Looking for (almost) instant gratification? These products and treatments will hide imperfections in a pinch. Plus, protect your skin from the sun this summer with these top sunscreen buys. Read on for the best quick skin fixes.
By Jessica Prince
With so many quick-acting options available today, there's no need to resort to eye surgery to eliminate puffiness, bags, or sagging lids. To fight dark circles and smooth wrinkles in minutes, try Erno Laszlo's Instant Eye Repair (pictured left) with key hydrators like glycerin and vitamin E, which help your skin retain water for an immediate plumping effect. Plagued with droopiness? Kinerase Extreme Lift Eye ($95) is a tightening solution with long-term, collagen-boosting benefits. Banish puffy eyes with a 15-minute cooling treatment (so long, cucumber slices!) using Le Mieux's Eye Firming Mask pads ($12 for four pairs). Put one patch under each lid for younger-looking eyes in no time.
Erno Laszlo Instant Eye Repair, $85, ernolaszlo.com.
A-listers are buzzing about the Triad Medical Facial (from $600) created by New York dermatologist David Colbert. One 30-minute session produces instant radiance and an even skin tone without irritation, thanks to a combo of microdermabrasion, laser, and a gentle chemical peel. Plus there's no recovery time, which is why Victoria's Secret models book their head-to-toe appointments hours before hitting the runway. At home, try Colbert MD Intensify Facial Discs ($52). Last step: Apply Sephora Collection's foundation with a damp sponge for added luminosity.
Sephora Collection Instant Radiance Foundation, $22, sephora.com.
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If you're not quite ready to brave injectables but still want rapid wrinkle-reducing results on your forehead, laugh lines, and crow's-feet, try one of the latest high-tech skin plumpers. After cleansing, give your face a quick massage with Rodial's Glamoxy Snake Serum Pen ($95). The roller-ball applicator helps push the peptide-packed gel farther into your skin to relax even your deepest expression lines in 90 seconds. Be sure to throw it in your bag for touch-ups throughout the day. Hydroxatone Instant Wrinkle Filler glides on like a primer but with tightening effects that can be felt in minutes.
Hydroxatone Instant Wrinkle Filler, $80, hydroxatone.com.
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Oily-prone skin can get pretty slick in the heat of summer, leading you to wash your face repeatedly. Stop! Overcleansing actually dehydrates skin, signaling your body to produce more oil. Instead, invest in Estée Lauder's Matte Perfecting Primer ($32), a gel-cream hybrid that you apply all over your face pre-makeup for an instant (and long-lasting) shine-free complexion. If you're battling breakouts, try Jane Iredale's Zap & Hide Blemish Concealer. The dual-end pen contains chamomile, lavender, and green-tea-leaf oil to reduce inflammation and bacteria and hide imperfections-stat.
Jane Iredale Zap & Hide Blemish Concealer, $26 each, janeiredale.com.
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Dropping 10 pounds by tonight isn't possible. But the good news is you can fake a trimmer physique with a five-minute self-tanner application. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body ($45 for eight) is an easy-to-apply wipe that will get your arms, abs, and gams glowing in 60 minutes. "The results go far beyond a traditional self-tan," says Courtney Brooks, a medical aesthetician at Dennis Gross Dermatology in New York. Each pad contains ingredients to exfoliate and smooth "chicken skin," jump-start collagen production, slow hair growth, and firm instantly. Don't have an hour? Try Sisley's antioxidant-infused tinted gel; it provides immediate, buildable color and rinses off in the shower.
Sisley-Paris Tinted Body Sun Glow Gel, $115, neimanmarcus.com.
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