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The top 7 multitasking beauty products

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With broad-spectrum SPF 15 or 30, facial and body moisturizers with sunscreen lotions provide the daily sun-shielding protection that dermatologists recommend. (©iStockphoto.com/Diego Cervo) With broad-spectrum SPF 15 or 30, facial and body moisturizers with sunscreen lotions provide the daily sun-shielding protection that dermatologists recommend. (©iStockphoto.com/Diego Cervo)
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By Shelley Levitt

Here's a no-brainer: If you could tweak your beauty regimen to clear the clutter out of your bathroom cabinets, spend less time getting ready in the morning, and trim some dollars from your budget -- all the while helping the environment -- would you be willing to give it a go?

Well, all that's possible by following a concept we've become very familiar with: multitasking. Choosing products that perform double -- or triple -- duty is a way to make your beauty regimen more eco-conscious, says Jenny Rushmore, global sustainability leader for Procter & Gamble's beauty and grooming division. The three R's of sustainability -- reduce, reuse, recycle -- is a catchy reminder of what our priorities should be when it comes to cutting back on waste. "What this means is that recycling is what you do after you've already reduced and reused," says Rushmore. "It's better not to buy bottled water than to recycle the water bottle, and that same idea applies to beauty products. Reducing the number of products you buy is the best place to start a more eco-friendly beauty regimen."

Here are seven hardworking beauty products you can easily find on your drugstore shelves.

1. Shampoo-conditioners

These two-in-one formulas will help speed up your showers -- saving an average of 5 gallons of water for every minute you cut from your shower time -- and cut down on packaging. Best of all: Now you can find these double-duty wonders in formulas customized to add volume to fine hair, smooth frizz-prone locks or manage curls.

2. Razors With Built-in Shave Gel

All you'll need to add is water to get your legs silky smooth. As convenient as that is at home, it's especially helpful when it comes to getting a close shave when you're traveling. No need to pack the shave cream: Simply toss a razor with a shave gel bar in your toiletry case.

3. Self-tanning Moisturizing Lotions

Add a glow to your skin as you soften and hydrate it -- without the orange streaks that conventional self-tanners can sometimes leave. To maximize multitasking, choose a facial or body formula with SPF 15.

4. Makeup Foundation With Benefits

Slash your beauty budget and your get-beautiful prep time with a foundation that also treats your skin with anti-acne or anti-aging ingredients, such as youth-restoring antioxidants, peptides, retinols and breakout-busters like salicylic acid.

5. Moisturizing Body Washes

Try these lathering marvels and you can step right out of the shower and into your clothes without having to pause to slather on a hydrating lotion. (Okay, a few seconds spent patting yourself dry with a towel is advisable.) Some advanced products also contain anti-aging ingredients that make fine lines less visible by improving skin's elasticity, tone and texture.

6. Facial and Body Moisturizers With Sunscreen

With broad-spectrum SPF 15 or 30, these lotions provide the daily sun-shielding protection that dermatologists recommend. You can find formulas that are fast-absorbing and have a lightweight texture, so you'll never be tempted to skip the sunscreen again. In fact, some facial UV moisturizers are so silky they provide the perfect canvas for your foundation, allowing you to skip the primer. Another step saved!

7. Baby Wipes

If these aren't in your beauty arsenal, they should be. Unscented, hypoallergenic wipes are a gentle, portable and low-priced makeup remover that will baby your sensitive skin. Cold-weather tip: Stash a packet in your purse or toiletry case during cold and flu season so it'll be within easy reach for on-the-go hand cleansing.

 

Shelley Levitt, managing editor of The Style Glossy, is a former West Coast editor of Self and senior writer at People. 

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