Take the Day Off: 10 Second – 3-Minute Edition

Posted on November 25, 2017

You’d be lying if you said you had never come home from a busy day at work, or a night out on the town and thought of sleeping with your makeup on instead of removing it. You’ve been busy all day and you automatically want to crawl into bed once you’re home. While it might be tempting to hit the lights, taking off your makeup is the key to a healthy and glowing complexion. No more excuses! It’s time to say au revoir to your makeup going to bed with you. Today’s eyeliner isn’t tomorrow’s smoky eye.

Now whether you’ve got 10 seconds or 3 minutes. Red Scout has a makeup removal solution for all of you busy, Boss Girls. Here’s a quick guide to help you find the perfect routine that won’t get in the way of your beauty sleep.

Picture of a woman happily sleeping in bed.
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15-30 Seconds: The Makeup Remover Wipe

Close up of brunette woman with brown eyes removing makeup with a makeup remover wipe.
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How to:
So, a quick fix for makeup removal is to use a cleansing wipe to take the day off before bed. Just take a wipe, and use gentle sweeping, circular motions to clean your face.

Pros:
Many people claim that makeup wipes are the epitome of lazy beauty, but for girls on the go, they are an extreme time saver. There’s nothing easier than removing your makeup while already laying in bed.   

Cons:
However, makeup wipes should be used as tools of convenience, and not necessity. Oil and debris may still clog pores and makeup products will not be able to penetrate the skin without proper cleansing and exfoliation.

30-45 Seconds: The Magic Micellar Water

Woman removing her makeup using a cotton pad soaked in micellar water.
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How to:
Micellar water is made up of micelles, which are tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules that are suspended in water. Moisten a cotton pad with micellar water then rub it over your face to remove makeup. No rinsing required! It’s that easy.

Pros:
So, instead of dealing with your regular bathroom line-up, make sure you have this multi-tasking product handy as it removes makeup, all while cleansing and toning. These micelles are attracted to dirt and oil and are able to draw out impurities without drying out your skin. You’ll sleep better knowing your face is clean.

Cons:
It is generally regarded as an ideal step in a double-cleansing routine, however used on it’s own it may not remove a full face of makeup thoroughly. Don’t expect your waterproof mascara and full coverage foundation to come off easily.

60 Seconds: The Daily Cleansing Wash

Woman rinsing cleanser off of her face, splashing her face with water over the sink.
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How to:
Now if you have a little more time on your hands, your daily cleanser from your normal skin routine is sufficient enough to remove your leftover makeup. Let the cleanser sit for about 15 seconds, and then remove with a wet washcloth. Keep gently wiping your face until you see no more makeup on the washcloth.

Pros:
By just massaging the cleanser all over your face, this will quickly break down and get rid of your makeup. We all know you’re tired but don’t forget your hairline, chin and around your ears.

Cons:
This requires a little bit more effort than your standard face wipe, but you should never sacrifice your skin for sleep.

3-5 Minutes: The Deep Cleaning Mask

Woman in a white face mask with a towel wrapped on her head.
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How to:
Setting masks generally contain ingredients such as mud or clay that are designed to draw out impurities of the skin. After a long, busy day, this is a must not only to remove makeup, but also to get rid of excess oil and dead skin build-up. Rather than leaving the mask on until it sets completely, try leaving it on for just 3-5 minutes for a quick deep cleanse and exfoliation.

Pros:
Face masks are so simple! Just apply, wait, and simply wash off afterwards. Why not try a mask once a week as part of a weekly ritual?

Cons:
However, the reality is that face masks are designed a temporary fix, delivering a short-term solution that is often washed off or wiped away.

All of these fast makeup-removing techniques should only take you a few seconds, meaning you can still quickly jump into bed, but without sacrificing your skin. You can thank us later.

 

By Mikayla Tabone.

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