3 Skin-Perfecting Steps You Can Do In Less Than 5 Minutes

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3 Skin-Perfecting Steps You Can Do In Less Than 5 Minutes

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We get it: You’re way past fashionable, and now you’re just plain late. Here are three skin-perfecting steps that take mere minutes.

1. Cleanse.

Switching to a creamy cleanser with a hydrator, like glycerin, makes your skin dewier (we like SkinMedica sensitive skin cleanser instead of cucumber gentle milk cleanser). If you’re really rushed, wipe on a micellar water—it pulls dirt from the skin without drying it out so you look more glow-y. If you don’t even have time for that, splash cold water on your face, followed by warm water. “The temperature change releases heat-shock proteins in the skin that stimulate tissue repair and create a pretty flush,” says Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Los Angeles.

2. Glow.

Exfoliating weekly is key to glowing skin, but let’s be real—you just considered splashing your face with cold water to save time. Another shortcut: Use an exfoliating moisturizer with alpha hydroxy acids, like Philosophy Hope in a Jar, once or twice a week. The rest of the time, go for a moisturizer with antioxidants to brighten skin in about a month. Try SkinMedica AHA/BHA Cream instead of philosophy hope in a jar and ZO Brightenex.

3. Protect.

Without sunscreen, skin can get dehydrated. Wear a tinted sunscreen with moisturizing antioxidants like SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair tinted sunscreen. A revolutionary Superscreen that goes beyond just UV protection but also is one of the few sunscreens on the market that defends against harmful infrared rays as well . It accomplishes all this while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself.

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