We all know getting ready—especially when you’re in a hurry—is a ginormous pain. But whether you’ve got an hour and a half to spare or just fifteen minutes, it’s important to use whatever time you have to look your very best. With the following 20 beauty products, you’ll give yourself a fast-track to awakening and invigorating tired skin, you’ll instantly look and feel brighter and more energized, and you’re all but guaranteed to leave the house with a little extra spring in your step. And for more great advice on looking your best, here’s Your Complete Guide to Fall’s Hottest Hair Colors and Cuts.
$38; Buy now at Origins.com
If you’ve had a late night of meetings (or cocktails, no judgment) and need to look extra fresh for your AM presentation, this coffee-powered skin perfector should be the first thing you use in your skincare routine. Not only does it offer ample protection from the sun, both with antioxidants and physical UV blockers, but it also imparts light-diffusing particles to even out your complexion while making you look positively radiant.
$50; Buy now at PerriconeMD.com
Infused with two kinds of hyaluronic acid, this bubbling face mask fizzes while also plumping and smoothing skin, giving you a baby-faced glow in minutes. What makes the formulation so unique is the amount of hydration it delivers despite feeling incredibly lightweight, imparting even oily skin with the right amount of moisture. Try using this baby in the shower after cleansing while you rinse the rest of your body to save even more time (and then don’t forget to rinse it off). Also, be sure to refer to these 10 Super Low-Maintenance Ways to Update Your Fall Wardrobe before you next go shopping.
$32; Buy now at Kiehls.com
While a face mask might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to getting up and out of the house, this blend—made with antioxidant-rich cranberry seeds and anti-inflammatory turmeric—gently exfoliates skin to reveal a brighter, more energized complexion after just a few minutes.
$45; Buy now at Sephora.com
A K-beauty trend that’s made its way stateside only in the past year or two, splash masks (also called patting packs) are a quick way to smooth, brighten, and hydrate your complexion. The best part is that you get all the benefits of using a mask, minus the time spent waiting—just pat on and pat off. And for more great beauty advice, check out The 15 Best Looks to Wear to a Fall Wedding This Year.
$4; Buy now at Target.com
Out late? No biggie. Supplement your Starbucks Venti with this deeply exfoliating facial cleanser, infused with java for all its skin-tightening and energizing properties along with deep-pore cleansing properties, too.
$62; Buy now at EsteeLauder.com
Whether layered under cream or worn by itself, this velvety face balm helps even complexions while also imparting instant radiance to any skin tone. It also helps to reduce the appearance of pores as well as fine lines and wrinkles. (What can’t it do?)
$22; Buy now at TarteCosmetics.com
In what’s arguably the best hangover trick ever, stash these eye gels (on any hydrogel masks, for that matter) in your fridge—the cold temps will help wake you up even more, and the caffeine in the eye gels will fade dark circles and de-puff by improving lymphatic drainage after just a few minutes.
$7; Buy now at Ulta.com
This cleanser’s been around for a long time, and is equally likely to be found in a teenage boy’s shower as it is in a CEO’s en-suite, in-office full bath. Infused with ginseng and vitamin C, the citrusy face wash uses its olfactory delights to wake up your senses while stimulating your skin after sleeping, too. Speaking of vitamin C, get your daily fix by drinking a glass of orange juice—and don’t forget the oatmeal, because together they’re one of the 13 healthiest food combos.
$11; Buy now at Target.com
When any beauty product comes in wipe form, it immediately becomes an on-the-go staple: Something to keep in your purse, gym bag, on your desk, and by your bedside. After a sweat session, a sweaty commute, or just before bed, swipe one across your skin to instantly hydrate with anti-inflammatory floral water, green tea, and soothing coconut milk for a moisturizing boost. Bonus: You can use ‘em to wipe off makeup, too.
$130; Buy now at CledePeauBeaute.com
With built-in broad-range UV protection, this illuminating and hydrating serum imparts skin with an instant glow. Gingko Biloba—you know, that memory-wonder supplement—is infused to help brighten and awaken skin while simultaneously stimulating moisture production without a surge in oil.
$145; Buy now at Nordstrom.com
A body spray may seem excessive, but we promise there is nothing more refreshing than a spritz of this before you leave the house. Spiked with essential oil extracts from grapefruit, cardamom, and verbena, the scent is not only uplifting but leaves skin with a fresh mist of hydration, too. Warning: It may leave your skin so soft you’ll never want to leave home without it.
$20; Buy now at Ulta.com
If you’ve got waves or curls, you know that they can fall flat quickly—especially with weather changes, a power nap, or even just because it’s right before happy hour (and of course it is). We don’t want you to miss happy hour, so we recommend this spray.
$24; Buy now at Dermstore.com
After a summer spent on the beach, in the ocean, or just outdoors, hair can be often left weakened, damaged, brittle, or all of the aforementioned. Utilizing a protein-packed shampoo (this shampoo employs eggs, for example), hair is not only fortified from past damage but also coated with panthenol to help prevent the appearance of split ends.
$14; Buy now at TheBodyShop.com
Ask any beauty editor their secret to looking awake at a 3 PM meeting and they’ll swear by the bottle (or two, or three) of face mists on their desk. Arguably the most invigorating choice is this currently on-sale spritz, which has skin-brightening vitamin C and an almost tropical smell that’ll make the conference room feel like the tiki bar (a little bit, at least).
$39; Buy now at Sephora.com
If your under-eye area is flaky and dry, opt for an eye cream over a gel, which has more emollients for hydration that penetrate deeply into the skin with vitamin E. Use your ring finger when applying, tapping cream into your skin gently, as that area has the thinnest, most gentle epidermis.
$15; Buy now at Sephora.com
Wipe off the night before by stashing these cleansing wipes on your nightstand (or frankly, in every single thing you own.) Spiked with antioxidant-rich matcha tea, the portable towelettes gently remove dirt, excess oil, and makeup in one swipe while hydrating and replenishing the skin. Hyaluronic acid hydrates along with aloe leaf extract for a fresh and awake look.
$38; Buy now at Sephora.com
If you’ve got fine, thinning hair, this daily treatment helps expedite hair growth (and increase the number of healthy hair follicles) while also invigorating the scalp thanks to ginseng and spirulina, a blue-green kind of algae—and current superfood of the moment.
$39; Buy now at Lancome-USA.com
With a name including the words “energy” and “anti-fatigue,” you know this stuff’s gotta be good. But it’s actually great: The frosty, roll-on applicator massages the under-eye area with the antioxidant-rich formula that works to illuminate and hydrate every skin type.
$26; Buy now at MilkMakeup.com
Although experts can be divided when it comes to the necessity of a toner, if you err on the oily or duller-complexioned side, this stick is for you. The first-ever solid formulation, the Matcha Toner is made with highly concentrated green tea for antioxidant protection, while the witch hazel base is both antibacterial and pore purifying.
$48; Buy now at Sephora.com
Although this product is marketed for the boys, it’s well worth the swipe: Best used with normal and combination skin types, this scrub contains crushed apricot seeds to help deeply exfoliate and purge pores of dirt, grime, and oil. And if you still need a vacation after the work of waking up, you can feel your best by going to one of The 15 Most Luxurious Spas in America.
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