We all know by now that I’m pathologically lazy. Seriously, my lack of motivation should be studied in a lab. On the other hand, I also obsessively fixate on things like my skin. What’s a fixated but lazy girl to do when it comes to a winter skincare routine? Make it as simple and painless as possible, of course! I’m using just four products at night and just one in the morning. What’s easier than that?
It’s taken me a long time to accept that my often oily skin is actually super dehydrated. I’ve heard it from facialists for years but it took until this winter for me to truly understand it. That scary cold spell we had left my skin absolutely raw. Painful cysts, flaking under makeup, and just generally awful. But because I’m lazy and hate the cold, I was not leaving the house for any reason! Instead, I turned to the hundreds of skincare products already sitting in my own apartment.
A Lazy Girl’s Winter Skincare Routine
Step 1: Work With What You Already Got!
For one thing, it saves you money. And who doesn’t want more money for food? I know that I’m in a unique situation where I’m often sent new products so admittedly I have more to choose from than the average girl but I think it’s safe to assume that most of us have a half-used bottle or three lying around. Plus, you already know how your skin reacts to these products so it makes starting a routine a little less scary. Think about what your skin actually needs and go from there. Accept your own skin type and remember that the packaging that looks prettiest on Instagram may not be right for it.
As I’ve said, my skin is super dehydrated and super sensitive so I’m using products that are nourishing and promote hydration.
Step 2: The Double Cleanse?!
I know what you’re thinking: Just washing your face once at night is a struggle, let alone doing it twice! I get it. Believe me; There is nothing I love more than collapsing face down on my bed to scream into a pillow the second I get home. But having clear skin means I can be lazier in the morning (who has the energy for foundation?) so I keep Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser on my bedside table so I have no excuse.
This probably sounds strange but let me explain. Milky Jelly can be applied to a wet OR dry face so I just massage it into my skin while sitting on my bed.It does a great job of taking off my makeup without stripping my skin. (I’ve found that doing it this way actually does a better job of getting rid of my eye makeup too.) Anyway, once it’s rubbed in, I’m basically forced to hit the bathroom to wash it off with a damp cloth. It’s kind of like tricking myself into taking care of my skin. Now that I’m in the bathroom, it’s kind of like, okay I might as well double cleanse. I use Pixi by Petra’s Glow Mud Cleanser for my deeper clean. I like it because it has a little bit of glycolic acid so it lightly exfoliates which helps with my flaky problem. It’s also chock-full of avocado oil, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera so it actually helps keep skin moisturized. I let the mud sit and soak in for a minute then wash it off with warm water.