IF YOU danced and drank your way into January, we have tips and products on the high street that will help you feel in tip-top condition.
From hand cream to foot treatment, now is the time for some TLC.
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Redness and ultra-sensitive skin go hand in hand with winter.
“Apply a rich moisturiser containing ingredients like liquorice extract to reduce inflammation,” recommends Dr Howard Murad, founder of Murad skincare.
We heart Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich, £29. On particularly dry areas, apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly and leave it overnight.
Eyes Don’t Lie
Pixeleyesphotography.co.uk Murad Essential-C Eye Cream is full of skin-brightening ingredients including Vitamin C
When it comes to puffed-up peepers and dark circles, resting a cold spoon or slice of cucumber over your eyes to reduce swelling will help – but stocking up on vitamins will, too.
“Take a vitamin B complex – it’s a natural diuretic, which will help your body excrete excess fluid that has leaked into your puffy eyes,” advises skincare pro Dr Dennis Gross.
Once the swelling has gone down, apply an eye cream that’s been in the fridge overnight.
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“A product containing caffeine will rev up circulation to prevent fluid retention,” Dr Gross explains.
Murad Essential-C Eye Cream, £49.50, is packed with the stuff, as well as skin-brightening ingredients including vitamin C.
Get your glow back
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It can take four weeks for dehydration damage to show up on your face, and overindulgence can leave you with a seriously grey complexion.
“Exfoliate first to lift off the film of dull skin, do a double cleanse, then use an alcohol-free toner to replenish moisture,” advises Dr Murad.
Our favourite has to be Pixi Glow Tonic, £18, which contains 5% glycolic acid, so it’s gentle enough for all skin types.
After a stressful or busy period, it’s time to invest in big-gun ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times more moisture than water.
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask, £43, gives skin an extra shot of hydration.
It’s A Lock-Out
Pixeleyesphotography.co.uk L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil can help revive your locks this January
Give your dry, broken tresses a stay-at-home treat.
“When you get up, apply a generous amount of nourishing hair oil through the mid-lengths and ends. Leave it in all morning, then rinse,” advises Michael Tough, director at Headmasters.
Our current fave is L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil, £5.99, as it contains a mix of coconut, sunflower, camomile and soy bean oils, all of which are known to nourish and add shine.
Pixeleyesphotography.co.uk Burt’s Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals will soothe your muscles
Legs feeling sluggish? Applying heat to aching limbs will help relax the muscles and increase blood flow.
Rest a hot water bottle or hot towel over sore areas, or soak in a hot bath containing essential oils such as eucalyptus to combat fatigue – Burt’s Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals, £10.99, will soothe your muscles.
Then try using Legology Circu-lite, £12, a clever plastic device based on traditional cupping therapy. The vacuum cup helps boost drainage, relieves heaviness and smoothes winter-worn skin.
Follow with a refreshing peppermint moisturiser, massaging it upwards in a circular motion to boost circulation.
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If you’ve neglected your tootsies, it’s time they were treated to a relaxing home pedicure. But steer clear of the foot file.
“Your skin will be too sensitive and raw,” warns Barry M nail technician Metta Francis. “Soak your feet in warm water containing a sea-salt-and-peppermint-based foot soak,” she advises.
“Gently massage a foot scrub all over your feet, then apply a peppermint mask to soothe.”
Once rinsed and dry, slather a thick layer of foot moisturiser on to the surface of the skin without rubbing it in, then put on a pair of 100% cotton socks.
“The warmer the better – this will help the product absorb further into the feet.”
Need some serious TLC? Try Masque Bar Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask, £9.99, which you wear like socks and leave on for an hour.
Rough skin will start to peel off during the days that follow, eventually leaving you with super-smooth feet.