The Productive Morning Routine with Lucia Pang
Australian-Chinese content creator Lucia Pang shares the morning routine that keeps her motivated and productive all day.
We know it’s important to have a morning routine; it helps set the tone for the day and increase productivity levels. If you’re still adjusting to working from home and can’t muster the energy to get out of bed, we’ve got you covered.
We reach out to Australian-Chinese content creator Lucia Pang to find out more about her productive mornings. Here, she shares with us her tips to get the day going and keep the skin looking fresh and radiant.
Tell us more about yourself.
I am a content creator based in Sydney. I absolutely love being creative in my job—every day is a different day!
Where did you grow up and how has your experience shaped the person you are, and the career that you are in today?
I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, so I was surrounded by everything from nature, the ocean and the city. It was such a fond time in my childhood as I remember there was inspiration at every corner. After class, my friends and I would go to the beach or sit at the park under a huge tree, watching the sunset and sharing fish and chips. Soon I started bringing a camera everywhere to document these moments because it was so vividly beautiful not to capture. Sydney’s an amazing, multi-cultural and diverse city—I was lucky to grow up here and the freedom I had to explore the surrounding places definitely contributed to the foundation of what I do now, where most of my inspiration still draws from people and places.
Share with us about your career journey. Are there any highlights so far?
My career stemmed from my fascination with a camera. I started exploring photography when I was a teenager, and then had a professional career in that for many years, which have taught me valuable lessons of work ethics, beauty tips, fashion hacks, everything! A lot of what I do today—my habits, creativity and discipline—can be traced back to working professionally so young. I loved it and of course, still love it to this day!
What is the first thing you do when you wake up? How do you get your day going?
Opening up the blinds! My bedroom has amazing morning light so I love to wake up to a sun-filled room and lying in the light for a few moments before I get up. I think it sets the mood for the day. Of course, it’s a little different when it’s raining, but that just makes me appreciate it more when it’s sunny!
Do you like to take your time in the mornings to get ready, or do you prefer to be efficient in the mornings?
If I have somewhere to be or a busy day ahead, I will make sure to wake up at least 2 hours beforehand to get ready. Having the time to have a shower, do my makeup and have breakfast without rushing is so important to me because it is when I get time to myself and a chance to prepare my mind to get ready to focus. It’s like the calm before the storm. I see it as setting myself up for success for the day—I admit I tend to lose it a bit if it is chaotic and I am trying to do a million things at once in so little time!
What is your skincare routine like in the morning? No-makeup makeup, or actually no makeup?
Depends on my day. In the morning, I will usually wash my face with a cooling cleanser to wake myself up, put on serums and moisturiser and then head downstairs to make warm lemon water and open up all the blinds and windows. I feel like this gives my products adequate time to sink into my skin. After that, I will head up to put on SPF and any makeup for the day. If I’m working from home, I like to let my skin breathe and embrace having no makeup on. Sometimes I’ll do a little brow pencil and cream blush to keep things exciting.
Describe your beauty approach in three words.
All or nothing—I think this is my approach to everything in life, not just beauty. I appreciate natural, glowing makeup where the skin is the forefront focus of the look (it’s my go-to most days) but I also love a good, glamourous statement look with an electric lip. It is so thrilling playing around with colour and texture!
What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Look beyond consumer skincare products to treat your skin. My mum has been making her own masks, scrubs and oils out of natural ingredients for the longest time and they’ve done wonders for her skin so I’ve hopped on the bandwagon too!
What is most important to you: comfort, beauty, or innovation?
Innovation as it involves some risk-taking, and in the world of beauty that is very exciting! I love trying out new products and seeing the market constantly evolving and adopting newer, innovative technology and ingredients.
Lucia’s Beauty Picks
Bangn Body Firming Lotion, SGD47
Go-To Skincare Properly Clean Cleanser, SGD32
Esmi Minerals Golden Anti-Ageing Serum, SGD64
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