The party season is not so much fun for your well-being, skin and hair. Defend yourself from Christmas curses with ELLEs essential solutions: these six will help you spring out of bed and sail into the office looking bright eyed and bushy tailed.More
The Curse: Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes
The Cause: ‘Too much alcohol in addition to salt and lack of sleep, along with eating an excess of rich foods can lead to puffy eyes and dark circles,’ explains Skincare Specialist Ole Henriksen.
The Cure: ‘Grated cucumbers, wrapped in gauze, is a great antidote for tired eyes and dark circles; leave them on the eyes for 10 minutes,’ says Ole. For a fuss-free solution try applying his Truth Is In The Eyes Eye Peel Concentrate, £55 at night. This product gently sloughs off dry, dull skin to regenerate and brighten the eye area. Use Ultimate Lift, £35, in the mornings (keep it in the fridge, the cool cream will help to bring down puffiness). Dark circles and puffy eyes can be a sign of too many toxins (read: alcohol) in the system, make sure to drink plenty of water during the festive season.
The Curse: Dull skin
The Cause: ‘Winter brings with it harsh weather, shorter days, less sunshine, higher stress levels (from all the Christmas shopping) and central heating, all of which has a direct impact on the skin,’ explains Noella Gabriel, Elemis Founder.
The Cure: ‘Luckily the skin works on a 21 day cycle so three weeks before your Christmas party or New Year’s Eve celebration is the perfect time to start conditioning and renewing your skin,’ adds Noella. Try Elemis’ Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing range (especially the facial cleanser, £27, and gel mask, £45) which use enzymes to ‘nibble away’ at dulling dead skin cells; amino acids to plump the skin and Acerola Cherry and white truffle to balance a temperamental complexion. Skin will look more radiant fast.