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I love to multitask, and I love my products to multitask right along with me. Finding a product that you love and serves more than one purpose means less money spent, less clutter in your medicine cabinet, a faster morning routine and a more relaxing morning in general.

Hair & Body Cleansing

For Women, Philosophy’s Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel ($22) comes in lots of delicious fragrances and is formulated with nourishing milk proteins, so it calms even the most sensitive skin and nourishes the driest hair. My favorite is the Amazing Grace.

For Men, the Suave 3-in-1 for Men ($4.95) is a gentle cleansing formula enriched with keratin amino acids and glycerin. It gently cleans and conditions hair and cleanses your face and body. They make a similar formula for kids that comes in several fun scents.

Hair Cleansing & Conditioning

I had a chance to try the WEN hair care products a few months ago when I was working on another story, and I fell in love with the WEN Cleansing Conditioner ($28). This amazing, detergent-free product cleanses and conditions the hair in one step, which is great if time is tight in the morning. And after rinsing, you can apply a few pumps as a leave-in conditioner. Available in five scents/formulations.

Body Moisturizing

Enriched with nourishing oils of sweet almond, sunflower and meadowfoam, the all-purpose Air Repair Rescue Balm ($12) helps to prevent trans-epidermal water loss, a primary cause of dry skin. Try it on cuticles, lips, elbows, feet or other parched areas. Packaged in a handy tube.

If you prefer a creamy texture, try the yummy pomegranate-scented Whish Body Butter ($7). It can be used all over the body, as a foot treatment, a hand cream, face cream and even an eye-makeup remover.

Then there’s the Scandle Body Candle ($20.95-$22.95). The candle burns at 2 degrees above body temperature and also functions as a massage oil, cuticle treatment and even a daily body moisturizer for those of us with dry skin. It’s packaged in refillable canisters, available in lots of yummy fragrances and it’s made from 100% natural ingredients. In September, the Scandle Candle will be available with shimmer, which will offer the added benefits of masking skin imperfections and wrinkles by diffusing light.

Shaving

You just have to love the Schick Intuition Plus Razor System ($9.99). It lathers, shaves and moisturizes all in one package — and it comes with a hanger for the shower. Men’s and women’s versions are available, as well as multiple scents and designs from which to choose.

Facial Cleansing

A lot has changed since we washed our faces with cold cream. I found two great multi-taskers for facial cleansing that do more than just cleanse.

The Belletare Crescendo Cleansing Gel ($13) is a facial cleanser, bubble bath, shower gel and shave gel all in one. It's made with 100% plant-based ingredients and a is a great bang for the buck because instead of the product being diluted with water (as is the norm with most cleansing gels) the Crescendo Cleansing Gel is enriched with soothing aloe, so it’s extra concentrated. Also, the folks at Belletare are offering a special 50% discount on all purchases over $25 for MainStreet readers. The promo code is SPRING3.

If you’re a traveler, lighten up your dopp kit with the MD Skincare EZ$U 4-in-1 Facial Towelettes ($35). These handy guys will effectively cleanse, repair, firm and moisturize skin with one treatment. They do not require water, so they are perfect for use anywhere.

Facial Moisturizing

Dr. Patricia Wexler’s Intensive 3-in-1 Day Cream SPF 30: Lifting, Firming, Anti-Wrinkle Formula ($42.50) is a fantastic day cream that does it all. Not only does it moisturize and have an SPF 30, it also lifts, firms and provides active anti-wrinkle protection. Dr. Wexler was my dermatologist back in the day when I had skin issues, so I think it’s extra cool that she now makes amazing skin treatment products.

Skin Emergencies

The Therapy Systems Emergency Treatment Cream ($32) has been a long-time must-have for my medicine cabinet, so I am excited to have a chance to write about it. This pharmaceutically complex product contains active hydrocortisone to reduce the redness and inflammation associated with skin distress due to abrasive skin treatments such as chemical peeling and microdermabrasion. It is also the essential tool for acne spot treatment as it not only eliminates redness and irritation and eradicates bacteria, but it also has no drying or peeling side effects like most blemish cures.

Makeup

Napoleon Perdis makes an adorable palette called Pretty Presto ($17). It contains two beautiful bronzey eye shadows, a cheerful peach blush, a mini mascara and a mini lip gloss. Unlike many palettes, the colors all truly work together. Use it in the morning and it takes out all the guesswork. Or, for your all-occasion makeup bag, pack this palette, an eye pencil and a concealer/powder combo (see next item) and you’re good to go.

Pur Minerals’ 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup ($25) is all you need for on-the-go concealing, coverage and extra SPF protection. This mineral makeup foundation is pure mineral pigment bound with organic shea butter and vitamin E. Zinc and titanium provide an all-natural barrier from the elements. This is also an Allure Magazine Editor’s Choice winner — a serious stamp of approval.

If you prefer loose powers (that are still portable), check out the Sonia Kashuk for Target Sheer Magic Mineral Face Palette ($14.99). It’s a stackable trio of mineral concealer, face powder and blush. Available in three shades.

If you’re packing light with a tiny handbag, try the Avon’s Professional Multi Pencil created by Jillian Dempsey ($8). These handy double-ended pencils have a creamy lip & cheek color on one side and a soft, smudge-proof eye shadow on the other.  Available in three lovely shade combos.

For a little extra fun, try a multi-use highlighter like e.l.f. All Over Color Stick in Spotlight ($1), which is a light champagne shade in a creamy texture that can be used under or above the brows, above the cheek bone, on the bridge of the nose and on the cupid’s bow to highlight and create dimension. Plus, it’s only $!!

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