Bedtime Beauty Routines

Do you really have to wash your face every night?  Is there a magic trick to removing stubborn eyeliner? Makeup mavens Sonia Kashuk, Jemma Kidd and Petra Strand answered these beauty blunders and more when they revealed their nighttime regimens. Read on and get ready for some beauty sleep.

We sometimes forget (or are too lazy). Do you always wash off your makeup before bed?

Jemma Kidd: Yes! If you’re really in a bind—due to traveling, last minute product shortage or absolute exhaustion—you can use makeup remover toilettes, but remember to thoroughly clean skin in the morning.

Petra Strand: Always. If I don’t have any remover handy, I put olive oil on my face and remove makeup with baby wipes—it works super well! It only takes one minute, so no excuses.

Sonia Kashuk: Absolutely 100%. I actually can’t sleep if I don’t have a clean face.

What are your favorite nighttime beauty products?

JK: I start with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and then slather on a good facial moisturizer.  You wake up with baby soft skin that is perfectly radiant.

PS: I use a warm washcloth and massage my face in circular movements to exfoliate with She Uemura cleansing oil for dry skin. Then I splash my face with cold water and apply Pixi’s Timeless Treat Serum, which gently exfoliates as I sleep. Once that has sunk in, I apply a long lasting moisture cream.

SK: A heavy-duty moisturizer and lip balm—my skin and lips are incredibly dry and keeping them hydrated at all times is essential.

What is your overall bedtime beauty routine?

SK: I keep it simple and cover the basics; remove, cleanse, and moisturize. When I’m tired it’s got to be fast, it’s got to be clean and I got to go to bed!

Do you have any at-home remedies or bedtime beauty fixes?

JK: A great alternative to alcohol-based toner is a light spritz of flower water, such as rose water—this gives a fresh finish without the unpleasant tightness or drying effect.

PS: Mix salt and olive oil together for a shower scrub at night and wake up with super silky skin.

How do you remove stubborn makeup?

JK: For really tough eyeliner or mascara, use a Q-tip dipped in oil-based cleanser to remove the product from the roots of the lashes. If you run out of oil cleanser, olive oil works well.

PS: Waterproof makeup remover is a must.

SK: My Eye Makeup Remover is a godsend for wiping away the most stubborn of eye makeup quickly and gently—plus it’s safe for contact lens wearers.

What is one no-fail tip to wake up with glowing skin?

JK: Make sure your skin is spotless before applying moisturizer or make-up, otherwise pores will become blocked and lead to breakouts.

PS: Use a good serum with AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids).

SK: Drink a lot of water during the day, use a moisturizer or a nighttime serum, and get at least 8 hours of sleep.

What should every girl do before bed?

PS: Drink water, kiss your significant other good night and think happy thoughts!

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