We’ve all been there: waking up with the sun glaring down on you, searching for your phone, your friends and the willpower to get up and shower the night away. You also realize you can’t remember a time when you actively tried to wipe off all your makeup before bed. Coupled with your alcohol and dessert intake (sure, you over indulged a little, but who hasn’t?) during the holiday season, your skin’s not feeling too fresh.
Don’t worry, we got you. Here are some tips and tricks to get you looking and feeling your best after the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Year’s craze is all behind you.
You’ll need a detox, stat.
Try using face masks that have cleansing and exfoliating properties, especially those with natural ingredients, like coffee. This way, you’ll be brightening and tightening skin, while also refreshing your skin with an invigorating scrub. Clay, charcoal, and salt-based masks are also known to help to minimize pores, scars, and discoloration–so you’ll be able to look as good as you feel while you’re washing away yesterday’s memories.
Take some time for yourself after all the socializing.
This’ll help you wind down and relax after all those late nights out. Try adding aloe vera and essential oils in the bath to soften the skin and to relax the senses through smell. Our favourite combo? Lavender and honey. The honey will soften skin and act as an anti-inflammatory, while the lavender will help relieve stress and muscle soreness.
Shower with citrus soaps for some extra energy.
You’re definitely gonna want to suds up with some invigorating mint, citrus, eucalyptus or sage-infused soaps to get you back into the swing of things and on the way to a refreshing recovery. These complementary scents all help energize and renew your skin to get you fresh and focused on the days ahead. Sleep.org says that herbs like rosemary and citrus will help rev you up for whatever you may have in store for 2017.
Take care of those undereyes.
Parties are starting later and later nowadays, so you want to spend some quality time taking care of some of the most obvious side effects of staying up late: under-eye bags and puffiness. Keep those peepers bright (and feel good while doing it) by applying some eye masks to target any tiredness. From old fashioned DIY cooling remedies like sliced cucumbers and potatoes to newer innovations like gel patches, there’s an eye mask for everyone.
Dont neglect those lips.
Dryness got you down? Fight off those winter blues by prepping your lips with an exfoliating scrub or make your own with oatmeal and ginger. The oatmeal helps soothe itching, irritated skin, while ginger helps to exfoliate and plump. Combine equal parts oatmeal and brown sugar, add a dash of chopped ginger, blend together and voila, a scrub that’ll renew your lips.
Make up for all those missed makeup wipes.
Not washing your makeup off for nights on end takes a while to recover from, especially when all the dirt from your glitz-and-glam makeup routine seeps into your skin to clog your pores. To start, make sure to clean your makeup sponges, brushes, and powder applicators regularly, or make it a resolution to start now if you haven’t before–we won’t judge you.
To tackle the grime hidden underneath your skin, start with an oil cleanser to remove dirt and makeup, then follow up with a gentle facial cleanser with an active foaming solution to make sure you get anything you missed the first time around. Follow up with a toner and don’t forget to moisturize. Yes, we know it’s a lot but you did fall asleep with their mascara on for the fifth night in a row.
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Don’t forget your sunscreen.
The sun shines all year round, even through those clouds, which is why you should always use sunscreen in your daily routine, no matter the season. Did you know that the sun’s UV rays can reflect off the snow and actually cause even more reddening to your already wind-blushed face? Use sunscreen every morning after your favourite moisturizer, or get a moisturizer with built-in SPF.
Even out skin tone by banishing blackheads.
Blackhead-specific pore strips or charcoal masks target enlarged pores to get that gunk out of the skin. Those gray-to-black dots sprinkled throughout your nose and freckle area could be blackheads, so take a shot at a pore strip and marvel at what may come out of your face.
Plump up those fine lines.
To soften wrinkles and fine lines, collagen-infused masks are everyone’s best bet. Soak in some well deserved antioxidants by using serums and masks meant to tighten, plump, firm and moisturize the skin.
Finishing touches for the next get-together.
Now that you’ve prepped and pampered your skin, you can calm and soothe any dry areas with facial oils to bring back hydration. After cleansing and clarifying, sometimes the face (specifically the nose and mouth area) get parched as masks and strips can remove natural oils from the skin. Finish off strong with serums and moisturizers to lock in that dewy goodness.