How To: Salvage Your Skin During A Marathon Party Weekend

How To: Salvage Your Skin During A Marathon Party Weekend

I do a lot of partying; it kind of comes with the territory of dating a rock ‘n roller, but getting up after a long night of drinking and dancing and doing it all over again isn’t always easy.

When I’m hungover, the last thing I want to do is put on a full face of makeup. Alcohol is also notoriously terrible for your skin: it’s dehydrating and (usually) full of sugar (i.e. skin poison).

So, what’s a person to do? Over the last seven or so years of running party marathon weekends, I’ve learned how to prevent the blotchy hangover face before it even starts with the help of a few magical products.

Pre-Party Prep: Night One

First of all, prior to your party weekend, be sure to drink as much water as humanly possible.  It will prevent hangovers and dehydrated traumatized skin. 

The next thing you need is a couple of really good masks.  If you only have time for one mask, pick one that moisturizes and plumps the skin like Origins' Drink Up™ 10 Minute Mask

If you have time for two, start with a re-texturizing mask or a mask to shrink your pores, like Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, then do the moisturizing mask afterwards. 

I’ve sung the praises of using these two masks in conjunction with each other before and I meant every word; they’re a magical pairing for your skin.

The mask party doesn’t end there - preemptively prevent puffy eyes and dark circles - with an undereye mask. I like Klorane Smoothing & Relaxing Patches under eye patches. Keep ‘em in the fridge so they’re nice and soothing.

Help Your Future Self While You Party

Try to avoid super sugary drinks during your night out. Sugar is the enemy of gorgeous skin and sugary drinks will give you a hangover - and they’re also full of empty calories. I’ve recently started ordering vodka soda with lemon juice (not just a lemon) and I’m obsessed! It’s like a sugar-free vodka lemonade and it’s packed with vitamin C, which is an added skincare benefit.

Before Bed

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT fall asleep with your makeup on.  It’s the equivalent of slapping your skin in the face.  Just don’t do it.  I like to use a oil cleanser, like Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil, to remove makeup and then do a second round with my Clarisonic and a gel cleanser.  I then use Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser.

Yes, I do this even when I’m wasted, thanks to years of party-weekend training.  If that sounds like an impossible task for drunk-you, help yourself out and put some makeup wipes in your purse or next to your bed so you can do a quick scrub down before passing out.  Your skin will thank you.

Party Prep: Day 2

More is more when it comes to masks.  Today it’s time for the big dog - sheet masks baby.  There are so many amazing options out there but I’m partial to Karuna but the budget-friendly options from Sephora are equally effective. Choose a mask with a soothing and/or moisturizing effect. Avoid anything harsh: it’s time to baby your skin to avoid potential damage.

It’s also important to do another round of under eye masks - dark circles and puffy eyes are really tough to hide with concealer alone, so help yourself out and eradicate them at the source.

Last up: pamper that pout, babe! Dried up chapped lips aren’t a good look—plump ‘em up.  I like to use Tarte’s Lip Facial Scrub because it’s shaped like a fat pencil and just as easy to use. It also exfoliates and moisturizes all in one go.

Tarte’s Lip Facial Scrub ($16)

For extra credit - or especially dry skin - press a few drops of oil, like Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, into skin prior to primer.

Now you’re good to glow...and party hard, alllll weekend long.

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