THE CLEVER GIRL’S GUIDE TO SKIN CARE
Face any situation with these quick complexion fixes.
We’ve all been there: A nuclear-red pimple the day your company picture is taken. The dewy skin on your dating profile that’s nowhere to be found before a first date. The dark circles guaranteed to invite (more) unsolicited health advice from your nagging in-laws. Sometimes you have the luxury of a months-long skincare regimen—and sometimes, so help you god, this had better work in the next few minutes. Below we share skinstant solutions for every mundane, plausible, and you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me scenario. Because every once in a while, the right trick can save your skin in more ways than one. MELISSA LANE
THE SITUATION: You’re renewing your driver’s license at the DMV tomorrow. To increase your chances of getting a good picture, you play it safe and stay home the night before.
THE SKINCARE DISASTER: The night starts innocently enough—you crack open a new TV drama you’ve been meaning to watch. Two complete seasons and exactly zero sleep later, your face is barely worthy of a mug shot.
THE SOLUTION: REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
Restore radiance and firmness to your tired, sagging appearance just like that thanks to a potent bioactive complex of natural fruit acids and papaya enzymes.
THE SPEED: 10 minutes.
THE SITUATION: You’re already dreading your Monday visit with your great-aunt, who delights in commenting on your “unhealthy lifestyle.”
THE SKINCARE DISASTER: After a long weekend at a festival in the desert, your skin is so dry and sun-ravaged, you basically need the equivalent of a new face.
THE SOLUTION: Fresh Sugar Face Polish
This triple-threat scrub not only dissolves away dead skin cells with brown sugar, it also hydrates and brightens with antioxidant-rich strawberries and plum and grapeseed oil.
THE SPEED: 5-10 minutes.
THE SITUATION: You’re dating a silver fox. Your age difference doesn’t seem like a big deal, because he’s introducing you to his equally mature friends this weekend.
THE SKINCARE DISASTER: Blackheads explode across your forehead—making you look about thirteen, give or take a pigtail.
THE SOLUTION: Dr Jart+ Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask
This dual-action charcoal-infused cloth is loaded with spearmint extract and arginine to clarify, detox, and hydrate in one fell swoop.
THE SPEED: 15-20 minutes.
THE SITUATION: You’re lounging in your PJs, prepping for a phone interview for your dream job.
THE SKINCARE DISASTER: The CEO calls to say he’d rather interview in person…in an hour.
THE SOLUTION: Peter Thomas Roth 40% Triple Acid Peel
This professional-grade peel combines three powerful acids to exfoliate; hydrate; and address fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven skintone, and pore size—and basically look your best in the time it takes to pick out your least-wrinkled, interview-appropriate outfit.
THE SPEED: Five minutes.