5 beauty treats for (almost) instant results
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
We’re betting our last dollar that no one would argue with Mae West, American film icon and (we’re pretty certain) purveyor of all things pleasurable. Nothing can quite replace the therapeutic lull of a pampering spa session. But if you’re short on time and still want to look and feel like a million bucks, here are 5 products that can offer a mini booster without burning a hole.
For an instant hair refresh
Shampooing everyday will wash out your hair’s natural oils, but it may not necessary clean your scalp as thoroughly as you like. This silicone-free hair scrub gives our hair that much needed breath of fresh air from pollution, sweat, and residue (yuck) from the styling products we use. Made with Japanese green tea, mint menthol, salt crystals, and Community Trade honey, it digs deep to purify the scalp, giving your hair a healthy looking shine without drying it out.
Fixing the morning puffy eyes
Clinique’s All About Eyes is not a new product to the market but remains a favourite over the eyes. With caffeine as its main active ingredient, the smooth and light cream decreases the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Raved about as the do-it-all eye cream, it offers an instant fix for those who don’t wish to slather on a multitude of products in the morning.
For an instant glow
If you have 10 minutes to spare and need an instant glow, Peter Thomas Roth’s Brightening Bubbling Mask is a lifesaver. Applying it is half the fun – after getting the light blue gel on for a few seconds, it starts to bubble into oxygenating foam, creating a refreshing tingling sensation. This quick fix is great for clarifying dull skin after a sleepless night or giving it extra radiance before a night out.
For plumper lips
The Smashbox O-Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper does what it says it does – it instantly plumps up your lips, without being too exaggerated. It holds through the day and gives your lips a new glossy tint, reacting to your natural lip colour so that you can have that perfect pink pout. If you let this sit overnight, you’ll experience a greater plumping effect, but if you’ve only got 5 minutes in the morning, just apply this for a quick fix.
For moisturising very dry skin
With a sweet and gentle scent from the shea butter and soy oil, The Body Shop’s Shea Body Scrub offers instant respite for very dry skin. It works as an exfoliator, with salt grains and organic sugar, leaving your skin supple and soft. Slather on and scrub in the shower, and dry patches of skin be gone.