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    30 Lazy Ways To Improve Your Skin

    Some of these you can actually do from your bed — AND you still get clear skin?! We are truly blessed.

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    1. Heal breakouts FAST by simply slapping on an acne patch. They're gentler than acne cream, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you.

    Promising review: "I don’t write a lot of reviews, but I’m just in awe of this product. What are these magical stickers?! After washing my face last night, I put a patch on a new, under-the-skin pimple from hell, and when I woke up this morning all of the pus had been pulled out. My pimple is flush and feels so much better. It’s all but gone." —Matt F.

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.50.

    2. Remove cosmetics the easiest way known to mankind — with a makeup erasing towel. All you do is add some water and it takes off even a full face of heavy makeup, dirt, and oil in minutes. You can do this from your bed for all I care!

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    Plus its super soft material helps avoid breakouts! Check out how BuzzFeeders tested out a makeup removing towel for themselves!

    Promising review: "These makeup remover towels are amazing! I wasn't sure because all you do is wet the towel and wipe your makeup off. These are plush like, soft, and gentle on your face. They just feel so magical, because they remove all of your makeup with just water. These are perfect for me after working a 12 hour shift, instead of accidentally falling asleep in my makeup because I'm so tired. This takes so little time and does a great job." —Meggy

    Get a makeup-removing towel from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    3. Double the benefits of your sheet mask while still contributing zero effort. After using the mask for five minutes, lift it to add some serum. The two will work together to give you that "why yes I DID just leave the spa" radiance.

    Check out even more from The Beauty Department for how to amp up your sheet mask!

    This popular K-beauty mask set ($11.99 on Amazon) has over 1,800 five-star reviews)! It comes with *16* face masks to address every single finicky issue you may run into. You're covered no matter what: the different types are olive, bamboo, milk, bee venom, acerola, red ginseng, strawberry, apricot, wine, cherry blossoms, pomegranate, honey grapefruit, rose, grape, acai berry, and aqua. All contain vitamin E and collagen for a brightening and smoothing effect each and every time.

    Need a serum? This highly-rated — we're talking 7,138 five-star reviews — vitamin C serum ($19.99 on Amazon) is packed with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to improve clarity and brighten skin. It promotes collagen production, while the vitamin C synergistically blends with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E targets fine lines, firmness, dark spots, and most importantly, ACNE.

    4. Fade acne scars and uneven skin tones without a complicated routine by using Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads. It's essentially a one-step solution to gently exfoliating your way to an even skin tone, thanks to their formula of exfoliating 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a light moisturizer.,

    FYI, the witch hazel is there to soothe and tone your skin (to balance out the other exfoliating properties). And if you're a skincare obsessive like me, I don't have to tell you how great a deal $10 is for glycolic acid. Bless.

    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" —Mitzy McMillion

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $6.89.

    5. ~Sleep~ on dry and uneven skin by applying some Alba Botanica night cream before bed. It'll pick up the night shift so you don't have to by fighting discolored pigmentation and deeply moisturizing so you wake up with a bright, supple complexion.

    Its ingredients like aloe, seaweed, and mango plump skin and drastically reduce dark spots and discoloration. Plus it's 100% vegetarian and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I was looking for a night cream to help moisturize my skin during the dry winter months. This cream exceeded my expectations. Although some other reviews mentioned a strong smell, I think the smell is clean and refreshing. I have pretty sensitive skin and am prone to breakouts and unlike most creams I've tried, there was no adjustment period for my skin to adjust to this one. No irritation, no breakouts, and most important, I have smooth, silky, hydrated skin every morning! Will definitely purchase this again." —Amy Greene

    Get it from Amazon for $10.92.

    6. Remove excess oil and detoxify your pores by toning. Don't worry, this Milk Makeup matcha toner comes in a stick so your skin is balanced in one, two, swipe. Fancy-feeling skin care has never been easier, bless.

    Its formula is packed with matcha green tea to detoxify and purify pores, while ingredients like kombucha and witch hazel help eliminate the appearance of pores and absorb excess oil. Plus cactus elixir calms and hydrates skin (fancy). It's best for sensitive and oily skin (and it's cruelty-free)!

    Promising review: "I really love this for a dewy glow primer. Follow the directions as it says: rub in extra. You just need one swipe over each area of the face! I’ve been using this for about a month and have noticed my pores are smaller and smoother, and my dark acne spots are faded! It is also great to use as a quick nighttime toner." —MrsBsquared

    Get it from Sephora for $26.

    7. Cleanse your skin post-workout (or if it's just hot AF outside) to avoid body acne if the shower is so far away, like, from your couch. A few swipes with Goodwipes hygiene wipes will kill sweat-caused bacteria before it has time to make an unwelcome appearance.

    I will NOT be punished for following through on my annual workout. I did a pushup I don't deserve to break out. These soothing wipes feature tea tree oil and peppermint to help you feel refreshed even when you, well, weren't a couple minutes ago. Plus they're alcohol-free and hypoallergenic so they're great for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I used these wipes during training and they are amazing! I would order them again — they don't dry out and they are truly meant for the body." —Candis

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. Vacuum out clogged pores and tough breakouts with a ridiculously-popular Aztec Secret clay mask. A little of this and apple vinegar has conquered thousands of breakouts so there's a good chance that this + an hour of watching TV = an easy solution for you.

    Want more proof? Read our full guide!

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. As many others have said, I previously tried absolutely everything on the market to cure my acne. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product I figured I would give it a try, again, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong and dangerous medicine to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider." —Heather E.

    Get them from Amazon: Aztec Healing Clay for $10.95 and apple cider vinegar for $10.01.

    9. Calm broken-out skin from top to the bottom with nothing more than a bar of Shea Moisture African black soap. Its powerful (yet gentle) ingredients like aloe, vitamin E, shea butter, and plantain extract tell pimples to clear out so you don't have to do the hard work.

    It's great for both face and body — and organic and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "So this soap is absolutely incredible. I'll just start with that. I have used so many OTC scrubs, deep pore cleansers, pore refiners, moisturizers, skin care systems, and to no avail. I still suffered from acne. I'm in my late 20's, I've suffered with pretty moderate acne for a good chunk of my life and have never found anything that worked. Until now. After the first use, I could tell my face was smoother, after a few days, I could tell my existing acne was healing and I wasn't getting any new ones. After a week, my skin was clear. After two weeks my face completely smooth, no new breakouts, and I am happier than ever. Not only is my skin clear, by my confidence is boosted. I work in sales so I am face-to-face with people all day, and I finally feel like for the first time in my life, people aren't just staring at my breakouts. I will recommend this soap to anyone that can relate. This soap is AWESOME!" —Danna Cammarata

    Get it from Amazon for $3.56.

    10. Identify your zit so you know how to properly treat it, because going through the effort to get rid of your face's guest without actual success is just the worst. You deserve to have it GONE.

    Check out more from Birchbox for your full guide to identifying acne! Need suggestions? We've got your ~covered~:

    Salicylic-acid-based products are best for inflammatory and comedonal acne (aka whiteheads, blackheads, and red bumps). Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($29 on Birchbox) unclogs pores and removes dead skin cells to both get to the root of pimples and leave you with a brighter complexion. Tl;dr: gently exfoliating with salicylic acid easily brings breakouts to a head.

    Zinc-and-sulfur-based products work well for treating cystic or nodule acne (aka deep infections that don't come to a head). Malin and Goetz nighttime acne treatment ($22 on Birchbox) works overnight to help minimize pimples and calm oily skin — both factors that those of us with hormonal acne are all too familiar with.

    11. Address more than one skin concern with one product to make things unbeatably easy for yourself. Tea tree oil is a super-cheap solution to so many issues: rosacea, acne, scarring, and razor bumps — just to name a few!

    Promising review: "This is a great product! I've been being using this the past two weeks to reduce acne and it really works! You can see the change from one day to another: it reduces the color and the bumpiness of your acne. At night I apply it directly to each one of the breakouts. It not only helps with the acne you have, but also helps preventing any more breakouts." —Cliente de Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59 (available in four sizes).

    12. Fight oily T-zones even before step one of your makeup routine with some The Body Shop tea tree mattifying lotion. Its gentle formula leaves oily skin feeling soft and controls shine all darn day so you can kiss the annoying efforts of blotting and reapplying powder goodbye.


    Plus it's vegan, non-greasy (SO important for oily skin), and won't clog pores! Tl;dr: this is a shiny-skin holy grail.

    Promising review: "I'm not shiny after five hours of hiking in New Hampshire (very humid there)! This stuff is AMAZING! My face was always very shiny, even when I used a different mattifying moisturizer. I live in an area where the humidity is very high and my face never gets shiny with this stuff. Highly recommend!!" —Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50.

    13. Make acne scars fade faster by ensuring you protect your skin from the sun (the UV rays tend to darken scars) with a Neutrogena ultra-sheer sunscreen stick. It's s-u-p-e-r easy to apply (like putting on deodorant), is non-greasy so you won't break out, and has SPF ~70~ so good luck to you, sun.

    Promising review: "I am a pale girl from Michigan. I hate sunblock but without it I absolutely fry in the sun. I got this after seeing some reviews that it was really helpful and not gross feeling. I second those remarks. This stuff goes on like a dream and protects even better. I spent the day in Florida in 91 degree heat and left the park with ZERO sunburn. I applied this three times from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is so great. Just get it." —Sereph

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69 (available in two styles).

    14. Tackle hard-to-reach body acne with just a few spritzes of Klavuu tea tree body spray. It's formulated with tea tree oil and salicylic acid to easily fight breakouts on your chest, back, or any other area that you want to clear up with minimal effort.

    It also features pearl and algae extracts to brighten skin and soothe irritation.

    Promising review: "I have oily skin and have struggled with body blemishes for years. I’ve been using this for a week and already noticed a huge difference. I will buy this and again and recommend it." —Danny I.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $14.49.

    15. Take little (and very manageable, I promise) steps to avoid too much contact with acne-causing bacteria. Even disinfecting your phone with cleansing cloths can prevent your next surprise visitor from appearing. Phone screens = so many gross germs.

    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Check out even more for BuzzFeed's Seven-Day Better Skin Challenge!

    These screen cleansing cloths ($12.98+ from Amazon) disinfect your phone, tablet, screen, and camera lens from icky germs and bacteria all while keeping your screens streak-free!

    16. Deep cleanse AND exfoliate your entire face in only ~60 seconds~ thanks to the FOREO LUNA Mini 2. It gently vibrates (you can pick from eight speeds) so even those of us who wear a full face of makeup are squeaky clean and in our jammies after just a minute.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    This BuzzFeed editor (above!) is a trusty member of the Hella Sensitive Skin Club and she LOVES it! Check out her full review! By the way, this pulsing miracle worker is made up of nonporous silicone and bendable touchpoints to deter bacteria buildup and thoroughly exfoliate without irritating your skin. It even lights up and buzzes so you know when to move it to the next part of your face! AND it's totally waterproof so feel free to take this bad boy in the shower (that came out wrong).

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and when I exfoliate too vigorously my skin gets dry patches. I've been using this regularly for the past four months and I can honestly say, my skin has never looked better. I use both sides for a total of two minutes with a mild cleanser. I've only charged this device once and I'll moderate the intensity as needed. Overall, I love this device and am so happy that I bought it." —Charles and Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $139 (available in six colors).

    17. Stop pimples in their tracks before you have time to pick at them (ah scabbing) by dabbing on some drying lotion. Just a drop overnight can kill 👏 that 👏 zit and all you had to do was sleep.

    Promising review: "After I stopped nursing my daughter I started breaking out and it was just getting worse as the months went on. I noticed that I was not only getting annoying red spots, and white heads but I was also getting cystic, painful acne in other places too. I wasn't eating any different or unhealthy so I decided to look for a different topical treatment as I was already using a benzoyl peroxide product. I stumbled across this with great reviews and at a great price I decided to try it and it was the best decision! I have engagement photos tomorrow and I can say for the first time in about two years I am completely break-out free! This product is so easy to use and is great for overnight use — by the time I wake up in the morning the product has disappeared on my face along with my acne. The first night I used it my breakouts were either completely gone or half the size! Now a week later I have woken up with no breakouts and I am ecstatic!" —Megan S.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.75.

    18. Speaking of — STOP PICKING! If you're saying "impossible!" then keep your hands busy with a fidget toy so you can train your fingers to leave your pores alone without actually trying.

    Check out how a BuzzFeeder managed not to touch her face for TWO WEEKS!

    This fidget toy ($11.95 on Amazon) has six sides for you to click, roll, spin, flip, glide, and breathe so your fingers always feel busy and actually stimulated!

    19. Reap the skin-boosting benefits of masking in just ten seconds — literally! Skinfood's water splash mask gives you a speedy and effective facial right in the shower by combining black sugar and PHA to remove dead skin cells and restore your complexion's pH balance. Just, you know, motivate yourself to get INTO the shower. I believe in you!

    Promising review: "I love this!! Skin looks bright and feels smooth. I use it every other day. I love splash masks but never actually splash them on. I fill the inner part of the cap and pat directly on my damp skin. I leave it on while I brush my teeth and style my hair then I rinse it off." —Tt

    Get it from Ulta for $26 or a travel-sized option for $5.

    20. Brighten your skin like never before (I am not kidding) in one easy step with some Dr. G peeling gel. It gently exfoliates away dead skin so your skin is left positively glowing. It's even great for clearing up breakouts — all in one product! Color me impressed.

    Check out more for how several BuzzFeeders now swear by this!

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    21. Don't get mad at me — but you can't pop your zit. I KNOW. So satisfying. But it leaves scars that last for weeks! Instead, gently bring out the whitehead by holding down a warm washcloth while binging GoT. In a few minutes you'll be able to slide the whitehead off with the cloth. No energy. No scabbing.

    If it doesn't work the first time, just repeat holding down the warm washcloth a few more times. As long as it's not a cystic pimple, this will work! Besides, what are you doing today? You'll be on that couch all day. And don't forget to treat it after with some topical acne cream ($4.97 on Amazon) so the bacteria doesn't spread!

    Check out even more from The Beauty Department for how to get rid of whiteheads without scarring!

    22. Streamline your routine and win the best of both worlds in a single jar of Body Merry retinol moisturizer. You get powerful hydration (hello green tea, vitamin E, and shea butter) plus a natural glow courtesy of 2.5% retinol. And, of course, you get in bed faster, so WIN.

    ANDDDD it's cruelty-free and all-natural!

    Promising review: "This moisturizer is amazing! I was previously using retinol that my dermatologist prescribed along with face moisturizer but this stuff takes the cake! I've been using it morning and night for two weeks now and I can't imagine going back to anything else! It feels creamy and rich but does not clog my pores, hasn't caused any acne, and does not leave my face oily. I have sensitive skin so switching products or using rich moisturizers usually causes breakouts or irritation, but this doesn't do any of that. I highly recommend!" —summer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    23. Upgrade your routine without any actual work by implementing inexpensive face oils. They come in six formulas for different goals (i.e. Moroccan argan oil to improve skin tone and Marula oil reduce redness and chapped skin) and are super easy to apply thanks to their helpful pumps. They basically do all the work of an inexpensive facial, but you thankfully don't leave the house.

    Promising review: "I've tried many expensive moisturizers, oils, and serums, and none compare to this product. I was initially worried that because it's an oil, my face might break out (as it does with olive or coconut oil — yes, I've tried everything!), but it's actually done the opposite. My skin's never been so clear or soft. I have combination skin, and thought it might leave the oilier spots too oily, but it's effectively saturated the dry and oilier spots evenly, making my whole face soft and blemish free." —Amy

    Get them from Amazon for $7.73+ each (available in six formulas).

    24. Kick dehydrated, chapped skin's butt without *drying* out your bank account or your energy by lathering on Cerave moisturizing cream. It's so thick yet effective that it's earned the National Eczema Seal of Acceptance, so even if you flake on the rest of your routine you're good to go.

    Seriously, I did Accutane for six months (an acne medicine that closes your oil glands and makes your skin d r y) and was what I can only describe as a flake monster — this was the only thing that fully moisturized my face! All in one step!

    Promising review: "I developed a dry, patchy area on the side of my mouth, but figured it was dry skin due to winter. After a week it spread to my chin and other side of my mouth. I thought it would go away on its own but then three weeks passed. I tried moisturizers and coconut oil but nothing worked! I was frustrated and embarrassed by this patchy, scaley skin on my face! As a last ditch effort I tried Cerave and it worked! It was much better after two days! Its now a month later and its still gone!" —Kathleen

    Get it from Amazon for $15.06.

    25. Remove your makeup even after a late night by keeping a pack of makeup removing wipes by your pillow. Steps: lay down, wipe, go to sleep. And don't let the bed bugs bite.

    Lauren Zaser / Via BuzzFeed Life

    Check out even more in BuzzFeed's Seven-Day Better Skin Challenge!

    These Yes To makeup wipes ($6.55+ on Amazon for a two-pack) even have beneficial ingredients based on skin concern so you're improving your complexion while being lazy AF. Go with the cucumber formula to soothe skin, the tomato formula to clean and remove excess oil, or the primrose oil to moisturize sensitive skin (plus there are even more to choose from)!

    26. Get professional results straight from your bathroom (as if we'd be outside our house anyway) with Dr. Dennis Gross daily peels. These little pads pack a big punch — they're a safe at-home version of pro peels (a technique to get bright, clear skin) that require just a few flicks of the wrist.

    Yes, they're pricey but they tackle everything: uneven skin tones, enlarged pores, fine lines, break outs, you name it. They gently exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin for a brighter complexion and then balance your skin tone to improve texture and keep your skin smooth. Tl;dr: VERY WORTH IT. Did I mention they're cruelty-free?

    Promising review: "I don't typically write reviews when I buy products as I often find others have already shared opinions similar to mine, but I must say that these little guys are so fantastic that I just have to spread the news! After only one use, my skin's texture and coloration improved, after two, the appearance of my pores diminished, and after three, pores are appearing both softer and significantly smaller. I was not expecting to see much improvement from such a simple, quick and easy to use product, but am honestly elated at the progress my skin has made since using it!" —myards

    Get a 30-pack from Sephora for $88+ (available in two sizes).

    27. Break up makeup and oil with an easy-to-use Daily Skin oil cleansing stick. Ingredients like mango seed butter, conditioning argan oil, and sunflower oil freshen your complexion on-the-go with the same energy it takes to put on lip balm.

    Or you can mix it with water to turn it into a milky cleanser at home!

    Get it from Free People for $16.

    28. Feed your skin ultra-healthy superfoods (you know, all that kale we swore we'd eat one day) with a Youth To The People Superfood Mask. Described as your skin's "reset button," it helps balance and restore even finicky complexions. Yes, you can lay in bed and eat ice cream while wearing this.,

    Super, super healthy ingredients like spirulina and bioactive microalgae, combined with a superfood blend (kale, spinach, green tea, etc), deliver skin-clearing antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals to get you looking fresher than ever before. And it's vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have been using this mask for about two weeks now and using it three days a week. I love the natural ingredients as I try to avoid the harsh chemicals that are in so many products. My skin feels so smooth after I wash this off. I leave this mask on for about 40 minutes to really feel like it is clearing my skin. I do it mostly in the morning before I put on my makeup." — LTMorgan93

    Get it from Free People or Norstrom for $44.

    29. Treat and prevent back, chest, or shoulder breakouts without working yourself into a ~lather~. This Neutrogena body wash uses salicylic acid, vitamin C, and grapefruit to say adieu to acne and smells FANTASTIC (hello, citrus) so you can use it as a one-and-done product in the shower.

    Promising review: "This is the ONLY body wash I have ever used, and I have been using it for the past 10 years. I am obsessed with it! I used to break out ALL the time (in my twenties) on my chest, which is super embarrassing, especially in the summer. I started using this and my body cleared up within the week. I literally never break out anywhere on my body anymore. I seriously think this is a miracle in a bottle! I don't know what I would do without it." —Janelle h.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89.

    30. Using more than one product? AMAZING. Just layer them correctly so your hard work pays off! For example, applying SPF last is SUPER important otherwise it can't protect you fully from the sun.

    Get all the info at Birchbox.

    Your skin to you when you start to fall asleep with makeup on:


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