I can’t say I’m the most enthusiastic of festival-goers. I love a good day trip – particularly when said day trip involves a London-based festival – but when it comes to the whole camping/lack of shower/portaloos for days situation, I’m just not the most comfortable. Call me crazy, but it just ain’t ma scene.
However, on the odd occasion that I do indulge in the odd spot of overnight festival fun (see above picture from my most recent festival endeavour, I was dressed as Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony), when I eventually return home, I like to allow myself a good few hours to chill out, relax and detox from all that festival mania. Let’s face it, all that festival food, make up and wet wipe action ain’t no good for nobody and it’s nice to take the time to give your face and body a bit of a break.
After unpacking the car and sticking on a wash, I light a candle (Diptyque Figuier), leap into the shower and ensure that I take a long ole time washing away all that festival dirt. Then it’s onto the body. Depending on what weather you’ve had during your festival fun time – props to those of you who endured the apocalyptic Glasto rains – I would recommend using either an intensive moisturiser, or, if you’ve been lucky enough to get a tan, a calming, cooling after-sun. For those of you that were stuck in the rain, I wholeheartedly recommend the Dove Purely Pampering Body Oil in Pistachio and Magnolia for an amazing post-shower hit of hydration. This fast-absorbing oil smells incredible and leaves your skin softer than ever. And if you’re still craving the comfort of another moisturiser after that, a thin layer of the Garnier Intensive 7 Days Softening Nourishing Lotion will leave you feeling uber moisturised and smelling super.
Next up is the tootsies. Whether you’ve been trotting around dry and dusty fields in your flip flops or stomping through mud rivers in your wellies, it’s likely your feet will be in a need of some TLC. Enter the Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask, an ultra-nourishing pampering pedi product that leaves your feet feeling sweet. It’s the ideal antidote to all that late-night disco dancing.
Moving on to the face and my favourite bit of the pamper. Make up off first using the L’Oreal Gentle Make Up Remover for Eye and Lip. Then comes the double cleanse, a must when it comes to removing all that festival funkiness. For this I turn to the No 7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser which breaks down all make up and dirt without stripping the skin. Then it’s onto the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream, another nourishing formula that will help to clear out any remaining nasties from your face and leave your skin feeling silky smooth and refreshed. If I’m not feeling too tired and ready to fall into bed, I’ll whip out a facemask. Depending on whether I’m suffering from any sunburn I opt for either the Body Shop Oat and Honey 3-in-1 Scrub Mask – nourishing yet super cleansing – or the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oatmeal Mask – incredibly gentle and soothing.
Toner-wise, I turn to an old favourite, the Pixi Glow Tonic to give my skin a good dose of acid; it’s also gentle enough not to sting or burn if your face is feeling a bit sensitive. To help tackle those big ole eyebags, I call in the help of the Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme, an incredibly thick formula which nourishes and soothes any puffiness. It’s dreamy. Then I dose up my face with the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil followed by the ultra-thick Weleda Skin Food on any areas that are feeling particularly dry and damaged.
Then at long last it’s time for bed and the joy of sleeping on an actual mattress. With an actual duvet……… *snores*