We’re eternally on the search for the next best thing to incorporate into our morning routines. From the best-kept skincare secret to a smoothie recipe to a new, thoughtful way to begin the day, there’s something useful we can all glean from others’ morning rituals.
In that spirit, we chatted with some of Nashville’s fittest health and beauty folks for a glimpse into the ways they spend the first few hours of the day. The goal is that we all might be inspired or discover something new to incorporate into our mornings. Enjoy!
“My mornings start around 6 a.m. I like to spend time in my room relaxing before I hit the floor running. I will hang out with my dog and check my emails. Soon after that, I take my shower. In my shower, I apply ZO® Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser to my face and leave it on while I wash. This allows time for the salicylic acid to really get into my pores and clean them out. After that, I use ZO® Skin Health Exfoliating Polish. Once out of the shower, I begin my skincare regimen. The first step is the Skin Benefit Koji Pad. This is another exfoliating step but also has kojic acid for brightening — love it! Next step is ZO® Skin Health Instant Pore Refiner, which helps shrink pores. After that is ZO® Skin Health Rozatrol, which helps reduce redness that has happened with age … ugh. Next step is Skin Medica Lytera 2.0. This product helps reduce brown spots that have come from the sun, as well as age. Last and final step is sunscreen. Sunscreen is your best anti-aging tool because the sun ages us the most! Protect!!! Then, I am ready for some makeup. My skincare regimen seems like many steps, but I have done it for so long that I can do it in record time! The whole time I am doing these things in the morning, I drink a lot of water — hydrate, hydrate! I then, of course, fix my head of hair, and put on my all-black uniform for my awesome job and head out the door!”
— Angel Stovenour, Cool Springs Plastic Surgery Call Center Lead
“I start out my day by stretching for a good 10 minutes. I follow that up with a full glass of water and my elderberry vitamins to help maintain a healthy immune system. While I’m getting through my beauty routine I will drink about 1-2 cups of black coffee. I start my morning with the Revision Papaya Enzyme Cleanser. It’s very energizing first thing in the morning and provides antioxidant protection for my skin. Next, I’ll follow with RéVive Energizing Hydration Mist. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and vibrant, and my pores are open and ready for treatment. I will then apply my eye cream, which I’ve been using for years and has been my tried and true. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Eye Cream is the richest hydration and provides every level of anti-aging. I then use Revision Hydrating Serum. With two forms of hyaluronic acid, it provides short- and long-term hydration with a lightweight texture. After it absorbs, I’ll then press a face oil into my skin. My favorite is Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil. It smells heavenly and gives my skin a beautiful radiance. Lastly, before makeup, I will prime my skin with the Chantecaille SPF 45 primer. It softens the appearance of my pores and gives my skin a smooth surface for my foundation application, plus shielding my skin from our biggest skin aging aggressor-the sun!”
— Shleen Lyle, Woo Cosmetics Makeup Artist
“Most mornings I wake up at 6 a.m. to my alarm clock (which happens to be my 9-year-old son)! Sad but true … the first thing I do is reach for my phone. I text my boyfriend good morning, do a quick scan of emails and on a good day, I’ll spend 10 minutes reading or meditating. I recently downloaded the app Headspace. Most of the next hour is packing lunches, double-checking my kids’ homework, tidying up the house and asking my kids to put on their socks and shoes no less than five times. I might spend 10 minutes getting myself ready — owning running stores means a ponytail and casual clothes are totally acceptable! On the rare occasion I put on mascara and lip gloss, my team will ask me why I’m so “done up.” Once I drop the kids at school, I place a mobile order at Starbucks for a Matcha Green Tea Latte and head to the store or to a meeting. I like to get a good jump on work items, which means I squeeze my run in before school pick-up. Depending on my time management, an easy run can easily turn into a speed workout!
— Christi Beth Adams, Owner of Fleet Feet Nashville
“I am not a morning person. I hit snooze while dozing and thinking of various relationships and responsibilities. Most mornings start with reviewing overnight admissions while doing the mundane: skincare, makeup, hair (curled or straight?) and clothes. I pet two Dobermans, wake my daughter, kiss my husband and toast bagels. Driving to school, my daughter and I talk about unicorns, superpowers, and playground conflict. After dropping her off, I enjoy God: listening to Scripture or a devotion, or praying. He restores and sustains me. Occasionally, though, I don’t go to the hospital. Instead, I drive to a barn and there inhale the lovely smells of leather and lather. Tacking my mare for lessons before dawn invigorates me. This relationship strengthens my posture, courage and dreams. Whether at home, hospital, barn or neighborhood, mornings lead to relationship. I just wish it didn’t have to start before 6 a.m.”
— Dr. Sydney Hester, Infectious Disease Specialist at The Frist Clinic at TriStar Centennial Medical Center
“My morning routine is oriented around my weekly calendar. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, my alarm goes off at 4:15 a.m. Mornings start off in our workout room for 30 minutes on the treadmill and 10 minutes of free weights. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, I do 30 minutes of Anusara yoga. This is all about body alignment, movement and form. My yoga time is not always successful because we have two Cavalier King Charles spaniels that also attempt morning yoga … all of us on one mat. I have established a 15-minute devotional time in my vegetable garden from May until September. Picking the daily harvest and spending a few minutes pruning is my form of meditation, it keeps me calm and focused. During the winter mornings, devotional reading nurtures my spiritual side while I am curled up with herbal tea.
“My morning shower involves Ouai Shampoo, Conditioner and Olaplex Bond Perfector No. 2. While in the shower, I exfoliate head to toe with Esente Elite Oligo-Peel Exfoliation Crěme. Post-shower I splurge and hydrate with L’OCCITANE Almond Shower Oil. Like many of us, multi-tasking has become a way of life, so during my 40 minutes from shower to dressing, I am listening to local, national and international news. When it comes to my complexion, my motto is, “glow big or go home.” FRC Rx TCA Skin Gloss is an exfoliating serum that gives my skin a lit-from-within radiance. I use a sheer tinted moisturizer from Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel Le Volume Ultra Noir mascara, Stylo Ombre Khôl eyeshadow in Pure Flesh and a good lip balm. The last thing before I leave the vanity is a quick brush with SPF 30 brush-on sunscreen by Colorscience. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, my breakfast is a smoothie made in a Nutri Ninja Auto iQ Pro. I mix organic berries, protein powder, kale, spinach and coconut water. The other days of the week, I treat myself with two eggs and a piece of toast. Although I do check for text messages after breakfast, I made the conscious decision years ago not to open emails or any social media until I arrive at my workplace. I am out of the door and in the car by 7:15 with dogs in tow to the medical office!”
— Laurie Hays, BA, R.N. Owner & Co-Director, Facial Rejuvenation Center
“My three children thrive on consistency, as most children do, so my morning routine is fairly consistent. My mornings begin at 6:15 a.m. After waking up the children, I take my daily probiotic and other supplements recommended by my functional medicine physician. Then, I make myself a cup of hot tea with honey or coffee with a non-dairy almond milk creamer and usually make a smoothie that consists of both carbohydrates and protein. Breakfast is such an important meal for my body to have the nutrients needed to work out around 9:30 a.m. (Need a recipe? It’s just one frozen banana, one tablespoon of almond butter, one scoop of Vanilla Orgain Organic Protein Powder and eight ounces of unsweetened almond milk.)
After I have my breakfast in hand, I return to the bathroom sink to make sure my daily skincare routine is complete. My aesthetician has created a routine that allows my skin to glow between my appointments with them. I wash my face, apply toner to normalize the PH in my face, apply my NeoCutis Lumière Riche eye cream (it’s the best I’ve ever tried, ladies), apply a plant-based skin lightener for my melasma, apply a C product and finally my tinted sunscreen. I NEVER forget sunscreen — it’s so important! Then, I brush my teeth, put on my workout clothes and herd three children out the door for school.
— Jennifer Fuller, Image Surgical Arts Marketing Director
We hope you have found an item or two that you’re inspired to incorporate into your own morning routine!
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