How to ensure your skin survives all the festivities throughout the party season
The only downfall to the flood of December parties, well, aside from falling behind with our Netflix list, is the side effect all that socialising can have on our skin. If you too are suffering from a less-than-fresh reflection – the result of several late nights – check out our sage soundbites on how to combat a tired complexion.
Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm, AED341, Harvey Nichols Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates
Most of us are already aware that a thorough twice daily cleansing is the most essential step in every skin care regime, yet as with drinking enough water or eating your five-a-day, it often gets overlooked. We get it, you’re busy, but not washing your face correctly will result in dull, clogged pores, in addition to causing a build-up of dead skin that stops the skin from naturally regenerating.
Ensure skin is left squeaky clean by first removing the majority of your makeup with a few cotton pads soaked in micellar water, followed up with a double cleanse using either a soap-free gel (ideal for combination skin) or a nourishing cleansing balm (perfect for dry types).
Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask, AED125, Sephora Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates
A face mask will make the world of difference to a tired complexion so look for super speedy formulas that offer multiple benefits in one swift application. Avène’s Cleanance Mask (from Boots) requires just five minutes to do the job and will give your skin an instant mini facial by absorbing oil, deeply cleansing and lightly exfoliating.
Similarly, try one of the new sleep mask formulas to treat your face while you snooze. Just apply as you would a face cream, lightly tissue off excess and rinse in the morning for glowing skin.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks, AED488 (for a set of six), visit Shine Spa at Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates
It’s no wonder makeup artists stock up on eye masks for their backstage beauty kit, as these serum-infused patches offer instant results and will allow your makeup to go on smoother. Keep them in the fridge for further de-puffing and cooling benefits – tired peepers will reap the benefit after just ten minutes.