12 Easy Beauty Shortcuts
Superfast tips to get you ready and out the door in minutes
–Lois Joy Johnson
Between Twitter, emails, Facebook, opening mail, doing my actual work, socializing, picking up groceries and walking the dog, my beauty routine has shrunk to a few random minutes a day. Everyone says they barely have time for normal everyday maintenance let alone the rituals associated with beauty panic attacks.
Here are 12 of my top-speed beauty tips and a few product picks for life in the fast lane:
1. SHAMPOO WITH CONDITIONER ONLY EVERY OTHER TIME
Top stylists suggest this to their color-processed and highlighted clients for damage control all the time! I’ve recently started doing this with a thickening conditioner. RevitaLash Hair Conditioner ($121, drugstore.com) works just like their version for lashes. Considerably more wallet-friendly: L’Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Volume Conditioner for Fine Hair ($4.99, drugstore.com), which leaves my hair fresh, lush and silky.
2. APPLY A LINE PLUMPING FACIAL MASK IN THE SHOWER
Do this before tending to body and hair. The heat helps ingredients penetrate and your skin looks amazing. I’m addicted to Chanel Precision Anti-Fatigue Gel Mask ($50, neimanmarcus.com) and Boots No.7 Intensive Moisture Face Mask ($19.99, beauty.com).
3. SHAVE YOUR LEGS WITH AN AROMATHERAPY BODY WASH
Why not get a relaxing boost of aromatherapy while you’re at it? I’m loving Philosophy Caramel Apple Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath ($16, sephora.com) and you can use it for everything.
4. OPT FOR DISPOSABLE WIPES AND PRE-SATURATED PADS
These do the trick quickly and with no fuss for makeup removal and skin polishing. Using RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks ($9.99, drugstores) once a week and Neutrogena Make-up Remover Ultra Soft Cloths ($2.99, drugstore.com) daily will save time, steps and money.