We are all busy these days. There’s an endless round of chores, commitments and activities to occupy our time, and that’s before we even include work. Family life is busy and every spare moment is packed with activities, while work is busier too. Everyone is on a schedule.
We are available to everyone 24/7 because of emails and smartphones.There is no line between working and not working now. Colleagues can email you in the middle of the night, people can always reach you on social media and they want a response now! Even if we try to set boundaries, we finally cave in and respond for fear of people thinking we are lazy, ignorant or unprofessional if we don’t reply promptly. Being busy has become a way of life.
Think about the things we give up or don’t do as regularly as we would like because we’re ‘too busy’. Are we really too busy to call loved ones, to prepare healthy food for ourselves, to meet a friend for coffee-to just ‘be’ instead of being busy?. Would it be a terrible thing to take time out to do these simple things to care for ourselves and others? Would the world stop turning? No, it wouldn’t.
Thinking of our lives as being too busy puts us in an anxious and overwhelmed state of mind. Yes, we may be on a schedule and there may be things we absolutely need to do, but we can view this as having a full life, and then find ways to streamline our activities. Let go of the things which don’t really need to be done and don’t be afraid to schedule in some ‘me’ time. For most of us, our working lives are so busy, why do we need to carry this over at home as well?
- 1 How to be less busy
- 1.1 The importance of a beauty regime
- 1.2 Streamlining your beauty routine
- 1.3 1. In-shower tanning
- 1.4 2. Go blonder
- 1.5 3. Treat yourself to a facial
- 1.6 4. Use a face mask or treat your hair to one
- 1.7 5. Whiten your teeth
- 1.8 6. Dry body brushing
- 1.9 7. Hydrate your hair
- 1.10 8. Soften your skin
- 1.11 9. Cheat’s manicure/pedicure
- 1.12 10. Look top to toe gorgeous
- 1.13 11. Or you can moisturise in-shower
- 1.14 12. Volumise your hair
- 1.15 13. Treat your acne
- 1.16 14. Brush your teeth
- 1.17 15. Exfoliate
How to be less busy
Busy is not the only way to live your life, though living in modern times might not convince you of that fact. We can actually take steps to being less busy and making time for the things that are really important.
Being busy is your decision- we all get to choose our schedule. Believe it or not, you don’t have to be forced into a life of busy, busy, busy. If you want to do something for yourself, do it. If you want to do nothing, do that too!
Busy is not a badge of honour- we don’t have to be busy to be successful. It’s completely possible to fill what little time we perceive we have with pointless things. It’s fine to not be busy.
Learn to rest- our minds and bodies need it. If you don’t rest, you risk losing motivation and becoming run down and ill. Make time for the things you enjoy and stick to it.
Prioritise- let go of the tasks and activities that don’t add value to your life. Time is precious and is better spent doing the things which make your life richer and more fulfilling.
Get rid of clutter- in fact, have less ‘stuff’ in general. The cleaning and maintenance of our homes is worthwhile, but the less clutter we have, the less time and energy we spend clearing things out or worrying because we haven’t cleared things out.
Look at your daily routine- make space for ‘me’ time. Get away from your desk at lunchtime, go for a walk. This will leave you mentally and physically refreshed.
Learn to say no- this leaves time for the more important things in your life. It’s your life and your time, don’t feel guilty for owning it.
Busy is not who you are. It is okay to be happy and relaxed and to make time for yourself. We all need a little self care from time to time. The one thing most of us don’t feel guilty about is our beauty regime. The need to look good and feel good is basic psychology, and it’s big business.
The importance of a beauty regime
The desire to be beautiful has been around throughout the centuries. There was no limit to the lengths that people would go to to look more attractive. People used arsenic and mercury to improve their skin, used urine to fade freckles and even removed ribs to give them smaller waists!
Nowadays, the beauty industry serving our desire to be attractive is global and people spend billions on makeup, skincare, haircare, perfumes and cosmetic surgery. Research found that in America, more is spent on beauty products than education. Society considers that people who are attractive have many advantages in life; in work, in love and in life in general. Beauty is an investment.
What we consider to be beautiful is biologically ingrained. Certain features are considered to be attractive as they represent health and fertility. The beauty industry plays on this. Healthy, long hair is a sign of good health, so the products exist to give this to us, bigger eyes are a sign of youth and so mascaras and eyeliners are marketed to this end and countless creams exist, aimed at giving us flawless skin, another sign of good health. Cosmetic surgery is there to give us the attributes that God didn’t.
These days, the beauty industry is still a powerful machine, driven largely by the growth in social media and our desire to capture our lives on camera and present a flawless image to the world.
We are able to buy more advanced products now than ever before. We now demand multitasking products, with a bit of science behind them, if we are going to spend our hard-earned cash. Companies are now marketing ‘cosmaceuticals’, which are products that serve us cosmetically but also have active compounds in them like prescription products.
Among these products are creams which claim to take an inch off your thighs after four weeks of use and moisturisers that reduce the signs of aging.
Anti-aging is big business and people going to cosmetic surgeons for botox, fillers and plumpers has increased. These procedures have even overtaken liposuction and breast augmentation in popularity. Cosmetic dentistry to straighten and whiten our teeth is now very popular as well. It seems we will go to any lengths to attain the level of ‘perfection’ that once only celebrities could afford.
However, alongside these more extreme beauty measures, we are seeking more natural treatments and beauty solutions. ‘Wellness’ is the new buzz word, and spas, salons and health clubs are pushing the message that healthy does not need to mean being thin or pumped full of chemicals.
Our desire to look good often means we are buying a promise of what a product will do for us as well as the actual product itself. Advertising of beauty products tends to stretch the truth at times.
However, the industry is more regulated now. There are strict rules on what products can and can’t contain and we as consumers have access to a lot more information. But nothing, whether it’s lack of time, money or actual proof that the products aren’t just about clever marketing appears to be able to stop our desire to look good.
Streamlining your beauty routine
We are all busy. But how can you stay looking good, on top of juggling work, family, friends, hobbies and everything else life throws at you? It takes dedication and a little bit of streamlining. Here’s how you can carry out your entire beauty regime while you are in the shower, and treat yourself to a little indulgence while you’re at it.
1. In-shower tanning
You might think that tan and water surely does not mix, but the geniuses at St. Tropez have invented an in-shower tanning lotion. All you have to do, the instructions say, is apply it to wet skin, leave for three minutes and rinse. No streaks or questionable orange stains to speak of. This one’s a winner and the reviews back it up.
2. Go blonder
If you’re a blonde babe, did you know that bleaching your hair while it’s wet accelerates the colour to give you a ‘just bleached by the sun’ look? Try it and be the focus of some serious hair envy.
3. Treat yourself to a facial
The steam from the shower opens your pores, so any products you apply on your face will penetrate the skin more effectively. Gel-based products work better than creamy ones in the shower because they won’t slide of the skin as easily. For a gorgeous home-made facial treatment, mix some natural honey with chia seeds for exfoliation and hydration.
4. Use a face mask or treat your hair to one
The leave-in or leave-on times for hair and face masks are about the same as it will take you to have your shower. The heat from the shower helps the active ingredients penetrate your hair and skin, and all you’re doing is standing under the shower. Now that’s what I call multitasking!
5. Whiten your teeth
Oil pulling, or using oils like coconut oil or sesame oil to whiten your teeth and freshen your breath, is still considered a good natural practise. It hails from Ayurvedic medicine. The shower is a good place to be able to do it and spit the oil out safely.
6. Dry body brushing
Dry skin brushing improves circulation and gets rid of dead skin cells so it can seriously the appearance of the skin. Stand in the shower, and before you get wet, grab your body brush and brush from your feet upwards towards your heart. Do this for 3-5 minutes for glowing skin.
7. Hydrate your hair
Use a deep conditioner in the shower and the heat will help the product penetrate your hair’s shaft. You can use a specific deep conditioning treatment or you can use olive oil. Say hello to shiny, soft hair. Apply the deep conditioner straight after washing and allow it to work while you get washed.
8. Soften your skin
Use hydrating creamy body washes and oils rather than soaps which can dry skin out. Use an oil after shaving to replenish lost moisture and moisturise with products containing natural oils rather than using harsh products that strip your skin of its oils. For a cleansing and exfoliating treat for your skin, mix a little raw sugar or sea salt with your body wash and smooth it over your body. Rinse and reveal gorgeous soft skin.
9. Cheat’s manicure/pedicure
Use excess conditioner you have slathered on your hair to soften your nails and feet. Yes, really. Rub it onto your cuticles, heels and even under your nails. If you have extra-dry feet, invest in a shower mat that doubles as a loofah to smooth your feet as you shower.
10. Look top to toe gorgeous
Applying moisturiser to skin that is slightly damp maximises absorption. Use a product containing ingredients that promote absorption like glycerin.
11. Or you can moisturise in-shower
The best time to moisturise skin is about 30 seconds after the water has stopped running. In-shower moisturisers are a new innovation. All you have to do is apply them to cleansed skin and rinse off. There’s no need for any further moisturiser and you won’t waste time waiting for a lotion to dry. You just need to pat skin dry once out of the shower. Beware of the potential for a slippery bathtub after using these products though, so rinse them away carefully.
12. Volumise your hair
You can boost your hair’s volume in the shower now thanks to a new in-shower hair volumising treatment. It penetrates hair strands, lifts them and gives the hair texture. It is better than standard volumising treatments too, and your hair will retain its volume after multiple washes.
13. Treat your acne
Benzoyl peroxide cleansers are the go to treatment for acne, and they actually work best in the shower. Benzoyl peroxide can bleach clothes so it is better to use it in the shower then rinse it off.
14. Brush your teeth
Brush your teeth in the shower, yes, really. You might be concerned about exposing your toothbrush to bacteria, but now you can buy a completely waterproof toothbrush, made out of silicone, which is not porous, so no nasties can get into its nooks and crannies.
The skin will be softened by the shower which makes exfoliation easier. Exfoliating works on two fronts. It smooths your skin and leaves it primed for absorption of whatever products you apply to it afterwards.
Anything that saves us time these days is a winner. Time is always so precious and for most of us it’s in short supply. We are always busy and ‘doing nothing’ is often seen as something to be ashamed about. Well it doesn’t have to be. No task or activity is more important than us taking care of ourselves. Nothing is more important than our friends or family. We need to live in the here and now, because that is what is important. The past is gone, the future hasn’t arrived yet, but the present moments that we miss because we are ‘too busy’, we won’t get them back. We need to eliminate the small stuff and concentrate on what’s important.
Many of us could do with caring for ourselves more. Our beauty routine is part of that. These days, we feel like we can have busy, full lives without sacrificing our looks and looking after ourselves. We have the products and the innovations to help us achieve this. We have came a long way from using mercury to lighten our skin, though this has been replaced by botox and fillers that plump our skin as we attempt to turn back the clock, creams which promise to rid us of cellulite and makeup which instantly blurs imperfections. The quest for beauty has always existed, but this is a new age, where we are constantly documenting or documented. We are much more aware of how we appear to others and try as much as possible to control the image that we put out there.
Once the preserve of celebrities, beauty treatments, advanced makeup and surgery is available to us all. But unfortunately, most of us don’t have a nanny for the kids, a housekeeper or a personal chef, so we need ways of being able to maintain our beauty routine while juggling all of our other commitments.
Carrying out your beauty regime in the shower is a no-brainer. Most of us shower every day, so why not make the most of the time we spend in there. Instead of rushing in and rushing out, treat yourself to some much-needed indulgence and ‘me’ time. It’s good for the mind, body and soul. Turn off your phone, leave all your gadgets in another room, and relax. This time is all for you and it’s all about you. No need to apologize for it!