We live in a world where we expect things to happen instantly, but one thing that still takes forever? Our skincare routines. Thankfully, a few superhero products exist to get the job done fast, so you can fix your skin in the time it takes you to run a bath/make a cup of tea/read a magazine.
Buckle up because these quick fixes give you results the first time you use them – and that’s not marketing speak; we’ve tried and tested these, so we mean it.
Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Exfoliating Treatment
There are loads of treatments that can help with enlarged/visible pores and blackheads, but very few have instant results like this one – in all my years working as a beauty editor I’ve never seen my skin get so clear so fast. This Instagrammer-favourite is an exfoliation treatment and face mask in one (you can use it as a scrub or leave it on for ten minutes), that somehow miraculously erases the appearance of pores – you can see the results as soon as you rinse it off.
The Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution
Packed with the most powerful exfoliating ingredients, this brightening acid-based treatment cannot be beaten – it’s ideal if you need acne scars to look less noticeable in a hurry. Acids can seem scary, and granted, this is not for the faint-hearted (or sensitive skinned – it does tingle on application) – but it instantly improves the appearance and texture of skin that’s rough, dull, or scarred. Put it on, take ten, then remove for skin that’s brighter, clearer, and smoother than ever before.
Saturday Skin Quench Intense Hydration Masks
Sheet masks are my best friend when I need a quick boost that doesn’t need a lot of effort. True to their name, these uber-hydrating face masks act like a drink of water for skin, making them the perfect antidote to dryness and dehydration. Basically, instant good skin in a packet – they give dull and tired skin the boot in less than ten minutes, and instead leave you looking like you just came back from a two-week juice cleanse in the Bahamas. #goals
NIOD Flavanone Mud
My skin is on the breakout-prone side, so I love trying new detox masks, but no matter how many new ones I have to try, I always reach for this stuff when my skin is going through a particularly congested phase – it has never let me down. The formula instantly soothes the redness, swelling, and soreness of spots, and within a few hours they’ve completely disappeared. What’s more, if I use it regularly, I’ll notice my skin getting clearer and calmer as the days go by.
Dr Brandt Magnetight Age Defier
I’ve been using this for years to fake a post-facial glow – it looks like a regular mask but actually uses magnetic particles to penetrate deep into skin and treat clogged pores, fine lines, and dullness. It applies like a regular mask but to remove it you need to wrap the (included) magnet in tissue and hover it over your skin to lift the mask off. The mask disappears in seconds, but cleverly leaves skin soaked in a rich hydrating treatment which gives skin an amazing glow and makes it looks soft and plumped up. See, who needs a facialist?
Starskin 7 Second Morning Mask
Late night last night? If you haven’t had time for your full skincare routine, these pre-soaked treatment pads are the next best thing – and make dealing with hungover skin significantly easier. Drenched in a blend of multitasking ingredients, they’re designed to combine a seven-step routine into one. One side cleanses, exfoliates, and massages, while the other applies a hydrating serum and moisturiser, which also doubles up as a primer. Just swipe, go, and glow – your skin will look healthy and fresh, even when you’re feeling anything but.