I’d had a hectic event-filled last weekend, with a good friend’s wedding on one day and my little nephew’s first birthday party on the other. I think I need a weekend after that weekend! It was the first time in a long time that I’d worn makeup every single day of a week, late into the night. When I got home, it was all I could do to stop myself from falling into bed and crashing.
Yet, I dragged myself to my dresser to go through my makeup removal ritual, finishing off in the shower. And feeling heaps better for it! Do you ever feel like this? Or have you ever felt that you were too tired or even lazy to remove your makeup before falling into bed?
You shouldn’t of course. Going to bed with your makeup on is bad for your skin (and disaster for your sheets!) Never mind if it’s mineral makeup or natural makeup. Makeup is makeup. You should only go to bed with nothing on your skin except your skincare. So, here are a few ways to make the makeup removal task after a long day, or late night out, quicker and more painless, without damaging your skin.
Use a cleansing oil
I haven’t used a cleansing oil regularly in at least 6 months because I find it too drying for my skin. But, I keep a bottle on stand by because a cleansing oil is perfect as an all-in-one express makeup remover when it’s late or you’re tired. You don’t have to hassle with eye makeup remover or face makeup remover. Just use the oil all over, wash it off and it does the trick! Perfect for quick removal of waterproof makeup.
Try an all-in-one cleansing balm
Cleansing balms are something new to me, and I’ve only tried 2 so far – Eve Lom and Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser. But this is an on-going journey for me, so I’m going to try more as I go along. I’ve found that the Eve Lom one does a pretty decent makeup removal job, and it leaves my skin feeling very clean thereafter, ready to proceed with my skincare. So, I like that.
Don’t lie down
Well, unless you are really unable to stand on your feet any longer (or drunk :P) don’t lie down when you get home. Inertia and tiredness will ensure you’ll find yourself there for a few hours. What I do when I get home and am exhausted, is to immediately start the shower running, and to immediately remove my makeup. Once you get the process started, it usually flows quite smoothly.
Makeup Remover Wipes will do it in a pinch
I don’t like using cleansing wipes. I’ve tried them over the years and they may work while you’re out, with no access to clean water, but if I have access to water, I use a proper makeup remover. I found Simple cleansing wipes effective and affordable. The Biore ones aren’t bad either. Do note that baby wipes or wet wipes aren’t interchangeable with makeup remover wipes. The former are essentially just wet tissue. The latter helps remove makeup.
Not double cleansing your skin for one night won’t kill you
You read it right! While I am a firm advocate of double cleansing, not doing it for one day or night, won’t kill you. If you’re too tired, doing the minimum to rid your skin of makeup, clean it and then put on some basic skincare will still help you better than not removing it at all.
Just use a basic moisturiser and skip the lengthy skincare routine
If you can barely keep your eyes open after washing off your makeup, and the thought of the 5 step layering skincare routine before you makes you feel exhausted, don’t do it! Your skin can survive one night without that favourite serum. Once your skin is clean, just apply a basic moisturiser and go off to bed. You can make up for it the next day
Have you ever felt too tired or lazy to remove your makeup after a long day or late night? Any tips to share?
I sometimes feel it, but I make it a point to never skip the makeup removal nor night skincare. I have done all of the above at some point or another, but I will generally still drag my body around to go through the motions of double cleansing, and using at least 1 serum and a night cream. I also have a habit of washing my hair, which is crazy, but it does keep me awake long enough to blow dry, do my skincare routine, then crash. Helps me sleep better too (and I don’t muss up my sheets :D)