Dear Derm: How Should I Prep My Skin Before A Night Out?

Sheet masks? Acids? SPF? We've got you covered.

While fresh-from-the-facialist skin continues to be celebrated on runways and Instagram feeds, commitment to skincare can be just that—a commitment.

Even facialists struggle to make time for full-on treatments, but it’s their brilliant daily tricks that give them that unbelievable, makeup-free glow (it is, after all, the greatest form of advertising). 

Irish Tatler got in touch with Dublin-based skin guru Ciara Darcy to discover the simple ways she creates the best base possible ahead of party season. 

"A jade roller is a hand-held tool that's made from jade stone to fit facial contours," Ciara reveals. 

"It's brilliant for lymphatic drainage and increasing circulation. I keep mine in the fridge and use it to decrease puffiness around my eye area, before or after a night out! Spend a few minutes working towards the nearest lymph node to drain any excess fluid and boost circulation. Improving blood circulation will brighten your skin.

"Poor circulation or places with low levels of oxygen such as aeroplanes can cause skin issues such as slow wound healing (acne scarring). There are loads of demo videos on YouTube showing you how to use a jade roller, it's really easy. The results are instant but unless you use it every day in my opinion not long-lasting."

READ: So You've Bought A Jade Roller, Now What?

"If your skin needs a little boost, my go-to product is the Seoulista Super Hydration Sheet Mask. This is, hands down, the best sheet mask I've tried! It's infused with hyaluronic acid to quench dehydrated skin, packed with antioxidants and it smells divine. It's also relatively quick and really easy to use. Apply it to clean dry skin and leave it on for 30 minutes.

"Rub any remaining product into your skin then start your makeup. Don't rinse your face after or you'll wash away all the serum. The results after 30 minutes are insane, your skin feels amazing and looks so fresh."

"For nights out I wouldn't wear an SPF under my makeup," Ciara continues.

"SPF can cause flashback (when you have a paler face compared for your body in a photo). Serums will absorb quickly into the skin making them a good base for makeup."

On 15 December, Paula Callan is hosting an event in The Alex Hotel to kick Christmas party season off with a bang. Paula will be on-hand to show you how to recreate two makeup looks and Ciara will be giving you tips and tricks about how to get (and keep) your skin glowing.

Then, style guru, Sarah Rickard will talk about reviving your wardrobe with key pieces. To top it all off, it's hosted by Doireann Garrihy. Tickets can be found here.  

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