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Putting on makeup is one of the funnest ways to spend a day. Choosing different colours, testing out new application techniques, experimenting with new products – it’s simply a dream. Taking off said makeup, on the other hand? A total nightmare. It’s sometimes almost too tempting to sneak into bed without first getting on with cleaning your face. But even the biggest skincare newbie knows this is basically a cardinal sin.

So how can you get your face clean when you really don’t feel up to the task? Well, as a fully fledges lazy person, I’ve come up with a few failsafe methods. Here is my edit of the fastest and most un-annoying ways to clean your face.

My first tip, particularly for those who indulge in a full face of makeup, is a balm cleanser. There’s nothing like something thick and oily to cut through products and break down long-wearing makeup. I prefer balms to oils simply because they’re less dribbly and messy, FYI. A failsafe for me is the Sarah Chapman Ultimate Cleanse. One pump will get everything melted, then use a hot flannel to wipe away. If you’re balling on a budget, the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm is remarkably similar, but without the handy packaging.

For those who tend to go for minimal makeup day to day, I think you can go straight in with a foaming cleanser to wash your face. I’m a huge fan of the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser, which helps unclog pores and smooth texture, but still feels really gentle and non-irritating.

Sometimes, though, even reaching for a product is too much to handle. In that case, you can utilize the technological advancement of microfibre to grip onto grime and whisk it away from your beautiful skin. Take My Face Off is an excellent brand specializing in such products. Their Makeup Mitty and Mitty Mini are both little pouches you stuff your fingers in, then run under hot water to clean off your face. And for bold lipstick lovers, the red-toned Mitty Pout will save you a lifetime of stained washcloth woes.

A similar product, but one I prefer to use alongside a cleanser are the Croon Cleansing Pads. These are little micro fibre disks which help make your cleaner of choice go further. For a more invigorating clean, the Croon Exfoliating Pads are also excellent. I tend to use these more in the morning on a clean face, as they’re a little scratchy for around the eyes.

And if you can’t resist a typical washcloth look, the Primark Microbfibre Cloths are for you. I’ve spoken about these ad nauseum – both in writing, and to everyone I know. If you’re curious as to whether a cloth can really remove makeup, look no further.

Finally, let’s talk about those nights when you simply cannot get to a sink. We all know a “proper” wash is the best method – but sometimes, that just isn’t feasible. For those times, wiping your makeup off is far preferable to not taking any action at all. Go for either a micellar water (the SVR Physiopure Micellar Water is my go-to) on a cotton pad, or some micellar based wipes (Garnier Micellar Extra Gentle Cleansing Wipes are incredibly effective) – and don’t beat yourself up.

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