Too much partying can leave your complexion looking grey, lacklustre and blotchy. Say sorry to your skin with some tried-and-tested beauty hacks.
1. Say goodbye to blemishes
We’re all used to taking aspirin for a headache, but it can also be great to treat another side effect of too many late nights and toxins: blotchy, irritated skin. According to MailOnline, budget painkillers make an effective face mask. Simply crush a single aspirin in a bowl, add a very small amount of toner, and mix to create a thick paste. After cleaning your skin thoroughly, apply the paste to any red, blotchy areas of your face, and leave it on for five minutes. Wash it off, then apply a small dab of honey to any blemishes. Honey has antibiotic properties, making it great for acne prevention. Wash the honey off after 10 minutes, and say hello to clearer skin.
2. Brave the cold
A cold shower might be the last thing you feel like after a late night, but it’s extremely good for your skin. Cold water is much more hydrating than hot and helps to close pores, keeping your skin smooth and healthy. To make it more bearable, have a lukewarm shower first, then switch to cold water for the last few minutes.
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3. Zap blackheads with baking soda
If you’ve been lazy about taking off your makeup when you come home in the early hours of the morning, the buildup of product might lead to outbreaks of pimples on your skin. A home remedy for getting rid of blackheads is a baking soda mask: Add just enough water to a small bowl of some baking soda to create a creamy mixture, apply it to your entire face, and leave it on until it dries. Remove it with a damp wash cloth, and apply plenty of moisturizer.
4. Go super thick with moisturizer
To give tired skin an extra glow without caking it in makeup, pat a super-thick moisturizer onto the tops of your cheekbones.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Amazon, $20
5. Make a fruity face mask
For another 100 per cent natural, skin-freshening face mask, all you need is half a fully ripened avocado, a tablespoon of plain yogourt, a tablespoon of honey and two cucumber slices. Mash the avocado in a small bowl until it’s smooth, add the yogourt and honey, and stir until combined. Apply to your entire face, pop the cucumber slices on top of your eyes, sit back, and relax for 15 minutes, letting the avocado’s vitamins, minerals, oils and proteins do their work. To remove, simply rinse with warm water.
6. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
Exfoliating is the best way to get rid of dead skin cells, which diffuse light and make your skin look dull. Get into the habit of using a gentle exfoliator every day, and over time your complexion will be much clearer. Exfoliate at night instead of the morning to make sure you remove all traces of grime and stubborn makeup. Make the process quick and easy by using an electronic exfoliator or make your own by simply putting sugar on a slice of lemon and rub gently over your face.
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7. Get rid of the gunk
A glycolic acid peel offers two benefits to your skin: exfoliation and regeneration. It gets rid of the dull, tough, top layer of skin, rejuvenating the skin cells underneath and resulting in a clearer, fresher, younger-looking complexion. Use an at-home peel once a week to counter the effects of all that late-night partying.
Bliss Incredi-Peel glycolic resurfacing pads, Amazon, $49
8. Add a subtle glow
If you can’t give your skin a complete break from makeup, then use a multi-purpose highlighter to give it a subtle glow and disguise the effects of the night before. Don’t be too heavy-handed; simply dab it up and down your cheekbones, along your brow bones, on the center of your chin and the tip of your nose with a clean fingertip.
NARS Illuminating Multiple, NARS, $39
9. Give your skin some love
Take 10 minutes to give yourself a facial massage while applying your eye cream and moisturizer, and your skin will thank you for it. Gently massaging the products into your skin will boost circulation, help rejuvenate skin cells and make your creams more effective. To give dull, tired, puffy skin a boost, keep your creams in the fridge — the cooling sensation will work wonders.
10. Eat, sleep, repeat
A lack of sleep, too much alcohol and sugary and processed foods dehydrate the skin and break down collagen and elastin, making your complexion dull. Tackle the problem from the inside by drinking lots of water and eating plenty of skin-friendly foods, such as colorful vegetables, nuts, beans, peas and fatty fish. Sleep is crucial, because this is when skin cells turn over — a great excuse to nap whenever you can.
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