How to refresh tired skin after a heavy weekend

Guilty of a bit of overindulgence this weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Tired skin is inevitable after a weekend of partying and junk food (just because you can’t remember your 3am takeaway doesn’t mean it doesn’t count), but don’t fret, we’re here to help you bring it back to life. Just follow these steps and you’ll be looking fresh as a daisy in no time.

Refresh tired skin from the inside out

As the old saying goes, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And when it comes to healthy skin, this couldn’t be truer.


We know how easy it is to click on that takeaway app when you’re feeling worse for wear. That’s fine, providing that the habit doesn’t extend into the week ahead. Studies have shown that we’re much more likely to crave fatty carb-rich foods when we’re tired, so making sure you grab a decent night’s shut-eye before you head back to work is certainly a good idea for preventing slip-ups later in the week.

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Your body uses nutrients to metabolize (process) alcohol, which means a top-up is usually in order after a period of heavy drinking. When it comes to tired skin, a lack of Vitamin A is often to blame. It plays a big part in cell renewal, so without it skin loses its glow.

The good news is, Vitamin A is prevalent in lots of every-day foods. Vegetables like carrots, sweet potato, kale, and broccoli are all great sources. Now, you could go for a green super-smoothie, but if that’s not your thing, then a roast dinner is a perfectly reasonable (and arguably much more satisfying) option. Not only have you got the goodness of the veggies, but you’ve also got those carb cravings covered with potatoes and yorky puds. Sounds like a win to us.


We’re all familiar with that feeling when you wake up after a night of drinking, mouth dryer than the Sahara. Just like the rest of your body, your skin will also be in serious need of water.

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It’s important to bear in mind that there’s a difference between dehydrated skin, and dry skin (confusing, we know). Dehydrated skin comes from a general lack of water in the body, whereas dry skin is a lack of oil being produced. The symptoms of both are pretty similar (tightness, dullness, rough texture) but dehydrated skin needs to be treated from the inside by drinking more water. It’s also worth noting that dehydrated skin can still be oily, so even if you don’t have those classic “dry skin” symptoms, it doesn’t mean you’ve dodged the bullet.

Even if you’ve not been drinking, we’d always recommend trying to drink at least 2 litres of water a day. It can sound pretty daunting at first, but the difference it can make to the appearance of your skin is amazing. If you work in an office, keep a large bottle by your desk to remind you to sip throughout the day.

Then give it some TLC on the outside

So that’s the inside sorted. But for an instant fix for tired skin, there’s nothing better than treating yourself to a mini home facial. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

You will need:

Step 1 - Cleanse and exfoliate

You’ll want to start by making sure your face is clean and free of any dead skin cells. Our kóri exfoliating face wash has a formulation that’s ideal for treating tired skin. Soothing Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera will ease any puffiness; a common side effect of too much alcohol and salty foods. It also contains orange oil, to brighten the skin and provide a much-needed hit of vitamin-C.

Step 2 - Treat yourself to a face mask

This step is optional, but if you’re serious about reviving your tired skin, then a moisturising face mask can work wonders.

You can use a pre-bought one (we think natural ingredients are best), or if you’re feeling frugal, you can make your own. Just mash up a medium-sized banana into a paste, mix in a teaspoon of honey, and you’re good to go. Leave on for around 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and a clean flannel.

Tip: To help banish dark circles, pop some cold tea bags or cucumber slices over your eyes whilst the mask is doing its business.

Step 3 - Tone

A toner is brilliant for soothing tired skin and rebalancing your complexion. Our gösta facial tonic will provide your skin with another soothing hit of Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera, so you can seriously say goodbye to any of that puffiness. Chamomile is another star ingredient,  promoting a healthy glow heals and restores the skin's natural moisture content.

Step 4 - Moisturise

We’d hope that moisturiser is already a staple part of your daily routine, but it’s extra important after a heavy weekend. Hopefully, you’ve already replenished those internal water levels, but the surface of your skin will be in need too. Again, we’re all about those natural ingredients. A good layer of kåre will provide your tired skin with a hit of revitalising nutrients.