How To Get Party Ready Skin
Whether you’ve got a week, a day or just a few hours this is my ultimate guide to getting your skin back to looking its best, whatever the issue…
My skin looks tired and drab…
I’ve got a week: Exfoliate every day after cleansing by wiping a lactic acid based toner over your skin. Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic is gentle enough even for sensitive types and will remove the dulling dead layers to reveal the fresher, youthful looking skin underneath.
I’ve got a day: An intensive night-time cleanse will get skin glowing by morning. After applying your regular serum and moisturiser, lock in all of their ingredients by finishing off with a face oil. Romilly Wilde Active Boost Face Oil smells so gorgeous and is such a joy to use that you just can’t help giving yourself a mini face massage at the same time. This will really help to get boost glow-giving circulation too.
Erm, the party’s tonight: Fast-track your glow with a hyaluronic acid serum to really hydrate skin and lock in that deep down moisture that’s responsible for making it look youthful. Tan Luxe Super Glow is packed with the stuff and has the added benefit of a leaving skin with a gorgeous bronzed finish too.
My skin has broken out…
I’ve got a week: Cleanse thoroughly using products with salicylic acid. Murad has a great range. This ingredient helps to wash out pores and stop new spots from forming. Reduce the amount of products you’re using each day too as multiple layers of skincare and make up can block pores and create further breakouts.
I’ve got a day: Spot stickers work wonders for zapping individual spots as they instantly deliver ingredients to the root of the blemish. Help open up the pore first by taking a steamy, hot shower the night before the party, then pop one directly onto the spot and let it work its wonders overnight. Try ZitSticka.
Erm, the party’s tonight: As much as the TV ads might promise, there is no product that can work miracles on spots that quickly so it’s all about the cover up. Look out for makeup with added skincare benefits. Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Hydration Foundation Stick doesn’t contain any pore-blocking ingredients and the stick makes it easy to cover breakouts on-the-go.
My eyes look tired and puffy…
I’ve got a week: Apply a moisturising eye cream day and night. Look out for ones with ingredients like green tea, caffeine, niacinamide, peptides and other antioxidants. These will help to reduce any inflammation and constrict blood vessels to help depuff the area. A great budget one to try is The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream
I’ve got a day: Get your beauty sleep! Aim for at least 8 hours the night before to help control puffiness. And wear Dr Harris Anti-Wrinkle Sleep Mask while you sleep. Not only does it black out the light like a regular sleep mask, its small silicone dots on the inside of the mask have been placed to help improve muscles tone around the eye area and reduce wrinkles too.
Erm, the party’s tonight: The undereye area is one of the worst parts of the body to drain away excess fluid. Help it along by gently massaging an ice roller around the area before applying your makeup. This dual attack of massage and a cooling compress will instantly reduce any puffiness. Try Fraicheur Paris Ice Globes.
I’ve not got my legs or arms out for months…
I’ve got a week: Dry body brushing is amazing for boosting tired looking skin and it gives that tingly feeling like you get when you’ve just been for a run. Brush your whole body daily before your shower to get skin looking really smooth, silky, and glowing. Do it daily before your shower, starting at your feet and working upwards using long stroking movements. A handheld brush like the Aromatherapy Associates Dry Body Brush is really easy to use and control.
I’ve got a day: Fake tan is always a fab fix for skin that’s been hibernating under tights and jumpers. Amanda Harrington The Body Set gives the most amazing natural finish as you spray it on and then buff and blend with the brush provided. So easy to use!
Erm, the party’s tonight: It’s never too late to get your body beautiful and there are some great instant self-tanners that work in under an hour. Use a body scrub first, concentrating on areas like knees, elbows, heels etc that are prone to dryness (which leads to a patchy tan) and then apply Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel that’s oil free and fast drying to get skin back-from-the-beach glowing in no time.