Have you ever woken up in a panic 10 minutes before you’re supposed to be leaving for work? I have, and it sucks. A lot. You have practically no time to get ready and are likely stressed out as well. Getting ready quickly is your only option.
While I can’t say that I can make missing your alarm feel good, I can give you some tips for how to make the most of a short window of time in the morning, whether it be because of a missed alarm or even just wanting to shorten your morning routine in general.
Here are some of the ways that I have found to shrink the time it takes me to get ready in the morning.
1. Baby wipes
Ok, I know a lot of people think that you must shower every single day or you will be gross, but that simply isn’t true. I’ve actually run across countless posts talking about how showering every day is bad for your skin and hair.
I can’t claim to know if this is true or not, but I do know that everyday showers are not necessary. Now, if you want to shower every day because you like doing that then more power to you. I agree, showers feel amazing.
But if you are a bit lazy with your routine like me then don’t feel bad skipping them. In fact, this is probably the most productive change you can make is getting ready quickly is your goal. A great way to still feel clean without showering is to use baby wipes on the in-between days. You can use them on any area you feel needs to be refreshed and then just let the skin air dry.
This is also great for camping or any traveling where you may need to freshen up but can’t shower. I use these wipes because I like how they don’t leave any kind of weird smell on my skin since they only use water and a little fruit extract.
2. Dry shampoo
Continuing on with the not showering everyday thing, dry shampoo is great for if your hair is getting a little bit greasy. I spray it on my roots and the back of my head, let it sit for a minute, and then rub it in.
This is the dry shampoo that I use , and I find it works much better than cheaper brands or baby powder.
3. Micellar water
4. Capsule wardrobe
Another way I have cut down on my prep time is by adopting more of a capsule model to my wardrobe. There are plenty of reasons to start a capsule wardrobe, but a couple are that your clothes will be much easier to mix and match and all will be pieces that you love. Those two things should make it a lot easier to pick an outfit in the morning without having to do too much deliberation.
5. French beauty practices
French beauty centers around simplicity and looking natural, which is great for a quick morning routine. Try cutting out the heavy makeup and maybe pick one or two areas of your face to focus on, for instance. In my case, I wear mascara every day and occasionally blush.
If you’re interested in learning more French beauty principles then check out my post here.
This one really only applies if you are a contacts wearer, like me. I am a huge fan of contacts and wear them almost every day, but they do take up more time in the morning than glasses. I make sure to have a pair of glasses that I feel comfortable wearing out for situations like oversleeping or tired eyes.
If you’d like to shorten your morning routine then try thinking about what things you could cut out or simplify. For instance, try not showering every day and going for a more natural look. I’ll tell you what, it feels good to not need an hour every day to get ready like high school me did!
Do you have other tricks for getting ready quickly in the morning?
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