It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was you falling asleep face-down on your pillow in a full look of foundation, concealer, eyeliner, lipstick, highlighter and everything else in between for the night of fleeking. If your mother could see you now, what would she say? We shudder at the thought. Here’s our two cents: for the love of collagen, why didn’t you follow the cardinal rule of removing your makeup before the crash? When you’re deep in dreamland about puckering up with Nicholas or Adeline (Asian represent!) from the Netflix’s Sabrina, your skin is working hard around the clock to repair the damage you’ve unconsciously inflicted upon it. Pun intended.
As damage control, we’ve rounded up a few beauty products in six idiot-proof steps you can follow even in your morning after daze, to nip the unsightly side effects of sleeping with your makeup on in the bud.
STEP 1: GIVE YOURSELF A PEP TALK
At risk of sounding naggy, you’ve really got to get your sh*t together. While that “I’m with the band” smokey grunge look was all the rage back in 2015, take a long hard look at the mess in the mirror and repeat, “Cross my heart”. Vow never to sleep in your makeup again because let’s face it — even if you follow our face-saving regime (you better!), you don’t have the discipline to change out your stained sheets anyway. #Gross
STEP 2: CLEANSE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT
While no one is lucky enough to wipe away last night’s bad decisions, you can cleanse away that risqué, slept-in makeup look you exercised a bit too literally. Thanks to a combination of nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera and coconut that will put their backs into sloughing away makeup and impurities, this deep cleansing BioCleanse Micellar Cleansing Water by Estelle & Thild is strong enough to scrub ineffable sins clean. That love bite, however, stays.
STEP 3: SCRUB-A-DUB-DUB, BUD
‘P.S. I Hate You’, ‘Changing of the Seasons’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’ are all songs about being better off without, which pretty much sums up how your skin feels about you right now; justified, as you’ve let your moneymaker suffer in silence. You know this. We all know this. Huxley most definitely knows this. To prep your skin for the masking stage, exfoliate your skin with their deep cleansing foam to help your skin absorb the upcoming nourishment you’re about to feed it for speedy recovery.
STEP 4: AND MASK. AND MASK. AND MASK
Just like how Samantha from Sex and the City commented about being a bridesmaid, sleeping in your makeup echoes the same sentiment: “painful and unnecessary”. Hello, clogged pores. Hello, breakouts. Hello, dull complexion. To soothe and hydrate your abused epidermis, we recommend the following hydrating masks to alleviate redness and irritation caused by your not-so-secret transgressions.
STEP 5: MOISTURISE SMARTLY
It’s not cute to talk about, but with forgetting to remove layers of makeup you slapped on the day prior comes the inevitability of dry, irritated, flaky skin the day after. Pick a hardworking moisturiser, such as The Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich by Peter Thomas Roth; it is formulated to leave you fresh-faced and hydrated. Radiance would have been guaranteed — if you didn’t f— up, that is.
STEP 6: DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE EYES
Before you know it, your little rescue mission has not only cost you a potentially great skin day, it’s also robbed you of another hour of sleep. Tsk tsk. What to do? Your dark eye circles staring back at you in the mirror reflects the answer. Halloween’s over, sweetie. Now’s your chance to regroup, refocus, and complete your damage control regimen with a revitalising eye-care. This eye serum by Drunk Elephant lends hope of a firmer-looking appearance around your smize and helps slow down the signs of ageing.
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