As party season finally wraps it, it’s time to pause and assess the damage. There’s no doubt that the many cocktail evenings and lavish dinners with friends and family are great, but the toll it can take on our bodies can be extreme. If you, like me, are looking a little worse for wear after the Christmas and New Year, try some of these quick fixes.
Problem: You’ve just come back from a late night party and are too tired to take off your makeup.
Solution: Instead of opting for an extreme and energy-draining washing regime, try the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Cream Cleanser. This cleanser is light and creamy and contains Vitamin E to nourish and repair your skin after a late night wearing makeup. The cleanser can be used without water, so it’s quick and easy to work a bit of the cleanser into your skin and wipe off with a damp cloth.
Problem: After all the heavy make up, your complexion is looking a little dull and aged.
Solution: Try incorporating a serum into your evening routine. My favourite is Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Overnight Facial. This particular serum contains antioxidants, vitamins, anti-inflammatory omega oils, firming Dermaxyl peptide, and a skin-brightening complex. I’ve found this serum to calm down my stressed skin, even out skin tone, and brighten my complexion- all overnight too! As an added bonus, it is fragranced with a blend of essential oils, including jasmine, frangipani, rose and tuberose, which remind me exactly of getting a facial.
Problem: You haven’t been catching enough Zzzz and your eyes are feeling a little puffy and dark.
Solution: Whilst skipping eye cream may not be as bad as forgetting to take your make up off, if you’re finding that you’re looking a little tired in the morning, it can be an important inclusion to your morning routine. I find the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Eye Cream to do the trick. The trick is to pick a moisturising eye cream to hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes. For an added bonus, pop your eye cream into the fridge overnight as the cooling effect will greatly help decrease puffiness.
Problem: You have constantly been reaching for your straighteners and curlers, and now you’re hair is looking and feeling frizzed out.
Solution: A quick and easy hair mask should sort out this situation in a few minutes. I’ve recently been loving the Aromachologie Volumizing Mask from L’Occitane. This mask adds moisture to dried out hair, making hair look smoother and healthier. The best part about this mask is that, despite the fact that I have limp, fine hair, the mask doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy, oily or weighed down.
Problem: Your skin is feeling dry and dehydrated.
Solution: Particularly in the warmer months, I hate feeling sticky after applying a heavy body moisturiser. Instead, I will always reach for a light, yet instantly refreshing body moisturiser, such as the Body Shop’s Body Sorbet. This moisturiser has a cool feel to the skin when applied, and instantly melts into the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated.
Problem: Despite all of your best efforts, you’re still feeling a little dull.
Solution: Try a highlighting primer, such as Topshop’s All Over Glow. This primer sits perfectly under makeup and provides a subtle, yet apparent luminosity to your face. It’s a perfect pick-me-up after all the late nights.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my collection of products and tips to help rescue you from any beauty woes as a result of the holiday season. What are your beauty picks for getting through the parties and festivities?