4 Step Night time Skincare Routine For Every Lazy Girl

They say you have to know the rules before you can break them and when it comes to beauty, no one knows them better than Kim Kardashian. Still, she caught us off guard when she revealed recently at the Instyle Awards 2015 that she regularly ignores one of the most important skin commandments: thou shalt always wash off makeup at night. The reality TV star mentioned, “Sometimes I’m just so tired and I don’t wash my face,” adding that she has mastered the art of sleeping without tossing and turning to keep her face looking pristine 24 hours later. Oh the horror!

Taking off your makeup before you hit the sack every night, regardless of the circumstances (Too tired? Too drunk? Get over it!), is something we preach as the most important thing you can do for your skin. Still, we’ll admit to having the occasional slip-up—we’re only human after all. 

It's well documented that sleeping in make-up carries a whole host of skin hazards, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. Pores become clogged and the natural repair process that occurs during sleep are halted. It can cause uneven skin tone, dryness, redness, acne, and even deepening of wrinkles. Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to, thus leading to accelerated ageing.

But of course, there are lazy days when I can’t wait to get it all off and moments when I need to remove my makeup quickly, and for those times I use some serious speed-cleansing tricks. Here is a simple 4 step night time skin care routine for every lazy girl. 

(+) Facial Wipes
A facial wipe will help to take everything off in less than 30 seconds. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are super generous in size. They remove makeup effectively, including waterproof mascara, and leave skin supple.

(+) Micellar Water
Micellar waters are a dream product for lazy girls. Somewhere between toner and cleanser, micellar water is a magical potion that completely removes makeup (waterproof formulas, too!), dirt, and oil from the skin without stripping your complexion. But how does it work? Micelles are nano-sized, single-layer fatty bubbles. They are able to absorb other fats such as sebum and oils inside. Consider: though olive oil and balsamic vinegar separate from each other, two oils would blend together. So, by using a lipid to cleanse your skin, the oils on the surface join up and leave you squeaky-clean.

Yes we know it's tiring to reach out for a cotton pad just to pat on toner. Fill this up with your favourite toner and use it liberally. The ano-mister generates a microspray of your toner to airbrush your skin without any greasiness or mess, helping your skin lock in vital hydration.

(+) Sleeping Mask

If you're too tired to follow through with a multiple step night time skincare routine, try a sleeping mask.  Sleeping masks aren't anything new. They were first introduced by our always ahead-of-the-curve South Korean friends a few years back. Since their arrival on the beauty scene, they've become a permanent fixture in the skin-care hall of fame. As the name suggests, these products work their magic overnight, which is a lazy (or impatient) girl's dream. You basically slather on the cream — or gel — before bed and leave it to do its thing while you engage in everyone's favorite pastime: sleeping. Not only do you not have to do anything but snooze, the hours you spend asleep are the time your skin heals itself. Win-win!

If you have dry skin, this might not be sufficient to make a huge difference in terms of hydration levels. However, if you have oily or normal skin, this serves as a quick boost of moisture.  I think the biggest draw for me would be the antioxidant properties of some of the ingredients, and how it can complement your natural cellular repair processes because night time is the right time to dial up your brightness and pare years off the face since your skin is at its restorative best.


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