While you were

Sleeping

Late nights, busy days and an excess of partying means we have to maximise what little beauty sleep we get. Here is my guide to ensuring the night before doesn’t have to show the morning after…

‘Audrey Hepburn sleeps it off in Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

Beauty sleep DOES exist – research has shown that while the skin cells are focussed on protection during the day, at night the body clock switches on our repair mode, especially between 1am to 4am.  So if you are dancing on a table at 3am the result is a pale, pasty and dull looking skin the morning after, alternatively you can trick your skin into thinking it’s had the full eight hours. I love DECLÉOR’s overnight night balms – with different essential oils for everything from detoxifying to dry skin. Use on clean skin in the early hours and I promise you a rosy, rested glow when you wake up.

FYI:

Face oils are a real favourite of mine because if you chose a natural oil it sinks into the skin without leaving it greasy. Plus, nothing else leaves a dry, dull skin as supple, healthy and glowing the morning after. Try Trilogy’s CoQ10 Booster Serum with essential oils with essential oils, or Melvita’s natural Argan or Jojoba Oil.

Tip

Massage a few drops of face oil over a hydrating serum for the best face-plumping double whammy a skin can get - I love Nourish Relaxing Hydrating Serum.

No matter how late it is or how tired you are make the effort to take off the make-up and clean your face. Face wipes are not my favourite (they don’t clean deep enough) but needs must and I recommend Ole Henriksen’s Truth to go Wipes . Even better, try a cleansing balm (like Emma Hardie’s Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing balm ) as it deep cleans and leaves skin super soft – try it and you’ll love it.

Overnight SOS...

(Save Our Skin)

1 Aromatherapy Associate Overnight Repair Mask – slather it on, massage it in and wake up to a rosy glow.

2 This Works No Wrinkles Night Repair – I love this skin transformer, use generously and no one will know you were leading the Conga at dawn.

3 Sampar So Much to Dew Midnight Mask – think of this as your overnight facial so you wake up looking like you’ve been to a spa rather than downing the shots all night.

And not forgetting...

HAIR:

Phyto’s deep working but light textured Night Treatment is brilliant at transforming dry, frazzled and unmanageable hair. Simply comb through lengths and ends before bed and style as usual in the morning, you don’t even need to shampoo it out.

FEET:

Burts Bees Coconut Foot Crème is brilliant used through dry, frazzled hair lengths before shampooing out the morning after.

HANDS

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Treatment is a super nourisher for dry hands, weak nails, rough elbows or wherever needs some TLC.

The Night BEFORE kit:

Bach Flower Rescue Night spray helps you naturally calm down and fall asleep when feeling tired but wired. Take two Milk Thistle supplements before bed to help you and your liver recover faster from too much drink the night before. If you wake up early and can’t get back to sleep it’s because your blood sugar levels have plummeted (post-drinking) so have a glass of juice by your bed – it’s the quickest way to up your blood sugar and get back to sleep.

The Morning AFTER kit:

Wake up tired skin with a speedy scrub to buff off dull skin cells – I like Dr Nick Lowe’s Cooling Menthol Facial Scrub and too little sleep leave everything dehydrated so up the water levels with Dior’s amazing Hydralife Mask , but massage it in as a face cream rather than remove as a mask. Dull eyes are always a giveaway - brighten anything bloodshot with Vizulize Natural Eye Drops ..

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