At Re-nu Clinic, we love a good party. However, many of the most common skincare concerns are related to sleepless nights, alcohol consumption, hangovers and smoking. Over time, these activities can induce premature aging and a “hardened” appearance – even in young people. Read on to find out how you can maintain your youthful looks and salvage your skin from the ashes of the night before…
PROBLEM 1: DEHYDRATION
A dry, blotchy and ashen complexion is primary evidence of a heavy night out.
AVOID… You’ve overdone the booze, so now’s the time to start avoiding the alcohol and parabens in over-the-counter foundation brands such as Clinique, Loreal and Rimmel. These may irritate your skin and exacerbate dryness and flaking.
QUICK FIX… Paris Hilton is a mega-fan of Youngblood Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Foundation Powder. Infused with liquorice extract which reduces redness, a tiny amount of this light mineral powder will provide 100% glowing coverage without looking like you’ve used a trowel. Youngblood is only available from professional skin clinics – and it’s the only makeup you should really be sleeping in!
AT RE-NU: If you find you need more than a little help from your makeup bag, try either an Oxygen Infusion facial to rehydrate your skin, or an exfoliating medical microdermabrasion treatment. Both of these reveal a much brighter complexion within 2-3 days. Get your skin perfect in time for next Friday’s shenanigans!
PROBLEM 2: DARK CIRCLES, BLOODSHOT EYES AND PUFFINESS
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, yours may well be ringed with black after a weekend-long bender…
AVOID… Mineral oil or petroleum-based eye creams as these can increase irritation and puffiness in the short-term. Continued use may even generate fine lines.
QUICK FIX… For both purple and greyish under-eye circles, use a touch of Cernor XO Vitamin K Oxide - a potent anti-oxidant with light reflecting minerals. A steal for £20, one tube should last you a good 3-6 months; the cream’s cooling gel-like consistency will help soothe those puffy bags to boot.
AT RE-NU: If you feel your under eye problems need more than a simple home-based intervention, our hylauronic acid fillers such as Teosyal® soften tear trough grooves and stimulate collagen production in the long-run.
PROBLEM 3: BREAKOUTS
Heavy makeup, perspiration and alcohol-based nutrition can all result in unwelcome post-nightclub breakouts.
AVOID… Facial cleansing products from brands such as Clearasil; these are abrasive and contain high concentrations of alcohol-based ingredients.
QUICK FIX… Dermaquest Clarifying Pads (5% Salicylic Acid) nuke pimples and neutralise bacteria. These handbag-friendly single-use pads are handy for those on the run to work after a sleepless night.
AT RE-NU:. If you’re left with a stubborn form of mild acne, we offer salicylic acid skin peels in high concentrations (20-30%). These resurface the skin and quell overactive sebaceous glands and bacteria. Results seen in 5 days; allow for a period of social downtime in which you may experience mild flaking and redness.
PROBLEM 4: COURSE, DULL COMPLEXION
Regular partygoers, fans of Ibiza… your skin may read like a clubber’s roadmap. Environmental damage shows itself in the form of fine lines, pigmentation, and a “hard faced” appearance that no amount of fake tan will cover.
AVOID… All day parties! If your skin is starting to resemble a tanned leather hide, we recommend you locate the nearest marquee this summer and stick to raving in the shade with some beautifully-scented Heliocare SPF.
QUICK FIX… Dermaquest Peptide Mobiliser (60% peptides) is the strongest repair cream on the market. Regular use stimulates tissue regeneration, increases skin thickness through the stimulation of collagen, and relaxes muscle contractions that lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Use once a day for a month and prepare to be amazed!
AT RE-NU: A course of 4 TCA Skin Peels may be in order for those with broad-spectrum sun damage, acne, and/or pigmentation. Just look at the difference one TCA peel can make (pic courtesy of RealSelf poster):
ON A BUDGET?
Relax after your night out with one of our calming LED Light Therapy treatments, which includes a full pre-treatment cleanse with Dermaquest’s Beta Hydroxy 2% Cleanser. Price just £55 per treatment.