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7 Revitalizing Beauty DIYs You Can Do On the Fly

Plus ready-made alternatives for days when saving time trumps saving money.

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    Hair Moisturizer

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    Time-Saving Alternative

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    Moisturizing Mask (Thick or Coarse Hair)

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    Time-Saving Alternative

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    Shiny Hair Treatment

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    Brightening Face Mask

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    Moisturizing Face Mask

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    Time-Saving Alternative

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    Body Scrub

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    Plumping Lip Mask

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  • Why it works: Coconut oil smells delish and delivers a heap of fatty acids to amp up your hair's gloss. How to do it: Run a tad through your ends to make them smooth and supple. If you use just a touch, you can leave it in your hair, letting your ends benefit from a long-term moisture boost. For an all-over treatment for parched strands, comb a few tablespoons through your whole head, and leave it in for at least 20 minutes before shampooing. What you'll get: Smooth—instead of straw-like—shiny hair.

  • On top of coconut oil, delivers cocoa butter extracts for an extra shot of moisture and shine. Run a dime-sized dollop through wet or dry hair. "It gives hair a beautiful luster and doesn't weigh it down," says celebrity hair stylist Tommy Buckett.

  • Why it works: Avocado is full of nourishing oils, but since the mask is heavy, it's best for thick hair. How to do it: Mash up the avocado and olive oil, or for a smoother consistency, puree them in a food processor. (Either way, the olive oil makes the avocado easier to spread.) Work the mixture through your strands with a wide-tooth comb and tie up your hair loosely with a clip. "It can be pretty drippy and messy," says Buckett, who recommends swaddling your head with plastic wrap. In addition to taming mess, the plastic wrap traps heat and helps the ingredients penetrate. Wait 30 minutes before washing it out. What you'll get: Smooth hair with extra shiny oomph.

  • Garnier Whole Blends Nourishing Mask, $5.47, resuscitates dry, lackluster hair in a quick three minutes, thanks to hydration-boosting extracts from shea butter and avocado oil. Like the DIY version, use this from root to tips only if you have thick or coarse hair. Otherwise, just use the mask on the last two to three inches, where your strands are the oldest, and typically the most frayed.

  • Why it works: Beer's two active ingredients, malt and hops, coat strands of hair and make them super healthy. It's thought that the proteins found in both help repair damage and increase strength. How to do it: There's no bad time for a beer mask, but Bowe points out the unique advantage of doing one post-entertaining: "At the end of a party, I'll pour whatever's left in a beer bottle on my hair over a sink. Then I'll wrap it up in a clip and leave it in while I'm cleaning." Aim for at least 30 to 45 minutes. "The longer you leave it on the better." Once finished, rinse with your regular shampoo and condition. What you'll get: Glossy, healthy-looking locks.

  • Why it works: "Oats are natural exfoliators and anti-inflammatories," explains New York City dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D, noting that they slough skin without irritation. How to do it: Mash the oats, banana, and honey together until they form a paste. While you hold your head over a sink, lightly rub the blend into your face with your fingertips. "The oats will gradually fall off as they exfoliate away dead skin cells and leave behind the honey and banana," Bowe says. Wait 10 minutes for a moisturizing skin boost, then wash the whole thing off. What you'll get: A fresh, dewy complexion. Bonus: Skin will now have an easier time absorbing treatments like serums and night creams, so they'll work better.

  • Why it works: Avocado has a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, oils, and lipids that hydrate skin. Yogurt delivers probiotics, helpful in warding off acne, and lactic acid, which removes dead skin cells. How to do it: Mix the avocado, plain Greek yogurt (preferably one with some fat) and honey into a paste. The honey—an antibacterial hydrator—helps the ingredients stick together, so fine-tune this amount until you get a mask-like consistency. Then spread it over your face and neck, leave it on for 10 minutes, and wash off. What you'll get: Super-moisturized skin. "I do this once a week on myself. It's my go-to," Bowe says.

  • From cosmetic brand Korres, the Greek Yoghurt Advanced Sleeping Facial, $45, is an all-night, leave-on face mask. Apply it as you would a night cream, and wake up to smooth, moisturized skin—just the incentive you need to skip hitting snooze.

  • Why it works: Brown sugar's grainy texture naturally sloughs skin, while almond oil makes the sugar easy to spread and delivers a jolt of moisture. How to do it: Mix a one-to-one ratio of brown sugar and almond oil until it turns into a paste, then transfer it to a plastic cup and use it in the shower. (Toss any leftovers after a few days.) What you'll get: Smoother skin from the shoulders down. This recipe works particularly well on rough areas like heels, elbows, and knees, but skip using it on your face, where the skin is too delicate.

  • Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, $39, gives a ho-hum shower a spa-like feel. 

  • Why it works: Cinnamon opens up the blood vessels in your lips, making them look fuller. How to do it: Stir together the cinnamon, beeswax, and vanilla (which gives it a dessert-y scent). Apply the blend to lips, wait 10 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water. "It's normal to get a little tingling sensation, but you shouldn't feel any kind of pain or burning," says Bowe. What you'll get: A (temporarily) fuller pout. With all lip plumpers, the effect is short-lived, so save this one to use before an Instagram photo sesh. Also, avoid doing this more than once a week—otherwise, the thin skin on your lips can become irritated and chapped.

  • Classic lip plumper DuWop Lip Venom, $16, does the job with a blend of oils, including cinnamon and wintergreen. Bonus: Its glossy finish makes your pout look that much bigger.