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How To Shorten Your Nighttime Skincare Routine To 10 Minutes

Sometimes, you just need to make shortcuts when the bed calls.

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You’ve probably told yourself you'd stick to that 10-step skincare routine, but let’s face it: Sometimes, it just takes away precious time that could otherwise be spent sleeping. To shorten your nightly beauty regimen, follow these steps:

1. Keep your skincare items organized.

You save time when you’re reaching for tubes or bottles from one place, so ditch the habit of going from your vanity to your shower then to your sink for beauty products. This is especially helpful on nights you can barely keep your eyes open.

2. Remember that cleansing is a non-negotiable.

Makeup and dirt are two things you don’t want on your skin—and your sheets—come bedtime. So cleanse the skin to help prevent the spread of bacteria, which cause breakouts. Stick to a double-cleansing routine. Simply use micellar water to break down makeup and sebum on your skin, then wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove excess dirt without drying your skin out.

3. Cut down your steps by knowing your other non-negotiables.

A way to determine which steps should stay and which ones should go away is to know your skin type. Do you have dry skin? Perhaps you shouldn’t ditch face oils and moisturizers. Do you have acne-prone skin? Then it’s best to not skip the topical treatment recommended by your dermatologist.

If you aren’t sure what your skin type is, we recommend following the cleanse-tone-moisturize routine. It’s quick, simple, and it covers most skincare concerns.

4. Use multi-tasking products.

Keep your skin concerns under your control despite cutting down your steps by choosing products that do more than just one job. For example, if you’re choosing to just cleanse, tone and moisturize, then you have to invest in toners that help even out your skin tone, or moisturizers that have anti-aging properties.

If you’re looking for a multi-purpose cleanser, try Pond’s White Beauty Brightening Micellar Water. Aside from removing dirt and makeup, it also helps brighten skin.

5. Schedule the face mask sessions on weekends.

Even the exfoliating is best set on weekends, when you have all the time at home to yourself. On weeknights, focus on cleansing and repairing your skin as quickly but as thoroughly as you can. Lest you forget, your skin repairs itself and recovers in your sleep—not just through beauty products—so get as much shut-eye as you can.

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