Always Remove Your Makeup
You’ve heard it time and time again, but regardless of how tired or merry you are when you get home, make sure you remove your makeup. “Don't fall into bed with your make-up on however tired you are,” says beauty expert and founder of Votary, Arabella Preston. “Be strict with yourself about double cleansing as your skin will look and feel so much better if you are vigilant about cleaning it properly.”
Unsurprisingly, Arabella has formulated the perfect formula to melt away makeup, dirt and grime effortlessly. With the helpf of grapeseed and sunflower oil Votary Cleansing Oil - Rose Geranium & Apricot, $58.50 ensures moisture isn’t stripped out of your skin as you cleanse. Plus the muslin cloth that comes with the cleansing oil speeds up the cleansing process. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, $17.00 is the perfect cleanser for almost all skin types and ideal for the second cleanse if you’re following Arabella’s instructions.
Hydration Is Your Salvation
If you wake up gasping for water in the morning, then it’s a safe bet that your skin will need a long drink too. Start from the inside-out and drink at least a pint of water to help flush out toxins and plump up your skin - it should help with your headache too. Sip it as you apply Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Hydrating Mask, $52.00, which is infused with squalane, omega fatty acids and niacinamide to help hydrate and revive skin.
Follow with a hyaluronic acid serum, such as The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics, $8.00 and seal it in with Sunday Riley ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream, $65.00, which is jam-packed with hydrating ingredients and ceramides to plump up your skin. Apply with care, massaging upwards with smooth, brisk strokes, including the neck and décolleté, to boost blood flow and bring life back to depleted skin. “Hyaluronic acid works by drawing water molecules to the upper levels of the skin to help hydrate and smooth the texture of the skin,” explains Dr. Jack.
Make Your Night-In Count
At this time of year it’s worth giving your skin some extra TLC. If you’ve got a night-in, double cleanse and use an exfoliating treatment, such as Votary Radiance Reveal Mask, $78.00, which is infused with AHAs to brighten and smooth skin. If you’re looking for a more intense treatment, try Teresa Tarmey Microneedling Kit, $320.00. Consistency is key with microneedling and if you can roller your skin at least once a week, you’ll notice your skin looks fresher and healthier. Don’t use retinol, vitamin C or acids alongside your microneedling kit though as this will overwork your skin and could cause irritation. Instead, use your hyaluronic acid serum afterwards
If you’d rather stay away from acids and sharp objects, routine Gua Sha can help boost your blood flow and give you that most facial-glow. We love Odacité Crystal Contour Gua Sha Rose Quartz Beauty Tool, $45.00 as the stone as a cooling effect too.
Don’t Forget About Your Eyes
Tired eyes are a real give away, so wave goodbye to dehydration lines and puffiness with a treatment mask. We are obsessed with 111SKIN Sub Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask, $15.00 and also have a pair in the fridge in case of emergencies. Once you’ve removed the mask, gently tap on Kora Organics Berry Bright Vitamin C Eye Cream, $56.00, using your eye socket as a guide. The cream with help to rehydrate the area and lift dark circles with the help of vitamin C. Finish with Rose Inc Softlight Luminous Hydrating Concealer, $30.00, which keep your eye area hydrated while also camouflaging dark circles.