Looking perfect, or achieving the look that’s perfect for you, isn’t easy. Nor is it fast. But if you want to cut the clutter on your bathroom counter, there’s an important change you can make. You can opt for beauty treatments that take some time at the salon or spa, but make it a lot easier to roll out of bed and spend a minimal amount of time in front of the mirror each day. Sure, these treatments aren’t one and done — they typically require some maintenance — but if they let you feel a little more low-maintenance on a daily basis, that’s probably a good trade-off.
Read on to check out our favorite beauty treatments for streamlining your morning routine. Does anyone need these treatments? Definitely not. But if you’re already a beauty addict, then you’re probably already a little bit tempted by the idea of making your beauty routine easier. And, let’s face it, treating yourself to a luxe treatment at the salon or spa probably doesn’t sound so bad, either. Wishing you could walk out of the house with wet hair and only minimal makeup? These beauty treatments can help. (At least if you realize the irony of running to salon appointments when you’re trying to be low-maintenance.)
1. Brow shaping
Having an esthetician shape your brows is a great way to avoid worrying about them in the morning. (Or in the evening, which is when we typically stand in front of the bathroom mirror, questioning the shape of our eyebrows or the state of our skin.) Whether you choose waxing, sugaring, threading, or any of the other options available, having your brows professionally shaped is a great way to get them to look more awesome than you ever thought they could. This will probably translate to a streamlined makeup routine. You didn’t need all five of those brow products in the first place, now did you?
2. Brow tinting
Brow tinting is the perfect way to shorten an excessive brow-enhancing makeup routine. This salon treatment is quick and painless, and involves your stylist applying dye that makes your brows look both full and natural. Depending on your preferred brow look, you may want to add a little bit of makeup to emphasize the arch. But if you’re more of a minimalist, you may not even need to think about them between treatments.
3. Eyelash extensions
Eyelash extensions sound a little scary, but they’re really not, especially when you go to a professional who specializes in them. Eyelash extensions are great for lazy girls who don’t want to spend forever on their eye makeup each morning. Applying eyelash extensions involves attaching individual lashes to your natural lashes semi-permanently. You can customize the look to get it exactly the way you want, too. And you can either have them professionally removed or let them fall off naturally if you aren’t feeling the look or don’t want to get it touched up each month.
4. Eyelash tinting
If you like the sound of brow tinting, you’ll probably love the idea of eyelash tinting. Especially for those with light blonde or red lashes, mascara can seem mandatory if you’re planning to leave the house. But getting your eyelashes tinted can make them look naturally dark. You can always add mascara on top if you want a more dramatic look. If you usually go for a more natural look with your everyday makeup routine, the tint alone is probably enough.
5. Chemical peels
If your makeup routine typically revolves around evening out your skin tone or covering up dark spots, you can save yourself the effort by heading to your dermatologist for a series of chemical peels. The active ingredients and the strength of chemical peels vary, but peels are an effective way to improve the texture and pigmentation of skin. Many superficial peels even have minimal downtime, which makes them easier to fit into a busy schedule than an intense treatment you don’t want to try until you have a weekend off.
6. Gel manicures
Doing your own nails can be relaxing, and is a great way to change up your polish color. But if you’re constantly touching up a chipped manicure, the maintenance can get old pretty quickly. A great solution is to get a gel manicure at the salon. Whereas a standard manicure chips easily, a gel one holds up a lot better to daily wear and tear. Which means you can get the manicure and forget about it for weeks at a time. Definitely a win in our book.
7. Laser hair removal
Body hair (and unwanted facial hair) is a pretty controversial topic for a lot of women. And we’re definitely proponents of everybody making the grooming decisions that make them feel good. But if you typically spend a lot of time on your hair removal routine, laser hair removal is a beauty treatment worth considering. A series of treatments can make your hair grow back thinner or not at all, which means that you’ll spend a lot less time worrying about unwanted hair when you’re getting ready in the morning.
8. Hair color
If you aren’t a fan of the natural color of your hair, you’ve probably been coloring it for years. But who has time to go the salon every month to have the roots touched up? Techniques like balayage and even traditional highlights can give you a more low-maintenance way to jazz up your natural look. Done well, the look will only require you to head to the salon every two or three months for a touch-up.
9. Hair extensions
For some people, short hair is easier to style than long hair. For others, though, long hair is definitely less time-consuming than short hair. If you have short hair and are wishing for the carefree mornings of your long hair days, you could consider hair extensions. There are a variety of different kinds of extensions, and they last for varying amounts of time. The right extensions can hold a style for a few days — and make it a lot easier to get out the door in the morning.
10. Keratin treatment
A keratin treatment is a proven way to make even the frizziest, uncooperative hair easy to tame in the morning because it often eliminates the need for heated styling tools. This is a major win if you’re hoping to avoid damage in the long run. A keratin treatment can make your hair significantly easier to style, without requiring you to say goodbye to your natural texture.
11. Japanese straightening treatment
If you wear your hair pin-straight every day, you may be tempted to go a step beyond the keratin treatment by opting for a Japanese straightening treatment. These treatments are controversial in certain circles because certain early-2000s straightening treatments incorporated formaldehyde. Options offered in salons today, on the other hand, are safe. They make your hair smooth and straight. Plus, they make it a lot easier to know what your hair is going to do after you take a shower.
12. Teeth whitening
Whitening toothpastes and home whitening treatments are a pretty popular option, but you can get a professional teeth whitening treatment done at your dentist’s office if you want to save time and avoid trying to fit whitening strips into your beauty routine. You should consult your dentist to figure out what the best option is for you. Just know, having a treatment done at the dentist once or twice a year is a quick way to improve your appearance without spending a lot of time in front of the mirror each morning.