Skin Care Sticks Are a Lazy Girl’s Dream
It’s ironic that we have bathroom vanities and makeup bags overflowing with products. But, come bedtime, it seems like a monumental effort just to wash our face. Forget about a 10-step regimen using toners, essences, sheet masks and night creams. At the end of a long day, we’re lucky if we have enough energy to properly remove our makeup. Instead of adding more steps to our routines, we need beauty products that require the least amount of effort to apply but get the job done. That’s where skin care products with stick applicators come in.
Most are probably familiar with stick applicators in makeup, but it’s time to get acquainted with solid skin care sticks, which are easy to apply, quick and portable. Simply swipe the applicator around your face, gently pat the product in a few times and that’s pretty much it. It takes about as much effort as applying lip balm and we can do that when we’re half asleep.
Cleansing sticks are one of the most well-known categories, but sunscreen sticks are becoming more popular along with moisturizers and even stick toners. It’s now possible to revamp your entire beauty routine with easy-to-use sticks. It’s a lazy girl’s dream.
Ready to give skin care sticks a try? Here are 10 products to try now.
Beekman 1802 Stick of Butter Pure Goat Milk Solid Moisturizer, $20 at Ulta Beauty
Give your skin a quick hydration boost with this stick. Nutrient-dense and antioxidant-rich botanical oils and butters absorb right away while delivering a smooth, velvety finish. You can even use it to tame eyebrows or as hair wax.
Rodin Olio Lusso Jasmine & Neroli Luxury Face Oil Stick, $80 at Saks
Inspired by the original liquid Jasmine Neroli Luxury Face Oil, this stick boasts 11 nutrient-dense oils plus natural butters. It melts on contact and effortlessly glides for easy application. Use it to highlight your cheekbones, instantly moisturize dry patches and soften your cuticles.
TONYMOLY Panda's Dream So Cool Eye Stick, $12 at Ulta Beauty
There likely isn't a stick applicator cuter than this one, shaped like a tiny panda. Inside the package is a stick eye serum that smooths, hydrates, depuffs and cools eyes. It also minimizes the appearance of fine lines so the panda on the package will be the only one with dark circles. Keep the portable stick handy on long days or when traveling. It's an instant pick-me-up.
Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Balm, $22 at Kora Organics
Want to have the glowing skin of someone who just had a facial? Apply this moisture balm and it hydrates and brings out skin's natural radiance. It was developed by Miranda Kerr as a travel-friendly moisturizer. Follow her lead and apply it after makeup for a dewy finish. It's suitable for all skin types and has been energized with rose quartz crystal to promote love and acceptance.
Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum, $36 at Milk Makeup
Milk Makeup's product range is filled with stick applicators, like this brightening serum. Watermelon fruit extract provides an intense boost of hydration, while Swiss garden cress sprout extract works to reduce the appearance of dark spots. The vegan stick is suitable for all skin types so everyone can take advantage of the easy-to-apply, no-waste formula.
E.L.F. Cosmetics Pore Toner Balm, $8 at E.L.F. Cosmetics
This solid toner may make you forget about your go-to liquid formula thanks to its refreshing feel and boost of hydration. It's formulated with skin-nourishing ingredients like witch hazel and green tea extract. Don't worry, it won't clog pores.
Supergoop! Glow Stick Sunscreen SPF 50, $25 at Sephora
Those who hate applying sunscreen will actually want to use this Supergoop! sunscreen stick. After applying moisturizer, gently glide the stick over your face, shoulders and chest. In addition to providing broad spectrum SPF 50 UV protection, the formula hydrates skin and makes it look healthier thanks to a blend of fatty acids. The stick has a unique dry oil texture so it doesn't leave behind a whitish cast or greasy residue.
Tarte Frxxxtion Stick 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, $22 at Tarte
Sorry, the excuse about being too tired to wash your face won't work with this multitasking cleanser because it does all the work. The hypoallergenic, vegan stick has an exfoliating gel that helps buff away dead skin cells. The formula also helps reduce the appearance of excess oil and purify pores. On days you're not completely knackered, use the gel as a treatment mask by letting it sit on skin for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
Julep Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Balm Stick, $14 at Amazon
This is one beauty product that won't leak in your bag. The sleek, travel-friendly stick rivals any liquid cleanser. It gently exfoliates to remove impurities, dirt and excess oil, but won't strip or irritate skin. Apply the stick directly to your face. Or swipe it on hands and apply it like a traditional cleanser.
Neogen Laycure White Truffle Oil Stick, $32.90 at Amazon
The convenient stick has white truffle oil, which hydrates, protects faces from environmental damage and soothes stressed skin. The handy, mess-free stick applicator is enough to turn anyone into an oil fan. It's moisturizing, but doesn't feel greasy. It can be applied before or after makeup.