It’s only Thursday and it already feels like it has been a long week. With impromptu drinks, planned Christmas parties and much merriment all around, the need to constantly pack your evenings and forget that it’s a school night can leave you somewhat weary.
This isn’t so much of a problem when you’re a mere whipper-snapper. But once you hit a certain age, not only do you feel the late nights and partying on the inside, it starts to show on the outside. From dark shadows and bags to flaky skin and breakouts, it’s little wonder that the first thing your mum says to you when she sees you for the first time is: “Cor, you look tired, have you been burning the candles at both ends again?”
While this may be stating the obvious, you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that this is all, of course, self-inflicted. In fact, you wish your mum didn’t worry about you at all. You’d love to turn up at the door with a glowing complexion and sparkly eyes instead of representing the green side of pale with added under-eye shadows so dark that you look like you’ve been taking make-up tips from Marilyn Manson.
Although I can’t promise that my post-party skin saviours will cover up all signs of living-it-up, they make give your skin that much-needed boost so at least you look perky.
Wave goodbye to under-eye baggage and hello to brighter peepers thanks to these wonder eye patches crafted by the guys behind the amazing Triple Oxygen treatments. Packed full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and cucumber extract, each patch is vacuum-packed so the ingredients stay fresh until you use them. Whether you’re looking for a remedy for bleary eyes or a pre-party pick-me-up, shove a couple of these in your handbag, pop them on your eyes for 15 minutes and you will be able to see the difference.
2. Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm, £37
Tired, dehydrated skin? Give yourself an at home facial by using Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm. This skin treatment is amazing at helping to replenish and restore moisture to a tired and dull complexion. Use this combination of nourishing wild rose and the antioxidant rosehip as well as geranium, starflower, hemp and rosemary oil to cleanse, exfoliate or simply nourish your skin. This Beauty Balm is so versatile that it’s worth keeping a jar in the bathroom cabinet for a post-party treatment or once-a-week cleanse.
3. Elemental Herbology Perfect Clarity Blemish Minimiser, £25
You should have grown out of it but once the party season is in full swing so those pesky blemishes come out to play. Instead of giving them a good squeeze, which can cause your skin to scar, dab on this Perfect Clarity Blemish Minimiser. This mix of Rosemary, Lavender and Tea-Tree oils calms the inflammation and redness, allowing the salicylic acid and lactic acid to get down deep dirty, exfoliating and clearing your pores. And unlike the solutions made for teenage skin, this formula in a pen-style application will not dry your skin out. Leaving you with a clearer complexion.
Use under moisturiser or on its own, Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil Antioxidant feeds, nourishes and brightens your skin. You only need a few drops and it absorbs almost instantly into your skin meaning you can continue with the rest of your make-up routine. The key ingredient, rosehip oil, is packed full of powerful antioxidants, which include omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids to plump up the skin, and retinoic acid to even out skin tone. You certainly will not regret adding this one to your beauty routine.
5. Aromatherapy Associates Overnight Repair Mask, £51
For the ultimate in overnight repair, reach for the beautifully delicate Aromatherapy Associates Overnight Repair Mask. Not only does the subtle rose aroma help to calm your mind, the mix of rejuvenating rose, frankincense and strawberry seeds plump get to work stimulating collagen and elastin fibres. The result is plumper, smoother skin when you wake up.
Admittedly, none of my post-party skin saviours come cheap but they do last for ages and you will notice a difference. Have fun over the holidays and the best thing you can do for your skin is to remember to, at least, remove your make-up and apply moisturiser overnight.
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