It's the Melbourne Cup tomorrow and, like any big event, we all want to look our best. So how can we ensure that our skin stays stress-free and remains on its best behaviour? By giving it some TLC tonight. Here's our guide for looking after your skin for the next 48 hours.
Monday, 6pm: Treat your skin to an early makeup removal. If you're just having a TV night in preparation for tomorrow there's no need to sit in your makeup all evening. Remove it with a rich, creamy cleanser such as Clinique Comforting Cream Cleanser ($38) or Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser ($13.99), and then follow with a scrub, mask and nourishing moisturiser. You won't believe how good your skin feels afterwards.
Monday, 8pm: Make sure you skip the vino this evening. It's always best to avoid alcohol the night before a big event as it tends to make the face puffy the next day. Instead have a nice bath, finishing off with a fast-absorbing body oil like Neutrogena's Sesame Formula ($12.99) or Antipodes Heavenly Body Oil ($49.99) to leave your limbs silky smooth.
Keep reading . . .Monday, 10pm: It's off to bed for you. Catch as many zzz's as possible tonight so that you look fresh and well-rested tomorrow morning.
Tuesday, 7am: Start the morning off with your usual cleanse, tone and moisturise routine but be sure there's lots of SPF in there, too. Both on your face and body. (Our go-to sunscreen is Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 30+, $18.99.) Remember if your dress has cut-out sections, it's best to apply SPF when you don't have any clothes on — that way you won't miss anywhere! Remember to pack your sunscreen in your bag — you'll need to reapply throughout the day. Every few hours if you're in direct sunlight.
Tuesday, 11pm: Chances are you'll be feeling a little tipsy right about now. But when you're home remember the golden rule: always remove your makeup and drink lots of water. Your skin will thank you for it the next day. Use cleansing wipes — they're quick and easy to use and most even take off waterproof mascara.
Wednesday, 7am: Yes, it really is that time already. Can we recommend lots of invigorating citrusy scents to wake you up? Oh and red lipstick works a treat to distract from tired eyes.