It goes without saying that everyone wants to look their best. Life just seems a lot happier, brighter, and more fun and uplifting, when you can hold your head up high and feel good about the way you’ve presented yourself.
Clearly, this feeling is pretty powerful, since the cosmetics industry is absolutely enormous and wealthy, and doesn’t look set to be going anywhere any time soon.
But everyone knows that a full-fledged beauty routine, like you might perform if you were going to your wedding or some other major life event, takes plenty of time. Hair can be hours alone, and makeup falls in the same category, for sure, depending on how elaborately you want to do yours.
But what if you don’t have much time at your disposal? What if you’re actually really busy?
Well, in those cases, there’s no need to completely drop your beauty routine altogether. Just stripping things back to basics can allow you to do a surprising amount of good in a short time.
Here are some tips for taking care of your looks when you’re really busy.
Identify and apply a basic and quick-to-perform feel-good beauty routine
The first thing you should do if you’re in a hurry, is to come up with a basic and quick-to-perform feel-good beauty routine — something that you can perform each morning or evening, that makes you feel positive, and that does some good to helping you appear fresh-faced and rejuvenated.
Do some shopping for the basics. Buy face toner, an effective moisturiser, and exfoliating scrub to use a couple of times a week, and clean your face with cold water each morning.
You may be surprised by how good this makes you feel, and what a visible difference it can make.
Minimise all the other stuff and focus on getting more sleep
If you’re very busy with the everyday demands of life, you’ve got to accept the fact that you’re not likely to be able to benefit much from ambitious use of beauty products, even if only because you lack the time.
Instead of scrambling to try and fill your free moments with different makeup regimens and so on, however, you’d be much better served by minimising the time you spend on all that other stuff, and focusing on getting more sleep, instead.
Sleep has truly miraculous effects both on your health and your looks. A few good, restful nights of sleep behind you, and you’ll look and feel like a new person.
Make the effort to get properly dressed every day, even if you’re not leaving the home
There’s an old saying that goes “clothes make the man”, and as far as there’s truth to that statement, it applies to women as well.
One thing that often happens to people who are bust — and especially to people who are busy and who are simultaneously home-makers or home-based entrepreneurs — is that they stop putting in much effort to dress presentably.
Some solopreneurs never even change out of their pyjamas all day.
This not only negatively impacts your appearance, but also your sense of self-worth. Even if you don’t have time to be hyper-creative with your outfits, make a point of putting on a presentable outfit each day, that makes you feel good about yourself. Especially if you’re not leaving the home.