Re­lax! Here’s your ... FES­TIVE PARTY SUR­VIVAL PLAN

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Sur­viv­ing party sea­son is an art form — late nights and long work­ing days take their toll on your skin. Add in crispy hair from heat styling, bruised and blis­tered feet, and by Christ­mas all you will want is a date with your du­vet. But you get through the sea­son with a few sim­ple changes in your rou­tine and emerge ra­di­ant and healthy on the other side. How?

As nec­es­sary as you might feel it is, caf­feine is de­hy­drat­ing. All that cof­fee — tea, too — might liven up your morn­ing tem­po­rar­ily but your skin won’t ap­pre­ci­ate it. Switch a cup or two for co­conut wa­ter or green tea. Both are great for re­hy­dra­tion and giv­ing the sys­tem an en­ergy kick.

Burn­ing the can­dle at both ends will leave you look­ing and feel­ing pretty grim, so catch up when you can. To coun­ter­act sleep-de­prived puffy eyes, pick up No Puffery by Ori­gins, €32. Pricey but worth it, this is an eye gel cream that soothes like an ice pack and is suit­able for guys and girls.

Cen­tral heat­ing re­ally saps mois­ture from the skin and causes it to be­come rough, dry and dull. If you can, get a hu­mid­i­fier; if you can’t, get a hy­drat­ing mask. La Roche-Posay’s Hy­draphase Mask, €16.50, is ideal for party sea­son. A su­per boost of hy­dra­tion, it can be used ei­ther as a 5-10-minute mask a few times a week, or sim­ply ap­ply a thin layer as needed. Re­mem­ber: the speed with which the mask is ab­sorbed shows just how de­hy­drated the skin ac­tu­ally is. If it dis­ap­pears on con­tact, maybe stay at home for an evening!

Hot locks aren’t such a good idea if you are ap­ply­ing around 200°C of heat to them ev­ery night. Don’t sac­ri­fice your hair’s health for a style; hair grows far too slowly and it’s just not worth it. If you must use tongs or straight­en­ers, heat-pro­tect your hair with a cream or spray, or at least give it a chance to re­cover with a hair mask on a night you’re stay­ing in. Moroc­canoil’s In­tense Hy­drat­ing Mask, €32.39, is sweet-smelling and hugely restora­tive. It takes just 5-7 min­utes to make the hair shiny and soft once more. Use once or twice weekly, or as needed.

De­signer shoes have pad­ding built into the sole of the shoe for com­fort, but if you’re more High Street than high end, pick up a pair of Scholl’s Party Feet Gel Cush­ions, €6.99. If you get a blis­ter at­tack from new shoes, Boots Blis­ter Plas­ters cost €5.89 for six. Of course, the mammy in me wants to point out that no one ever got blis­ters from wear­ing com­fort­able shoes! En­joy!

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