a cup of English breakfast tea with almond milk. I’m a big believer in intermittent fasting, so I don’t eat anything until 1pm. It’s not about weight loss for me: if I’m busy in the morning, I don’t want to think of another thing to add to my already lengthy to-do list.”

Mend your mind

Monikh Dale, fashion stylist

“I wake up at 6.30am every day and have a tea – proper tea with real milk – and then work out. Exercise is important to me because it’s so good for my mental health, as it makes me step out of my own thoughts. I’m now doing the online Kobox Workout Mafia classes; it’s difficult, but it keeps me from over-thinking everything, as I’m a natural worrier.”

Avoid caffeine

Hannah Bronfman,** **founder of HBFIT

“Every morning, I have a cup of w