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
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.