8 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Routine

Eight founders share the products that help them get a better, faster start to the day.
8 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Routine
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Give Thanks

The Five-Minute Journal. Each page provides a quotation to start your day followed by sections for you to write out three items of gratitude and three goals for the day. It’s a very grounding exercise to start the day, and a catalyst for perspective and focus. Best of all, it really does take five minutes.” — Nick Brown, founder and CEO, Soludos

Armor Up

“I spend a lot of time out in the sun. Great for vitamin D levels, but not so for the skin. I swear by Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30. No-nonsense, high-­quality ingredients, smell is great, and it’s universal enough for daily use.” — Jeff Johnson, co-founder and creative director, The Arrivals

Related: 14 of the Best Morning Routine Hacks Proven to Boost Productivity

Chill Out

“I don’t have much time for a proper morning skin-care routine, plus there isn’t much need since typically I teach first thing in the morning, but I do want to look and feel my best as I am often on camera for Lekfit Digital. I rely on my Skin Gym Ice Coolie Roller and my NuFace Fix — two minutes of ice rolling to depuff and 10 minutes of microcurrent goes a long way.” — Lauren Kleban, founder, Lekfit


Biotherm Homme Aquapower Refreshing Lotion is a crucial part of my morning routine. This lotion is incredibly hydrating. As an added bonus, it also protects my skin from razor burn, which is great when I’m rushing out to early morning meetings.” — Julian Reis, founder and CEO, SuperOrdinary 

Related: The 10-Minute Morning Routine That Will Clear Your Mind

Crank the Heat

“Making sure my hair looks great is always a time crunch, but it’s something that can make me feel pulled together and ready to tackle the day. I love the Dyson hair dryer because it cuts drying time in half.” — Lauren Lovelady, co-founder and brand leader, Each & Every 

Cook Smart

“My June smart oven is a lifesaver. I have two small kids to manage, and in the June, I can make them , myself hard-boiled eggs, and things for my son’s lunch, all with just a few button pushes, since it recognizes the we put in. We use it in place of the stove top, toaster, and oven.” — Iva Pawling, co-founder and CEO, Richer Poorer

Related: 10 Tweaks To Your Morning Routine That Will Transform Your Entire Day

Get Amped

“I like to start my mornings with the 6 a.m. Element class at [Manhattan gym] Performix House. It tracks heart rate and calorie burn throughout and makes me feel like I’ve gotten a jump-start on my day — and the competition. By the time other people are waking up, I’m walking to the office full of endorphins, ready to attack the day’s challenges.” — Blakely Thornton, founder and CEO, Civil Jewelry 

Keep Moving

“My AirPods are indispensable. My days are often booked from start to finish, but this product allows me to make the most of my time during commutes from Brooklyn to the city, and later, between meetings during the day.” — Josh Guttman, co-founder and CEO, Small Door Veterinary 

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