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The Future of Beauty? 32 Amazing Multitasking Beauty Products

I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that busy Americans like to multitask, skip steps, and cut corners. So many aspects of our culture are geared toward immediacy and the fast pace of our daily lives, it is to be expected that we’d start to multitask our personal care as well.

When BB creams hit the United States a few years ago, these souped-up tinted moisturizers were an instant hit! New formulations have been released, moving down the alphabet each step of the way. CC creams, DD creams, and forthcoming EE creams have combined coverage, moisture, brightening, and anti-aging benefits. Now the trend is spreading to hair care, and more multitasking products are sure to follow.

While all of these multitasking beauty products are great time savers and keep us from skipping steps we shouldn’t be skipping, like sunscreen, they aren’t one-size-fits-all products. You might not need the brightening component in a BB cream, or maybe an ingredient flares up your rosacea.

While I think the multitasking craze is here to stay, I predict we’ll see it change course in the future. We’ll see more multipurpose products for hair, body, and makeup, in addition to our facial skincare. The days of a four-step skincare routine will be behind us. Instead, we’ll be buying a cream for day, and one for night; they’ll be specialized for our skincare needs. So, if you have rosacea you’ll be picking products with soothing ingredients and gentle anti-agers. You’ll buy one styling product to prevent your frizz instead of using a straightening cream, an oil and a heat protectant. Your body lotion will hydrate, have sunscreen and anti-aging ingredients while preventing your eczema from flaring up, and maybe even give you a natural-looking tan at the same time.

Eventually, I think we’ll all be able to get our own custom, multi-tasking product formulations from our favorite brands. With a few clicks, you’ll tell the brand that you get blemishes, are worried about the early signs of aging, and spend 1-2 hours outside each day, so you’ll need SPF 30 incorporated into the product. In my vision, two days later, your perfect custom blend will arrive on your front doorstep.

As great as the multitasking beauty products of the future sound, we don’t need to wait to save many of those steps! Here are some of our favorite multipurpose products that are available now.

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    Here are 32 beauty multitasking products we don't need to wait for!

  • Formulated for You 2 of 20
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    My dream of customized products that would do everything you need in one step is already coming true! FutureDerm has already created a customized moisturizer. Answer a few quick questions in their moisturizer wizard, add any additional info that you want them to know, such as your history of rosacea or cystic acne, and they'll create a moisturizer just for you. By including active ingredients that work on your issues, you should be able to cut out some of your treatment products.

     

    Try:
    FutureDerm Custom Moisturizer $89

  • BB Creams 3 of 20
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    You can place the blame for the multitasking trend solely on the shoulders of BB creams. The craze started in Asia and made the trek across the Pacific a few years ago. Think of a BB cream as a souped-up tinted moisturizer:  a little bit of coverage, some moisturizer, and usually some active ingredients to help fight aging and hyperpigmentation. Initially, BB creams came in shades that complemented only a small subset of people, but newer formulations work with a larger range of skin tones. Traditional BB creams are fairly full coverage, but those in the US have evolved to light-to-medium coverage.

     

    Try:
    POND'S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream $10.99
    Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector $12.99
    Kiehl's BB Cream $37

  • CC Creams 4 of 20
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    CC stands for color correcting, and that's what these creams should be doing. Rather than providing coverage, there are ingredients meant to help color correct and treat causes of discoloration like sallow skin and redness, so the actual coverage should be a bit lighter. Look for active ingredients like vitamin C, licorice root, and arnica.

     

    Try:
    Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream $35
    Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC Cream $19.54

  • DD Creams 5 of 20
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    If you want to fight aging, DD creams are the way to go. I've seen multiple translations of the DD, but in truth, it was the next letter in the alphabet. These are the products that will help improve skin tone and treat fine lines and wrinkles. Look for peptides, vitamin C, and other anti-aging ingredients.

     

    Try:
    Julep DD Crème $28.80
    Dermadoctor DD Cream $38

  • EE Creams 6 of 20
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    EE creams are coming! While they've been predicted to stand for "elemental emulsions," S3D's EE Cream appears poised to hit the market and will stand for "energy enhancing." This cream claims to "provide the right level of energy to bring major skin properties back to life during night."

  • A Broader Range of Skin Tones 7 of 20
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    One of the biggest tricks to using BB, CC, and DD creams is finding one that works with your skin tone. This seems to be particularly difficult if you have a darker skin tone.

     

    "While many brown girls may struggle with finding darker toned BB creams, some brands have got us covered! Iman, AJ Crimson and Maybelline have nice shade ranges for us all," says Brittany from Clumps of Mascara.

     

    Try:
    Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Cream SPF 15 $20
    Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector SPF 30 $8.99
    Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream $39

  • BB Hair Creams 8 of 20
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    It's true, the BB cream craze has spread from your skin to your hair. These products usually fight frizz, protect from heat damage, add shine, lock in moisture, and help repair damage. Basically, they're a dream come true for anyone with difficult hair!

     

    Try:
    Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme $6.99
    Keratin Perfect 3-in-1 Multi-Action Hair Beauty Balm $28
    Alterna Caviar CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction$25

  • Protecting Sprays 9 of 20
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    These sprays are hard workers! A few spritzes into your wet hair before drying and styling will add shine, nourish your hair, protect against heat damage, and even prevent your hair color from fading.

     

    Try:
    L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray $6.99
    Phyto PhytoKératine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray $32
    Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray $25

  • Do It All Oil 10 of 20
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    This hair oil isn't used just for smoothing down the frizz at the end of styling. It contains a blend of 14 different extracts and oils, and while it will smooth frizz, it also speeds up drying time, helps heal damage, and adds shine.

     

    Try:
    Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil $7.99

  • One Mousse to Rule Them All 11 of 20
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    This is more than just a volumizing mousse. The formula contains special ingredients to help with manageability, and they also help to add shine. There are moisturizing ingredients like a cream, but Redken's Aerate also contains cellulose to help provide lightweight volume. In addition, there are UV filters to help protect your hair from the sun and humidity blockers.

     

    Try:
    Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Mousse $15.99

  • The Everywhere Color 12 of 20
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    Available in vivid colors, this cream formulation is water resistant and super pigmented. You can use the colors as a lip color, blush, or even on your eyes as a shadow or colorful liner.

     

    Try:
    Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream $23

  • Pore Cleaning Multi-Taskers 13 of 20
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    Is it a cleanser or a mask? Really, they're both! This trio of products from Neutrogena can be used every day or as a mask for extra punch. Both Deep Clean and Black Head Eliminating are formulated with salicylic acid to help get rid of pore cloggers. Clear Pore is benzoyl peroxide, and there is kaolin clay to help pull things out of pores. All three are a bit gritty, so they can be used as gentle scrubs as well.

     

    Try:
    Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask $5.99
    Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask $6.39
    Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Cleanser/Mask $5.59

  • All You Need in the Tub 14 of 20
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    There's a reason this product seems to take over ULTA and Sephora each holiday season, usually in every scent possibility you've ever thought of. This is an amazing gentle shampoo, body wash, and bubble bath combination. The scents are always amazing. If it says "Blueberry Pie," it will smell like a real blueberry pie!

     

    Try:
    Philosophy Pure Grace Foaming Bath and Shower Gel $32

  • Dry Shampoo Alternative 15 of 20
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    Sometimes you want to refresh your hair but don't really need to soak up extra oil, and you don't want the powder in your hair. That's the perfect day to reach for a dry conditioner. Really!

     

    This spray contains a ton of ingredients like argan oil and neem oil, which hair loves for the hydrating effects. There are also anti-oxidants to help fight oxidative stresses, such as being exposed to traffic if you're walking down a city street, and it even helps your hair stay healthier longer. There are additional ingredients to add weightless volume, prevent breakage and split ends, protect hair from UV damage, and also absorb excess oil like a dry shampoo.

     

    Try:
    Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray $35

  • The Hair Pros’ Favorite 16 of 20
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    I can't even tell you how many hairstylists, especially those that work in fashion, have told me that they use this product on everyone. And they all use it differently. The formula adds moisture, soothes, detangles, and enhances the performance of other products.

      

    Try:
    Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion $20

  • The Dermatologist’s Stand By 17 of 20
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    Any MD, regardless of specialty, will tell you that they were taught to recommend this ointment. In my general pediatrics training, this was one of the stand-by product recommendations for patients with Eczema, and for good reason -- it worked!

     

    This ointment is mostly petrolatum and mineral oil, which act as occlusives on the skin, helping to seal in moisture and protect the skin's natural barrier function without clogging pores. Dermatologists love to recommend this ointment, and it works for everything from soothing irritated skin to chapped lips. We love to use it in my ICU on our burn patients once their skin is almost healed.

     

    Try:
    Aquaphor $8.49

  • Everywhere Oils 18 of 20
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    These oils are formulated to work anywhere you need moisture! They work in hair, on your skin, and even on your nails. I keep the Derma-e in my bedside table for application right before bed, the Garnier would be very easy to use all over your entire body with the spray.

     

    Try:
    Garnier Fructis Haircare Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil for Hair, Body, & Face $5.99
    Derma-e Skin, Hair and Nail Oil $15.50

  • More Than Nail Polish 19 of 20
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    This nail polish (available at your corner drugstore) does more than just make your nails pretty! It contains Biotin as a main ingredient to help make your nail plate stronger, grow faster, and prevent splitting.

     

    Try:
    Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle Nail Color in Pretty Petunia, $6.49

  • Multitasking Nail Treatement 20 of 20
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    There are quite a few good cuticle removers, but this seems to be the only one I've found that can also remove stains from your nails. Apply a thin layer over your nails, leave it on for a few minutes, and then gently scrub off. Discoloration from nail polish will disappear!

     

    Try:
    Orly Cutique Cuticle and Stain Remover $10

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