During summer, school is out and the atmosphere is more relaxed, making it the perfect season to go out and have adventures with your friends. Music festivals are a favorite. You get to spend the whole day listening to your favorite tunes and the fun usually doesn’t stop until the early hours of the morning.
While this lifestyle may be an exciting way to make memories, it’s not doing your skin any favors. Think about it: How many times has someone asked “Why do you look so tired?” after you spent a day at one of these festivals?
Esthetician training doesn’t just teach you how to achieve the perfect look before the big event. You’ll also learn how to recover the day after. Here’s how you can get your natural glow back:
Do some prep work
Taking preventative care of your skin while you’re at a music festival isn’t always possible, but if you get the chance, try these tips. First, avoid foods high in sodium such as potato chips or frozen meals. The salt may cause you to retain fluids, making your face look even puffier the next day. Of course, you’re limited on dining options at festivals, but at least make sure to drink plenty of water, and opt for vegetables when you can.
Be sure to wash your face before going to bed. You’ve likely perspired a lot while dancing to the music and standing in the heat of the sun all day. Plus, you never want to sleep with makeup on your face. Wash off all the grime from the day with cleanser and lukewarm water and slather your face with an overnight moisturizer. You’ll be thankful in the morning!
Additionally, as with all outdoor activities, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at lest 30 before heading out to the music festival.
Take a shower when you wake up
While you should practice this daily hygiene routine no matter what you do the night before, taking a shower is especially important if you spend the previous day at a festival. Your whole body, not just your face, was affected by your perspiration. A morning shower will get you clean, hydrate your skin and make you feel more alert.
Additionally, though a hot shower might be soothing on your sore muscles from a night of dancing, after the initial warmth and you feel your muscles begin to relax, lower the temperature to lukewarm or even cooler for the sake of your skin. It will cause less irritation, help tighten up your pores so they don’t get clogged with debris, and reduce puffiness under your eyes. End your shower with a blast of cold water wake to fully wake your body up!
Hydrate your skin
If you stayed up all night with your friends, you probably had your fair share of caffeinated beverages, on the day after you want to avoid these altogether. Though it helps you stay awake, caffeine can dehydrate your body, including your skin, and make the morning after much worse. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
If you need to switch up the taste, opt for orange juice or flavor your water with fruit. This way, you’ll get the hydration you need with added vitamins, too. Additionally, heal your dry skin with lotion after your morning shower to lock in the moisture. While you may feel drained of energy after a long day of dancing in the sun, you don’t have to look like it!