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My Transformative Morning Routine

This morning routine changed my life for the better.


Before I met my husband, I used to wake up in the morning and immediately check my email. Then I’d probably skip breakfast and be glued to my computer all day, eating lunch at my desk most of the time. In the evenings I’d either run out to dinner or an event (or two!), or work all night. My stress levels were high, but I was too busy to really notice.

My Transformative Morning Routine

My husband had several well-thought-out routines that helped keep him healthy, and made it easy for him to deal with the stress of daily life. So, with his help, I started on a path to find inner serenity (which, incidentally, is also a great way to find your soulmate, happiness, and career success.) It turned out to be much easier than I’d anticipated. All I had to do was make a few new actions habit. Here are the five things I now do every morning that have transformed my life, and can transform yours too:


Bathroom Sanctuary

Each morning, the very first thing I do when I wake up is head to the bathroom to brush my teeth. That’s when spa time starts.

I leave my Origins products out next to the sink so they’re easily accessible in case I’m really tired (and also because I love the look of the bottles on my counter). I love the line because it’s so natural, the products feel and smell great, and I respect that they leave out all the chemicals known to be toxic, plus they list all their ingredients on their website.

My Transformative Morning Routine

If my hair is feeling dry, I’ll put some Ojon Rare Blend Oil Rejuvenating Therapy on it and throw it up in a ponytail. I start with Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum and apply it all over my face. Then, to instantly make myself look more awake, I slather on Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff under my eyes.

My Transformative Morning Routine

Then I quickly dry brush my skin, which takes about a minute and helps to exfoliate and get my circulation going. After that, I apply Origins Comfort Mood Whipped Vanilla Body Soufflé (in the summer I use their whipped vanilla body soufflé, and in the winter I use their ultra-rich vanilla body butter) to my whole body, to keep my skin looking young and healthy. The smell helps me to wake up, and relaxes me at the same time, keeping my mind off of all the tasks I have to do that day.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 54 Comments

  1. Helen Dark

    Very useful tips. I really need these!
    I have my own to add, staying out of the sun is better for our skin.
    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Heather Strobel

    I needed some great tips. Yours are helpful 🙂

  3. Louise Stone

    Great list, some I would not have thought of. I’ve found inspiration from a lot of the things you post here. I am removing make-up at night, cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing with an spf product. These are the things that i think will keep me looking younger.
    Thanks for the additional ideas! I’m going to try them out this week 🙂

  4. Cornelia Green

    I liked reading all of them. Meditating, applying creams, eating healthy breakfast- all sound good to me. I think exfoliating is a good idea. Exercising is also the way to stay youthful I think.. Exercising is the answer to a lot of things. Thank you for posting these.

  5. Lela House

    You followed your own tips. Thanks for this handy post; so many useful gems!

  6. Elsie Spurlock

    Great article. I’m certainly going to try a few of your suggestions. Some I knew about-and have used, but others were not. These really are great tips, I pretty much drink only water, stay out of the sun, wear sunscreen and I eat well and exercise. Protection from the sun and moisturizing are super important for me. 🙂

  7. Always an inspiration, Hilary! But (next time) I think this would look super glam in your apartment: 😉 xo

  8. Thanks for sharing from a hard place in your life. Living hectically and speedily can be mindless, you really need to wake up and smell the roses. Living with purpose, in a strategic way is key and you seem to have found such a great example of that.

    I love the list in the morning (I love post’it notes for this)… I just need to make my list more reasonable at times~

  9. Cassi Braun

    Life changing tips! Thank you.

  10. Felicia Stewart

    I just created a complete personal routine and I’m daily working at trying it out, confirming I can make it and putting in there items that relate to others around me, who may affect my routine. Now I know routine is way to go.

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