EXPRESS YOURSELF/11th DECEMBER
Wine Face and EyeBags? It must be nearly Christmas!
Cream Crackered? You Need A Festive Makeover!
The Cinderella make over
It’s nearly Christmas which can only mean one thing – you’re stressed or tired or both. From puffy eyes from checking your bank balance too often to wine face after one glass too many, this time of year can wreak havoc on your looks. With the countdown to all the celebrations underway here’s how to sort any seasonal spoilers with our revive and renew treatments and essential beauty cheats – along with some our emergency tips for good measure
One glass too many combined with a few sleepless nights can result in the dreaded red cheeks, dry patches from dehydration and skin bloating. Alcohol can rob your body of Vitamin A which is crucial for cell renewal , and often the reason why look skin looks so dull the morning after. It can also effect conditions like rosacea, causing it to flare up and when your body is depleted of vital fluids like electolytes your skin can show signs of swelling. When you lack what you need any water you take in will cause tissue to swell. Give your skin instant jolt of energy with a Hydrafacial treatment, which is great for softening the look of tiredness lines, detoxing, plumping up tired skin and putting a glow back into your complexion. Karen Brady loves the six-step treatment which includes a skin detox, deep cleansing and exfoliation, brightening mask finishing with an infrared light procedure to zap redness and leave skin glowing. Even better you’ll see immediate results From £120 0207 436 4441
For a quick at home hangover weapon try Meder Beauty Science’ s Lipo Oval Mask which contains ingredients to eliminate toxins as well as helping to replace the minerals, vitamins and amino acids thirsty skin needs. The sheet mask also contains caffeine which will help wake up the skin leaving the complexion fresh and looking rested. £61 mederstore.com
Anything that reflects light will hide lines and make skin look more youthful so try adding a couple of drops of illuminator to your foundation.
Occasionally washing your face with egg yolk will help to stimulate your skin boosting cell turnover. The magic ingredient is vitamin A. After cleansing face apply the yolk all over your complexion with a cotton pad, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for five minutes then rinse off with warm water.
Wrinkled Brows and Worry Lines
Wearing your hair off your face or in a tight bun and fretting about your frown and worry lines? Smooth a furrowed brow and expression lines with the Liquid Lifter treatment. Rather than paralysing muscles with Botox this alternative treatment uses hyaluronic acid filler which lifts and smooths lines in one 20-minute session. Results will be seen immediately and will last up to 6 months. From £250
Fillerina is an at -home, dermo-cosmetic, no-needle 14 day treatment. Blending six hyaluronic acids, Fillerina is available in three grades and is proven to soften fine lines, wrinkles and increase tissue volume in cheeks and lips by up to 30% – from £79 cultbeauty.co.uk
Dark Circles/ Puffy Bags
Puffy, baggy eyes after too many late boozy nights and office parties can be easily reduced with Bright-eyed Girls, a uniqueeye facial treatment which is tailored to your needs and includes Pelleve, (Gillian Taylforth’s favourite party rescue fix)- 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. To plump the hollows that can cast shadows under the eyes, hyaluronic acid injectable filler can also be used to add volume to sunken areas like the tear-trough groove. This can instant create an optical illusion so light can bounce off the skin. Although topical anaesthetics make the procedure painless, be prepared for slight swelling and bruising for a few days. Results are instant and last three to six months. Depending on treatments expect pay from £150
Washing your face with hot water worsens puffiness and can accentuate dark circles. If you have allergies, or your eyes are itchy the histamines released by your immune system can cause swelling and leaky capillaries under the eyes. Try an antihistamine tablet.
For an instant eye bag detox try a couple of slices of raw potato. First wash and peel and apply a slice under the eye and leave for fifteen minutes. The potato slices will help decrease water retention as they contain an enzyme catalase, which also helps lighten dark circles.
Foreo Iris Illuminating Eye Massager is a great investment as it delivers a gentle yet effective massage that mimics a beauty therapist’s finger tapping technique, perfect for pepping up tired eyes, de-puffing eyes the morning after or using after you apply your eye creams£99 www.foreo.com
If there weren’t enough things causing wrinkles during the day when you’re wide, awake, now sleeping can cause extra lines, especially if you have had a heavy night. Those creases you wake up with are caused by the skin crunching against a pillowcase and can stay with you all day. For an emergency treatment try FaceUp which uses a special micro pulsating rotary head holder to exfoliate and massage smoothing lines and leaving the skin refreshed and rejuvenated, From £150
Give yourself a DIY facial massage to whip up circulation and follow with a plumping mask. Try Nip+Fab Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask which helps control the facial muscles, increases blood circulation, gently plumping out and firming the skin. It will also helps fill and soften lines and creases and has a 3d lifting effect so the skin’s surface will appear smoother. £4.97 boots.com
Spots have a habit of appearing at the worst possible time but for a quick fix try Spot Injections which can make them disappear within 48 hours. One treatment is normally all that’s needed. From £50 0207 436 4441
For an emergency spot treatment dissolve a soluble aspirin in a little water and dab on top of spot to reduce the redness and inflammation. Or try Clarity Skin Clearing Spot Gel by Cloud 9 Skin Solutions. The invisible gel contains a blend of active ingredients include Niacinamide, and can help prevent breakouts forming. £32 www.feelunique.com
The extravagance of the festive season can make tummies blow up like a balloon. TiteFX is a triple action treatment to destroy fat cells andhelp tighten and smooth the skin – it works by using radio frequency, heating and a high voltage pulse You’ll see results after one or two weekly treatments but for longer lasting results a course of six recommended.
Cost from £150 a session
Milk Thistle supplement can help your body through all the endless parties. It helps with cleansing the liver, the organ which clears out toxins from the body, particularly alcohol!
PICK OF THE FESTIVE BEAUTY BOOSTERS
*Amazing Concealer Perfection Stick is a great touch and no cover up to instantly disguise dark circles, spots and pigmentation and can also double up as a brow and cheek highlighter- £18 marksandspencer.com
*Make Up Eraser is an ingenious new ‘cloth’ which completely removes all make up with just a splash of water- even waterproof mascara can be removed in seconds. One side of the cloth will also gently exfoliate and deep cleanse the pores £15.95 www.love-makeup.co.uk
*Elizabeth Arden’s new Eight hour Cream All Over Miracle Oil can be used on the face, body and hair and is clinically proven to moisturize for eight to twelve hours –use on arms and décolletage for an intensive moisture boost or smooth into damp or dry hair to boost shine and smooth flyaways. £29 from most department stores
*Fake long lush lashes with Code Pre Mascara Lash Plumper – the ultimate tinted primer is great for thinning or short stubby eyelashes. Apply before mascara and the fibre-based product will boost volume and length £18 code-beautiful.com
*Fake Bake 5 Minute Mousse Self-Tan means you can get dressed minutes after application and it’s natural bronze tint suits all skin tones. £19.99 fakebake.co.uk
*Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks will reduce fine lines and puffiness and make the entire eye area look revitalized. £46 from most department stores
*If you have thinning brows and eye pencils melt before the nights out try Diego Dalla Parma’s new Long Lasting Eyebrow Marker which draws thin to thick lines depending on the pressure applied to the point. £14www.diegodallapalma.com