Between the incessant long-haul flights, red carpets and prolonged shoot schedules, how do celebrities channel their healthy mojo? By finding a morning ritual that works and sticking to it like white on rice. Bollywood fast friends Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt start off the day by dabbing ice on their skin to tighten their pores, a practice they swear keeps that rosy glow in check. No matter how late she’s rolling out of bed, Anushka Sharma refuses to blowdry her hair in the morning.
In case you’re fond of healthy skin that glows from within and hair that looks like you just stepped out of a shampoo commercial, here are the celebrity-approved morning habits you need to start working on.
Celebrity morning rituals
How does the 34-year-old actor keep her skin billboard-ready at all times? The Quantico star never cheats on her moisturizing routine in the morning, even if she’s running on one hour of sleep. “After every bath, I make sure to moisturize my entire body. I’m obsessed with Diptyque; it smells so good. Sunscreen is something that I definitely swear by, and coconut oil. Coconut oil will change your life if you drink it every day,” she revealed in an interview with an international fashion magazine
Waking up to a million Instagram double-taps can be tiresome business, which is why Kylie is extremely protective of her a.m. skincare regimen. “After washing my face in the morning, I use the Nip + Fab Dargon’s Blood Fix Serum before putting a speck of make-up on,” she explains.
Sonakshi’s naturally radiant skin requires the barest nudge of skincare in the morning; the actress has the 1-2-3 of cleansing, toning and moisturising every morning down pat. Watch for yourself how she goes from bedhead to belle in 15 minutes flat.
ScarJo’s morning hack will give you her smooth skin alright, but isn’t of much use if you have Ryan Reynolds sleeping in the next room. “If your skin is problematic or you’re having a lot of breakouts, it’s really healing to wash your face with apple cider vinegar in the morning. It’s a little bit stinky but if you’re not sleeping over at your boyfriend’s, it’s really effective,” she promised in an interview with a leading daily
KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN
The serial showstopper didn’t get where she was by slacking on her morning skincare routine. The Lancôme face wash has earned a permanent spot in her bathroom cabinet to deep cleanse her skin, followed by the Sisley Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Ageing Hydration Moisturiser.
The drill differs when she doesn’t have pressing work commitments — Kareena has gone on record to state that she likes to pamper herself in the morning routinely; “On the days when I’m not shooting, I just wash my hair and let it air-dry. To make sure it stays healthy, I massage my scalp and hair thoroughly with a good oil (a mixture of olive, castor and almond oils) at least once a month,” the new mum revealed.
How does Bella Hadid find time to take care of her skin, let alone breathe or sleep, with her whirlwind schedule of catwalks, cover shoots and luxury brand endorsements? No matter what her schedule looks like, she will only start her day with a little self-indulgence. “In the morning, I always like to do a sheet mask because it revives me to have something cool on my skin,” she confesses.
The insane amount of time she clocks in at the gym means that her visage glows with good health, but for those days when she’s having trouble waking her skin up, Katrina can be found calmly dunking her face in ice water in the morning. The low temperature closes open pores and helps her nail those Instagram selfies, even at ungodly hours
The 31-year-old is a firm believer in normcore beauty, and restricts her morning beauty routine to swabbing on moisturiser with SPF to counter sun damage on long shoots outdoors.
By her own admission, Sonam loves playing dress up but is smart enough to give her skin the space it needs to breathe. The Neerja actress is loath to wear make-up early in the morning, and instead subs in with a light moisturising day cream. What about when her work demands that she step out in the sun early in the morning? “I spray on the L’Oréal Paris’ UV Perfect Aqua Essence and I am good to go,” she revealed in a recent interview
MALAIKA ARORA KHAN
In case you were running out of reasons to be in awe of Malaika, please take into consideration that the first thing she does after waking up is yoga. “I do a handstand and a headstand, right after I wake up. I have to do a yoga asana,” she revealed in an interview with us earlier this year. Just something to keep in mind the next time you try to Instagram your cobweb-ridden brain awake.
The most successful skincare regimens are built on this one undisputed bedrock: Less is more. Wait, before you yawn, hear Salma Hayek out. The bombshell insists that key to her smooth skin is doing nothing for it in the morning. “One strange tip — don’t wash your face in the morning at all, ever. Because at night your skin is rebuilding some of the oils that you need to keep your skin young, and it balances the PH. So in the morning if you take them off – you can splash it with water, do something mild – but you don’t want to get rid of that. And if your skin is dirty in the morning, it means you didn’t clean well at night,” she explains
You don’t need to have Alia’s blockbuster résumé memorized by rote to know that her works keeps her busy, and routinely takes a toll on her skin. Her easy remedy to wake her skin up in the morning? “My face can get very puffy when I wake up in the morning, which is why I just dab some ice on it,” she reveals.
Anushka carries her fuss-free dressing policy to her beauty routine as well: The Phillauri actress never, but never, blowdries her hair after taking a shower in the morning; choosing to let her silky tresses air-dry instead.