Late-night-lovers rejoice! If your usually healthy routine has gone into festive freefall, don't panic - you can still party all night and look fresh-faced when the alarm buzzes, because we've got an S.O.S plan to help you survive those evil early mornings. Did someone say hangover? What hangover?
Your skin is often the first thing to suffer during the party season, (besides your stomach and liver that is) so if you're wondering how party-mad celebs manage to burn the midnight oil and still look like a glowing goddess the next day, it probably has more to do with their round-the-clock make-up teams than just good genes.
“Under a normal routine skin cells relax and recover via a growth hormone release [which occurs] during the ‘deep sleep’ phase,” says Dr Nirdosh, dermatologist and anti-ageing specialist to the stars. “The festive season eliminates early nights and therefore dramatically reduces your recovery hormones levels.”
To avoid a party-parched complexion (and disguise the fact you've just crawled into work straight from propping up your local bar) stock your cosmetics cupboard with products that contain moisture-replenishing, nourishment-enriching formulas. Try:
:: Estee Lauder’s Hydra Complete Multi-Level Moisture Mask, $54.00, followed with their Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher (30ml), $100.00, for the visual equivalent of eight hours sleep and two litres of water.
:: No time for masks and minimisers? Carry The Body Shop's Vitamin C Face Mist, $23.95, with you in rush-hour for instant spray-on hydration.
:: Don't leave the skin around your eyes out of the S.O.S equation. Keep Cellex-C's Under-Eye Toning Gel, $94.00, on hand. It’s ultra-soothing and guaranteed to combat dark circles and puffy peepers.
Don't let your eyes give the game away when you've spent more time on the dance floor than in bed dreaming. A pair of dark oversized shades might wash in celeb-land, but probably won't go down quite so well with your office dress code.
Prescriptives international make-up artist, Gary Bunker, has these tricks for hiding a multitude of last night’s sins:
:: Keep your make-up light and natural - anything too heavy will look cakey and flaky.
:: Use an eyelash curler and a few coats of mascara to really help open up your eyes.
:: Pop a little colour back into a worn-out complexion by dusting your cheeks with a rich blush.
:: Camouflage any rouge redness or dark rings and even out your complexion with an illuminating concealer. Pay particular attention to the inner corners of the eyes to look totally refreshed. Try: Prescriptives Site Unseen Skin Brightening Concealer, $49.00; Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Concealer SPF 10, $45.00; or By Terry Touche Veloutee Enlightening Concealer, $92.00.
Now that the smoking ban is in full force, cigarette-stale hair is less of a problem when you've been out partying all night. Then again, sitting in fragrant restaurants for all those holiday-season feasts and working up a sweat on the dance floor isn’t the best way to achieve advertisement-worthy locks either. Try these tricks to get your tresses back on track:
:: Fake fabulously fresh hair without stepping into the salon (or even under the shower head!), with a rescue remedy hair spray. Products like Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair, $26.95, or Schwarzkopf SEAH Blue Lotus Spritz, $33.95, both work to refresh and re-smooth and re- hydrate party-weary hair.
:: If your ‘do was backcombed so big it gave Amy Winehouse a run for her money, or sprayed so stiff it could have held ‘til next Christmas, it’s going to need a lot of loving to get back its body and bounce. Indulge your over-styled strands in a rich, deep-penetrating hair mask such as ghd Indulgence Treatment, $45.00 for seven x 10ml.
You’ve finally made it through the day-after the night on the festive tiles, so kick back and dedicate your evening to some serious recovery pampering and you'll bounce back the next morning looking bright eyed and bushy tailed!
:: A spoonful of Crabtree and Evelyn's La Source Revitalising Mineral Muscle Soak, $34.95, or A'kin Aromatherapy Orange Blossom Body Wash (225mL), $12.50, in a hot bath should raise your spirits and bring partied out limbs back to life.
:: Treat your TLC-depleted skin by applying Elemis’ Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask, $92.00, to your face and neck and leaving it on overnight for serious re-hydration while you sleep.
:: Still feeling rough? Martin Crisp, pharmacist at British beauty mega-store, Superdrug, has this advice for helping out hung-over bods: “Isotonic drinks are a good hangover remedy as they have a very similar carbohydrate electrolyte concentration to the body's own fluids. Re-hydration sachets are good too for getting the balance of salts right.”