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How to make sure all those late nights leave zero traces.
Written By Fiorella Valdesolo
It’s a simple beauty truth: Your face should never reveal your social calendar, particularly during awards season. But spend too many consecutive nights partying — and then after-partying — subsisting on a diet of Champagne and canapés, and getting the kind of restless non-sleep that comes with all of the above, without shifting your beauty regimen accordingly, and the effect on your complexion will be inevitable. But with the right recovery essentials, you can go ahead and stay out at Harvey Weinstein’s soiree until 4 a.m. — your skin won’t be the wiser. Here, the key elements for your skin rehab.

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There is no step more critical than removing your makeup before hitting the sheets. Soak a cotton round with this oil-free, mineral-rich water and sweep it across your face, taking extra care around the eyes.

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Any extra-stubborn makeup traces that didn’t get dabbed away with the cleansing water won’t survive this dense balm. Apply a quarter-size dollop in a circular “wax on, wax off” motion (with or without the muslin cloth) across the face (it’s gentle enough for the eye area as well) to cleanse, exfoliate and decongest the skin, all the while deeply nourishing and hydrating it.

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For late nights and long flights there is no better panacea than these soft cotton masks soaked with a dry-skin-eradicating solution. Besides deeply hydrating the eye area, they also blur fine lines and brighten. Simply leave the masks on for at least 15 minutes, then, after peeling off, carefully pat in the silky solution without rinsing off.

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The same miracle ingredients that have made many an acolyte of La Mer’s signature moisturizer, in silken concentrate form. While it works wonders soothing skin that has endured laser or chemical peel treatments, it also has a simpler purpose: reducing redness and inflammation, two frequent results of overindulgence. Smooth a few drops into cleansed skin.

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The name of this velvety cream is apt: Slathered on weary complexions, it has an almost instantaneous plumping and dullness-erasing effect. That collagen-boosting comes thanks to a formula loaded with peptide, hyaluronic acid, rose hip oil and vitamin E. Apply in a brisk upward motion, without neglecting the neck and décolleté.

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The eyes and lips, two of the first areas of the face to show the sneaky signs of aging — with fine crow’s feet and vertical lines above and across the pout — require extra attention. Use your ring finger to pat this rich cream on, encircling the pout and around the eye contour.

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Give your hands and body the same consideration as your face — they deserve it. And nothing feels quite so indulgent as this enticingly scented, invitingly dense cream. Give extra focus to hands, elbows, knees and feet, where dryness and crepey skin tend to rear their heads.

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