November 30, 2012
You may have prepped your face and glammed it up with festive makeup products for the holiday party you attended last night, but after a little too much merriment and not enough sleep, you might wake up to a complexion that looks less than glowing. Fortunately, there are ways to hide signs of over-celebration.
Wash it all off
The first thing to remember is to wash off all that holiday cheer from your face. No matter how late you get home from the party or how early you have to get up in the morning, washing your face before you hit the pillow is a non-negotiable. Keeping your makeup on while you sleep interrupts the shedding cycle of your skin's cells, which means you wake up with a drab-looking complexion. Plus, if you're acne-prone, you might also wake up with some unwelcome blemishes on your face. Before you hit the hay, wash all of your makeup off with a good face wash like Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser. You can boost your skin's detoxing and regeneration process even more throughout the night with a moisturizer like Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night
Make up for those martinis
If you were drinking, your skin may look especially drab when you wake up. Alcohol dehydrates your entire body, your face and skin included. First off, fill up a big old glass of water to rehydrate. Then, infuse your freshly washed face with some more moisture. La Thérapie Crème Hydrathérapie Intensive Hydration Cream for all skins is a good option, because it saturates the skin with natural extracts and shea butter while protecting from free radicals. You can avoid some of alcohol's skin-drying effects by alternating water with drinks at your next holiday fete.
Mask your mishaps
Even after providing the best of the best skin care to your face, your complexion might be looking a little sallow. You can brighten things up using makeup. Once you've completed your normal makeup routine, do a little strategic brightening with highlighter and bronzer. A kit like the Colorescience Classic Corrector Palette includes five shades of pressed mineral makeup that can conceal, highlight or correct spots on your skin. The lighter shades can be used to cover redness and broken capillaries, or to highlight the bridge of your nose and brow bone. The pink and tan shades are perfect for adding some shimmering color to your complexion.