While you won’t be able to sort out your pores overnight, you can make a big difference to your skin by reducing possible inflammation. One way to do this is to use a sheet mask, or you can soothe the skin with a cooling face mask. This will help manage any spots or redness you have and mean that you have less to conceal the next day.
Drink Plenty of Water
Possibly one of the easiest tips to follow on the list - upping your water intake can greatly benefit your skin. Drinking enough water essentially moisturises your skin from the inside out. If you don’t drink enough, your skin may look dull and wrinkles and pores could become more prominent.
Being hydrated won’t just benefit your skin either; avoiding dehydration increases your energy levels, helps limit the severity of a hangover and generally makes you feel better.
Pro tip: If you’ve got dry skin, dabbing Vaseline on a clean, moisturised face can help seal in the moisture. You’re unlikely to break out from it either, thanks to the large molecules of Vaseline which are too big to clog your pores.
Don’t Have Skincare Treatments on the Day of the Party
If you have a peel or a facial treatment on the same day as your event, you might be contributing to a disaster rather than making things better. Most people will end up red-faced after a proper skincare treatment session, which isn’t a great party look! You’ll also clog up your fresh pores when you slap makeup over your newly treated skin. Stick to a week before as a general guide. However, you can add an extra dose of moisturiser earlier in the day to help keep your skin hydrated.
Keep your Skincare Routine Simple
Stick to a basic routine that maximises moisture and cleanliness. Remove excess dirt and oil with a cleansing water, then moisturise. Exfoliate once a week, as scrubbing the dead skin cells from the surface can be damaging if done too often.
Salty, fatty foods contribute towards bad skin. Salt also increases the puffiness of your eyes, so avoid snacking on chips and crisps. Various foods can provoke reactions even if you’re not allergic, such as dairy – so avoid these in the run up to the party. Focus on healthy food and you’ll find yourself with healthy skin.
Go Makeup Free
Makeup, for all its wonders, is also bad for your skin. If you’ve got the confidence for it, going to a party without makeup on can actually make you stand out for all the right reasons, as you’ll be showing off your natural beauty and saving your skin for an evening. If you can’t go without, try to tone down the heavier concealers and foundations which tend to be the worst.
Don’t Forget Your Lips
Finally, make sure you take good care of your lips. Perfect your pout by fending off dry skin with a lip scrub and wearing a lip balm to keep your lips moisturised throughout the winter.
If you take care of your skin, it’ll take care of you. Prepare for your party so that you can strut your stuff and turn heads for all the right reasons. Just do your best to not pass out drunk afterwards and forget to remove your makeup!