Achieving great skin and hair is a long-term commitment. We are all about waiting patiently for results from anti-agers — hence our four week minimum testing period — but sometimes you need to tackle an issue in a matter of minutes. You know, like when you need to nix dark circles before a morning meeting or quickly quell irritation. Happily, there are products that allow you to fast forward through any concern.
Here, we rounded up ten that provide instant gratification, according to Truth In Aging community members. These line smoothers, glow getters, dark circle erasers and other youth boosters deliver prettier skin and hair on the spot, as well as significant improvements over time.
For instant skin relief
Difinsa53 Skin Protectant Lotion ($62.50 in the shop)
Difinsa53 was originally created to bring comfort and repair to the skin of cancer patients who had been blasted by radiation. It contains vitamin B3 and E, hyaluronic acid, and a fairly new ingredient called silybin. Together they work to quickly mend the skin barrier and help it retain moisture. Irritated or not, your skin will love this lotion.
Angela told us: “Difinsa53 provided immediate and long-lasting relief from the annoying itchiness [of dry skin].” Deborah said, “After just a few days, the crack [in my palm] is healed and my hands no longer itch. It is truly a miracle!”
For instant radiance
Dawn Lorraine Lemongrass Enzyme Crème ($55 in the shop)
The rich resurfacing cream instantly brightens and refreshes dull complexions. A blend of fruit acids, enzymes from pumpkin and papaya, and salicylic acid slough off dead skin to reveal the fresh layer underneath. But that’s not all: Kojic acid and licorice extract improve skin clarity, while decadent oils, like sunflower and jojaba, boost suppleness.
Melissa told us: “I definitely noticed a glow in my skin after using this,” adding that “it will leave your skin feeling refreshed and silky-smooth — and you'll come out smelling like sunshine!”
For instant hydration
ASDM Beverly Hills 100% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($23 in the shop)
Hyaluronic acid has an unparalleled ability to retain moisture. In fact, it’s said to hold up to 1000 times it weight in water. The HA used in this serum is of high quality and low molecular weight, so it penetrates quickly and boosts hydration levels. The silky serum lends a dewiness that lasts.
Sophie told us: “It offers a very nice feeling immediately upon application. For those looking for a refreshing boost to their routine, this serum could fit the bill.”
For instant fading of imperfections
Deciem NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12% ($30 in the shop)
Think of it as a magic eraser for your face. Its combination of light reflectors, color correctors, and advanced photo-finishing technologies blur the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, redness and other imperfections. It can be worn alone in place of your foundation or layered with other products. The effect is immediate and is said to last for up to 48 hours.
Marta said: “[At first] my skin looked a little whiter — as though I was wearing a mineral sunscreen — but all my flaws, ruddy cheeks, and uneven skin tone were there in all their glory. Within less than a minute, though, it all began to change. The white-ish caste was gone, but so too had any redness, freckles and light sunspots. Under the florescent light of a public bathroom, my wrinkles had lessened.”
For instant (almost) line smoothing
AQ Skin Solutions Active Serum ($149 in the shop)
Active Serum is formulated with stem-cell-derived growth factors (the same proteins found in young skin) to promote healthy cell regeneration and renew your skin, as well as a mix of potent anti-agers to stimulate collagen production. When used consistently, it will firm skin and smooth over lines. But one community member's skin responded fast!
Mary told us: "I treated my marionette lines for eight days and they responded! It was really doing something aginst the lines." (Okay, so not exactly instantaneous, but who can argue these results?)
For instant wide-awake eyes
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum ($68 in the shop)
This triple-threat targets all of your biggest eye problems. Licorice root extract brightens the eye area, while caffeine constricts blood vessels to ease puffiness and dark shadows fast. Retinol and ferulic acid work over time to iron out fine lines and wrinkles.
Tiffany told us: “I see an immediate reduction in dark circles and puffiness and it feels so pleasant to put on — moisturizing but never oily and it sinks in immediately.”
For instant skin tightening
ASDM Beverly Hills Lifting Contour Serum ($65)
The peptide complex known as Matrixyl 3000 supports the reconstruction of collagen and elastin fibers to create a tauter silhouette in time. But the transformative solution also lifts and tightens sagging skin on the spot. You can feel skin constrict as the serum seeps in, but it doesn’t leave an overly tight or dry finish, thanks to humectants like HA and glycerin.
Sarah told us: “Within seconds, I could feel my pores tightening up, firming my face and neck. It was like a taut layer of cling film around a turkey sandwich.”
For instant lip plumping
Deciem NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate ($60 in the shop)
This lipid-based lip treatment promises short- and longer-term improvement of color, volume, softness and contour. Hyaluronic Acid is cross-linked with Japanese Konjac to temporarily plump up lips, while nicotinic acid methyl ester encourages redness by dilating capillaries and increasing blood circulation. When used consistently, lips will start to appear softer and less lined.
Marta said: “My lips were worthy of Snow White. It was enough to make me say ‘blimey’ out loud. I need to confess that this remarkable effect does not last long, but the instant gratification gave me a great big smile. There is a buzzy, tingling sensation — not unpleasant and I imagine it will be something that everyone will experience differently — that comes with some subtle plumping.”
For instant volume
Pure Glam Root Powder ($26.99)
This styling product uses a fine, talc-like powder to sop up oil while adding texture and volume to strands. Use it to boost limp locks after blow-drying or to revive your blowout days later.
Maura told us: “My just-washed hair looks like a bunch of limp noodles. I sprinkled some onto my fingertips and rubbed into the crown of my head and a bit to the sides of my temples. I turned my head upside down, gave my hair a quick shake and BAM! When I looked in the mirror, boy was there volume.”
For instant sun recovery
Sciote Solis Sun Recovery Face Serum ($69 in the shop)
This super serum speeds up skin repair after sun exposure. Packed with powerful actives — sulfur, Japanese green tea, milk thistle and schisandra berry — it reduces irritation and redness, protects against free radicals and promotes cellular restoration. It’s also wonderfully soothing.
Marta said: “I tried a few squirts of Sun Recovery and gratification was instant: silky, hydrated skin. It acquitted itself very well and the next morning my sunburn had much subsided.”