Ibiza style: Beauty blog :-6am Skin SOS

By Laura Boland of Glam Ibiza

I’m pretty certain that everyone has been in the following situation at some point in their Ibiza life. You’ve had an amazing day at a beach club, moved straight onto cocktails in your Camilla kaftan and a few slicks of mascara, followed by your favourite club until it’s finally time to retire to bed at 6am. Your feet are sore, your liver has had better days and oh no… your skin!

Traces of sunscreen from the beach, multiple layers of mascara, sweat and that last bit of bronzer you applied from your newfound best friend in the toilets at Pacha about an hour ago are all still hanging around. And so the dilemma begins – do you hit the hay and ignore the skin situation you’ve got going on (and wake up like a panda)? Or do you spend five minutes of skin SOS before hitting those lovely cool, crisp hotel sheets?

You know the answer of course, but here are some facts to help you make your decision next time you find yourself tempted to skip the skincare.

The time you spend sleeping is the skin’s best opportunity to rejuvenate and replenish. It is vital to remove absolutely everything from the skin otherwise your pores become clogged and your skin continues to degenerate.

Leaving coats of mascara on causes your lashes to become brittle and break off. Leftover eye make-up can also cause irritation, redness and puffiness.

The skin goes through a process called desquamation – the natural shedding of dead skin cells. This process is at its most effective whilst we sleep. Trapped under a layer of sweat, oil and make-up, these dead skin cells become stuck, increasing the chances of comodones (blackheads), pimples and pustules, irritation and uneven skin tone.

The skin is super-receptive to receiving active ingredients and hydration whilst we are at rest. Eye creams, night creams and serums are at their most potent now.

But you really need to get to bed right? The sun’s coming up! Five more minutes and I promise it will be worth it…

Five-Minute SOS Facial

  1. Apply Dermalogica PreCleanse. An oily cleanser that melts away sweat, sebum and make-up, and contains Rice Bran and Vitamin E. Apply a 10-cent piece sized amount between the fingers and rub over the face in circular movements. Emulsify with water and repeat the circular movements over the face, really focusing on problem areas. This product is so gentle it can even be applied over the delicate eye area and will remove waterproof mascara. Splash with water to remove.
  2. Next use a specific cleanser. Why are we cleansing twice? So that we can treat the real skin now that the sticky layer from the last 24 hours has been removed. One cleanse is never enough – always double cleanse. I love the freshness of Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanse, containing menthol to leave the skin feeling cool and fresh and clays to strip away any remaining impurities.
  3. Now we need to plump and hydrate to replace lost moisture and to help combat free radicals. Lancome’s Visionnaire Nuit is a beautiful night cream that is part gel, part oil. Think of it as a facial whilst you snooze. I guarantee when you wake up, you will have erased several hours and look like you made it home earlier than you did
  4. The eyes never lie, so slap on some Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Cream. This gorgeous product feels refreshing and cool without having to store it in the fridge. Goat Milk and Manuka Honey soothe and smooth whilst you drift off to sleep
  5. Drink one large glass of water, eye mask on, shutters closed

There, that wasn’t too painful was it? And it’s so much better than waking up with a blemish that will require expert make-up artistry skills before you can be seen in public to do it all again the next night!