Like many, I’m a busy working mum, juggling so many balls they’ve just become blurs. Time is not something I can manage or control, it keeps passing despite my best efforts. So inevitably, everything I do towards feeling fabulous has an opportunity cost in terms of time.
Until about six weeks ago my “morning routine” involved washing my face, slapping on some moisturiser and, if I was going to work, applying some eyeliner and lipstick. Now I’m developing a new routine (including cleansing and toning) in the morning the opportunity cost is either time spent sleeping or getting into work later – which isn’t great for me since I’m far more productive first thing in the morning.
So as far as skincare, haircare and beauty is concerned, anything I do has to be worth the time it takes. Let’s take foot care and hair care as examples
I bought Volcano from Lush over a month ago. Now this is a foot mask so the directions require me to apply a thick coat to my feet, wrap them in plastic and then leave on for 10 minutes.
So in order to use this product, since I don’t particularly want to try walking around with plastic wrap on my feet, I have to find time when I can put my feet up for 10 minutes. Now, if I’m going to need to find this time then the result has to be worth it. I’ve tried this foot mask once so far. It was so much hassle and the early results were insignificant. I’ll give it another go but if I don’t feel any tangible improvement I can see this pot sitting on my dresser, slowly gathering dust.
But compare it to a product like Champney’s Intensive Foot Butter. This takes no time at all to apply, massages easily into my feet and I love the minty smell – subtle, not overpowering and my feet feel refreshed and softer. I never used foot cream on a regular basis before but I’ve found it simple to incorporate this into my routines because it’s quick and pleasant to use.
My current conditioner of choice, Aussie Frizz Miracle which has the following directions “start with Aussie Frizz Miracle Shampoo, then apply a splodge of Frizz Miracle Conditioner. Rinse out with warm water.”
Couldn’t be more simple and, together with the shampoo, its done a lot to reduce the frizziousity (made-up word of course) of my hair
Now let’s take the Wen Conditioner that came in the JolieBox
“Rinse hair thoroughly, Apply to scalp, massaging vigorously, and add a splash of water to create a foaming effect…Massage vigorously for 1-3 minutes, comb through hair, and leave on for 3-5 minutes for maximum conditioning.”
So Wen want me to spend between 4 and 8 minutes conditioning my hair. Now I know that Wen’s USP is that there’s no need to spend time shampooing first but seriously, 8 minutes! The Wen website says that it can be used daily but with proper use it only needs to be two or three times daily. It’s good this came in a sample box because if I’d seen the directions in a shop I’d have put it straight back on the shelf.
I haven’t used this yet but I can tell you now, the results would have to be phenomenal for me to make this part of my routines.
All I’m looking for are some pleasant, effective, not too expensive products which either take no time at all or are worth the opportunity cost. Surely that’s not too much to ask for, is it?