First impressions are everything, which is why it’s important that we put in the time to look our best. But some guys live fast-paced lives and don’t have enough time during the day to spend hours on grooming – not because they don’t care about their appearance, but because they’re so busy taking care of their work responsibilities and their chores at home that they simply don’t have the time to spare. If this sounds familiar to you then I’ve got some good news: you can look your best without spending more than an hour in the bathroom.
When free time is your scarcest resource, you’ve got to maximize what little downtime you have. Don’t sit on the sofa and do nothing while you’re watching TV, do something productive like ironing your clothes, trimming your fingernails, applying lotion, or sticking with your hair loss regimen. And since you’ll be so focused on watching your TV show, it won’t even feel like you’re doing work.
Ideally, you’ll want to shower at some point during the day, but you’re always going to have one of those days where you oversleep and don’t have the time to shower. That doesn’t mean that you have to spend the rest of your morning covered in the dirt and grime from the previous day. Give yourself a quick scrub with a wet wipe. Your run-of-the-mill baby wipe will do, but if you really want to freshen up, there are adult wipes on the market designed specifically for this situation.
If you’re going for the clean-shaven look, you don’t really need to have a mirror in front of you while you’re shaving. As long as you shave carefully and don’t try to rush through the process, you shouldn’t have any problem shaving in the shower. In fact, you might even find it easier to shave in the shower since you have a constant stream of hot water blasting your face. Not only does that help open up your pores, but it also washes all your whiskers down the drain – no cleaning up! Pro tip: let your hair thickening shampoo stay lathered in your hair while you shave and rinse after shaving.
You might want to think about keeping a bottle of hand cream or conditioner in your car or at your work desk for those bad hair days. A small dab of hand cream or conditioner works as a perfect defrizzing agent, so you never have to worry about going through the entire day with frizzy hair again.
It doesn’t matter how carefully you shave, everyone cuts themselves shaving from time to time. And the worst part isn’t the cut itself, but getting the bleeding to stop. If you have a tube unflavored lip balm handy then you don’t have to worry about a nick holding up your morning routine. Just apply a dab directly to your cut and watch as the blood magically stops flowing.
If you haven’t had the time to go to the dentist for your routine cleaning then you can give yourself an impromptu bleaching at home. All you need to make your own stain removal kit is a teaspoon of baking soda and a couple drops of lemon juice. After brushing your teeth for a couple of minutes you’ll be able to notice how much brighter and cleaner your teeth look. Just remember that you shouldn’t do this more than once every month, as baking soda can wear down your teeth’s enamel if used frequently.
Got a problem with oily skin? Grab an unused coffee filter and scrub your face with it. You’ll be surprised just how effective coffee filters are at soaking up all your facial grease without irritating your skin.
There are going to be days when you won’t wash your hair because you don’t have the time to restyle it. If you have dry shampoo, you’ll be able to clean your hair without having to style it all from over. For this reason, dry shampoo is a must-have backup item for all guys on the go.
The truth is that everyone has those days where they’re running late and don’t have enough time to get ready. But with these life hacks, you’ll be able to look your best while getting ready on the go and you'll stay on point throughout the day.