My Pre & Post Party Skincare Guide
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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). And regardless of whether it’s party season, I try to stick to these skincare rules.
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.