With everything going on in our lives, it can be hard finding a few extra minutes to take care of ourselves. This is especially true when it comes to anything beauty-related, which usually gets pushed to the side whenever we’re short on time. Thankfully, there are tons of shortcuts out there that can save us precious time and effort. Making our chaotic lives a little bit easier.
Below is a list of the best beauty hacks for busy women. These timesavers will allow you to complete your regular beauty tasks but with half the time and effort.
Skip your regular facial cleanser in the morning
If you wash your face right before bed, you may not need to wash it again in the morning. In fact, doing so can dry out the skin of people with certain skin types. Instead of washing your face, try using a cotton ball dipped in witch hazel or a very gentle toner to wipe away any oil or debris that may have accumulated overnight. It’s quicker than washing your face and may even improve the condition of your skin.
Use an eyebrow razor instead of plucking
Instead of plucking your eyebrows every day, try using an eyebrow razor for quick touch-ups. It only takes a few seconds to clean up your brows and you can use it on your upper lip and other areas with unwanted hair. It also gets rid of the peach fuzz that tweezers often miss. Tip: if you want to get rid of razors and plucking altogether, consider laser hair removal or electrolysis.
Use glasses to skip eye makeup or distract from dark circles
If the world’s best concealer isn’t enough to cover your eye circles or you don’t have time to apply tons of makeup, try wearing a pair of glasses. Many people find they can wear less makeup while wearing glasses, due to the way they distract from imperfections. Even if your eyesight is perfect, you can still find a non-prescription pair of glasses that will look great on you, just make sure they complement your coloring and face shape.
Remove wrinkles from your clothes while you shower
To remove wrinkles from your clothes, try hanging them in the bathroom while you shower. The steam will help remove the wrinkles quickly and efficiently without you having to lift a finger. Not taking a hot shower? Try using a spray that you apply to your clothes to release wrinkles, which is much easier than ironing. You can even create your own spray (with the scent of your choosing) by following one of many online recipes.
Use products that speed up blow drying
Ever-increasingly, products are being designed to decrease your blow-drying time. Some styling products even claim to cut the time in half by using ingredients that remove moisture faster and more efficiently than ever before. If you don’t want to change your styling products, you can also invest in a hairdryer with really high air pressure. These types of dryers can dry your hair faster and with less heat due to the large increase in airflow.
Add microdermabrasion crystals to your face wash instead of exfoliating separately
Instead of giving yourself a separate microdermabrasion treatment during the week, try adding microdermabrasion crystals to your favorite face wash. The crystals are designed to be gentle on the skin and by adding them to your regular face cleansing routine, you can get beautiful glowing skin while saving yourself precious minutes.
Add peppermint oil to your shampoo to increase blood flow to your scalp
Scalp massages are great for increasing blood flow, leading to faster and healthier hair growth. But we don’t always have the time to do them. As an alternative, try adding peppermint or rosemary essential oil (both of which increase blood flow) to your shampoo before applying it to your hair. You only need a few drops and you can mix it with your shampoo right in your hand. When applying, try to focus on your scalp, massaging it in for at least one minute.
Treat wrinkles and acne while you nap
In the last few years, the use of light therapy to treat different skin conditions like acne and wrinkles has grown tremendously. At first, only small devices were available for home use which made the process slow-going (trust me, I did it). But now they have hands-free devices that cover your entire face like a mask so you can even take a nap while wearing it. And as your skin improves over time, you may find yourself needing fewer skincare products and treatments saving you time and money.
Skip the manicure and use press-on nails
If you don’t have the time or energy to paint your nails, try press-on nails from companies like Static Nails. Depending on how they’re applied, faux nails can from 1-14 days and they’re even reusable. Another option is to try using nail polish strips which are basically strips of real nail polish that you apply to your nails instead of painting them. A process that can normally be time-consuming and messy.
Note: I often use fake nails when I take photos for this blog like in this post: My Brighton Jewelry & Handbag Review. The nails are from Static Nails in the color Sugar Floss (they actually arrive much longer, but I like cutting mine really short).
Avoid bed-head in the morning
There’s nothing worse than perfecting your hair before bed, only to have it look like a mess as soon as you wake up. To avoid this, make sure your hair is completely dry before going to bed and set your style using the cool shot button on your hairdryer. Or even better, stand in front of your air conditioner while it’s on a really cold setting. You should also make sure you sleep on a pillowcase made of silk or satin, which will help your hair retain moisture and reduce friction.
Use exfoliating gloves instead of a loofah sponge or body scrub
Gently exfoliating your body can be a relaxing spa-like experience. The only problem is that it can be time-consuming and tedious if you do it on a regular basis. To speed things up, add soap to exfoliating gloves and then gently make circles all over your body. You will be freshly exfoliated in half the time than you would be if you used a loofah or body scrub product.
Consider permanent hair removal to eliminate shaving and plucking
Permanent and semi-permanent hair removal can be a godsend for people who are sick of shaving and plucking every day. And today, it’s more widely available and affordable than ever. Just think of the time you would save if you weren’t constantly shaving every time you showered. Or how great it would be if you could get rid of the random hair growing out of your chin.
For very small areas or random stray hairs, electrolysis can be a cost-effective option. But for larger areas, definitely consider laser hair removal. Salons and spas usually have the most effective lasers, but treatments can be pricey. Instead, you may want to try a home IPL device, which uses pulsed light to destroy hair follicles.
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What are your favorite beauty hacks? Please share in the comments! I would love to know what they are.