Plus: Our editor shares how (and why) she finally reformed her habits.

By Heather Muir Maffei
June 23, 2016

As a beauty editor, you might assume that I take my beauty routine very seriously. To some extent, you’re right. I have a lengthy morning skincare routine, I slather my hair in masks in the shower, and my daily makeup regimen consists of more steps than anyone’s should (I think it’s fun!). But despite all of this, there is still one essential skincare task I often skip. Brace yourself, folks: There are many nights when I don’t wash my face.

I know skipping this basic step is wrong. I’ve been told by countless dermatologists and estheticians that not properly removing your makeup and cleansing your skin can lead to premature aging, breakouts, clogged pores, to name a few. In an attempt to reverse my bad beauty editor behavior, I started using makeup removing face wipes. Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes ($8, amazon.com) are my favorite. They remove loads of eyeliner and mascara, yet they don’t leave a greasy residue. I continued to use face wipes nightly, despite hearing they weren’t a replacement for washing because they tend to smear dirt and oil rather than remove it. Then, the following things happened that changed my mindset:

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