(Original story published on Tuesday June 23th, 2015 on FashionMagazine.com.)
There are many times when you have our full support to take the lazy route (takeout yet again? Sure!). But when it comes to washing off your makeup before hitting the sheets, the easy route just isn’t an option.
And if you think you’re excused just because you’ve had a few too many cold ones, and the fact that you and your iPhone made it home in one piece is enough of an accomplishment for the night, think again. You’re going to need your beauty sleep (ahem, more than usual) to let your skin rest and refresh while you snooze.
Luckily, there are quick and easy makeup remover tricks that you can manage in any state. Ahead, the five simplest, most beneficial, drunk-proof ways to wash your face with the least amount of rubbing as possible. You may feel like a mess the next day, but at least you won’t look it.
Drunk-Proof Makeup Remover #1: Almond Oil
Many face cleansers strip skin of natural oils, leading it to produce even more oil to compensate. Depending on your skin type, this can cause all kinds of undesired skin woes from breakouts and blackheads to dryness and irritation. Using an oil to wash your face means naturally dissolving the oils and taking the ultra-sensitive route to cleansing. Try 100% pure almond oil which will remove your stuck-on makeup super easily, without clogging your pores. Plus, it promotes clear and healthy-looking skin, which will help you tame that inevitable hungover visage that’s in tomorrow’s forecast.
NOW Solutions Sweet Almond Oil ($7, well.ca).
Drunk-Proof Makeup Remover #2: Jojoba Oil
Another great oil to use as a makeup remover is 100% pure jojoba oil. Made from the seed of the jojoba shrub, it is commonly used to promote softer skin as it is super hydrating. Meaning, we’ll totally excuse you from following your face wash with moisturizer while in your tipsy state. A great choice for all skin types, jojoba oil also contains many nutritional compounds including essential fatty acids to provide your skin with the nutrients it needs to look its best.
NOW Solutions Jojoba Oil Pure ($16, well.ca).
Drunk-Proof Makeup Remover #3: Baby Shampoo
For a simple, cost-effective option that will leave no eye makeup remnants behind, drop a dollop of baby shampoo onto a cotton pad and wipe it over your eyes. It’s gentle, effective, and coming in 20oz bottle, you’ll get the most bang for your buck.
Johnson’s Baby No More Tears Shampoo ($6, drugstore.com).
Drunk-Proof Makeup Remover #4: Best No-Water-Needed Face Wipes
This has to be the laziest option of them all, but a true winner in our books. For the best facial wipes, go for Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes. Gentle and effective, they easily remove all makeup residue with no rinsing needed – we mean, you can just keep them on your nightstand and wipe away your makeup right in bed. Does it get any easier? Plus, they also act as an exfoliant, detoxifier and rejuvenator, so you can check off your entire skincare to-do list with just one swipe.
Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes ($7, ulta.com).
Drunk-Proof Makeup Remover #5: Cleanser-Soaked Cotton Pads
Even the best makeup removers can surrender to some of those serious waterproof products we choose to apply on our eyes. To get the most stubborn marks off without rubbing your skin sore, soak a cotton pad in your favourite cleanser and wipe away the remains. Go for Sephora Collection’s Soft Touch Cotton Pads which are extra-gentle and 100% cotton.
Sephora Collection Soft Touch Cotton Pads ($15, sephora.com).