When time is of a premium, you need products that deliver, fast. Read on for our round up of the beauty buys that transform dry skin, make skin glow, style hair in an instant and transform your beauty routine in under five minutes.
For anyone who wants glowing skin in just a few sweeps, these brilliant little pads do just that. Each pad is soaked in fruit extracts, lactic and glycolic acid to gently buff away dull, dead skin cells without irritation. Gentle enough for sensitive skins too.
We were dubious about the new breed of 2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners cropping up recently. But this product blew our concerns out of the water. It dispenses like a shaving foam, then apply to damp hair, massaging in from root to tip. Leave for up to five minutes (but works just as well in a couple of minutes if you’re in a rush) and rinse thoroughly. It cleverly cleanses, whilst leaving ends soft, volumised and bouncy and saves time in the shower. We love.
This Works Skin Deep Golden Elixir, £45, thisworks.com
For those moments when shorts weather is sprung upon you, but your body isn’t ready for its big reveal, this vitamin-rich body serum comes to the rescue. Lightweight and loaded with shimmering 24 carat gold to give your skin a radiant pick-me-up, plus aloe vera, clary sage and vitamin A to smooth skin tone and hide blemishes fast.
Cover FX BB Gel Mattifying Anti-Blemish Treatment, £35, harveynichols.com
If you have oily or blemish-prone skin and find some bases clog your pores or exacerbate breakouts, give this a try. The super-lightweight formula gives a great level of coverage, while encouraging cell renewal, reducing redness and keeping sebum in check. Available in 10 shades.
One Love Organics Brand New Day, £34, oneloveorganics.eu
This fine exfoliating powder brightens skin in under one minute. Mix with a little water to activate the pineapple enzymes, lightly buff into skin and rinse off. It can also be added to your cleanser or face mask for a super-boost.
If you’ve neglected regular trims, suffering from dry hair after pregnancy or the sun has wrecked the condition, you may need a quick fix to smooth out frizz, split ends and improve texture. Say hello to this wonder oil. Non-greasy and weightless, yet a few sprays turns hair to silk.
When you’ve clocked up three hours’ sleep and your skin is feeling the effects, this affordable moisturiser gives skin an instant glow boost. Never shiny, or glittery, it just makes skin appear healthy, rested and radiant.
No7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer, £12.50, boots.com
For times when you don’t have time to apply foundation, or want a very natural finish, this silky, no-colour balm fills in pores, evens out skin tone and tones down redness. Also makes a great primer underneath foundation.
Kerastase V.I.P Volume in Powder, £21, kerastase.co.uk
For mornings when you’ve woken up with flat, lifeless hair, or oily roots, this ‘backcomb effect powder spray’ will save you from an emergency shampoo in minutes. Spray onto roots, or wherever you need extra oomph and it pumps up volume and adds texture. Great for spraying into hair before wearing hair up to give it ‘grip’ or before a night out to transform a daytime look.
Sarah Chapman Overnight Body Treatment, £49, sarahchapman.net
Soft, smooth skin equals the first step to bikini confidence and Sarah Chapman Overnight Body Facial [£49, sarahchapman.net] works hard on neglected, dry, bumpy skin. It doesn’t strictly work in five minutes, but apply the serum-oil before bed and the omega-rich oils and peptides plump, firm and transform skin by morning. Plus it smells utterly divine.
Some mums-to-be naturally glow during the whole nine months, while others are dealt spots, dry skin or oily patches instead.
The infamous pregnancy ‘glow’ (caused by increased blood flow) may have eluded you, or it may have waned since your sleepless newborn arrived, but there are still easy ways to fake it. Here are the products you need to get your glow on
Over the course of your pregnancy, your changing shape may need a little assistance to help it grow and shrink again with ease. Not only will your circulation increase during pregnancy, meaning your skin can feel drier, you may experience an itchy tummy as your bump grows and of course, there is the possibility of the dreaded stretchmarks. But fear not, we have the best bump oils trialled, to help your skin do its thing without worry.