We’ve all been there: it’s the morning after a heavy night in Jesters and you’ve got an hour to get ready for your first lecture. Even if you can’t remember, your skin knows how much you drank last night and how little sleep you’ve had, so I’ll be sharing some tips on how to banish dark circles, a dull complexion and imperfections, all on a student budget.
The single best thing you can do for your skin after a night out is to drink a big glass of water; alcohol dehydrates both your body and skin so it’s important to rehydrate after a night of drinking.
Under Eye Circles
There are many products on the market that claim to banish under eye circles, but before you splash out, try these free home remedies first. One tip to reduce puffiness under the eye is to place two used and cooled green or black tea bags under your eyes for five minutes. The caffeine in the tea reduces darkness and swelling. If you can’t get hold of any tea bags, another way of reducing puffiness is to place two cold teaspoons under your eyes. This may sound strange but the cold temperature reduces the size of the blood vessels, which in turn reduces swelling. Once the darkness and swelling is under control, go ahead and apply your usual under eye concealer, Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer is a really good, affordable option. Placing a white eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eye also gives the illusion that the eye is wider, making you appear more awake.
Dull and Tired Skin
Firstly, you should avoid drinking tea, coffee and sugary drinks as these all affect the skin’s appearance. If you have dull and tired skin you should invest in products that are illuminating. This means they contain particles that reflect the light, giving the illusion of an ‘inner glow’, for example, the L’oreal Paris Lumie Magique Light Infusing Foundation. One tip to prevent tired and dull looking skin in the future is to use an SPF every day, whether in your moisturiser or your foundation. This may sound pointless as we live in not-so-sunny Southampton but it’s important to use sun protection even on a cloudy day. Clouds do not stop harmful UV rays that can cause premature aging to the skin, and your skin will certainly thank you for using SPF when you get older!
Spots and Imperfections
The number one tip to avoid getting spots is to take your makeup off and properly cleanse your face after a night out and before you go to sleep! I know this often seems like an impossible task, after you’ve eaten your Chick-o-Land cheesey chips and walked home, all you want to do is to crawl in to bed, but try to remember to take off all the makeup and jesters grime, even if you only use a face wipe. There is a misconception that if you have oily, spot prone skin then you shouldn’t moisturise. Actually, not moisturising just encourages your skin to make more oil to compensate. Instead, try using a sebum-fighting moisturiser such as the Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion or, if you want to treat yourself to something more upmarket, the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is amazing. You’ll find that your makeup goes on much better after moisturising too. To conceal spots, always use a non-illuminating concealer such as the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – this is so inexpensive and out-performs most of the high end concealers I’ve tried.