I Started a Suncare Brand—This Is Why SPF Is Essential to My Morning Routine

What's the first thing you do when you get out of bed in the morning? A well-rounded morning routine sets the tone for the day and gets you prepped—both mentally and physically—before you dive into a packed schedule filled with emails, chores, happy hours, workouts, and more. Our series Morning Person profiles those who have mastered the art of the morning routine.

Tune in every week here and on our Instagram to learn exactly how the pros get it all done before the sun comes up, from their go-to breakfasts to their a.m. workouts.

Charlotte Pienaar Headshot


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Dermatologists agree: Wearing sunscreen is a vital part of any skincare routine. As someone who splits her time between the U.S. and Singapore, where it is summer all year-round, serial entrepreneur Charlotte Pienaar knows exactly how far a little (or a lot of) SPF can go. Her clean suncare brand Everyday Humans creates skincare and bodycare products that are better for you and for the environment. With Pienaar at the helm, Everyday Humans is on a mission to make the daily essential more accessible, sustainable, and just plain fun. Now, if only we could adopt the same ethos in the rest of our routines. 

Keep scrolling to see Pienaar's essential products and rituals for her morning routine in Singapore—SPF is obviously included!

7 A.M.

I like to do my morning skin-, body-, and haircare routines right when I wake up. It helps me get into a productive mindset for the day. Since I rarely wear foundation, my routines take about two minutes max. These five products are my essentials.

I recently picked this palette up and love how easy it is to use it. I just dab the pink side on my cheeks and the highlighter side below my brows and cheekbones to look more alive during conference calls.

SPF is obviously a daily essential, and I wear this indoors and out without fail. I treat it like a two-in-one product, as it's SPF with skincare. Plus, it makes me look like I've slept 10 hours and drank a ton of water, as it gives me a really nice and healthy glow.

I love a hydrating mist, and the one I formulated has a super-addictive scent, cactus flower to be exact, which reminds me of the Californian desert. 

I get a ton of flyaway hairs, and I really don't like how hair spray feels like, so I use this to keep things under control.

I'm a big fan of French drugstore brands, and this unscented body lotion has been my default bathroom-cabinet favorite for years.

7:15 A.M.

I'm a big believer in preventative care (hence the SPF!) and have taken traditional Chinese medicine more seriously this past year. As part of my self-care rituals, I'll try to visit my TCM doctor and acupuncturist once a month to get myself checked up and make sure my body's qi—which translates to "vital life energy" in Chinese—is in order.

I also try to take my prescribed Chinese herbal medicine every day, but it's been hard to keep up with the habit, as it genuinely tastes like crap.

8 A.M.

Everyday Humans Team Meeting


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Around this time, I'll make a latte before I settle down for work. I've been cutting down on my dairy intake and have replaced cow milk with soy and oat alternatives. This small dietary change has worked wonders for my skin and gut health. 

Charlotte Pienaar Latte


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We've been a WFH operation since inception, and our team sits across three time zones. It's wild that I haven't met half of my employees in real life, so we keep in touch via a weekly hour-long Google Hangout call.

On today's agenda, we're talking about ways to improve sourcing our packaging and finding better alternatives to virgin plastic. We take a strong stance on being environmentally friendly and are constantly working on innovative ways to reduce plastic use. We've used PCR (recycled plastic) tubes from the get-go, something I'm so proud of. 

Everyday Humans Packaging


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9 A.M.

Charlotte Pienaar and Daughter


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My favorite part of the day is hanging out with my daughter, who is almost 4 years old, before she heads off to school. She's been really into ballet, and it's so cute to see her twirl in her tutu!

10 A.M.

This is when I'll usually take a break from work to tend to my garden! I've recently gotten into it, and seeing my tomatoes and herbs grow has been such a joy and point of achievement. I can't believe I'm turning into one of those people who talk about their plants… LOL. Then, it's back to work and meetings all day! 

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