How to look rested dur­ing the hol­i­days

Hide your hang­over with five ra­di­ance-en­hanc­ing skin­care and makeup tips

StarMetro Halifax - - THE KIT - Kather­ine Lalancette THE KIT More tips at thes­tar.com/hol­i­day

From cel­e­brat­ing into the wee hours to in­dulging in some scrump­tious food and, um, “fes­tive” bev­er­ages, the hol­i­days can leave us feel­ing a tad worn out. But that doesn’t mean our faces have to look it. With some savvy skin­care and a lit­tle makeup magic, you can fake a full night’s rest right in time for the next soiree. Here’s how to do it.

START WITH A CLEAN SLATE

Wash­ing your face be­fore bed is pretty much the first com­mand­ment of skin­care, but if you know you’re the type to sin when too tired, stash some makeup wipes in your bed­side ta­ble. The next morn­ing, re­gard­less of how thor­ough (or not) you were the night be­fore, kick off your day with a good deep cleanse cour­tesy of an ex­fo­li­at­ing face wash. Top things off with a pu­ri­fy­ing toner to get rid of any last bits of de­bris and help your skin bet­ter drink up what­ever you ap­ply next.

CALL IN SOME BACKUP

Con­sider revving up your reg­i­men with skin­care tools. Whether you opt for a high­tech gadget or an in­stru­ment in­spired by an­cient ri­tu­als, it’s all about mas­sag­ing your face to in­crease blood flow and drain puffi­ness. As a re­sult, skin will ap­pear smoother and more ra­di­ant, fa­cial ten­sions will be re­laxed and fine lines will be re­duced. Up­ward and out­ward strokes are great for lift­ing the face, while a gen­tle tap­ping mo­tion works won­ders on bags.

Mas­sage your face to in­crease blood flow and re­duce puffi­ness. Foreo Iris eye mas­sager, $159, shop­pers­drug­mart.ca. Her­bi­vore jade fa­cial roller, $40, her­bi­vore­b­otan­i­cals.com.

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