How I Shaved 15 Minutes Off My Beauty Routine

Something magical happens when you take certain beauty products into the shower—that humdrum morning routine feels less like a chore, more like a treat. Plus, you’ll step out looking amazing, and with more time on your hands.

You know how some people look forward to their morning showers? They say they must take one in order to “wake up?" Well, I’m not one of those people. Like the rest of us, I’m hard pressed for time. With a brutal five-plus hour daily commute, I have to take shortcuts. A lengthy skin and body care regimen? Forget about it. Body lotion? Never use it. Face masks? Pass. At-home hair treatments? I skip those, too. Instead, on rushed mornings, I reach for a body wipe to hold me over until my next shower.

But my beauty routine is slowly changing, thanks to new products specially formulated to be used in the shower. Here, some innovative ways I've recently upped my shower game to come out looking and feeling better, faster.

1

Toothbrush/Toothpaste

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This is a shower hack I picked up from my husband. I keep a tube of toothpaste in the shower and carry in my electric toothbrush. While I’m waiting on a hair mask to penetrate or a face mask to work its magic, I brush my teeth. The best part: I love being able to brush away without worrying about getting toothpaste splashes on the mirror or having any leftover residue in the sink.

2

Face Mask/Peel

Who has time for these? Well, by keeping a few in your shower caddy, you’ll be more likely to use them. After I cleanse my skin, I put one on so it can do its thing while I wash and shave. By applying the mask in the shower, it doesn’t feel like an extra step. (I apply Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel once a week to unclog my T-zone.)

3

Self-Tanner

Necessary? No. But if you need a little pick-me-up, having golden skin doesn’t hurt. Now that you can apply it in the shower, the once messy, annoying task is easy peasy. Simply wash, shave, then stand out of the water stream and slather on the self tanner. Wait three minutes (use this time to do whatever else you need to do in the shower), then rinse. My favorite: St. Tropez Tanning Essentials In Shower Gradual Tan ($25; sephora.com).



4

Body Lotion

It’s the extra step I always refused to do. I hated having to wait to get dressed, not to mention feeling sticky. That was until I met Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($8; target.com). I keep the bottle in the shower and when I’m finished, rub it all over my wet skin (derms say applying lotion onto wet skin actually locks in moisture), then jump out and towel dry like normal.

5

Wide-Tooth Comb

Detangling your hair (especially if you have curls) is a downer, but doing it in the shower while your conditioner is in makes the process a bit smoother. If you air-dry, this means you don’t have to touch your hair post shower, which many stylists agree is the key to less frizz.