Our moms have probably seared it into our minds when we just hit puberty at thirteen: take care of your skin, and you will reap the benefits at a later age. And while we completely agree to our mom’s words of wisdom, there are just times that we get too tired to even get up and wash our faces at night (sorry mom!).
While you can skip the complicated steps during your skincare routine, or even if you don’t have a solid regimen that you religiously follow, taking care of your skin should never be absent on your daily to-do list no matter how exhausted you are.
Follow these four easy steps that you should follow during those busy days, so your skin will remain glowing even when you’re stressed.
- Remove all of your makeup. This is probably the first skincare commandment that you should never scrimp on: remove all traces of makeup that you wore during the day. Never, ever go to sleep with an unwashed face and makeup on! The residue will clog your pores and cause you to have acne – not to mention that it’s icky (all that sticky mascara on your lashes is not a pretty sight during the morning).
Ideally, you should use a mild makeup cleanser with a cotton puff to remove your makeup, a deep-cleansing facial wash that is suited for your skin type, topped off with a toner to make sure that there are no more residue left on your skin. However, during lazy days, you can use wipes that are infused with herbal extracts to wipe off the gunk from your face. Place them on your bedside table so you can easily reach for them before you sleep.
- Exfoliate your body. Sometimes, we tend to cut our shower time in half just to prevent being late every morning. While a quick and hasty trip to the shower will get the dirt off of your skin and hair, it will not remove all of the dead skin cells that you shed every day – not to mention your lotion’s residue mixed with sweat and dust that sticks to your skin especially if you often go outside during the day.
The solution is to exfoliate your body at least once a week to slough off the dead skin cells, dirt, lotion residue, and sweat that have accumulated for days. Do this by using a deep-cleansing body wash and a loofah (make sure that your loofah is periodically changed too, as this can become a breeding ground for germs). And don’t forget your scalp too, because it also needs to be taken care of. Use a once-a-week treatment for your hair and massage it gently on your hair and scalp to get clean and silky tresses.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Most people skip this step because they think it’s not as important as the other skincare steps, but that’s where they got it wrong. Failing to apply sunscreen on your skin makes you utterly vulnerable to damage from the sun’s UV rays, even when you don’t go outside as much as often, and even when it’s cloudy outside. You don’t want to get sunburn, premature aging – or worse – skin cancer, do you?
You should apply sunscreen on your body an hour before going outside, and reapply it every 2-3 hours especially if you’re spending most of the day outdoors or if you sweat profusely. Don’t forget to apply some on your nape and at the back of your ears. You should also use an umbrella or a cap to prevent sunburns.
- Moisturize your skin. A busy girl shouldn’t have dry, cracked skin, shouldn’t she? Even if you are in a mad rush to get to your appointments every day and too tired at night to go about your complicated beauty regimen, one should never forget to moisturize the skin.
It’s not that difficult to do, considering that you only do this once you get out of the shower. After taking a bath, apply lotion to your body immediately so you the moisture is locked in on your skin, preventing it from the painful drying and cracking. Use a body lotion that is not sticky, so you’ll feel comfortable even when you sweat whenever you go outdoors.