Cucumber Water Stick, $42 at ILIA
Say goodbye to cotton pads and balls when using this convenient stick toner. The water-based product is like a refreshing face mist but in solid form thanks to soothing ingredients like aloe, chicory root and cucumber. It hydrates skin and creates a great canvas for makeup. The cooling formula can also be applied to the body.
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.
Noni Glow Face Balm, $38 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.
Elements on the Move Cleansing Stick, $18 at H2O+ Beauty
Makeup wipes are great for when we're on the go, but there are times when we need a more thorough cleanse. Enter cleansing sticks. This one froths up when applied to wet skin without having to be massaged in with fingers. It's especially good for dry skin because it contains pearl extract and coconut oil to nourish and revitalize complexions. Keep a stick handy in gym bags, suitcases and even purses.
Watermelon Brightening Serum, $36 at Milk Makeup
Milk Makeup's product range is filled with stick applicators. The latest addition is 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.
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.
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.
Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Balm Stick, $28 at Ulta Beauty
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.
Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick, $18.50 at Sephora
Even on days you can barely keep your eyes open, you can still use this eye makeup remover stick because it requires next-to-no effort to apply. Glide the stick on the eye area, then gently massage in the balm formula. The product is ophthalmologist tested and powerful enough that it will dissolve long-wearing makeup formulas. Simply rinse with warm water and makeup will wash away without any greasy residue.
White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick, $24 at Soko Glam
An oil in stick form? Yup, it exists. 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.
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.
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