By Jennifer Larson
Sure, it was all fun and games last night at the company party, the white elephant or the up-too-late binge-watching soiree, but have you spoken to your skin? Perhaps you didn’t even (gasp) remove your makeup before bed. Well, buckle up.Here’s how to take that dry, dull, parched and puffy skin and give it the post party TLC it’s thirsting for. (And no, hair of the dog is not an option.) 8 easy steps...Seems like a lot and seriously, who’s in the mindset to count? But, honestly, this under five-minute fix erases all traces that lack of sleep can leave behind. Let’s go.
First things first. If you’re too "tired" to remove makeup, which we’re all guilty of from time to time, keep wipes next to your bed. Try Kaia Naturals the Vitamin Cleanse Facial Cleansing Cloths — super soft cloths made from biodegradable bamboo fibers and packed with vitamins.
Rise, shine, face the music and CLEANSE! Goldfaden M.D. Detox Clarifying Facial Wash is power-packed for days when skin needs it most, reaching deep into pores and removing every trace of your day (or night). Alpha hydroxy, lactic and glycolic acids help get rid of dead, dull cells. Anything with “detox” in the name seems like a good idea today.
Slough off those dead cells that seemed alive last night but today just look like dull, face-wide baggage. Try Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator…or leave it on for a few minutes and call it a mask. Yes, it’s fine to lay back down.
The telltale sign of a big night?? Swollen, tired, puffy eyes. Reach for the holy grail solution and keep it handy for late nights, salty nights, flight nights...ok, anytime eyes aren’t keeping our secrets. Honest Hazel Eye Gels! 3 for just $12. Infused with cactus collagen to reduce puffiness and soothing aloe vera and vitamins C and E to help decrease the appearance of fine lines (hey, those weren’t there last night)
Make everyone wonder what’s up, by reappearing with skin that’s literally illuminated and lit from within. Tata Harper’s Concentrated Brightening Essence contains 33 high performance ingredients, plus our fan favorite hyaluronic acid to brighten, plump and hydrate skin…aka, erase all evidence.
Enlist a serious serum. This stuff will seal the deal on your glowing morning-after face. Evolve Hyaluronic Serum 200 contains 200mg of hyaluronic acid per bottle, which works to deeply hydrate and plump skin, and organic pomegranate extract helps soften and support skin.
Protect the skin you’ve worked so hard to bring back to life before you ask it to venture out again (are you really headed out?) Vive Sana Daily Protezione is rich in organic botanicals for deep nourishment and essential SPF protection. Semi-matte, slightly tinted and oh so soft and smooth. Just the thing that skin needs on a day like today…and every day.
Seriously…life’s too short to not have fun, especially during the holidays–and truly, isn’t the whole year a holiday? So, whoop it up, live it up, Love Actually it up and carol it up. Just keep this cheat sheet handy, keep skin happy…and no one gets hurt.
Yes, more water.