I'm often too pooped after a long day or those occasional party nights to remove makeup from my face. My easier solution is to use a makeup wipe. I haven't been too fond of cleansing towelettes because I'm trying to cut corners and not use water. Even the ones that say you don't need water, I don't buy it. For an even more cost effective solution and something that's already on hand (BabyYum has outgrown diapers, not wipes) I use BabyYum's baby wipes. But does this trick work? What's really the difference between baby wipes and the more expensive makeup wipes?
During my bummed out, lazy days, I've used baby wipes, cleansing cloths, makeup remover, toner, makeup wipes and the list goes on. Here's the skinny (from my experience, of course):
Baby wipes: They lessen my guilt about at least not removing SOME of the makeup. Removes some, not all makeup. Better on the budget, but is better used as a preliminary makeup removal effort before actually doing a skincare routine of washing and moisturizing.
Cleansing cloths (the use without water kind): They aren't quite worth the trouble. May remove more than a baby wipe, but what's really clean without some water?
Makeup remover (on eyes) followed by toner/baby wipe: Again, you are removing some not all makeup. Your skin deserves better! Lessens guilt, but can still lead to bumps and bad skin.
Makeup wipes: These actually have better ingredients in them to remove makeup. They will have more cleaning power than a baby wipe. It's still no substitute for washing.
The real deal: Your face and skin really do need breathers from the makeup and gook that accumulates on your face throughout the day. Whether you use a baby wipe or makeup wipe, it's a preliminary step in your skincare routine. Do your nightly regimen of cleansing with water and facial soap and follow up with moisturizer. (This should be done whether you wear makeup everyday or not.) While this can be time consuming, cut corners by leaving that function a few minutes early or have one less drink. Carry some wipes in the car to multi-task on your way home- remove makeup a few minutes before you hit the garage. Buy time saving solutions. You can buy eye makeup remover to get rid of that waterproof mascara, then use a one step facial cleanser (cleanser and makeup remover in one) like my favorite, Purity Made Simple by Philosophy. At times, I'll dot moisturizer on my face right before bed. Then, as I'm laying down to sleep, I relax by doing basic movements of a facial to moisturize and calm myself. Trust that it doesn't happen every night, but I'm working on it. Besides, the extra minutes it takes to wash my face, I'm also encouraged to brush my teeth before bed. My teeth deserve it too!
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So, what's your night time skincare routine? What products do you love and swear by?