11 Beauty Treatments You Can Do in Under One-Minute
When you’re trying to balance your career, family, social life — and everything in between — taking time for skincare can seem like a luxury. For some of us, 10-step beauty routines and lounging around in face masks for hours on end just isn’t realistic. The truth is, to effectively take care of your skin, you only need a few basic products that only take a minute or less to apply. If you find a quick minute to incorporate any of these treatments into your daily skincare routine, your skin will thank you for it.
ExfoliatorIf you want to feel like you’re doing something good for your skin, using an exfoliator once a week will do the trick. The best part is that you only need one minute to scrub and rinse! Exfoliators slough off dead skin from the surface, revealing newer, fresher skin cells underneath. As we age, our bodies become slower in shedding old skin cells, leaving them to pile up on the surface to give off the appearance of dull skin. If you really want to feel the power of a scrub, try Fresh’s Sugar Face Polish, made with natural exfoliating ingredients like brown sugar and strawberry seeds.
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Makeup wipesYou’ve heard the warning before — don’t sleep in your makeup. But after a long night, sometimes sparing that extra minute to take your makeup off is just too much work. It’s easy to convince yourself removing your makeup is a problem for the morning, but seriously, don’t sleep in your makeup. Sleeping in your makeup is known to cause issues like the buildup of acne-causing bacteria, premature aging, and eye irritation. The great thing about makeup wipes is that they’re portable, easy-to-use, and inexpensive — just wipe and toss ‘em. You’ll save yourself a world of skincare problems down the road.
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Cucumber and Sage, $4.49
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TonerSkincare enthusiasts swear by this glowing skin beauty hack. It’s the skincare step that most people tend to ignore between cleansing and moisturizing even though it only take s a minute to do. Toner is a potent moisture-filled liquid that hydrates the skin and removes a large amount of dead skin cells sitting on the surface. Swipe it across your face with a cotton pad to reveal plump, glowing skin that’s ready to absorb your moisturizer.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, $8.70
Face maskMost face masks are considered a beauty treat, reserved for lazy Sundays when you have nothing but time on your hands. But, if you’re strapped for time, you don’t have to throw the idea of a face mask out the window. Bioré’s Self Heating One Minute Mask is infused with natural charcoal, heats on contact, and leaves you with a tingly cooling sensation. To make the treatment more intense, mix the mask with water to feel twice the heat, melting away dirt and oil in clogged pores in seconds.
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High Five Cannabis Seed Facial MoisturizerKeeping your skin hydrated is key to maintaining the pretty — and moisturizing your face at least twice a day is a way to take action daily. High Five Cannabis Seed Facial Moisturizer is great for all skin types, including oily, dry and sensitive skin. This facial moisturizer’s formula includes a high level of cannabis sativa seed oil (from hemp) and plant actives that is said to absorb right away for high-speed hydration.
SerumsThis skincare treatment is trendy right now, but you’re not alone if you have no idea what it is. Serums are fast-acting liquids made of small molecules that are able to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface. They deliver a powerful set of ingredients that actively battle signs of aging. It only takes a minute to squeeze a few drops into your palm and rub it into your face for more revitalized-looking skin.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $89
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Spot treatmentsNothing will jolt you into wanting to give your skin some much needed TLC than the appearance of an unsightly blemish. Don’t you wish there was some kind of magic potion to just make it disappear? Well, there kind of is. Spot treatments usually have varying percentages of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that treat blemishes caused by clogged pores. Keep in mind that these work best on traditional pimples, and not if you have cystic acne, which will need a stronger treatment.
Neutrogena On-the-Sport Acne Treatment, $6.47
Pore stripsThe Bioré brand is almost synonymous with pore strips, and rightly so considering they were the pioneers for this skincare trend. Pore strips are quick and easy-to-use, but people tend to overestimate what they’re capable of. Though they will make your skin feel softer and smoother, they don’t strip deep enough to prevent blackheads from forming. Looking at the dirt on the strip when you’ve stripped it off sure is satisfying though.
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, $7.97
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Under-eye treatmentsThere’s a reason why a touch of concealer under your eyes immediately makes you look more awake. Your under-eye area is a vital area that impacts the overall appearance of your skin. A good eye cream can smooth and brighten this area, lessening the look of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. Keep in mind that there’s no product that will completely get rid of dark circles, and you should be careful with what you use on this incredibly thin layer of skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Eye Cream, $85
Lip scrubsCanadian winters can be brutal on our skin, hair, hands, and lips. Over time they can become chapped and flaky, and overall just not a good look. A lip scrub is a treatment you can use anytime you feel the dryness coming on. They usually come in tiny packages and fit perfectly in a purse or back pocket. These Clinique Sweet Pots are a lip scrub on one side and a lip balm on the other. Perfection.
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PrimerA good primer can make you feel like you’re living with the Snapchat beauty filter on your face. It’s as close to Photoshop as makeup can get. Primers fill in lines and wrinkles to prep the skin for makeup, resulting in smoother-looking makeup that lasts all day long. It’s your beauty secret weapon.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36