By  on April 9, 2010

The Concorde may have ceased service seven years ago, but today, more than ever, we live in a supersonic age. News travels at the speed of light, emerging trends get disseminated instantly—even fast-food restaurants serve up slow-cooked food. So it comes as no surprise that the supersonic age has come to skin care. This spring, sees a slew of product launches with names like Instant Un-Wrinkle and Gone in Sixty Seconds Instant Wrinkle Eraser. And why not? Skin care, more than others, is a category predicated on instant gratification. “That expectation is fundamentally altering the language of skin care,” Danielle Pergament writes in “Clock Works," in which she researches how consumer desire and ever-sophisticated technology are colliding to create a new paradigm for efficacy—and expectations.   

Cover girl Emma Roberts is on the fast track, too. The onetime teen-scene queen has no fewer than five films set for release this year, both blockbuster and independent fare. A Hollywood veteran though still only 19, Roberts is intent on proving her acting chops. Already she’s winning kudos from directors. Says Dustin Lance Black, who directed her in the upcoming What’s Wrong With Virginia: “Some of these young actors do feel as if they have lived inside of the young-actor bubble. That’s not Emma. You can put stuff in front of her that is layered, and she gets it. She might even teach you a few things about it.” For an equally nuanced portrait of Roberts, turn to “The Age of Enlightenment.”

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