Beauty Products That Will Make You Beautiful In Just One Use
Anyone who has tried to get rid of blemishes overnight knows that good skin requires diligence and patience. Sure, there are women who have won the genetic lottery and can do nothing but wash their face to keep their skin looking radiant……. But alas, we can’t all be so lucky.
That said, even though good skincare often requires a bit of thought, there are some superhero-grade skincare products that can do the trick with half the effort. Here are some products that work in a single use – they’re perfect for when you find yourself in need of a glow or moisturizer
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta All-In-One Daily Exfoliator, $88
Chemical exfoliation is the key to keeping your skin looking long-lasting and clear. The easiest way to chemically exfoliate is with a cosmetic sponge, but not all sponges are created equal, and this two-step exfoliating pad system from Dr. Gross is the only product that truly mimics the effects of in-office exfoliation. Your skin will be brighter after one application, just make sure to wait two minutes for the first and second application for best results.
St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Vitamins Antique Copper Vitamin Water Mist, $42
This lightweight tan mist dries almost instantly, smells great, and doesn’t require any showering off. Don’t forget to mix with a rag after applying. The results take a few hours to develop, but you’ll see them after one application.
For a spray that doesn’t require mixing, the brand has the Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist for $30, which is great for the face (as long as you’re not acne-prone).
Dr. Brandt Injectable No More No More No More Wrap, $42.
This dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested eye gel reduces dark circles, puffiness and under-eye bags after a single use and is suitable for all skin types. In a controlled experiment with 30 users, 97% showed an improvement in the appearance of bags and under-eye bags after 5 minutes, and 83% saw an improvement in the under-eye circles. Four hours later, all users in the experiment reported a reduction in puffiness around the eyes.
Sandal season is not far away, so now is the time to start getting your feet ready. If you have severe callus buildup on your feet, you may want to give your feet a painless warm-up with a foot wrap. This mask works well in about 15 minutes (but feels good, so you may end up leaving it on longer). Just glide on the shoes for 15 minutes – be sure to massage everything on your feet when you remove them.
Just glide on the shoes for 15 minutes – be sure to massage everything on your feet when you remove them.
Beast Sand Paper Scrub Soap, $15.
If you have dry skin, this soap can help keep your skin hydrated and smooth. It’s made for men, but it’s less coarse than many other physical exfoliating products, so it’s a good body choice for women too. It also has a light scent, so when your body is dry, it can replace your regular soap.
Coola Full Spectrum 360 Mineral Sunscreen Silky Face Cream Organic Sunscreen SPF 30, $42
Many people don’t know that chemical sunscreens need to wait 20-30 minutes before going out into the sun. They are also not necessarily safe for pregnant or nursing women. Not to mention that a new study by the FDA shows that six common chemical sunscreen ingredients are absorbed into the bloodstream and greatly exceed the levels considered safe.
For a safe product that will protect your skin from burning UVB rays and aging UVA rays, check out this one from Coola. Another benefit? Unlike other mineral sunscreens, it doesn’t appear chalky (which is a common reason people use chemical sunscreens).
Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Instant FirmX Temporary Face Tightener, $48
This oil-free product not only smoothes fine lines, but also hydrates acne-prone skin with a high level of safety. In a four-week consumer efficacy study, 93% of participants reported that the product smoothed skin instantly.
HeTime Anti-Aging Hydration Mask, $8.
In our experience, men complain about dry skin and discoloration just as much as women, but they often don’t like to do anything about their skin care issues.
Covering only the forehead, nose and cheeks, HeTime’s masks are perfect for men who have given up aggressive treatment because of their beards or scruff. Also, they make it easy to multitask while you’re eating, as you can eat and drink while you’re at it, without the worry of slipping off.
Joanna Vargas Eden Instant Lift Mask, $75 for 5
For the female equivalent of the HeTime mask, models and celebrities alike are raving about Joanna Vargas’ mask. Unlike many of their counterparts, they are rich in active ingredients, rather than fillers, so you can see smooth and hydrating results after a single use.
Warren-Tricomi Repair Hair Mask, $28.48.
This mask works as well as Oribe and other leading hair brands to make seemingly difficult hair instantly manageable – but it’s half the price of other luxury brands, which makes us love it even more.
Scott Barnes Body Bling Original, $42.
Makeup artist Scott Barnes knows glow – his celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé – so if you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional self-tanner, Body Bling can be blended into your foundation or worn underneath for instant brightness, minus any shine. You can also use it on your chest and arms for instant shine (bonus: you don’t even need a makeup stick or brush to apply it).
Zen Me Premium Dry Body Brush with natural bristles to rejuvenate your skin, $14.95.
If you’re feeling exhausted or puffy, dry brushing is a good thing to consider. It increases blood circulation, reduces inflammation and unclogs pores. Start at the ankles and brush up in a circular motion — you want to do this everywhere except the stomach (instead, you want to brush down).
Do this before you take a bath because you may have dead skin cells that you will want to wash off. This brush is an inexpensive option that works well without being too harsh on the eyes.
Rosena Dry Brush Body Brush, $9.99
This body brush is another option that can help your body get near instant relief from puffiness and sagging. It uses natural boar bristles and rubberized nodes that fit in the palm of your hand, and is a good choice for those just starting out with dry brushes for fear of stinging the eyes.
Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer, $39
While this product is designed to be used after makeup, it does a good job of concealing pores and is worth using alone – especially on days when you’re going (mostly) makeup-free. It won’t really shrink the pores, but it will give the illusion that the skin is instantly smoother.