The morning is an opportunity to set the right tone for the remainder of the day. Get it right, and you’re set up perfectly for the day’s events; get it wrong, and you can find yourself well off the pace.
Of course, there’s no single morning routine that works for every guy, but there are a handful of tried-and-tested additions you can try out to help you be at your best for the moments that matter. Here are five of them:
1. Drinking water
If you’re the kind of guy who usually passes on a cold glass of water first thing in the morning, you could be missing a trick. When you first wake up, your body has gone eight hours without hydration, so it’s likely gasping for some fresh water. Better placed than coffee than to help you wake up first thing, water cleanses the body and helps to keep the gut healthy before a day of eating.
What’s more, when you drink a pint of water before putting any caffeine or food in your body, you give your organs a chance to clean themselves so that they can work properly. Drinking water first thing also helps to shift toxins from the blood, which allows your skin to rejuvenate. If you want clear skin and a healthy gut, add water to your morning routine.
2. Planning your day
Whether you’re the organised type or not, planning your day in the morning will allow you to think ahead and approach the day positively. During the work week, it’s so easy to switch off and just go with the flow, using your calendar to guide you.
However, when you sit down in the morning and write a list of what you’ll be doing in the day, it gives you chance to subconsciously prepare and minimises the risk of you forgetting an important appointment or deadline. Whether you like to write a list, or just mentally acknowledge the things you’ll be doing during the day, planning ahead will help you stay focused.
3. Shaving Routine
When you allow enough time for a proper shave, the result is always noticeable. Try applying a warm cloth to your face for a minute to cleanse and open the pores. Once your face is clean, it’s time to make sure that your face is hydrated by applying moisturiser (yes, before the shave!).
This way, when it comes to applying the shave gel, your face will be super smooth and ready to go. Our new Gillette Skinguard sensitive shave gel has removed all of the alcohols and dyes that can create irritation, and its formula contains lubricants that can help guard against nicks and cuts too. Add these two additions to your morning routine for the perfect shave.