Getting Nerdie With The Skin Nerd – Guide to post-festival skin recovery

The Skin Nerd Are you just back from Electric Picnic? Or are you still there but you stocked up on power banks prior to going?! You probably have a shocking case of the fear, you’re missing one sock and you’re worried that you may never feel like you did before you set welly on the sludgy fields of Stradbally.

Do you know what just might possibly be in worse nick? Your skin. Sorry – perhaps it’s the last of your worries but it is one of the first of mine. My educated guess would be that your skin is congested, looking a bit dull and grey, and it’s dehydrated. You may also have a few battle wounds. Don’t fret – I’m here to help.

Post-festival spots and blackheads
Even though you were definitely using your Cleanse Off Mitt every night (wink wink; nudge nudge), it’s possible that you didn’t quite get every single bit of makeup, sebum and debris off your face before you hit the sack.

This build-up may mean that you’re now seeing lumps and bumps crop up that you rarely see when you’re doing a full, at-home skincare routine. What you need is something to clear those pores out and salicylic acid is always the skingredient for this.

Académíe Scientifique De Beauté Exfoliating Lotion contains 1% lactic acid and 0.5% salicylic acid to dissolve debris in the pore whilst helping the skin to exfoliate itself. Pop this on post-cleansing and prior to any serums to oust congestion!

Dull skin
When you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not getting the same boosted blood flow as you do with rested sleep. This is why you may look a bit Corpse-Bride-esque when you’re staying up late, drinking the night away!

A quick fix for this is using an oxygenated face mask. If you haven’t heard of oxygenated masks, you’re in for a treat. Oxygenated masks are face masks with oxygen trapped within them that activates when it is released from its pressurised packaging.

Although they seem gimmicky, depending on the type, they can have a host of benefits. It is possible that giving oxygen to your skin in this way increases blood flow which will help you to look more radiant, even if only temporarily.

The Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask is a new oxygenated mask from Dermalogica that contains sulfur and kaolin clay to help with spots and blackheads.

One I adore is the Juliette Armand Elements Oxygen Foaming Mask. It contains prickly pear extract and aloe vera so it’s super hydrating whilst being fun at the same time. It’s the adult equivalent of an interactive toy!

Dehydrated skin
Though I may try to banish them, people do still use face wipes (especially at festivals). Face wipes plus alcohol plus a lack of serums or moisturisers is the tried and tested formula for dehydrated, rough skin.

If you have done this, grab yourself the biggest can of Avêne’s Thermal Spring Water Spray you can because what you need are Spritz O’Clocks galore and stat. Hydrating serums like those containing hyaluronic acid and other hydrators are fab but a good Spritz O’Clock means that you can keep continuously introducing moisture to the skin throughout the day.

Their thermal spring water is also incredibly healing so if you do have any spots, cuts, grazes or scabs, give them a spray. You can use this product on your face, legs, arms, back, chest… Wherever you like.

Follow these tips and your skin will be back to its usual health in no time. I sincerely hope that you make it through today – drink lots of water, try to eat at least one piece of fruit or veg and rest!


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