To wake up with the previous night’s make up, possibly with one eye lash stuck to your cheek or pillow (which at first you think is a spider and wakes you up quicker than you can say face wipes!) is not a highlight of any morning. Yes this was me, whilst it’s no crime to do this once in a blue moon, my skin felt terrible that morning! (But I had such a wonderful evening with Creme Brulee complete with candle and being sung Happy Birthday in French, were two of the highlights).
If you’ve been following me on social media, you will have seen I had the pleasure of spending my recent Birthday in Paris which was just amazing! The same day as my Birthday drinks with my Parisian friends, I was working on a luxury styled photo shoot on location with international florist A Day In Provence and international photographer Abby Grace as well as designer Ever After Press and the beautiful items of Katherine Elizabeth Bridal so a super busy day and evening, so when I got to bed, I simply crashed out!
Of course not cleansing before bed is not something I do on a regular basis as this is bad for the skin (the body’s largest organ) as our cells renew whilst we sleep, why else is it called beauty sleep?!
Don’t panic, here are my top tips on recovery (and exactly what I did!).
Remove your make up as soon as you can, even though I’m not a fan of facial wipes if this is the only thing you have, it’s better than nothing. Double cleansing is a great tip, really working the product into the skin with massaging motions to clean deep and stimulate the epidermis. Once clean, spritz with toner or a splash of water (pat the skin dry) and step one is done.
Apply a nourishing mask to re hydrate the skin, one of my favourites' is the Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Masque; apply on freshly cleansed skin, leave for 15 minutes and then remove with warm water. Whilst the mask is working it’s magic, why not pop something cool over your eyes; chamomile tea bags are wonderful (make sure they are cooled down after being immersed in the warm water, maybe pop them in the fridge for a few moments), slices of cucumber or Liz Earle's Soothing Eye Lotion applied to cotton pads is a lovely treat too!
Final step, apply your moisturiser (and serum too if you wish) and then wait around 10 minutes before applying your make up to allow the product to fully absorb or why not go without for the day if you can.
If you have had any alcohol the night before, water will re hydrate the skin and also cleanse the liver, adding a few slices of lemon would perk up the water and help the process. Try and steer away from caffeine as this is a diuretic and will dehydrate you even more.
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