I’m not going to preach to you about the effects of cumulative late nights, fuelled by indulgent dinners and free-flowing drinks on your skin. I know that you already know. Have fun and try some of these tricks to bounce back the next day (even if you suffer from a double-whammy food and alcohol hangover).
The Night Of
1 No matter how late it is, I take my makeup off the minute I get home. If I can’t face my usual double-cleanse, I grab Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Clothes and rub everything off before falling into bed. I keep them on my bedside table so I have zero excuse no to use them.
2 To remove heavy eye makeup without over-rubbing the delicate eye area, Simple Kind to Skin Dual Effect Eye Make Up Remover gets the job done in one or two swipes.
3 Alcohol dehydrates skin (because it’s a diuretic) – to prevent looking excessively parched, I layer a humectant serum like NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex to act as a moisture magnet under La Mer The Moisturizing Cream which creates a barrier to slow down the evaporation of water. Together they maintain hydration and give the skin a chance to regain a sense of balance.
4 Drinking a lot of alcohol also expands blood vessels, which causes extra fluid to spill around the very fragile tissue around your eyes. I sleep on an extra pillow to help drain some of the fluid. And I dab on Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye to minimise inflammation and repair skin.
5 Skin on lips produces less oil than skin on your face. To keep my lips soft, plump and smooth I swear by Lucas PaPaw Ointment – the papaya extract sloughs of flaky skin gently, whilst the pharmaceutical grade petroleum wax relieves chapping.
The Morning After
1 The first thing I do when I wake up is drink two giant glasses of water. It’s about hydrating my whole system before touching tea or coffee. For added cleansing I add a tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar into the water.
2 To decrease puffiness around my eyes, nothing works like a bit of cold therapy. I take a pack of peas out of my freezer and place it over my under eye area for a few minutes. Or for a more sophisticated approach I love Bakel Blossom Ice, which boosts skin oxygenation and de-puffs.
3 Stronger eye makeup can sometimes leave some residue in the eyes, even if you’re meticulous with your removal. This can make eyes feel a bit sticky and bloodshot when you wake up. To clean my eyes I use Bebisol Serum Physiologique – they instantly make my eyes look bright and refreshed.
4 Really massage in your morning cleanser to increase blood flow, bringing oxygen to the skin and clearing carbon dioxide – it will also bring colour to your face and relax facial muscles. For partied out faces I like Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser.
5 Estée Lauder Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask is my morning after must. It plumps out any little lines thanks to its water binding ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, leaving me looking refreshed, glowy and not like I have spent the night partying.