5 Easy, Skin-Saving Bedtime Beauty Habits Even Lazy Girls Can Get Behind
In a recent interview with Into the Gloss, the always stunning Suki Waterhouse revealed some dirty little secrets that made me sigh a breathe of relief to know she's somewhat normal. First, the 22-year-old model admitted that she often falls asleep in the clothes she's been wearing all day. And likes it! Second, Waterhouse admitted that she only recently started to wash her face at night and sometimes, in "dire" situations, skips it altogether. I know, you're totally gasping right now. How could such a fresh-faced, beaming beauty break one of the golden rules of skincare? It's called being lazy and, frankly, she's not the only one who's guilty of sometimes waking up in last night's makeup.
As a fellow lazy girl, I, too, can admit that the idea of removing my day-old mascara and eyeliner can be daunting, especially after a long day of work when your comfy bed beckons. But, like Waterhouse (who said she's started to keep makeup remover pads by the bed), I'm working on it. And if you, like us, are in search of breaking those bad bedtime beauty habits, here are five easy ways to transition from being a sleepy slob to one of those women who have their bottles of cream lined up on their bedside table. It's totally possible. Here's how — trust me, your skin will start looking exponentially better almost immediately.
MAKE LIP BALM EASILY ACCESSIBLE
Let's start with something even easier than brushing your teeth and will guarantee soft, supple lips in the morning. Keep some lip balm or Chapstick near your toothpaste or your phone charger — basically anywhere you're guaranteed to make a pit stop before you hit the hay. Slathering on a couple of coats will seal in some much-needed moisture and prevent any cracking or dryness.
KEEP EYE MAKEUP-REMOVER PADS BY THE BED
I hate to break it to you: splashing some warm water on your face isn't good enough. The real problem lies in your eye makeup. Sleeping in your mascara and eyeliner can lead to infections and even permanent styes. Make things easier on yourself and leave a pack of eye makeup-remover wipes or pads by the bed. In Waterhouse's interview with ITG, she said she likes to use Lancome's Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover and some tissue, so she can "just roll over and do it." For an even quicker fix, try all-in-one wipes, like Simple's Kind to Eyes Eye Makeup Remover Pads.
USE A MULTI-PURPOSE CREAM
Sure, you have friends who use four different kinds of creams at night. But, it's OK if you're not like them, because there are tons of multi-purpose night creams that will save you precious time and cash. Take Aveeno Positively Ageless Firming Night Cream, which works to reduce wrinkles and lines while also firming and lifting the skin. Another one to consider: Clarins' Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream. And if you're on a budget, do like Tyra Banks says and just use some good ol' Vaseline.
Your hands, feet, legs, arms — whatever you can get your fingers on, put some lotion there. Women with the silkiest skin will tell you that they don't fall asleep without slathering some sort of cream, even if it's the most inexpensive body lotion, onto their bodies. Plus, it'll make you smell fresh and clean before hopping into bed. And if you share that bed with someone, they'll appreciate that.
SLEEP ON A SILK PILLOWCASE
You may have heard the rumors that sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase will do wonders for your hair. Well, they're true — so get on that. This is the ultimate lazy girl beauty hack: you literally don't have to do anything except lay your head on your pillow and it'll do all the work for you. Satin and silk pillowcases can help keep your hair moisturized and tangle-free while you sleep. According to New York City salon owner John Corbett, “Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase will cause hair to bunch, knot, and get staticky. On a soft silk pillowcase, however, hair will slide, which is much less damaging.” It'll also help with the previous two habits, because unlike cotton, it won't absorb your lotion or cream, keeping it on your body and not your pillowcase. Sounds like a win-win, right?