7 Must-have morning beauty products

Mar 19, 2011 at 11:32 p.m. ET

If you wake up in the morning feeling like a slow crawl to the coffee machine is too much work, you need products you can rely on to perk, prep and activate you for the day. We’ve rounded up seven of the most effective and stimulating beauty products that will make you feel like a morning person, even if you’re not.

1Glass of waterWater

Yes, water. The cheapest, easiest beauty product comes directly from your tap. Most people spend their days mildly dehydrated, a state that can leave your skin looking dull and loose, especially around your eyes and lips. Drink a glass or two of water when you first wake up to help plump your skin from the inside out. Extra bonus: drinking water will improve your circulation and energy, too.

2Neutrogena Sugar Scrub Body Exfoliator

body scrub

You'll get a two-for-one energy boost with Neutrogena's Sugar Scrub Body Exfoliator in Energizing Citrus. Not only does exfoliation slough off dead skin, enhancing the brightness and smoothness of your body, but the citrus smell will help wake you up as the scrub does its work. You can expect to feel clean, smooth and fresh -- ready to tackle the problems of the day.

3Origins GinZing

Origins GinZing

If your eyes have a tendency to look a little worse for wear in the mornings, invest your money in Origins GinZing eye cream. Voted by Natural Health as one of the best beauty items of 2010, the proprietary blend of caffeine, ginseng and magnolia extract in this product are clinically proven to de-puff and brighten tired-looking eyes. Simply pop it in the fridge for an extra cool application, and dab it around your eyes after your morning shower.

4tinted moisturizerTinted Moisturizer with SPF

Give your pasty, "morning" complexion a boost with a lightweight, tinted moisturizer with SPF. Not only will you feel good about protecting your skin, you'll brighten up your complexion before applying make-up. Try Jane Iredale's Dream Tint -- the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the product, plus it comes in five different shades, perfect for every skin tone.

5chapstickChapstick Fresh Effects

To keep dry lips at bay while enlivening your lips, slather on one of Chapstick's new Fresh Effects lip balms in "invigorating green tea mint" or "refreshing mandarin." Citrus and mint are both scents that help awaken the senses, and the 13 moisturizers in this product will make your lips soft and supple.

6eyelash curlerAn eyelash curler

Pick up an eyelash curler from your local drug store to give your eyes the wide-open, fresh-faced look you need in the morning. The curling process will only take 5-10 seconds per eye, making it one of the quickest, most effective morning beauty tricks around.

7black mascaraBlack mascara

Putting all other beauty items aside, black mascara is the one cosmetic winner that will make you look awake, even when you're not. The shellacking of dark color will make it apparent you "put yourself together," and it will force others to focus attention on your eyes -- exactly where you want their attention to be focused.

New Jersey-based dermatologist, Dr Jeanine B Downie says, "I wear sunscreen daily, even when I know I'm going to be inside! I like the M.D. Forte SPF 30 because it blends right into darker skin and you don't notice it's on!"

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