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Zoom! How to speed up your daily beauty duty

Increasingly, skincare products are doing more than one job. With summer in mind, Judy Gordon has the latest news  from the cosmetics counter.
/ Source: TODAY

“Beauty is only skin-deep” — that well-worn phrase it makes it sound like beauty maintenance is easy!

We know, of course, that it can often feel like a full-time job. But no need to sweat it. No matter what your challenge is — anti-aging, sun protection, bikini season or too little time (or all those!) — we’ve got you covered. The latest in skincare advances to products and trends is all right here in our weekly Fashion Friday update.

Countdown to summer
The carefree days of summer are closer than you think, so listen up. If you act now, you can greet the heat with smoother skin, firmer thighs and a toned figure, thanks to new and improved skincare products. The beauty world's buzzing over "body contour" lotions and potions such as Shiseido's Body Creator Aromatic Gel, which is infused with a spicy, citrus-y scent that is said to activate the body's fat-burning and toning receptors. For cellulite-prone areas, there’s the Body Firmer Slimming Concentrate from H20+. Or, for a little snap, crackle and pop, try the Healing Garden Spa Therapy Active Anti-Cellulite Treatment. It crackles when you massage it into your skin and helps to break up fatty deposits in the process. Slough off winter-weary skin and reveal a sensuous, smooth, beach-ready you with exfoliators like Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, Origins Salt Rub or Philosophy Amazing Grace Olive Oil Body Scrub.

Get yourself in the mood for summer with an affordable daily dose of Suave Naturals Moisturizing Body Wash in Tropical Coconut. Not only does it smooth and soften skin, but its heady coconut scent will transport you to your favorite tropical getaway — and remind you that summer is on its way!

Don't forget to protect your tresses from the sun's burning rays!  ThermaSilk Heat-Activated Detangler Leave-In Conditioner contains UV protectants and antioxidants. This special conditioner is activated by the sun's heat while the sunscreen prevents UV rays from damaging the hair, (Remember, it's twice as important to take care if you have treated or colored hair.)

Want to research before you take the product plunge? In addition to his line of skincare products, dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone has penned a number of books explaining his theories. His latest, "The Perricone Prescription: A Physician's 28-Day Program for Total Body and Face Rejuvenation," will guide you through a "Three-Day Nutritional Face-Lift" designed to improve your skin from the inside out.

Feeling stressed? Nip anxiety lines in the bud with a handy spot treatment for wrinkles. (Apply in front of the boss or the kids for the ultimate in nonverbal communication!) Bliss Crease Police gel rolls on to minimize lines, while Burt's Bees Repair Serum is another on-the-go option that is enriched with green tea extracts, vitamins and evening primrose oil.

We know it's essential, but sometimes moisturizing after the shower is just one extra step too many. To the rescue comes Olay Moisturinse In Shower Body Lotion, an in-shower moisturizer that won't wash or towel off. Bonus: Your skin is most receptive to nourishment when it's warm and wet, so in-shower moisturizing makes perfect sense.

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America.