How many times have you thought about booking a beauty treatment only to cancel that idea because it would take too long? Time is precious, and unfortunately there never seems to be enough of it. The worst is when getting ready to go out and not feeling your best because so many other things took precedence in your week. A quick touch up of hair roots, an express pedicure, and even a “party smile” can build confidence in just minutes. With today’s advancements in health and beauty fields, there are more treatments and products available than ever before that offer beauty in a flash!
Maintaining a haircut and color can often take on a life of its own. On top of that, the style – whether it’s blown straight or curled – can take precious time to achieve. Consider these ideas for quick at-home treatments that won’t break the bank or the clock:
• To keep gray hair at bay in-between color appointments, consider the “No Gray Quick Fix” which is like a mascara wand for hair color. Pressing the tube releases the product onto your roots through the bristles that then act as a comb to spread out the color.
• Give your hair a salon treatment at home with various types of hair masks. Garnier Fructis offers 1-minute hair masks that come in several varieties to repair, strengthen, protect color or nourish dry hair.
• Clip-on hair extensions are an easy way to elongate hair and quickly create a style when you are on the run. Adding thickness and length to your hair in under 10 minutes gets your desired look in a short amount of time.
• The Sleep Styler dries and curls your hair while you sleep. Simply wash your hair before bed, apply the terry cloth “rollers” to your hair, and wake up the next morning with pillow soft curls. The product literally works while you sleep.
Regardless of which product or technique you choose, Sheena Mi Lee, owner and hair stylist at Atlanta’s Mi Studio Salon, offers sound advice. “An easy and effective way to clean your scalp is to mix baking soda into your shampoo once a month. Massage the mixture into the scalp and pull it through to the ends of the hair. Then leave it for about five to ten minutes before rinsing. Once you rinse out the shampoo, don’t forget to follow up with conditioner.”
Booking a full mani/pedi appointment can often come with a two-hour-plus time block that might not fit your schedule. Rather than skip it entirely, try doing express treatments. An “express” polish can save time and money, and your hands and feet will look just as great. In one hour, you can have your toes trimmed and polished and have a more durable gel polish on your fingers that can last for up to two weeks. By eliminating the time-consuming areas of a mani/pedi, like hot towels and lotion massages, you can get fast results in under an hour.
If you don’t have time to get to the nail salon, consider purchasing a clear 60 second dry polish. Give your nails a file while in bed, and brush on a clear coat before drifting to sleep. The quick dry will ensure the polish stays on your fingers and you can wake up knowing that your nails are ready to go.
ZIIP 12-minute Nano-current facials (used by actress Alison Brie from Netflix’s Glow): “ZIIP works by harnessing the power of tiny electrical currents and using them to stimulate a naturally-occurring chemical in our skin called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is stored energy – it’s like a battery in your skin cells that releases energy when you need it. But as you age your ability to produce and store ATP deteriorates. And you need energy to repair damaged skin cells. Nano currents increase the levels of ATP in your skin, allowing cells to communicate with one another and repair themselves.” (ZIIPBeauty.com)
Clarisonic: These hand-held cleansing tools stay charged on your vanity and with just a squeeze of cleanser on the brush you can quickly get your face fully cleansed and exfoliated.
Masks: The best way to multi-task in the morning is to pop a sheet mask on and let it work its magic while you check your emails or get breakfast ready. Sheet masks aren’t just for the face anymore. Try out one that firms the neck, or a hand or foot mask (great before bed).
Facial waxing: Waxing strips make it super easy to remove facial hair with just the heat of your hands. Rub the strip between your fingers and apply to your face. A simple pulling of the skin with one hand while the other hand removes the strip will get you a salon-worthy waxing – without the pricey appointment.
No doubt beauty in a flash has also been dramatically influenced by fillers and especially Botox. Leading Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Foad Nahai with Emory Healthcare agrees. “Surgery is no longer the only option for facial rejuvenation. Non-invasive and minimally-invasive procedures are excellent alternatives, but not for everyone. These are best for those with early or moderate signs of an aging face. Treatments such as Botox and fillers are well-established as safe and effective. The latest options are fillers such as Volbella, designed for the finer wrinkles or lines, and microneedling, which treats wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dull skin, scars and stretch marks.”
A longtime Hollywood makeup artist to the stars, Marvin Westmore says, “It is important to first understand that the purpose of makeup is to balance and enhance one’s appearance or to create the illusion of beauty. The face and its features cannot be changed by makeup, but it can help how others look or perceive a sense of attractiveness.”
For the person on-the-go, the thought of adding an extra half hour to the morning routine may seem impossible. However, pairing down the makeup routine to just three or four products may give you the coverage and color you need while still keeping the time commitment to under five minutes. Beauty consultant Annette Mathews says, “If I could put only four products on in the morning, I would do the following after moisturizing:”
1. Foundation with SPF: This gets blended on with a beauty blender all over the face, under the chin, and on the upper neck. Add a little extra and blend under the eyes, then put some on your lips which will provide a base to keep your lipstick on longer. 2. A lip/cheek 2 in 1. Stila offers a product (called “convertible color”) that you use on both your lips and cheeks. The product works best with your finger or a beauty blender. Just take a small amount and place on your cheekbones and then take another small amount for your lips. The colors are beautiful and the compact comes with a mirror so application can be done anywhere. 3. Eyeshadow palette with colors going from light to dark, (I recommend the Urban Decay Naked Palette). Put the lighter colors under your brows and work downward on the eye going from light to dark. Use the darkest eyeshadow color as an eyeliner for the top lid line to add definition. 4. Mascara/eyeliner. If you have blue eyes, choose mascara to add accentuation to the eyes. If you have brown eyes, skip the mascara and go for a dark colored eyeliner pencil to go over the top lid line and the bottom under eye. Darker-eyed people can get away with a little more liner around the eyes, while blue-eyed people often have lighter colored lashes that could use darkening.
Permanent makeup: Imagine waking up every morning with perfect makeup. The process of having makeup applied via a tattoo technique (called micropigmentation) can give you perfect eyeliner and lips. Microblading eyebrows can add fullness and shape for one to three years before needing to get the technique done again. If you aren’t sure about taking the plunge into microblading, Mission Brows sells eyebrow wigs that use 100% human hair and are adhered with a comfortable glue. Many cosmetic surgeons in the Atlanta area offer this treatment at their offices. Tired of wearing clumpy mascara or dealing with cumbersome fake eyelashes? Having lashes implanted into the lid each month during a short appointment will give you lasting lashes and save time on the makeup routine.
Do you have a class reunion coming up or a vacation that you want to have your best look? The above tips can help you streamline your beauty needs, but there is one more important step not to be overlooked – your smile! And, yes, there are some tips that can help improve your smile in just one appointment.
Bleaching: Your smile can easily be helped by making your teeth whiter, because as we age our teeth tend to become darker. Although in-office dental bleach offers the best and quickest result, some of the newest bleaching strips allow you to do it as you sleep. I recommend Sheer White strips or Opalescence, available at your dentist or online at Amazon.
Cosmetic Contouring: A one-hour dental appointment to change your smile! Works great if your teeth are crooked because cosmetic contouring can provide an “illusion of straighter teeth,” especially to your lower teeth. But seek a dentist who shares your esthetic vision. To learn more about this technique, purchase Change Your Smile (Amazon.com) for under $30.
“Party Teeth” take on a new meaning with Denmat’s “Snap-on Smile.” The ability to pop in your perfect teeth before important dates or photographs is the quickest way to temporarily change your smile. If you love your new look, you may even be motivated to make the change permanent with new crowns or veneers. The dental appointment beforehand consists of your dentist making an impression of your teeth and sending it to the Denmat laboratory in California, which creates a tooth-colored overlay that fits over your natural teeth. This can work well if you have crooked or spaced teeth, but not if your teeth are protruded.
So which beauty routine is right for you? Measure what you feel will get you the best look you envision compared with the time you will allow. And your best bet might be a combination of the options presented in this article.
With a lifelong interest in beauty, Dr. Ronald Goldstein conducts ongoing research on the physical attractiveness phenomenon and its role in the achievement of personal success. His dental practice was the first to move beyond the smile and focus on overall facial harmony. He writes extensively for both consumers and the dental profession on beauty, esthetic dentistry and related topics. Dr. Goldstein is the author of the 2-volume textbook, Esthetics In Dentistry and Change Your Smile (12 foreign translations), which now in its 4th edition is the top-selling consumer guide to cosmetic dentistry found in thousands of dentists’ reception rooms around the world. He is on the advisory board of New Beauty magazine and writes for it as well. He is the founder of Tomorrow’s Smiles, a national non-profit fund that helps deserving adolescents receive life-changing smiles through cosmetic dentistry. His multidisciplinary practice Goldstein, garber & salama is in Atlanta, Georgia.