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April 10, 2013

Beat the Clock: Beauty Multitaskers

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Brighten: The wait-for-10-minutes-while-drooling situation that is teeth whitening leaves little to be desired. Wouldn't it be easier to toss the Prime Time Smile Fast & Easy Teeth Whitening Pen, $22, into your handbag and take five seconds to slick it on twice daily? It claims to whiten six shades in 10 days.

Decorate: We heart cool nail art, but it takes so long! Essie Sleek Stick stickers, $10, in jewel, lace, and animal prints, are easy to apply and look totally professional.

Shield: "When we think about protecting our skin from harmful UV rays and signs of aging, we often neglect our hands," says Short Hills, New Jersey, dermatologist Dr. Richie Lin. "We use hand creams to replenish moisture, so why not kill two birds with one stone and use a moisturizer with built-in SPF?" Hand Perfection Nourishing Day Cream SPF 15, $15, also has vitamin A, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to pack an antiaging punch.

Quick-Dry: Julep's Freedom Polymer Top Coat, $18, prevents chipping longer than traditional formulas, thanks to an innovative natural-light-activated polymer. It's not quite as enduring as a gel manicure, but you can take it off with regular remover instead of needing to soak your fingers in harsh acetone for 30 minutes.


Cleanse: After a long day, it's easy to flop into bed without washing your face. But do you really want pore-clogging gunk sitting on your mug all night? Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes, $6, gently cleanse and scrub all skin types in one swipe.

Treat: "Don't complicate your life with too many products," says Boca Raton dermatologist Dr. Marta Rendon. She recommends condensing the high-maintenance nighttime regimen into one does-it-all product. Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call, $80, is an ultra-creamy moisturizer that delivers antioxidant-rich red tea, retinol, skin-firming CoQ10, and hydrating grape-seed oil while you sleep.

Protect: Getting out the door in the morning is hard enough without having to slather on a separate moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation. Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $48, contains brightening vitamin C, SPF 30, and a tint to even out your skin tone.

Target: We love roller balls, especially when they can help prevent lines around the two areas that show crinkles first. Airelle Berrimatrix Eye & Lip Treatment, $68, plumps skin with hyaluronic acid and concentrated blueberry extract to help repair sun damage.

Moisturize: Loaded with fatty acids and vitamin E, Marula The Leakey Collection, $78, is a hydrating oil that you can use with a moisturizer, on cuticles, or to tame flyaways.

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