Guest Post – Minimize Your Beauty Routine in the Mornings by Elise

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Go ahead, sleep in – because no matter how early you wake up, there just won’t be enough time in a day to do ANYTHING. Well, okay, sure, I’m exaggerating but hey – you’ve got to admit the time seems to be escaping us way faster than ten years ago. Or did we just get older (and lazier)?

These days, it’s hard being a woman (when was it ever easy?); you’ve got to look good, be successful, channel the boss not the bit*h within, be a girlfriend, be a friend, be a support system to your parents, know how to cook and clean, save lives in the OR, socialize, see the grandparents, not skip gym and, if possible, find the time to breathe a little and just be. It feels like we’ve packed up so many responsibilities that it seems absolutely impossible to manage it all. How did women before us do it, I’ll never know.

After spending years in a rush for time (I think I’ll always need an extra five hours to those 24h), I’ve successfully cracked the code and found the way to manage.

Assuming you are one of the new-age successful dollies like myself, I believe you’ll love the advice I’ve got prepared. I mean, it’s a man’s world out there and us women need to support one another in order to succeed, even when we’re talking seemingly banal advice like morning routines. Otherwise, we’re doomed! Wouldn’t you agree?

Anyway, here’s what I’ve got:

Skip morning cleanse, spray the face with water

Whoever popularized morning cleansing obviously had too much free time on their hands; the truth is – cleansing does do wonders for the skin but abusing it may harm the skin and remove its natural protective layer. Plus, you don’t have the time to do it every morning.

My advice to you is to spray your face with water instead of going for the cleanse and let the water soak in a bit. Dab the face with a gentle towel and put your face cream on. That should do it.

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Find that ONE product

Instead of using three products, find one that protects, moisturizes and conceals your face. No woman in this world (that works) has the time to wait for three separate types of creams to sit in, really. Consult your dermatologist or cosmetician on the type of crème to use, and stick to it. My personal favourites are Alpha H products as they’ve proven phenomenal for my skin type and conditions.

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Use dry shampoo before going to bed

You’ll often be advised to use dry shampoo on bad hair days prior to leaving the house. My personal experience advocates against it. The key is to apply dry shampoo prior to going to bed; it will get worked into your hair while you are sleeping and give you beautiful volume in the morning. Just don’t forget to wear a towel or a protective cap.

Prep with nighttime braids or go sleek

After washing your hair at night, put in anywhere between two to six braids while still damp. After you wake up, you’ll reveal soft, flowing waves. If you can’t be bothered to wash the hair, just twirl it into a few buns and release in the morning. The wave will be there!

If you woke up with the hair going frantic on you, just go for a sleek pony or bun. I use styling gel to remove any stubborn baby hairs, and smooth and even out the surface of the hair. Then, I comb it into a low or high bun/pony. I honestly look fierce every time! If you want to go for a romantic sleek look, just go with a side-parting. That changes everything!

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Don’t put your face on

When in a hurry, put just powder and lipstick/lip-gloss on and you are done. Bring your makeup kit with you for slight touch ups when you arrive at the office; create a cute diversion with “I just have to go to the bathroom real quick” and fix what needs fixing. It works every single time and nobody even notices!

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As you can see, it was smart thinking and organizing that got me to where I am today – always ten minutes early for every meeting & get-together, looking fabulous. I love it!

3-22-2016

Author bio

Elise is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary life that she shares with her 8 pets. She is a health and fitness fanatic who adores hiking, long bicycle rides, paragliding and all sorts of extreme sports. After all, she did spend hundreds of hours in the air. She loves writing about health, beauty, adventures, experiences and life in general.

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