Rush Hour Beauty
With women increasingly becoming short of time, beauty can often be sidelined. So whether you only have five minutes or a couple of hours to spare we have found a beauty regime perfect for you! By Shevelle Rhule
If you only have five minutes to dedicate to your beauty regime per day the most important items are your cleanser and moisturiser. As time is not of the essence it will pay to spend a little extra on these purchases to ensure your skin needs are taken care of efficiently. Also look out for multi-purpose products to give you more bang for your buck!
03m Cleanse your skin with Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser 3 in 1 Cleansing Gelee (£28). This transformative three-in one melts on contact into an luxurious oil that dissolves make up and cleanses away impurities. Make the time even more effective by using Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (£79) for an even deeper cleanse.
02m Moisturise with Antonia Burrell Cream Supreme Facial Moisturiser (£68). This fairy godmother of moisturisers infused with Organic Anti-Acne complex that has been clinically proven to reduce acne bacteria whilst larch extract and mango seeds stimulate the production of collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Day to day life has a habit of taking over but even if you can only find ten minutes to dedicate to your skincare routine, there is still a lot that you can do to get the best out of your skin. As well as cleansing and moisturising, adding toner and exfoliates can give skin a new lease of life.
04m Exfoliate twice weekly with Green People Age Defy+ Soft Buff Skin Exfoliator (£19.95). Skin is deeply but gently exfoliated to improved smoothness, speed up skin renewal to reveal more youthful skin and increase penetration of moisturiser or serum.
03m Toning which is often over-looked but its actually an important balancing act between controlling excess oil and refining pores. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Physiological Soothing Toner (£12) helps skin feel more toned, pores look tighter leaving the skin feeling beautifully soft.
03m Moisturising with Jason Age Renewal Vitamin E Crème (£7.49), which provides deep, long-lasting moisture whilst minimising signs of skin ageing. The anti-oxidants work to destroy free radicals to replenish lost moisture and avocado oil helps to restore.
On the weekly or fortnightly occasion when you have a full 30 minutes to dedicate to beautifying your skin, a mini pampering session is a must. The most useful product to include are deep clarifying mask to not only rid the skin of dead cells but to also help the skin shine with luminosity.
03m Cleanse with Dr Lewinns Balancing Foaming Cleanser (£20) a creamy lathering cleanser that lifts away make up and impurities leaving skin balanced, clarified and refreshed.
15m Apply Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask (£19.50) a luxuriantly textured, creamy clay mask formulated to deeply cleanse the skin, drawing out impurities and absorbing excess sebum. Then rinse off and follow with a good moisturiser.
05m Massage in Organic Surge hydrating eye cream (£18.50), which gently nourishes the delicate skin around the eye area. The blend of shea and cocoa butter will nourish, while the alfalfa extract will help improve skin tone and texture.
03m Moisturise with Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Skin Illuminating Moisturiser (£46). This daily hydrator uses a natural light-infusing complex to help restore moisture balance while making skin appear glowing from within.
02m Hydrate the lip area with Flint + Flint Lip Hero (£12) using active ingredients of Voluip, which improves the superficial lip texture, and highly moisturising Baobab Oil.
02mPrime the skin with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Pore Minimizing (£28) to create the perfect canvas for make up applications. The lightweight balm will help mattify skin for a shine free finish too.
5 Make up Quick Fixes
1. Lipstick makes the quickest impact – so if you’re running short of time choose a classic red, a burnt orange or a dark pink hue to make an impression.
2. Tinted moisturiser requires less accurate application than say powder or a full coverage base – quick and easier to apply – even on the train!
3. Just use your concealer – if you have no time to apply your full base and to highlight and contour. Apply under the eyes to brighten peepers and on dark marks and pigmented areas.
4. Sometimes adding a flush of blush is all you need to wake up the skin and add an extra glow.
5. Paint nails a nude hue even if you haven’t had time to get to the nail salon. It’s the most inconspicuous colour and makes hands look smart and neat (even if you’re not feeling it)!