You wouldn't cling to your Commodore 64 while all your friends have moved on to PS4, so why would you suddenly turn Luddite when it comes to your morning routine? Advanced products like fast-absorbing spray lotions and laser razors are the next wave of time-saving tech, and male grooming expert Nick Burns is here to tell you how to leave behind a tired morning routine. Not only will you spend less time getting ready in the morning, you'll look more handsome! (Well, maybe.)
Trimming your beard before your morning coffee is a gamble. One mistake could mean shaving off the entire thing or revisiting the goatee you wore in the 90s. Philips' Beardtrimmer Series 9000 brings the technology of the laser level to the beard trimmer. The laser acts as a guide so you can confidently trim your beard and achieve perfect symmetry and alignment. The trimmer's precision blades also trim your whiskers incredibly close. If you're running late and don't have time for a proper shave, dial it down to 0.2 mm and trim away for a convincing clean-shaven look.
Don't skip moisturizing your entire body when you're short on time. Just choose a more efficient moisturizer. Vaseline Men Fast Absorbing Spray Lotion absorbs in 10 seconds or less (with a few quick rubs) and provides 24 hours of moisture thanks to its multilayer hydration complex. This effective formula contains glycerin, a natural humectant that attracts water from the environment and the deep layers of your skin to hydrate the outermost layers. The result? Your body is instantly moisturized without feeling sticky or greasy. The bottle's new 360º spray technology dispenses lotion quickly and evenly, so you can hold the bottle at any angle without losing power — even when applying to those hard-to-reach areas of your back.
Getting the most out of your morning means spending less time trying to wake up. Most people hit the snooze button in hopes of getting a few more moments of precious shuteye, but it can actually make you groggy throughout the day. Instead, try using a sleep app like Sleep Cycle for iOS. Before bed, open the app, set the alarm, and place your phone on your mattress (next to your pillow). The app claims to know which phase of sleep you're enjoying by analyzing your movements with the phone's accelerometer (just don't expect it to be as accurate as a polysomnogram). Instead of ringing an alarm at an exact time, the app will wake you up at just the right moment within a 30-minute window of your choosing. During this "wake-up phase," Sleep Cycle will identify when you're in your lightest sleep and gently rouse you from your slumber.
Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for at least two minutes — 30 seconds for each quadrant — each time you brush. While the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean sonic toothbrush won't reduce your brushing time, it will make it efficient by packing more than 60,000 brush strokes into those 120 seconds. The built-in timer beeps when it's time to move to a different quadrant of your mouth, so you'll be sure to hit all the sweet spots.
Making a great cup of coffee can take time. You have to grind the beans, add fresh water, and wait 10 to 15 minutes for a cup. Even if you can program your machine to start brewing at a certain time, you usually have to grind your beans the night before. Unfortunately, leaving ground coffee out overnight can cause beans to lose flavor. A simple fix is the Breville YouBrew Coffee Maker, which can be programmed to grind and brew a fresh pot at a scheduled time. The all-in-one machine comes with seven adjustable strength settings, a single-cup brew size, and you can even brew directly into a travel mug if you're running late (which you shouldn't be, once you've upgraded your morning routine!)
Nick Burns is a men's grooming writer and co-author of The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving Face. He has a red beard (like a pirate) and lives in San Francisco.