The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Good Skin
Cleanse, tone… Bored now. You don’t need to spend hours cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturising and masque-ing to have excellent skin. Okay, a little pampering once in a while doesn’t hurt, but if you’re more of a beauty minimalist (reading between the lines, you’re a little lazy), just follow our simple three-step guide to better skin. Keep scrolling to cheat your way to a better complexion, fast.
You might not be able to beat a good old-fashioned three-step skincare regime, but if you’re only going to give your skin one shot, treat your pores to a thorough daily cleanse. Opt for a treatment cleanser that will banish all traces of daily dirt and grime while also nourishing and hydrating your complexion. We love Eve Lom’s cult classic Cleanser (£55) and Liz Earle’s much-beloved Cleanse & Polish (£16) for their skin-boosting superpowers.
Dr. Mervyn Patterson, cosmetic dermatologist at Woodford Medical, says: “If you only have time to cleanse once, cleansing properly at night is incredibly important so as to remove the day's build-up of dirt and bacteria.”
This is the most important point. If you’re really lazy, you can stop after this one.
You can buy the most expensive anti-ageing products on the market, but if you’re not protecting your skin from the sun, you’re being counter-productive. Lazy girls with good skin know that SPF is king. Get to know your product terminology, too. Current national standards only call for UVB SPF ratings, since these are the rays that cause burning. It’s the UVA rays that cause premature ageing, however, so choosing a product with a high-level UVA filter will really protect your skin.
“Up to 80% of skin ageing is caused by exposure to sunlight, with UVA playing an important role in ageing. So get used to incorporating a broad spectrum, daily sunscreen into your facial skincare regime,” says Dr. Emma Wedgeworth, consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson.
We’d recommend Ultrasun, who offer a super-sensitive broad spectrum range, including a UVA filter that protects at over 90%. That’s good.
What could be easier, lazy girls, than chugging an extra glass of water or two a day? Your body needs plenty of water to function properly—and that includes your skin, which is 64% water. Locking in moisture from the top down is important too, so apply your moisturiser straight after cleansing to slightly damp skin, if possible. Dehydration will only emphasise fine lines.
Good skin isn’t all about doing the right things. It’s about doing less of the wrong ones, too. Dr. Benji Dhillon, aesthetic surgeon, told us: “Striving for good skin does not have to be complex or expensive. I like to think of it as a stop and start guide.
Stop the following: using thick moisturising creams that can block pores first thing in the morning, using oils on your skin despite how "natural" they are as they can also block pores, and going to sleep with makeup on.
“Start using just a serum and sun protection (despite how cloudy it is) in the morning instead of moisturising creams. Start washing your makeup brushes more often (they can block pores and introduce bacteria); start washing your face before bed and finally, drink more water.” Dr. Dhillon recommends SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic (£129) or Phloretin CF (£150) serums.