Consistently skipping your face-washing routine to remove the grime from the day or night is a serious beauty no-no that you should not practice. And there’s no better time to start a solid skincare routine than college! Washing with a good cleanser, exfoliating often with a gentle scrub and following up with a moisturizer made for your skin type and sensitivity will ensure that you remove any buildup on your face and also helps your skin breathe to renew itself.

Sometimes, though, when you come in after a fun but long night of partying, all you want to do is crash. Try to resist the urge, though, for your skin’s sake! In addition to our regular routine, try these post-party skincare tips to help your skin recover quickly from a long night out.

Drink water! As simple as that sounds, a lack of water is the number one culprit for sallow-looking skin and wrinkles. Your body absorbs room temperature better, so opt for a glass that is not totally iced down. Make sure you drink plenty of water after you first come home, first thing when you wake up and throughout the day.

If you have about 20 to 30 minutes, do a light job in the morning when you first wake up. The fresh outdoor air and sunshine will invigorate your skin. The sweat will also clean out your pores while the blood circulating through your body brings vital oxygen to the surface. Plus, you’ll feel much better all around.

Hydrating your skin and waking it up in the morning is an important first step after a long night. The easiest way to do this is to take a nice, warm shower. The steam will open up your pores and make it easier for your skin to breathe. Before you step in, apply a moisturizing facial mask that can set while your in the shower (taking care to keep your face away from the water for a bit). After you step out of the shower, gently remove the mask with a warm, wet washcloth. Your skin will feel instantly smooth and supple, helping prevent fine wrinkles that can settle in from being tired.

Follow up with an energizing face wash. Many brands carry products specifically formulated to invigorate your skin. I use one from a common skincare line found at drugstores that really wakes up my face and gives it a healthy, glowing feeling. Little microbeads burst upon application, so I know it’s working!

If you can’t afford an eye cream that specifically deals with puffiness and dark circles, keep used cold chamomile tea bags or cucumbers handy in your fridge. Simply place them on your closed eyes for about 15 minutes and let their soothing, cooling properties bring your eyes back to life. You can even take a mini siesta to help you recover (adequate sleep is also a very important remedy for your skin!).

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