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10 fast acting beauty creams

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You no longer need to wait for months before seeing the effects of your skincare products. The latest launches bring us much speedier results. Stylist reveals the best quick-fix skin saviours

  • Boost Radiance

    Beat it in: 5 minutes

    Vital Light Day Illuminating Anti Ageing Comfort Cream (£56) is the latest beauty breakthrough from the Clarins labs. It combines three powerful, pioneering plant extracts that work to revive skin luminosity the second you apply it, whilst a tripeptide (amino acid that strengthens the bonds of the skin cells) acts long term to plump up and smooth out the skin’s surface.

  • De-Puff Eyes

    Beat it in: 1 minute

    L’Oréal Paris Collagen Micro-Vibration Eye (£16.99) is a magic pen that dispenses a pea-sized amount under the eyes delivering an advanced peptide-complex formula which lightens dark circles and hi-tech collagen biospheres that are proven to plump out the wrinkles.

  • De-Puff Eyes

    Beat it in: 3 Days

    US brand Bremenn’s Hylexin Serious Dark Circles (£52, Harvey Nichols) uses potent peptides and botanical extracts to kick panda eyes into touch. And its ultra concentrated formula also contains Pfaffia (a tropical plant) to reduce inflammation and stimulate circulation, giving great results in just a few days.

  • Anti-Age Skin

    Beat it in: 30 seconds

    Clinique Repairwear Lift SPF 15 Firming Day Cream (£50, Debenhams) works long term to stabilise skin’s moisture levels and amp up collagen production, but it’s a natural almond seed protein that creates an instant tightening and firming effect, making you look younger in seconds.

  • Boost Radiance

    Beat it in: 1 week

    Roc’s Hydra Anti Fatigue Rich Nourishing Cream (£14.99, Boots) contains a potent mix of antioxidants (including Ginkgo Biloba) to help improve skin cell function and stave off future lines long term, but also uses quick action glow-enhancing ingredients to deliver a radiance boost of 20 per cent after just one week.

  • Beat Spots

    Beat it in: 10 seconds

    Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer (£20) provides instant coverage for all too obvious spots, but also has caffeine to take down the redness and salicylic acid to break down pore polluting dead skin cells - staving off future breakouts in the long run.

  • Beat Spots

    Beat it in: 1 week

    Oil be damned with Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care (£11.50, Boots). It takes on average one short week to beat blemishes into submission (with a combination of purifying Salicylic Acid and exfoliating Glycolic Acid) and stops shine immediately on application.

  • Tighten Pores

    Beat it in: 1 minute

    The just-launched Benefit Porefessional (£23.50, HQhair.com) is a tinted liquid that uses a silicone technology to instantly conceal large pores and soak up any excess oil and dimethicone (a silicone) to form a flattering breathable film over the skin’s surface.

  • Tighten Pores

    Beat it in: 3 minutes

    The gold standard in pore-refining potions is Estee Lauder’s Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher, £36. Within seconds a unique smoothing polymer smoothes out skin roughness and fine lines and light diffusing technology evens out tone and gives a good glow. Over a period of weeks, the unpronounceable nordihydraguaiaretic acid (an astringent) works to reduce clogging sebum and chestnut extract removes impurities from the skin’s surface.

  • Anti-Age Skin

    Beat it in: 3 minutes

    Sisleÿa Global Firming Serum by Sisley, £267, uses Oat Seed extract to create a genius ‘mesh’ that lifts and smoothes the skin’s surface straight away, while a botanical haul of ingredients, including dill, tiger nut and soy extracts, work more steadily on stopping signs of sagging.

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