Actually, all year round party animals who rock hard and need a hand getting your skin’s healthy glow back afterwards – this is for you too.
So behold, from us to you, a compendium of skin care tips that will help you get clear skin back, stat.
A lot of the fun things in life aren’t really that good for us – and after a big night the effects of drinking / smoking / eating non-optimal (but delicious) food + lack of sleep are going to show. You’ll especially need to atone for your skin care sins if you went to bed without washing your face or taking your make-up off. Why? Because there will be a few undesirable things happening when you wake up in the morning that will need fixing, like:
- the excess dirt and oil that have just sat on your face during the night and clogged a few pores
- the extra bacteria on your skin which is likely to cause a pimple breakout (or might have already done so)
- the dull or washed out look your skin is sporting since it wasn’t able to breathe or regenerate properly
What to do if you wake up with raccoon eyes and an unwashed face
First, cleanse your skin with a splash of water and something light and gentle like aloe vera gel. A bit of olive oil on a cotton ball will get rid of eye make-up and mascara.
Your clean skin is now ready for a bit of detox, and a brilliantly simple way to do this is to steam your face. Shall we give a quick introduction to face steaming to illustrate its genius? In a nutshell, face steaming is the quickest way to open your pores and sweat out all the bacteria and ick that’s hiding deep into your skin. It costs virtually nothing, you can do it at home and you’ve got everything you need already.
How to steam your face
- In a kettle heat some filtered water but stop it just before it boils (when you start hearing rumbling it should be about ready)
- Pour the hot water into a bowl – snip a peppermint / chamomile / herbal tea bag in there for extra goodness for your skin
- Place your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel (not too close or the steam will burn, not too far or nothing will happen – you should feel hot but comfortable).
- Stay under the towel for at least 5 mn, 10 would be better.
Come out from under there, and move on to the next step.
And now, a gentle scrub
You’ve got your pores open and you’ve had a bit of a sweat – now is the ideal time to scrub your skin. You’ll get to that deeper grime trapped in your pores when they’re closed and you’ll encourage blood circulation and regeneration of your skin. Ready?
You could use your usual scrub, but we’re going to assume you’ll find this homemade face scrub more fun:
- Pick your exfoliant: brown sugar or quick oats. Got neither? Use yoghurt: the lactic acid will exfoliate your skin even if no grainy mechanical action is taking place.
- Squeeze a dash of lemon juice in to brighten your skin.
- Add a few drops of cold-pressed moisturising oil (dehydrated skin, be gone!): rosehip would be excellent, but if you don’t have any use extra virgin olive oil.
- Mix just before using, and apply gently with pressing and patting movements on your face.
- Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
Go pilfer an avocado from your kitchen and whip up an avocado face mask. Avocados make good skin food: they’re rich in oils that absorb easily, and they contain vitamins and minerals that curb dryness.
You’ll need 1 ripe avocado mushed with a fork at the very least. You can stay that simple, or if you have raw organic honey on hand, add a little bit in: it will give you soft skin like nothing else, and if you have any extra left after smoothing it on your face, you can eat it!
After rinsing the avocado face mask off, you need to make sure your pores are closed. Soak a cotton ball with your usual skin toner and run all across your face, or spray on a rose-based facial mist instead. All you have left to do is now moisturise using the same oil you added to your oat or sugar scrub, or the natural moisturiser of your choice if you feel you need it.
Make an effort to drink water throughout the day to rehydrate yourself and your skin (alcohol would have dried out both).
So there you have it! There’s nothing like some good old home made skin care to get your skin glowing again… Party on!