Cleansing at times can seem like a chore, it needn’t be one, especially when you have beautiful products to use, but we all have those nights when we REALLY can’t be bothered. Whether it’s because you’ve been on a night out, come back a tad worse for wear and have a full face of make-up or got home from work exhausted and just want to collapse on the sofa, the kids have been driving you mad and you just don’t have the energy … I urge you, do this little ‘chore’ first, you will feel so much better and your skin will thank you! One of the most ageing things you can do to your skin, especially around the eyes is leave make-up on overnight – who wants to encourage eye wrinkles? Hell no!
Don’t just take my word for it though… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2380419/What-sleeping-make-does-skin-Our-shocking-experiment-exposes-happens.html
In these situations I think a wipe or Micellar water is vaguely acceptable, although your skin won’t be properly clean, at least the surface grime is removed, though, to be honest, it really doesn’t take that much longer to quickly massage on some balm and wash off with a hot flannel. Cleanser is the most important beauty product you are ever going to own, there is no point in applying that expensive night cream onto skin that hasn’t been properly cleansed.
If you can, try and carve yourself out 5-10 minutes of “me time” and have a yourself a cleansing ritual each night, it doesn’t have to be right before bed, in fact the earlier you do it the better, have a proper cleanse, tone, and apply your serums and creams and they then have longer to do their work.
And as for the how to cleanse (properly) the wonderful Caroline Hirons (skincare guru) has written a cheat sheet, which can be found at: http://www.carolinehirons.com/2011/07/cleansing-cheat-sheet.html I highly recommend you have a read! I will write a post shortly on what I do and my favourite products but am trying to keep this one to a reasonable length!