I’m such a productive and motivated gal 99% of the time but bloody hell, I am one lazy fucker when it comes to skincare. I’d love to be one of those people who dedicate a whole 30 minutes everyday to worshipping their skin but it’s just never going to happen. I’m lazy, I have a short attention span and I get frustrated because we have two separate taps so it’s a ball ache to get the right temperature of water. So when it comes to skincare, I want the whole process over as quickly as possible.
With all this in mind, today I present you with the lazy girl’s guide to skincare.
Before I delve into my skincare routine, I’ll tell you a bit about the brand I actually use which is Dermalogica. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m a part of their Skinfluencer Programme and have been for a couple of years so I’m lucky enough to try out quite a few of their products. And I tell you what, I’ve never disliked a single Dermalogica product. Everything I use is vegan (except the Skin Smoothing Cream which is vegetarian), paraben and cruelty free and has no artificial fragrances or colours! There’s just something about their brand and attention to sensitive skin which I adore and I’m so proud to be a Skinfluencer and work so often with a brand I genuinely love.
This isn’t an ad or anything but it just so happens Dermalogica fulfil most of my lazy girl skincare needs and are pretty much the only brand of skincare I use!
I just searched for my original review on the Garnier Micellar Water which I wrote five years ago. Whaaaat?! I can’t believe I’ve been using it pretty much everyday for five whole years. But that just goes to show how much I love it right? Micellar water is the must have product for lazy girls because it makes removing makeup so easy. It’s quick, it’s cheap and it also comes to the rescue for lazy and clumsy girls who drop their makeup on the carpet and need to quickly scrub it out with something. It’s perfectly safe for anyone with sensitive skin too which makes me love it even more.
Garnier Micellar Water definitely forms the basis of the lazy girl’s guide to skincare as even on those nights when you cba to cleanse properly, this will be your hero product to take off your makeup. Don’t forget, your mum probably told you to always remove your makeup before bed, no matter how drunk or tired you are!
This is sort of optional in the lazy girl’s guide to skincare as it depends exactly how lazy you’re feeling. But in Dermalogica Precleanse’s defence, it literally takes all but a minute to use and I’ve learnt the importance of double cleansing recently. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t double cleanse (particularly if you cba because let’s be real, it’s another step in your skincare routine) but it’s key to melting away oil, makeup and any other crap that builds up on your skin throughout the day. This’ll make your cleanser work better so for the sake of a minute, it’s worth it!
If you have a sensitive skin and want something quick and easy that’s going to gently cleanse your skin without a big foamy mess appearing then I really recommend this. It’s a gel consistency which means it’s not messy at all (I hate foamy cleansers because they take so long to clear up) and you can spend as long or as little as you want massaging it into the skin before washing it off with a flannel. And if you’re feeling extra lazy, you can also wipe it off with tissues or cotton pads to combat the whole running a sink and having to wash your face thing.
I’ll be honest, I still haven’t found THE perfect moisturiser but this has come pretty close to it. It’s described on the Dermalogica website as a next-generation moisturiser with Active HydraMesh Technology and it’s a best seller so you can expect pretty big things from it. It’s not a really thick consistency so I find it easy to work with and it keeps my skin moisturised for hours so I never feel like I need to add another layer in the morning (instead I use SPF). However, sometimes I feel like it makes my skin a little greasy so I am still on the lookout for the perfect moisturiser.
For those times where you just need something to quickly pop on your beasty spots before bed, I love The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. Literally all I do is dab some onto a cotton pad or cotton bud and rub it on said beast. It’s got a strong smell which Toby utterly hates but it does a fab job of reducing the size and redness of spots.
This has got to be one of my favourite Dermalogica products ever. It’s actually meant for anti-ageing to smooth lines around your mouth but I use it on my lips before I go to bed every night and it does a cracking job at moisturising my lips and plumping them up a little. I’ve seen so many other Skinfluencers raving about this product too and whether I’m feeling lazy or not, it’s a step in my routine I never forget as it literally takes 10 seconds to apply.
My friend bought me this for my birthday last year and it’s one of those things I don’t know how I lived without for so long. This is what I use to take my makeup off with along with my Garnier Micellar Water when I can’t be bothered to cleanse properly. It’s sort of like a mini flannel so it’s way more effective at taking my makeup off than a cotton pad and it’s reusable so it’s great for the environment (unlike my cotton pads which I’m still trying to limit how much I use)!
Depending on my laziness levels each day, I’ll use a different combination of products but the three I use every single day without fail are the Garnier Micellar Water, Dermalogic Skin Smoothing Cream and Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment. Then more often than not I’ll cleanse too!
What are your favourite skincare products? And do you have any moisturiser recommendations?