Sleep deprived skin
Just one night of insufficient sleep leave its mark on your skin and body. According to a study losing a couple of hours sleep for even a couple of nights can actually increase the appearance of wrinkles. The study also found that a lack of sleep helps pile on the pounds as it increased hunger levels by 33 percent and food cravings by 60 per cent. Sleep is a time for the skin and body to heal, renew and eliminate toxins and without enough deep sleep this repair process is slowed right down. So how can you cope over the festive season without being a party pooper? Sleep studies have shown that for every hour of sleep you miss in one night you should try and make up for it by sleeping for an extra half of what you missed on the following night. For example, if you only managed 4 hours one night, the next night you should aim for the recommended eight hours plus the 2 hours extra to make up for the night before. To give your skin the best chance of recovering from the effects of sleep deprivation, cheat with one of the new sleep in a bottle night creams which will lift and firm the skin, leaving it looking plump and rejuvenated in the morning Try Cult51 Night Cream (£49.99 –cult51.com) clinically proven to deliver 51 anti ageing benefits and contains a potent cocktail of active ingredients to do the hard work on your skin while you sleep. And remember no matter how tired you are – always take off make up and cleanse skin or the lethal combination of stale make up, alcohol and lack of sleep will lead to breakouts.
Partied out Peepers
The skin around the eyes is the first to show signs of wear and tear and too much partying can leave them bloodshot and puffy, Caffeinated tea, which contains natural tannins, is a mild diuretic and long used by grandmothers and runway models for reducing eye puffiness. Soak two tea bags in warm water, then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes, and your eyes will feel fresh and look brighter. Relieve under eye bags by gently massaging the area: this helps disperse the fluid. Use your index finger to massage in a circular direction from the brow, right round the eye until you reach the same point. Do this eye-circuit at least 6 times. An ice cube gently rubbed under and around eyes can also tighten skin and get rid of excess baggage. Wrap cube in cling film if you suffer with broken veins. Use an eye brightener to disperse redness and to relieve dry, itchy eyes – try Optrex Brightening Eye Drops (£3.29 boots or any chemist).
Dark circles can often be due to an allergic reduction and an antihistamine will help clear them up. Treatment wise, Pelleve, is a radio frequency treatment which instantly softens lines and refreshes tired, baggy eyes. A special hand held device is lightly massaged around the eyes which gives an instant lift. The treatment is followed by an eye masks designed to refresh, refine and erase signs of ageing around the eyes. You’ll see results immediately which will last for two to four weeks. From £250 contact 0207 436 4441