So we all have busy lives. I know I do. I have a full time job, a full time passion, I driver for Uber, volunteer with my church, spend time with friends and family and the list goes on and on. There are just some days where I either feel don’t have time or honestly just don’t feel like going through an elaborate skin care routine. My normal morning routine is to cleanse my skin, tone, use 2 serums and moisturize. At night I get more involved and may use an extra serum or a retinol. 1-2 times a week a do a facial mask and I try to do a facial every 2-4 weeks, depending on how my skin is behaving.
BUT…..there are those days or nights when that’s just not possible. For me, if I go off my normal routine most of the time it’s because I’ve gone out and get home late. I’ve started keeping my makeup wipes under my pillow so they’re easily accessible. But keeping it real, if I’m drunk and tired I’m just going to sleep. So here’s what I’ve done to my skin that I am not proud of. Don’t judge me.
1. Slept in my makeup
Everyone knows better than to sleep in their makeup, but I’ve had nights where I was just so exhausted and/or drunk that I just needed to get in the bed and go to sleep. I can think of a few nights where I just plopped down on my couch when I got home and slept in everything except for my shoes. It’s really bad when I sleep in my makeup but you know I’m out of it when I sleep in my bra. I HATE wearing a bra.
Anywhoo, most of the time the day after I sleep in my makeup as soon as I get up I cleanse my face. My ex-boyfriend used to bring me a makeup wipe if I fell asleep in bed because I would get a “mountain” on my face…..and he was right. If I didn’t tend to my skin the day after a blemish or mountain as he called it, would be soon to follow.
2. I actually kept makeup on after sleeping in it
Now this is just GROSS! I’m not proud of it but before I was an esthetician I remember having a long night on a Saturday and I wanted to get up and go to church the next day. I over slept so I had very limited time to get ready. The way I do my makeup, it has a lot of staying power, so it actually still looked decent. I just put some powder on top of my gross, dirty, face that was full of makeup and that was that.
Now, I would never do that. I’ve woken up in the middle of the night just to take off my makeup. I am pretty blemish prone if my skin doesn’t get the tlc that it needs so I make a lot of effort to prevent blemishes.
3. Working out in my makeup
I’ve never been someone who loved to or was always dedicated to working out. I’ve gone through phases though. At one point I would work out on my lunch break at work, shower, and return to work. Since I did have to go back to work I would just work out in my makeup. I would have to be careful not to touch my face while working out, which was not easy because I sweat like a mule. But after work I would go home and properly cleanse my face with a good regimen of products.
Now, I wouldn’t just choose to work out in my makeup but in that case it was what I had to do to get a workout in during my day. And I’d actually do it again if I had to. It’s not ideal but not horrible IF you cleanse your face the right way as soon as you can.
4. Ate too much sugar & not enough water
Remember the skin is the largest organ of the body so you have to give it what it needs. Dehydrated skin is uncomfortable, flakey, and can be a direct result of a bad diet. You are what you eat so fruits, veggies and water help keep skin healthy with a nice healthy glow.
5. Not using sunscreen
If I don’t put on my sunscreen it’s always because I forget. Now, I keep an overnight bag in my car. In it is a bottle of sunscreen so if I forget I’ll have some handy. Even though I have all this chocolate melanin naturally I still need to protect myself from the sun.