Exhausted? These beauty treats will help you look and feel much better...
Feeling tired? As in scrunched-up limbs and drooping eyes levels of exhausted? We know the feeling, and there is some reprieve if you don’t have spare time to catch up on sleep. Falling just shy of a really good snooze, we’ve found the products and tips that can ease the ache, enliven skin and ensure you’re pampered with minimal effort – honestly.
From the balm that leaves you light on your feet, to the bath soak that helps to soothe sore limbs, beauty counters are rife with products to counter the effects of sheer, undeniable fatigue. But it’s not just about feeling more awake – it’s about looking lively, too, and we’ve got you covered with a host of makeup tricks to reunite skin with its former glow.
So, read on to find out why you should be curling your lashes (it’s about more than just a nice flutter), and applying nude liner. These tricks may not beat a holiday, but they’re capable of being just as rejuvenating…
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This Works Light Time Cleanse & Glow, £30
Power up your morning cleanse with This Works Light Time Cleanse & Glow, a cleansing balm that fakes the abundantly radiant effects of a good night?s sleep. Unlike your typical face wash, which simply scrubs then goes slooshing down the drain, it plies pores with brightening Vitamin C and leaves a trace of glow-boosting moisture behind.
You?re already aware that curling your lashes will give you a flattering flutter, but did you know that this simple trick holds benefits for the brightness of your eyes, as well? By teasing your eyelashes upwards with a curler, you allow more light to enter and reflect off the iris, thus enhancing the colour and making you look more awake.
Give in to the tiredness and treat yourself to a relaxing bath - preferably one that?s dosed with a slug of No7 Beautiful Skin Sheer Indulgence Bath Oil. This pampering unction boasts a mind-emptying blend of Sweet Almond, Jojoba and Avocado Oils that intensely moisturise embattled skin. Another bonus? If that fatigued body of yours is fraught with aching muscles, 30 minutes of soaking in very warm water will help you to loosen up.
Pairing the pleasure-inducing effects of chocolate with a pleasingly gritty scrub, this pamper product is the dream for ravaged skin and the olfaction alike. While the scent gets to work at boosting your mood, the utterly decadent blend of buffing coconut shells and hydrating cocoa butter ease tired limbs back to their supple best.
The unexpected detail making you look and feel more run-down? It?s dry, chapped lips, in all their flaky and often painful misery. Ensure they don?t drag you down by making a layer of buttery balm the first step of your makeup regimen, so it has time to plump and hydrate a sore mouth before you slick on lipstick.
It?s unlikely that your tired self is keen on the idea of fiddling with body creams, so why not opt for some no-fuss, mist-on moisturiser instead? Spray Clinique Deep Comfort Body Oil over limbs to lend mild exfoliation that softens, hydrates and improves skin?s glow. It really is that effortless.
If the rims of your eyes are looking red, counteract the angry hue by etching this brightening nude liner along the waterline. Hey presto ? you have perkier peepers.
Flagging at your desk or while running errands? Give your skin and senses an invigorating boost with a spritz of Benefit b.right Ultra Hydrating Mist. Your complexion will thank you for that.
To wake up your eyes Lancôme's Benjamin Rousseau says: 'Use a small amount of orange lipstick (not metallic!) to help tone down dark circles. Then use your finger to dab some concealer on top as well.'
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Easing skin through its nighttime regenerative process, Guerlain Midnight Secret depletes the signs of stress with its soothing, decongesting 'sleep elixir'.
Refresh aching feet at home with these remedies from podiatrist Margaret Dabbs. She recommend ssoaking heels in salt water if they're sore, or fresh mint water if they need reviving.
Instant revive dull nail varnish by applying an oil or lotion all over painted nails and cuticles. Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion will do the job.
If you're looking tired, use a rich red lipstick to set your skin aglow. We love Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Caprice.
For a fresh-faced glow, Lancôme's Benjamin Rousseau says: 'Mix your normal moisturiser with a little foundation and follow with translucent powder.'
Embattled feet are one sure-fire symptom of being stressed and run-down. Keep heels soft by combining a relaxing foot massage (take your time) with Eucerin Intensive Foot Cream.