This morning I groggily got up from bed, and was moving so slowly that I did not have the time to adequately get ready in my “ideal” way. I wanted to shower – didn’t happen. And I wanted to eat a substantial healthy breakfast. Also didn’t happen. I was hoping this morning would be one with a good start to prepare myself for my first day of work at my new job.

The reality is, a lot of times I’m either too busy or too lazy and tired to pamper myself, but somehow people get the impression that I’m a clean, put together person with good hygiene. I guess I’ve figured out how to (usually) fool the masses. However this does not mean that I am promoting bad hygiene; I’ve just figured out a few things on still looking presentable or even professional when there’s just no time to shower.

So here are some of my fake hygiene hacks. Whether you’re super busy or just plain old lazy, there are ways to still take care of yourself. Sort of…

  1. Dry Shampoo – Two words: IT WORKS! It absorbs the oil in your hair and adds volume. Sometimes my hair looks better unwashed than washed, thanks to dry shampoo. I usually use it in the morning when I’m getting ready, and then I put it in my purse in case I have a midday oily emergency.
  2. Shampoo bangs and a little bit of the top of head – Sometimes after a few days (I know, gross) of dry shampooing, the oiliness catches up and there’s no way around it… or so you think! When this happens, OR when I happen to run out of dry shampoo, I’ll just squeeze a little bit of shampoo and wash my bangs and maybe a little bit of the area on the top of my head around my bangs (wherever it’s most oily), and I’ll do this all in the sink. It takes like 5 minutes max. Oh, and I usually tie the rest of my hair back while washing. After this “spot washing,” I towel dry really quickly and then blow dry, maybe for like 2-3 minutes. Then voila! “Clean” hair!
  3. Toner – I’m usually too lazy to wash my face. The times I do wash my face with real face wash is when I’m in the shower. So how do I still keep my face clean looking on all the other days when I don’t wash my face? Toner! It really does a good job of cleaning your face, or at least making it more clean than it was by wiping off some of the dirt while adding a little moisture. I use round cotton pads to apply toner all over my face and neck (don’t forget the neck).
  4. Dress well & wear makeup/jewelry – But don’t overdo it. A tiny bit of makeup goes a long way, especially mascara. The point is to at least put in some effort to look good, not for the sake of impressing people but for the sake of respecting both yourself and others by being presentable as a human of society.
  5. Wear clean undergarments – Even when you don’t shower for days, at least try to pretend you did by wearing clean clothes. Changing into clean underwear makes a big difference and automatically makes you feel cleaner.

Of course, I highly encourage showering when possible, but I can totally sympathize with anyone who finds showering another burdensome task to check off on a to-do list, especially for those of us who have long hair that takes forever to blow dry and style.

I’m also considering buying face cleansing/makeup removing wipes so I don’t have to wash my face in the evenings, and also because I don’t thinking toner is enough if that’s the only thing I’m using to “clean” my face at night…


Author: Amy

Amy Lo is a millennial residing in Los Angeles, California. She's a little obsessed with personal development and is always learning and figuring out how to maximize her productivity without burning out. She believes a fulfilling and stress-free lifestyle is achievable for everyone.

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