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Cold Comfort

About once every week in the winter—or twice, if I'm particularly lax—I go to bed without washing my face. Here's why: By 11 or 12 at night, my apartment's antique heating system sputters to a halt, the bathroom floor tiles drop to bone-chilling temperatures, and the tap water goes only tepid at best. To justify my laziness, I've built up a logic that I actually half-believe: By denying my skin the various products languishing in the cabinet, I'm sort of... toughening it up. So that on the days it does get the de-wrinkling/moisturizing/anti-whatever creams, it will be really, really grateful, and reward me by being exceptionally good-looking and glowy.

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