Whether you’re a full-time parent, full-time employee or any combination of the two, the chance are that time will be your most valuable commodity, which means that a full-on beauty routine might be the last thing on your mind. However, staying ‘presentable’ on a daily basis can really help with mental wellness, so we thought we’d give you some beauty hacks – tips and tricks which will allow you to look polished in a fraction of the time.
If washing your hair every day isn’t viable, washing just the front portion of your hair can both save time and transform the appearance of your hair. If you have a fringe, just wash and blow-dry this area – it should take less than a minute – and wear the rest of your hair pulled back in a ponytail, allowing you to avoid the full-on ‘greasy scraped back’ look! . This will make you look as though you’ve done something to your hair, when in fact you’ve done very little. Use Dermalogica Shine Therapy Shampoo for best effects.
Pedicure in Your Sleep
If you don’t have time for a full pedicure but want to improve the appearance of dry, cracked heels, simply slather your feet in Decleor Relax Intense Relaxing Dry Oil before bed and wear a pair of cotton socks. The serum has relaxing properties which will help you drift off into a deep slumber, while the oil gets to work nourishing your parched skin, allowing you to wake up with smooth heels fit for your sandals.
Blowdry Your Body
This one may sound a little crazy, but if you’ve used an all-over body moisturiser or gradual self-tan but don’t have time to wait for it to dry, using your blow dryer to speed up the process can save you serious amounts of time. This is best done on low or with the ‘cool shot’ button – time saving is one thing, but sitting in A&E having to explain how you burned your delicate parts is no-one’s idea of fun!
Tidy Up Your Cuticles
We’ve all done it – sitting on the train to work feeling pleased with our chosen outfit, only to look down and see seriously tatty cuticles. Unless you’re seriously well prepared, the chances are you won’t have a manicure kit…but you might have one item which can help; a lip balm. Running a little lip balm or Vaseline over your cuticles will improve the appearance of ragged cuticles, and doesn’t require you to keep dedicated products for every beauty emergency in your handbag.
Extend The Life of Your Mascara
If your mascara is on its last legs but you need it before you’ll have a chance to buy a new one, simply sit it in a cup of very hot water for a moment. This will loosen up the ‘dregs’ at the bottom of the tube and hopefully give you more than enough for an emergency application.