The opinion someone has of you, once formed, is difficult to change. That’s why making a good first impression is essential. To do so, you need to look your best. However, we live in a fast-paced, dynamic world. Finding the time to put into your appearance can be difficult. We put together this list of five low-maintenance grooming tips for busy professionals to help make your life easier.
Invest in the Right Products
The first and most important thing to do is to invest in the right products. Different items will work for different people, so shop around to find what’s best for you. A beard grooming kit, a blowdryer, a new face mask, hair gel—whatever speeds up or simplifies your routine is worth the money. If you find yourself itchy, with a rash, or frequently stopping to fix your hair, look at the products you’re using. So many options are available that you’re sure to find something that works.
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Create a Routine
No matter how intensive the grooming activities you undertake are, they will feel less effort when they’re part of a routine. Get into the habit of doing whatever it is you want to do, whether that’s blow-drying and styling your hair or just running a comb through it. Grooming will be less of an ordeal if you do it on autopilot before you’ve even had your first cup of coffee.
Prepare for When You’re Rushed
Sometimes even the most well-established routines are disrupted. In that case, it’s crucial to prepare for when you’re in a rush in the morning. Dry shampoo and wet wipes are two essential items you should have on hand if you sleep through your alarm or experience some other interruption.
If you’re looking to expand your grooming routine from the bare daily essentials like showering and brushing your teeth, we recommend starting to moisturize. A ton of different moisturizers are available, so you can get as fancy as you want. If you’re just getting started or find the skincare aisle at the store overwhelming, aloe vera gel is an affordable natural option. It also doubles as a way to soothe sunburns, so it’s useful to have around.
Don’t Be Afraid To Multitask
Why do one thing at a time when you can do two? Obviously, don’t shave or brush your teeth while you’re driving because that’s dangerous, but some multitasking can save you time. Have a podcast or audiobook you want to listen to? Put it on while you shave, shower, or style your hair. The same goes for your favourite morning news program. You can catch up on the day’s developments while taking care of yourself. By the time you get to the office, you’ll be well-groomed and well-informed.
Looking your best doesn’t have to mean painstaking effort. Find products that work for you, and incorporate them into your routine where you already have the time and space.