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How To Cleanse Your Skin After A Night Out in 3 Easy Steps

A deep dive into cleansing rituals. How to save your skin in party season with good practical cleansing techniques for different skin types.



After a night out on the town, it’s important to remove all traces of makeup and complete a deep cleanse before your beauty sleep, so your skin can regenerate. Not doing so could lead to clogged pores, breakouts or dehydrated skin. A proper cleansing routine for every skin type consists of double cleansing, exfoliating a few times a week, toning and moisturising. Do so every single night without fail, no matter how tired you are. And remember, makeup remover wipes and micellar water will not remove all traces of dirt, makeup and pollution from your skin – you need to really get in there with a non-foaming facial wash.

Here’s how to get clean after the party:

DRY OR SENSITIVE SKIN

If you have dry or sensitive skin, it is important to avoid products containing irritants, like perfumes, mineral oil and sodium lauryl sulfate. SLS is what makes products foam and it is dry skin’s number one enemy. Look for products labeled “fragrance free” and “alcohol free” with gentle, hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or aloe vera. Also look for glycolic acid and lactic acid, which helps relieve and heal dry skin. Focus on balm, oil and milk cleansers – never foaming.

Step 1: Cleanse

Our pick: MUN Akwi purifying cleanser

Akwi Purifying Cleanser

aed 220 Mūn

Step 2: Tone

Our pick: Fresh Rose deep hydration facial toner

Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner 250ml/8.4oz

aed 226.50 Fresh

Step 3: Treat

Our pick: Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Hydrating Night Serum

Honeymoon Glow AHA Hydrating Night Serum w/Hyaluronic Acid for Fine Lines & Wrinkles

aed 391 Farmacy

COMBINATION SKIN

As with sensitive skin, its best to avoid harsh foaming products when cleansing. Gel-based and mild cleansers are best. Toners rich in antioxidants will further cleanse the skin and might help reduce the appearance of pores. As a final step before moisturising, apply a chemical exfoliant with AHA (like glycolic and lactic acid) or BHA (like salicylic acid).

Step 1: Cleanse

Our pick: Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser

Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser 5 oz/ 147 mL

aed 184 Ole Henriksen

Step 2: Exfoliate

Our pick: Glossier Solution

Solution

aed 123 Glossier

Step 3: Tone

Our pick: Origins United State Balancing Tonic

Origins United State Balancing Tonic

aed 131 Origins

OILY SKIN

Oily skin can be difficult to tackle but with the right products you can keep the oiliness balanced. The biggest mistake people with oily skin make is to think they can and should strip away the oil – this will only lead to your skin producing even more oil, leading to clogged pores. It’s also a myth that oily skin can’t use oils like oil cleansers or facial oils. In fact, using the correct oils will help keep your skin’s own oil production in check. As always, avoid foaming products which will only strip your skin, include acids and use products with lighter consistencies, such as a gel or lotion.

Step 1: Cleanse

Our pick: Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm

Precleanse Balm

aed 209 Dermalogica

Step 2: Exfoliate

Our pick: The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

Masks, 145 ml – Drops Of Youth Liquid Peel Off Mask

aed 101.95 The Body Shop

Step 3: Tone

Our pick: Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Rose Petal Toner

Witch Hazel With Aloe Vera Toner Rose Petal 12 ounce

aed 50 Thayers