In our 'I Woke Up Like This' series, 9Honey removes the filters from everyday life and bares all for a much-needed reality check.
Speaking to a range of people ¡ª from faces you know to faces you will want to know ¡ª we tear away the fa?ade of make-up and social media and bring things back to basics with realistic 'I woke up like this' selfies and morning routines.
Today, we're 'waking up' with journalist, radio host, podcaster and Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel ambassador Melissa Doyle.
What time do you wake up?
"6 or 6.30am, depending on the day."
How many alarms do you set?
"Just one, but I usually wake up about two minutes before it goes off."
Tea or coffee?
"Coffee. It's my morning ritual. I love the smell and sound of the beans grinding and the milk frothing. It's like flicking on my 'go' switch."
TV or radio, podcast or silence?
"Silence. There's enough noise throughout the rest of my day."
What do you eat for breakfast?
"My daughter Talia and I have a poached egg on toast if we've done an early gym class. Although with winter and lockdown, I've been enjoying porridge."
How long does it take you to get out the door?
"It depends if I have to look like Mel on the telly or not! That requires a bit more time. If it's just me, then it's quicker, usually about half an hour."
Any unusual morning rituals or habits?
"I love to open up the back of the house to let the fresh air in, even when it's cold. If I have time, I'll stretch and have another coffee outside after the gym."
What's the one thing you never have time for in the morning?
"Making too many decisions! I try to get organised the night before ¡ª have my outfit sorted and whatever I need for the day ahead ready to grab. Most mornings are under the pump, so there's no time to waste."
What's the one thing you always do in the morning?
"Apply good skincare! For my face, I use ESK vitamin C, moisturiser, and sunscreen first thing. For my body, I love the Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel. The unique oil-based gel sinks into the skin and deeply moisturises, but the texture feels light like a lotion ¡ª my tip for morning self-care that gives you a lasting glow."