SHOWER TIME

5 MINUTES

Overslept again? With only five minutes to get out of the front door, you’ll have to learn how to multitask. Quickly. Begin by hanging your shirt and suit in the corner of the bathroom - this will help de-crease your clothes as you shower, saving you precious time otherwise spent on ironing.

Towel dry your hair (the more low maintenance the cut, the better) and leave all the styling / fine tuning until you get to the office. A cordless electric razor that can be used on your commute might be handy if you find yourself hitting the snooze button a little too regularly.

Jump in the shower and reach for Active 3 – a shampoo, shaving gel and body wash all in one. While this single product can take care of all the basics, the only other things you’ll need to look for are your toothbrush and paste.

15 MINUTES

A quarter of an hour is more than enough time to get yourself looking reasonably human. Rather than cut corners, ensure you begin with a thorough cleanse in the shower before attempting a morning shave. Skin can be quite puffy first thing in the morning, making a close shave rather tricky / messy. Give your face a couple of minutes deflate while you’re busy shampooing and conditioning under the running water.

Once you’ve got the technique down pat, a good shave should take no more than seven minutes. By the time you’re done, your body should have dried off. Apply an after-shave balm and get dressed before you attempt to style your hair. If you’ve only got a matter of minutes left, invest in a ‘reworkable’ product that will allow you to fine tune your style, rather than fix it in place for the entire day.

30 MINUTES

Now would be a good opportunity to try out a few extra products once you’re done cleansing and showering. A specialised treatment like a clay mask will suck out impurities and brighten skin in a matter of minutes. You may look a little daft but the benefits will be immediately noticeable. In the time it takes the mask to dry – usually around 5 to 10 minutes - towel off, apply deodorant, a body moisturiser and tend to overgrown nails with a pair of clippers.

Wash off the mask with lukewarm water and follow our guide to get your PhD in Shaving. More time allows for more attention to detail, so be sure to balance out and taper those sideburns, snip any stray eyebrow hairs and trim those random tufts trying to escape from your nostrils. Style your hair as usual, fine-tuning your look as you go along and finish with your favourite fragrance, making sure that you apply it to the wrists (or the back of the neck) instead of directly onto the neck as the alcohol content will make your freshly shorn face feel like it’s been set on fire!.