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Beat-the-Clock Beauty: 21 Shortcuts from the Pros

Take back precious minutes of your day. Our speedy makeup, hair, and skin secrets will get you out of the house -- and the gym -- looking prettier than ever.
makeup brush and crushed eyeshadows Quick Skincare Tricks and Tips

Slow way: Reapplying SPF, then having to redo makeup
Speedy switch: Keep a face powder with SPF in your bag and dust it over your skin when it's time to reapply sunscreen. It'll also help minimize shine.
--Erica Kelly, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

Slow way: Washing and exfoliating your face and body daily
Speedy switch: Cleanse and scrub simultaneously by applying your face or body wash with a battery-powered brush.
--Heidi Waldorf, MD, director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City

Slow way: Putting on sunscreen once you're outdoors
Speedy switch: Rub on SPF while you're naked in the bathroom so you can see where you're applying it, avoid missing spots, and don't waste time working around your clothing or bathing suit.
--Amy Wechsler, MD, dermatologist, New York City

Slow way: Cleansing your face morning and night
Speedy switch: If you washed your skin before bed (and it's not naturally excessively oily), you don't need to do it again in the a.m. Just rinse with water to refresh yourself.
--Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, codirector of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington, D.C.

Slow way: Fighting calluses with pumice or a foot file in the shower
Speedy switch: Slather on foot cream or petroleum jelly before you work out to keep feet soft and protect them from blisters.
--Dr. Waldorf