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    31 One-Minute Solutions To All Your Skin Problems

    Fast-acting skin care products and tips that all take just ~sixty seconds~ to complete — because breakouts don't deserve any more of our time!

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    1. Brighten your skin with the same properties and benefits as a fancy spa session in less than half the time using Aveeno's 60-second in-shower facial. Its ingredients like soy and lemon peel extracts quickly exfoliate dead skin without making you work up a ~steam~.,

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product that I wish I'd found sooner. I experienced softer and smoother skin the first time I used it! The glycolic acid helps slough off dead skin and it has a bit of an exfoliant in it, as well. It cleansed my skin yet hydrated it at the same time!" —Lynn Gunnell-Kays

    Get it from Amazon for $6.77.

    2. *Flake* on pesky dry spots fast before they have the chance to show up post-foundation. Just add a drop of face oil onto your hand, let your makeup sponge soak it up, and apply to your dry spots. It's all smooth sailing from there.

    Check out even more from The Beauty Department for how to get rid of dry patches pre-foundation!

    This marula oil ($13.95 on Amazon) is especially great for dry, chapped skin, scars, fine lines, and for reducing red skin! It'll moisturize your skin AND give it a little boost. And it's cruelty-free!

    Get a beauty sponge blender from Amazon for $5.90.

    3. Remove a full face of makeup in just a minute with a cleansing cloth that takes minimal routines to a whole new level. All it needs is some water for it to speedily do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you!

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    Plus its super soft material helps avoid breakouts! Check out how BuzzFeeders tested out a makeup removing towel for themselves!

    Promising review: "Instead of buying yet another bottle of eye makeup remover, I decided to give these cloths a try. They sounded too good to be true, but the price was right and others seemed to be very happy with them. Add me to that list! All my makeup was off within a minute. There were big black marks on them from my eyeliner and mascara and I wondered how clean they be after going through the wash again. I just took one out and it looks brand new. I'm so happy to have found these!" —JudyVer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in four colors).

    4. Fight stubborn breakouts with a powerful Clearasil one-minute mask specifically designed to battle the toughest of pimples. If you get all-over breakouts, this is great because it's like masking with one big fast-acting spot treatment.

    You can use it as a face wash or as a mask! Its exfoliating beads remove oil and bacteria to help keep pores unblocked, while salicylic acid thoroughly treats your pimples.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome product! I use it as a mask to see results which are GREAT! Just leave it on for one minute and then rinse. I have VERY oily skin, so I am definitely prone to a lot of breakouts especially around the time of my period. I have noticed a dramatic decrease in acne size and redness going down when I use this as a mask, and some of my acne scars are disappearing! I'm very happy with that!" —SilverBrumby

    Get it from Amazon for $7.31.

    5. Streamline washing your face and deep cleansing your pores with an April Skin brush-and-soap kit. The facial brush's soft bristles gently exfoliate away oil, dirt, and blackheads, while the all-natural tourmaline soap helps clear your complexion of any breakouts.,

    It's a super thorough way of washing your face so you only need a minute! Any longer and it might get too abrasive on your skin.

    Promising review: "Goodbye acne! I can’t beleive it took me so long to find this. I've used product after product and nothing worked for my acne. Using this just once a day has significantly reduced my acne flare ups." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.78.

    6. Pull your hair up into a ponytail in a thick elastic band when conditioning your hair — if you ever break out along your temples or hairline it might be because of the oil in your products! Keeping everything out of your face until you rinse is an easy and fast way to avoid future pimples.


    This 20-pack of hair ties ($7.89 on Amazon) is made for thick hair so everything will stay put and out of your face no matter how heavy your tresses can get.

    7. Target clogged pores and blackheads with a Dr. Oracle peeling stick. They're essentially cotton swabs loaded with acne-fighting acids to get rid of breakouts — and you're done using them faster than you can count to sixty.

    They're packed with lactic acid to gently lift dead skin cells while glycolic acid exfoliates and resurfaces skin. Plus a blend of tea tree extract, lemon extract, and bamboo extract to naturally exfoliate without irritating sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "I was a little nervous to try this product because it seemed like it could be harsh. I was incredibly amazed when it wasn’t at all harsh on my skin and it helped my blackheads and whiteheads on my chin (problem area) overnight! The texture of my chin has been really off as well (dry patches, yet blackheads and whiteheads) and it immediately rectified that. I was super pleased with this purchase and will definitely be buying it again." —Julia A.

    Get a 10-pack from Soko Glam for $24.

    8. Refine pores and even your skin tone using GlamGlow's 60-second mud mask. Not only is it super entertaining to watch bubbles form on your face, but you can use it in the morning to make your complexion incredibly soft and shine-free all day.

    I use this pretty regularly myself and because I am apparently five-years-old I am ALWAYS entertained by the bubbles on my face. And my skin *does* always feel incredibly soft and smooth after, not to mention my face feels tighter. Its ingredients like bentonite and kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera, and licorice root work to energize and invigorate your complexion for a more even skin tone.

    Promising review: "So let me start off by saying I have huge pores and an oily T-zone. This stuff is AMAZING! It really works. My pores seem to vanish and my skin feels refreshed. This is a product I will continue to buy and will recommend to everyone. I couldn't be happier" —HJNT

    Get it from Sephora for $42.

    9. Spray on some Teddie Organics rose water toner to both effectively hydrate and calm skin, plus absorb excess oil. Basically you're hitting the refresh button on your complexion midday in just a spritz.

    Plus it's organic and suitable for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I have been using this rose water for about three weeks now. I am in shock! The redness in my face is gone! I used to put on foundation almost every day because of my redness and acne scars. I now go out of the house with zero makeup on and feel confident in doing so. My face is super soft! This has changed my face and I'm so happy I took the leap and bought it! I will continue to be a loyal customer!" —crystal

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88.

    10. Scrub away makeup, dead skin, and excess oil (oh my!) in just *60 seconds* thanks to the FOREO LUNA Mini 2. It gently vibrates (you can pick from eight speeds) so even those of us who wear a full face of makeup are fresh-faced in record time.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and when I exfoliate too vigorously my skin gets dry patches. I've been using this regularly for the past four months and I can honestly say, my skin has never looked better. I've only charged this device once and I'll moderate the intensity as needed. Overall, I love this device and am so happy that I bought it." —Charles and Jenn

    Check out why one BuzzFeed editor (above!) considers this 60-second cleansing device a game-changer!

    Get it from Amazon for $139 (available in six colors).

    11. Confront oily T-zones in the fastest manner possible by enlisting the help of charcoal blotting tissues. They're super absorbent — you'll only need one sheet for an all-over quick fix.

    They're even all-natural! They're made from 100% natural linen fibers with organic bamboo charcoal to keep you nice and fresh all day.

    Promising review: "These wipes work well — and FAST — they should be called 'presses' because no wiping is required. You simply need to hold it against your cheek/forehead/chin/etc. and two seconds later your skin is MUCH less oily to the look and touch. These wipes won't leave your skin feeling dry (something I'm very sensitive to) but just, for lack of a better phrase, 'comfortably normal.'" —DSP

    Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $6.60.

    12. Treat under-eye bags by simply placing your makeup sponge in ice water before applying foundation. It'll help constrict those puffy problems in just a couple pats so no one's the wiser that you binged Grey's Anatomy AGAIN.

    Check out even more from The Beauty Department for how to tighten up under-eye bags.

    OR! This Garnier SkinActive tinted eye roller ($10.97 on Amazon) is formulated with antioxidant vitamin C, caffeine and mineral pigments that quickly correct dark circles!

    Get a highly-rated makeup sponge from Amazon for $5.20.

    13. Address all your skin care goals at once by relying on an all-in-one NeoGen green tea cleansing stick. Not only does it fully remove makeup, but it exfoliates and balances your pH levels for brighter, healthier-looking skin. One fast step = limitless benefits.

    It's formulated with ~13~ natural oils to quickly break down makeup, green tea leaves to exfoliate, and a low pH to gently cleanse your skin. Apparently you can have it all.

    Promising review: "I have never used any skin care products in my life. I honestly didn't have many problems with my skin when I was younger, my acne was basically non-existent. But as an adult I've started medications that cause me to have awful acne, including cystic, and dry skin. Even using it just once, I can tell my skin is softer and smoother afterwards. But long-term, it has basically eliminated the acne on my face. Honestly, if there was a body wash made by this same company I would use the shit out of it. I can say my face is doing much better, and because of that my self-esteem is better too." —Ari Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $15.88 or from Soko Glam for $22.

    14. Make ingrown hairs and razor bumps fade just by quickly rolling an easy-to-use PFB treatment stick over your bikini line, legs, etc. It even helps with acne scar removal!

    Promising review: "I'm plagued with extremely thick hair and sensitive skin, which nine times-out-of ten results in crazy-painful razor bumps and ingrown hairs. I bought PFB with the hope it would be more aggressive than past brands and I'm so glad I gave it a shot. This is the MOST EFFECTIVE product I've ever used on my skin. It reduced the swelling and discomfort overnight after the first use. I've used this product for two weeks now and my skin is almost entirely clear and I have no new razor bumps." —tokenbun

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 or from Dermstore for $22.95.

    15. Avoid acne-causing bacteria from plaguing your makeup brushes by regularly sanitizing them with some EcoTools cleansing cloths. Did this take a mere minute? Yep. Can you still feel like a big adult? Absolutely.

    Promising review: "This stuff is great. I had never cleaned my brushes before (gross, I know) and this stuff got them so clean so fast. I didn't even remember most of brushes were two-toned because they were all make-up colored for so long. I can't believe the nastiness that came off my brushes. I was putting all that old stuff all over my face!" —Echo

    Get a 25-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. Multitask by simultaneously removing makeup, moisturizing, and washing with nothing more than this Banila Co. cleansing cream. Its super-gentle formula is great for gently scrubbing away eye makeup so you can minimize your routine to one quick step.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Plus its soothing cream-like texture leaves your skin feeling s o f t, so if you're feeling REALLY lazy you can skip moisturizer! I'm not kidding, I have this myself and do it all the time (yes, I am the poster child of lazy). And I can attest it removes all my mascara and eyeliner in under a minute! Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review (#1)!

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously pure gold! I have no shame in admitting I like to wear a good amount of makeup on my face. The problem is making sure that I get all of the foundation, contouring powder, setting spray, eye shadow, concealer, eyeliner, mascara, and eyelash glue off of my face. This was a game changer for me. It puts every makeup remover wipe or makeup remover to shame. It effortlessly takes off all of my makeup, including lash glue! My skin actually is clean when I am done washing it the first time around now. There is no burning feeling, dry skin, or breaking out with this." —SP11

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    17. Take a *minute* to complete little yet important tasks that can really go a long way. Switching out your pillowcase and towel, or disinfecting your phone with some wipes helps to avoid acne-inducing bacteria.

    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Check out even more for BuzzFeed's Seven-Day Better Skin Challenge!

    These screen cleansing cloths ($16.99 from Amazon for a 210-pack) disinfect your phone, tablet, screen, and camera lens from icky germs and bacteria all while keeping your screen streak-free!

    18. De-stress skin on-the-go by turning to a Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe, chamomile, lavender, and vitamin C that comforts and hydrates irritated skin quicker than a timer can count.

    It's basically a really fast way to make your skin say ahhh when you're BOTH feeling and looking stressed, or when you've spent way too long outside on a hot summer day.

    Promising review: "I love this facial spray! It is so refreshing in the summer, I even sometimes use it on my hair to refresh my curls. Also, if you have a sunburn this will feel amazing on it." —Riau

    Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in two sizes).

    19. Clear your complexion without a tedious routine, courtesy of this Bioré charcoal one-minute mask. Its thermal properties (it's self-heating when combined with water) pulls impurities from deep within pores so blackheads are gone before they even know what hit 'em.

    Promising review: "This is the best deep-cleaning pore product I have ever used on my face! I have used all types of products at every level of price point, and this is by far the best one I’ve used with the most consistent results. As someone who is obsessed with skincare and studies their pores in a magnifying mirror, I absolutely endorse this face mask! I also have sensitive, fair, combination skin and haven’t had any problems with irritation, dryness or redness. I believe this product helps with blackhead removal and the occasional breakouts I experience. I wear full coverage makeup, and the mask definitely helps me deep-clean my pores and prevents the cystic acne type of blemishes I usually get when I don’t properly wash my face." —Kimberly

    Get it from Amazon for $5.82.

    20. Discover which oil works best for your skin (or solves your skin concerns). Adding an all-natural oil to your routine takes a minute to apply, but leads to long-lasting benefits!

    Loryn Brantz for BuzzFeed

    Check out how a BuzzFeeder who fought breakouts all her life was able to get rid of acne with natural oils!

    These inexpensive facial oils ($8.64+ on Amazon) come in six formulas for different goals (i.e. Moroccan argan oil to improve skin tone and Marula oil to reduce redness and chapped skin) and are super easy to apply thanks to their helpful pumps. They basically do all the work of an expensive facial, but in under 60 seconds.

    21. Minimize pesky pores by applying an Etude House intensive solution in circular motions with a cotton pad. It uses peppermint extract to deep-clean your complexion, tighten pores, and balance pH levels très vite.

    Promising review: "I have been a loyal customer of Kiehl's Ultimate Toner. However, since relocating to much colder Washington, my previously normal and clear skin erupted into chin pimples! I was devastated and clueless on how to treat acne, since I have very limited experience with them, even as a teenager. It was a lot of trial and error, but have now included Wonder Pore in my regimen. My face feels refreshed and smooth. After a week of use, my pimples have cleared up and any dry spots are now gone! I highly recommend this product!" —Hotdog

    Get it from Amazon for $10.25 and a 70-pack of cotton pads from Amazon for $2.99.

    22. Brighten and firm your under-eye area by using a Maya Chia roller ball with nourishing serum. Its plant oils revitalize even tired eyes with a super-simple glide-on design, so you can hit the redo button a lot faster than it took you to fall asleep.

    Promising review: "This is the second product I've tried from this brand and I'm hooked. It actually delivers. My eyes are brighter, so moisturized, and little lines have visibly diminished — a lot. It applies like a dream with the massaging, cooling roller ball. A+." —Free People Customer

    Get it from Free People for $70.

    23. Dry your skin with an extra-fluffy 100% cotton towel if you have sensitive, acne-prone skin. Not only is it important to pat your face for about 60 seconds so it's actually dry before you moisturize, but these are especially gentle on breakouts (which is critical, because anything remotely abrasive can send your irritated skin into a frenzy).

    Promising review: "I am really impressed with these towels. When they arrived I was amazed by how soft they were. I have been using these towels for a couple of weeks now and they are super-absorbent and do not leave lint behind when drying with them. With each wash they have remained super soft, super fluffy, and looking new." —Miz S-Hook

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $22.63.

    24. Reap the skin-boosting benefits of masking in just ten seconds — literally! Skinfood's water splash mask gives you a speedy and effective facial right in the shower by combining black sugar and PHA to remove dead skin cells and restore your complexion's pH balance. AND a whole 50 seconds to spare?! Amazing.

    Get it from Ulta for $26.

    25. Refresh your memory on how to apply your products. It may seem silly, but using the right hand motions actually helps your skin properly absorb your eye cream, face oil, whatever! FYI, you should rub products in for a full minute so that your skin really soaks it all in.

    If you're wondering, the gif on the left is for applying eye cream and the gif on the right is for moisturizer!

    Check out more from Birchbox for how to correctly apply skin care products!

    26. Wake up your skin with a REN one-minute facial. It's like getting a luxurious spa session, except you don't have to tip anyone, and it's over in time for you to go to work.

    The secret? A 10% vitamin C formula that transforms complexions from dull to bright. If you're breaking out or feel like you're skin just looks extra-tired, this is a great solution! I *will* say that this is strong stuff — so if you have sensitive skin, it's recommended that you do a patch test first!

    Promising review: "I confess — I am a beauty/skincare junkie so I rarely re-purchase items because I'm always on to the next thing. I have re-purchased this item FOUR times and just added it to my cart again. I have thin skin and normally try to steer clear of manual exfoliators. This one is so gentle: the consistency is like micronized brown sugar in a liquid. I get instant smoothing without any irritation and the vitamin C provides a good boost." —ncjules

    Get it from Sephora for $48.

    27. Prevent future breakouts (sadly out of sight, out of mind does not apply to acne) with some Aveeno daily cleansing pads. Their formula features salicylic acid to both treat and avoid acne, plus soy extract to gently moisturize. Who knew such effective skin care could be done with just the flick of a wrist?

    Promising review: "Where have you been all these years is what I want to know? I am so in love with these pads and how they make my face and entire body look and feel. I am glowing all around. My arms and legs have never felt and looked so good. I cannot imagine living without these now that I've tried them. I don't plan to ever stop using them; they just work, unlike all other products that are gentle on sensitive skin. I have rosacea and these are gentle enough to use on problematic skin, which is a great. Big five stars!" —HeyTrud

    Get a 28-pack from Amazon for $5.57.

    28. Say adieu to excess oil and detoxify your pores by toning. Don't worry, this Milk Makeup matcha toner comes in a stick so your skin is balanced in one, two, swipe. People even use this on-the-go!

    The formula is packed with matcha green tea to detoxify and purify pores, while ingredients like kombucha and witch hazel help eliminate the appearance of pores and absorb excess oil. Plus, cactus elixir calms and hydrates skin (fancy). It's best for sensitive and oily skin (and it's cruelty-free)!

    Promising review: "I really love this for a dewy glow primer. Follow the directions as it says: rub in extra. You just need one swipe over each area of the face! I’ve been using this for about a month and have noticed my pores are smaller and smoother, and my dark acne spots are faded! It is also great to use as a quick nighttime toner." —MrsBsquared

    Get it from Sephora for $26.

    29. Help acne scars fade in a lot less time by ensuring you protect your skin from the sun (the UV rays tend to darken scars). A CeraVe sunscreen stick is as fast and easy as putting on deodorant, plus it dries with a clear finish so it won't disturb your makeup.

    This sunscreen stick is made with acne-prone, sensitive skin in mind! It's formulated with with three essential ceramides to help restore and maintain your skin's natural protective barrier, plus it's lightweight and oil-free so it won't irritate your complexion. AND SPF 50?! Good luck to you, sun.

    Promising review: "This product works very well as a base to my makeup. I'm afforded the best coverage in the hot south Florida sun." —KMil

    Get it from Amazon for $7.67.

    30. Identify what the heck your pimples are trying to tell you STAT by learning the meaning behind specific areas. For example, if you're breaking out on your chest it could be just sweat, which can be quickly treated with some body wipes.

    The faster you learn what your body is trying to tell you, the faster you can treat it! Read this chart so the next time your cheek presents a lovely zit you know immediately to switch out your pillowcase.

    Check out even more from Birchbox for how to identify recurring acne!

    These soothing wipes ($9.99 on Amazon) feature tea tree oil and peppermint to help you feel refreshed even when you, well, weren't a couple minutes ago. Plus they're alcohol-free and hypoallergenic so they're great for sensitive skin!

    31. Enhance your skin's ~natural glow~ in just une minute with Dr. Loretta micro peel pads. They use 10% glycolic acid (a popular solution for tough breakouts) to dramatically exfoliate away dead skin cells and leave you with a brighter complexion.

    FYI, these are GREAT for oily skin! They also use algae peptides to moisturize while exfoliating and marine algae peptides to to keep skin supple and firm. These pups are strong (which is why people who use glycolic acids see results fast ) so be sure to remember sunscreen when using these!

    Get a 60-pack from Dermstore for $60.

    The next time you see a skin care routine that takes more than literally a minute:


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