stress-bust­ing beauty

The pace of mod­ern life has im­pacted our re­la­tion­ship with sleep so much that half of us ad­mit to hav­ing prob­lems get­ting some shut­eye*. No won­der we need pic­ture blur­ring to help us feel bet­ter. Here’s how to get your glow back #nofil­ter re­quired

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Skin look­ing a lit­tle lack­lus­tre due to a hec­tic life­style and lack of sleep? You need these tips now.

Cut down on these…

1. Sugar. Want some in­cen­tive to keep to those New Year res­o­lu­tions? Well, read this: con­sum­ing a lot of sugar jump-starts gly­ca­tion, a process that de­hy­drates your skin and tough­ens the top layer of cells. Yikes! Now that fourth cup­cake doesn’t seem so tempt­ing. 2. Booze. Need help cut­ting down on your al­co­hol in­take? All those wines and gins will in­flate your blood ves­sels, which dis­rupts cir­cu­la­tion and oxy­gen flow, lead­ing to un­sightly red patches.

Res­cue it with: Peter Thomas Roth Cu­cum­ber Gel Mask, £30 (01). Cooling and calm­ing, it tops up your skin’s mois­ture lev­els, quench­ing its thirst so it looks and feels re­freshed.

Beat that das­tardly Brrr…

Our com­plex­ions take a beat­ing in bit­ing winds and cold temps, which causes ir­ri­ta­tion. Then bac­te­ria and pol­lu­tion creep in, mak­ing your skin in­flamed.

Res­cue it with: Avène Rich Skin Re­cov­ery Cream, £16.50 (02). It’s packed with ther­mal spring wa­ter to in­stantly soothe an­gry and in­flamed skin.

eyes are del­i­cate, so look af­ter them…

The skin around your peep­ers is some of the thinnest on your body, which makes dry, in­door heat a real en­emy.

Res­cue it with: De­cléor Aurab­solu In­tense Glow for Eyes £29.50(03). Caf­feine helps to de-puff bags, while vi­ta­mins B3 and CG act as a shield from fur­ther ir­ri­ta­tion. Or­ange pig­ments lay down a veil of light-re­flect­ing ra­di­ance.

say no to stress spots

Stress is skin’s kryp­tonite. ‘The dead cell layer on the sur­face of the skin be­comes thin and mi­cro­scopic holes ap­pear, mean­ing you lose pro­tec­tion,’ says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Howard Murad. The stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol also in­creases oil pro­duc­tion, which can cause pesky spots.

Res­cue it with: Murad Blem­ish Spot Treat­ment, £15 (04). Packed with sul­phur, it zaps spots while the zinc soothes and soft­ens. AHAS and BHAS rid your com­plex­ion of dead skin cells and speed up cell turnover.

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