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april_gargiuloWelcome to My Morning Routine, where April Gargiulo  and other good-life gurus share their personal (frequently surprising, often healthy) morning rituals—to help you make your a.m.’s more awesome.

April Gargiulo
Founder, Vintner’s Daughter skin care

I used to have a more developed routine, but with two girls ages three and one to organize in the morning, my routine has been pared down to the bare necessities.

I wake up and splash cold water on my face, followed by a spritz of a hydrating and brightening essence that we are developing. Then I apply Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum using the push/press method [where you apply product by firmly pressing your full hand on your face and neck].

Next I have a large glass of room temperature water with lemon juice and sometimes Coconut Secret vinegar. I take my daily Biocyte hyaluronic pill and Rainbow Light woman’s multi-vitamin now, too. The Biocyte hyaluronic pills are just for three months at a time, and I really feel like they make a difference.

Breakfast consists of serious skin nutrition: Organic goat milk yogurt, goji berries, raw walnuts, and a drizzle of local honey along with a jasmine green tea by Mariage Frères.

Looking for more ways to shake up your a.m. routine? The Butcher’s Daughter founder suggests a bubble bath, this J.Crew model swears by Vedic meditation, and Karen Lord is a big fan of keeping a rage journal.