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Mister Wharff: Why I Value My Morning Routine

blogger Mister Wharff working out in the morning

Not all of us are morning people – but could having a set morning routine that you actually enjoy help you to change that? The right morning routine could help you to feel like the best version of yourself for the rest of the day. We caught up with blogger Mister Wharff to discover the value he places on his morning routine.

I’ve always been a big believer that early morning is the best time of the day. For me, having a solid morning routine is the perfect way to start my day on a high.

I believe that regardless of your situation, a morning routine is as important as remembering to put on a fresh pair of underwear.

How My Morning Routine Has Evolved

I used to catch the train to work, which meant spending a lot on travel and inevitably buying unnecessary takeaway coffees.

But circumstances have changed, and I no longer have to commute into work as often, which has made me realise how wasteful I was being with my money. I’ve managed to save quite a bit since removing this from my morning routine – sometimes, change can be a good thing.

I recommend taking a look at your morning routine and seeing where you could make some changes, if you haven’t already.

A Solid Morning Routine Helps My Wellbeing

I have autistic traits, and have found that sticking to a set morning routine helps me to complete the day without feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

I don’t like lie-ins, so as soon as my alarm goes off at 07:00, I jump out of bed, head straight to the bathroom and begin my skincare routine.

Our skin gets put through its paces 24/7 – skin is our body’s largest organ, so we need to make sure we’re caring for it correctly, with a skincare regime that’s easy to follow.

My Morning Skincare Routine

I can’t stress how important it is to cleanse your face every morning with a gentle, sulphate-free facial wash. Make sure your cleanser includes exfoliants to prepare your skin ready for your shave.

If your skin is quite textured, salicylic acid will help to sweep away dead skin cells, leaving you with a smoother, more fresh-faced complexion.

Take your time to massage the product into your skin. Facial massaging can help to make you feel much more alert on those mornings when it’s harder to wake up.

My Morning Shaving Routine

I find that shaving each morning is a great way to have a little more ‘me time’. I don’t find shaving daily a chore at all – I enjoy having the excuse to pamper myself.

I use the GilletteLabs Heated Razor, which I find provides comfort, enjoyment and relaxation with every stroke.

Before I start, I like to apply the Gillette Men’s SkinGuard Sensitive Shaving Gel, as I know it helps to protect my skin while I’m shaving.

Breakfast: A Crucial Part of My Morning

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. Eating a nutrient-rich, protein-packed breakfast is really important.

A good breakfast can help to boost your brainpower and glucose levels throughout the morning, helping to keep you physically and mentally active.

I like to start my day with a generous bowl of fat-free Greek yoghurt, mixed with a scoop of chocolate-flavoured protein powder. The protein powder doesn’t just take the slight bitterness away from the taste of the yoghurt, but also helps me to feel fuller for longer, leaving me less likely to reach for a mid-morning sugar fix to keep me going.

I also like to add a couple of tablespoons of granola to the yoghurt – preferably one that includes a combination of nutritious nuts and seeds, such as almonds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, and plenty of slow-release carbs.

Everyone’s morning routine is different, but Gillette has some great tips on five things that could be missing from yours:

John Wharff

John Wharff

John Wharff

John (aka Mister Wharff) is extremely passionate about skincare - so much so that he started his own blog dedicated to the topic in 2014. He believes that looking after your appearance can have a big impact in helping you to feel like the best version of yourself. In his spare time, John loves to hit the gym (where he can often be found recommending skincare instead of exercising…), and his claim to fame is that a retweet from Lord Alan Sugar once caused his website to crash.