DO YOU REMOVE YOUR MAKE-UP EVERY NIGHT?
I woke up on the morning of my 30th birthday… *cough* …a few years ago and a bit like a New Year’s resolution, decided to use this milestone to rule a line in the sand of my skincare routine.
I was going to be all grown up and proper like.
Photograph by Steve Hiett.
That three-step program the lovely Clinique ladies in their white lab coats taught me many years before that? I was actually going to execute it. Not just once a day. But TWICE.
Yes, I was determined to never again go to bed with my makeup on.
The ultra-lazy-girl in me had been kicked to the bathroom floor. I was not getting any older… And nor was my skin.
I never told anybody about this “resolution”. So, why am I telling you now?
Because a survey by Olay this week offered me solace. That I hadn’t been alone in my makeup removal laziness.
Because according to this survey of 7,000 Australian women, almost half of Australian women who wear make-up (46%) admit they do not always remove their make-up before going to bed.
Are you one of them? Or are you Miss-Goody-Makeup-Remover-Two-Shoes?
For me to make removing makeup part of my nightly skincare routine, I had to get smart. I knew if I set myself up with a routine that involved a double cleanse, exfoliation, pressure point massage and face mask, I’d never make it to Day 2.
By the time I’m ready for bed. I’m ready. So I needed the cleansing thing to happen as quickly as it takes me to brush my teeth.
A two-minute cleanse sounds do-able, doesn’t it?
If all that’s standing between you and removing your makeup every night is a two-minute solution, listen up because I’ve got the lazy-girl-beauty answers you’re looking for.
The skincare purists will probably not approve of my short-cuts but I stick by my post-30s motto: “any skincare routine is better than none”.
Here’s what’s always in my bathroom at the night-time ready:
1. Yes to Blueberries Facial Towelettes - $9.95 for 30.
I’m not overly fussy on the kind of wipes I have on hand should the going get lazy at night time but of all the ones I’ve tried, these are the ones that I love the most on my skin. They’re 99% natural and free of parabens too. Hot tip: keep a pack on your bedside table. That way if you’re REALLY tired (you know those nights when the vinos may have got the better of your skincare routine good intentions), the makeup still comes off.
Think of this like a cleaning cloth for your face. It’s made from micro-fibre and just requires water to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin. You know it’s working because the makeup is now on the cloth, not your face. The mitt rinses out after use. I usually wash mine every week as well.
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