Mardi Gras is officially over, and we’ve all partied our little hearts out, while also dehydrating our bodies and angering our skin. So, I’ve devised a little plan to help you rejuvenate tired hungover skin.
We all know the importance of hydration in general, but when it comes to hangovers or multiple days of partying, it’s critical. Not just for your internal organs, but also for your skin. While there is only one bottle of water pictured here, that was my third that morning. Keeping your body hydrated helps keep your skin plump and less dry which reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sallowness.
I can’t stress this one enough – cleanse and cleanse well, not harshly, but well. Removing all the dirt, sweat, and other environmental nastiness your skin absorbed is essential to giving it an opportunity to recover. I love the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. It’s a gentle, but insanely effective, cleanser that doesn’t foam. It can be used as a basic cleanser or even as an overnight mask. I’ve done a review here if you’re interested in reading more, but the basic point of Step 2 is to make sure you properly cleanse.
This is an essential step. Calming the angry skin is necessary. It needs soothing ingredients to reduce inflammation and absorb necessary nutrients. For this, I like the Ayesha Fresh Face Mask from Lush as its main purpose is to refresh tired dull skin. The Ayesha features a blend of kiwi (rich in Vitamin C for brightening), asparagus (to nourish and absorb excess oil), honey (for hydrating and reducing inflammation), and witch hazel (for tightening). Truth be told, this is one of my favorite masks of all time.
As you might know by now, I am a huge fan of coconut oil for skincare. It’s cheap, easy to find, and provides a host of skin benefits. For this step, I do a coconut oil mask. All you need to do is liquefy about a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage it into your skin. Let that absorb into the skin for 30 minutes to an hour. Gently wipe your face clean with a warm washcloth. This helps nourish the skin due to the high concentrations of lauric acid. Basically, it’s food for the skin! (For other beauty uses of coconut oil, check out this post!) You’ll begin to notice your skin reviving around this step.
Now that you’ve revived your skin, it’s time to repair it using a good serum. Any current serum you are using will do the trick. I like serums because they are designed to enhance the absorption of products that come after them, and are concentrated to such a degree that you’re providing your skin with high levels of vitamins and nutrients. I used the Skin & Co Truffle Oil Serum, which I reviewed here. But I also love the Skin, Inc. serums (they will custom blend one suited to your skin’s needs and issues).
Its helpful to strengthen the eye area when giving your skin recovery time. The key is finding an eye cream that contains hyalauronic acid. Hyalauronic acid is a fabulous ingredient that not only helps skin retain moisture, but also helps exfoliate without rubbing or scrubbing. I love the BeautiControl Restructuring Eye Creme, which you can read more about here. I’ve been using it for years, and I love it.
The last step is to moisturize to restore hydration from the outside in. Any quality moisturizer will do the job, but today I used Vichy Lift Activ Nuit. I have just started using this one, so I’ll have to get back to you with a full review. Quality moisturizers are key because they help infuse moisture into the outer layers of the skin, which also helps to plump skin, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and nourish newly forming skin cells.
As you can tell from the before and after photo, there is a very noticeable difference. Skincare isn’t difficult, but with the right steps it can make a drastic change in the appearance of your skin, despite the craziness you put yourself through the night before.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you try this! I want to see your before and after pictures!
Welcome Back! This post will serve as Part 2 of the skincare empties! So, let’s get right to it!
Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex by Fresh
Admittedly, this is my second or third empty of this particular face cream. It’s been in the rotation for a long time — pre-blogging. I love the Fresh line — all of it! This moisturizer is light and fluffy, yet manages to provide long lasting moisture. The formula contains sodium hyaluronate, which is a salt of hyaluronic acid – an ingredient I always check for when purchasing a moisturizer. In non-scientific terms, this ingredient aids in sloughing off of dead skin cells to fill lines, wrinkles, and plump skin. In addition, it contains lotus flower extract (improves skin texture and appearance); limonene (for brightening and fast absorption); fig extract (deep moisturizing); citrus oil (for brightening, Vitamin C); and cucumber (for soothing), among other ingredients. I use this one as a day cream, and it leaves my skin feeling fresh (no pun intended), clean, and glowing. I will continue to keep this one in the rotation. You can find it at Sephora or Ulta, and it will run you $42 for 1.7 oz, which is totally worth it for a quality moisturizer.
Omega Daily Moisturizer by SoPhyto
I absolutely LOVE this moisturizer, but it’s so hard to find! This is my fourth empty of this one, and honestly, I hate hunting it down. But, alas, I have found it on Amazon. This one is super natural and fabulous for sensitive skin. I started using it after a very bad allergic reaction to benzoyl peroxide, and it really helped to rehab my skin! Not only is it a great moisturizer, but it also functions as a great primer for foundation! When a product pulls double duty like that, I get really really happy! Keep an eye out at TJ Maxx, as they do sell it on the cheap from time to time. Otherwise, here’s the Amazon link!
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm
Oh, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, how I love thee. I could sing the praises of this cleansing balm for paragraphs on end. But, I won’t. This is my winter skin go-to cleanser. If you’ve never used a cleansing balm, it’s a different beast than most cleansers. It’s got a vaseline-jelly-like consistency. All it takes is about a quarter size dollop, and you simply massage it into dry skin. It takes off ALL of your makeup, including eye makeup, and cleanses your skin beautifully at the same time (there’s that double duty again!). Next, all you have to do is rinse or wipe your face gently with a warm wash cloth. It leaves my skin feeling softer than a baby’s bottom, and the refreshing feeling it leaves behind makes me think my pores and skin cells are having the most relaxing spa experience ever created. Oh, and it smells heavenly. I’d buy it in a perfume if the smell came in a perfume because it smells slightly floral, but so clean! It contains grape seed oil (aids in regulating sebum/oil production); almond oil (helps to reduce irritation); bergamot oil (treats acne); citrus oil; sunflower oil, and a host of other natural oils/ingredients. The packaging is sturdy and beautiful. It’s truly a luxury product, all around. Unfortunately, Emma Hardie is not sold in the United States; however, you can purchase it online from England, as I do. It’s not cheap, but I PROMISE YOU it’s worth it. My tub of 3.4 oz lasted me a little over 5 months. Yes, nearly half a year. It also comes in a 6.7 oz option. You can find it at FeelUnique or on the Emma Hardie site. I’m going to reorder this tomorrow, actually. I miss it so much.
Cosmetic Lad by LUSH
This is one of LUSH’s moisturizers for men. I’ve included it in this empties series because I got a little sample (pictured in the composite picture at the top) for my brother who has terrible eczema, and part of my sisterly-beauty blogger duty is to help him find products to make his skin better. Nonetheless, my brother purchased the full size and actually used it. He says that when paired with LUSH’s Dirty (their men’s shaving cream), he found great improvement in the hydration of his skin. When I tell you his eczema is terrible, I truly mean it. We have searched everywhere and tried so many remedies for his skin, including slathering him with lotions and wrapping him in plastic trash bags. (He’s going to kill me for making that fact public.) But, when I find a product that he actually likes and uses on a regular basis that gives him some relief, then I’m a happy happy sister. Cosmetic Lad contains lavender oil (for soothing and reducing redness); chamomile (soothing); and cocoa butter (for deep moisturizing). I highly recommend this for the guy in your life. I’ll keep repurchasing this one for my brother as long as he will continue to use it.
Truffle Therapy Serum by Skin & Co.
Skin & Co. contacted me on Twitter just prior to their USA launch, and were kind enough to send me this serum and a few other products. I absolutely fell in love with this serum. When we had a super super cold snap in South Louisiana that resulted in iced over roads for days on end, my skin went super dry and nasty. This serum really helped to revive my skin and bring it back to its baseline. The packaging is super sturdy and I love that it has a pump. It looks and feels super luxurious, not to mention, it smells incredible! The truffle oil is straight from a family business in Italy, and is super nourishing for skin. Who ever thought truffle oil would be a skincare product? I sure didn’t! I loved how quickly it absorbed into the skin without feeling super greasy or leaving an oily residue. (Generally oils take a few minutes to absorb, and do tend to stay a tad greasy after absorption.)
The only gripe I have about this product is this — the inner “straw” of the pump did not extend all the way down to the bottom of the bottle. So, I couldn’t easily use up all the product. Small manufacturing issues like this make me question whether it was intentional or a manufacturing defect. If it’s a defect, I’m more forgiving, but if it was intentional, all I can say is WHY???? Why leave that much product left in the tube? I loved this, and I wanted to use it all, but even banging the bottle around on my hand, I couldn’t retrieve the last bit of product. It was such a disappointing moment, and if I had paid for it, I’d likely have been angry because it’s expensive. It’s a lovely product, but I am not necessarily willing to spend $80 on a serum, considering I have been using oils in place of serums lately. Overall, I loved the product and everything about it, but the price, I just can’t justify it right now.
Blue Green Algae Toner by Michael Todd True Organics
This is probably one of my favorite skincare products of all time. It’s a simple post-cleansing toner that smells like lavender (my favorite). It contains all organic ingredients including lavender oil, blue green algae, kelp, aloe vera juice, willow tree extract, and tea tree oil. It penetrates deep into the skin to flush out toxins, which really helps in keeping your skin clear. I noticed a huge difference in my hormonal breakouts while using this product, and many of my friends have purchased it with the same results. It also contains hyaluronic acid — one of my favorite ingredients so it works as a natural exfoliant. Exfoliating toners are on the rise in the beauty industry, and they are not your grandmother’s alcohol based toner (ahem, anyone remember Sea Breeze? HA!). The Blue Green Algae toner does not contain any alcohol, and it’s all natural ingredient makeup leaves your skin feeling refreshed, exfoliated, and properly cleaned. I use this one in the morning and at night because it’s very gentle on the skin and feels super refreshing.
Even more, the packaging is great. It has a small hole at the top to regulate how much product you use in each application. I love that because it really lasted me a while. I will continue to purchase this product over and over again. You can find it on the Michael Todd True Organics website, and it’s super affordable at $18.50 or in the trial size for $4.50.
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
This is another repeat empty for me! I buy the travel size often because I like to keep it in my every day makeup bag. It’s great for a quick cleanse on a no makeup day because it’s super refreshing. It takes off eye makeup, but not very well, so I wouldn’t recommend it for that, but you could use it for that in a pinch. It’s also great as a post-cleanse toner. Caudalie makes really beautiful products, and this one is no different. Cleansing waters, as a general rule, are made for makeup removal, but I find so many other uses for this one — makeup removal, toner, small clean ups for eye makeup mishaps, and as a quick swipe after an overnight face mask. It doesn’t contain a lot of unnecessary ingredients, and is made with grape water, chamomile, and citric acid. It smells beautiful too. It’s a great product to keep around. The travel size is 3.38 oz for $14 and the 6.7 oz bottle is $28. A makeup bag staple for certain!
I hope you’ve enjoyed part 2 of the skincare empties! Please let me know what product you’re looking forward to trying! Be sure to check back next week for the next installment in the empties series!