The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Getting Gorgeous, Glowing Skin

lazy girl glowing skinWhen it comes to skincare, I have good intentions, but, well ... I'm kind of lazy. I mean, I'm sometimes lazy; other times just plain exhausted from my day. However, I'm not getting any younger, so I've been working to make sure I don't flake out too often on my skincare routine.

Here are some of my tips and tricks for taking care of your skin without spending a lot of time and effort ... from one lazy girl to another!


1. Cleansing wipes are your friend. I think we can all agree on that. But multi-tasking wipes are your best friend! There are a ton of wipes that do more than just cleanse; two of my favorites are...

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes. Made with Vitamin E, not only do these wipes cleanse your face, but they moisturize your skin as well. ($15 at The Body Shop)

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads.  These babies are two-sided. One side is smooth, just for cleansing, and the other side provides a little gentle exfoliation. (About $6.99 at drugstores)

Speaking of multi-tasking ...

2. Put your shower time to good use. I recently discovered a great new product, St. Ives Nourished and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub Mask, which you can use as a facial wash or as a mask. Slather some on before you get into the shower, and rinse it off a few minutes later, when you're done washing your hair! ($4.39 at

3. Maximize your beauty sleep. If you can overcome your laziness enough to clean your makeup off, apply an overnight skincare treatment that will do its work while you dream of topical isles/ Ryan Gosling/ showing up naked to math class! A few good ones:

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. This lovely-smelling product targets dark spots and uneven skin tone. ($48 at Sephora)

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque. For all skin types, this treatment gives your skin an ultra boost of hydration. Especially great for renewing skin that's been depleted by winter dryness! ($35 at

4. Spend one minute on your pores. The Biore Self-Heating One-Minute Mask with Natural Charcoal purifies your pores in 60 seconds. You just wet your face, massage the powder on (it forms a wet-ish mask), wait a minute, and rinse. Ok, this process probably takes  two whole minutes, counting getting your face wet first and then washing this product off ... but still. That's, like, a facial that takes less time than a commercial break! 

5. Repeat after me: Eye cream takes 10 seconds to apply. Even the laziest of lazy girls can get up the energy to dab on a little eye cream at night (and/or in the morning!). It's probably the biggest bang for your beauty buck, because the skin around your eyes is so delicate, and responds well to good products. Right now I'm loving Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. So creamy and luxurious! ($28.50 at

What are your lazy girl skincare tips?

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