These Speedy Skincare Routines Will Save Your Skin In Festival Season

Waking up in a sweltering tent, hungover and dehydrated, skincare is probably the last thing on your mind at a festival. But as well as grabbing for the nearest bottle of water and joining the queue for the loos, a quick skincare routine can do a whole lot for your pores and your mood.

Although it’s lame compared to getting to the front row to see your fave band or hitting up the food truck that sells those unreal nachos, a quick cleanse and skin treatment can be transformative. As well as makeup and glitter, a hot day at a festival can cause your pores to get clogged with dust and sweat. Chances are, you’ll probably fall asleep with your makeup on too.

Of course, having the time of your life will be your main priority but if you can 5 minutes for a quick routine, your skin will thank you and you’ll feel refreshed and ready to party.

We’ve put together three skincare routines to save your skin at a festival and a deep clean for when you get home.

Quick refresh

1. If you don’t have much makeup to take off, start with The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser to dissolve impurities. The balm-like formula is mess-free for easy tent-side use. 

2. Revolution Skincare’s Hyaluronic Essence Spray will sort out your thirsty skin. Spray over your face for a super refreshing boost.

3. Finish off with a layer of Alpha H’s Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+. Remember, sun damage is mostly irreversible, so the SPF in this step is very important.

Cleanse and go

1. To take off heavier makeup, start with Yes To’s Cucumber Calming Micellar Cleansing Water. Sweep over your eyes and lips to start to remove last night’s look.

2. Festival makeup can call for a double cleanse, so follow up with Saturday Skin’s Rise and Shine Purifying Cleanser for a fresh finish (and to make sure you get those last bits of dirt and makeup).

3. Complete the routine with Mario Badescu’s Oil Free Moisturiser SPF 30. Leave the face wipes at home this year and opt for a Face Halo to reduce the amount of waste you’ll create.

Deep clean

For the first layer of festi-grime, cleanse and exfoliate your skin with Saturday Skin’s Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel.

2. Follow up with an exfoliating peel with the Revolution Skincare Intense Skin Exfoliator to clear away dirt and dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin as well as deeper into your pores.

3. Freck’s Foreclay Cactus Clay Mask is the perfect 20 min treatment to apply while you unpack your muddy clothes, drying up any oily patches that might have popped up from your beer-heavy diet over the weekend.

4. A classic, rich moisturiser like Lait Crème Concentrate Nourishing Moisturiser from Embryolisse will plump and smooth your tired skin.