With holiday party season wrapping up tomorrow, it is likely that some of us (myself included) may over indulge on the good stuff – if you know what I mean. I’ll be honest and say, on nights like those, I don’t always give my skin the care it needs before I make my way to bed with an order of pizza and garlic bread. The next morning my skin is usually saying SOS, and it is time to go into damage control mode.
To get the skin really clean, go for a good purifying cleansing gel. If your skin is feeling dehydrated opt for a purifying cleansing milk. Tip: When using a purifying cleanser it actually works best if you massage it on the skin with warm water, and then let it sit for a minute or two. By letting it sit on the skin for a few minutes after application, the product has time to settle into your pores and really deep clean beyond just the surface of your skin. Here are my favorite purifying cleansers at the moment:
Jouviance Purifying Cleansing Gel & Milk, $24, Jouviance or Shoppers Drug Mart
One thing that I love to do the morning, or day after depending on when I roll out of my blanket cocoon, is to use a facial mask. Masks are great because there are so many different options that can target exactly what your skin is needing. If the skin is feeling oily, and your pores need some love, a mud mask or charcoal mask are a good go-to. If your skin is feeling dehydrated load on any kind of mask with hyaluronic acid. Did you know, hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times its weight in water? That is what makes it so great at hydrating! If you are looking for a mask here are a few of my favourites right now:
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, $30, Sephora
Pur Mineral Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque, $32, Shoppers Drug Mart
Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $20, Shoppers Drug Mart
Also, just an fyi, these are changes or additions to the regular skincare routine. Don’t forget to use a toner and moisturizer in conjunction with these products. Happy New Year!