It may be the season to be jolly but the season to catch up on your sleep? Not so much. Luckily our guide to drifting off and waking up looking like you’ve had your full eight hours will see you through this most stressful of seasons. Party? What party?
There’s a reason why Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, £49, is the granddaddy of night serums. This new and improved formula now contains ‘clock gene’ technology to help clear away damage accumulated inside the cells during the day.
We always suspected it might be the case but new research has now proved that lack of sleep is directly linked to skin aging. The good news is that even insomniacs will benefit from the hydronoctine in Guerlain’s Midnight Secret Late Night recovery Treatment, from £20.40, which boosts microcirculation and oxygenation of cells and can also help the absorption of anything you put over the top.
Panic buying on the 23rd? In-laws causing frayed nerves? Whatever your seasonal stresses, Bodyism’s Serenity Shakes, £50, will ensure you can keep calm and carry on. With calcium, magnesium, chamomile and hops to aid a restful sleep it also contains an organic protein to encourage the release of hormones that help to repair and build lean muscle.
Envelop yourself in the Sanctuary Spa’s Sleep Comforting Night Butter, £9.50. Designed to set to work as you sleep, the rich blend of cocooning mango and shea butter will leave your skin silky soft by morning.
Boost bed hair
Deep sleep generates the secretion of important proteins that strengthen follicles and help prevent thinning hair but an overnight treatment can boost volume too. Start massaging Nioxin’s Diaboost, £28.35, into your scalp nightly to stimulate blood circulation in the follicles for a more lustrous mane.
Bye bye eye bags
If this time of year is leaving you with bags big enough to fit on santa’s sleigh try Sisley’s Supremya Yeux La Nuit, £175, which contains yeast extract to kickstart drainage and caffeine to tighten skin. It may be pricey but with tests claiming to eradicate eye bags within two months we’re stocking up.
Hold off a hangover
Let’s face it, the dreaded morning-after misery is almost an inevitability at this time of year but exercise some damage control by taking ten drops of The Organic Pharmacy’s Milk Thistle Tincture, £10.50, in water an hour before bed to help repair cell damage to the liver, your body will thank you for it.
Make your bed a haven of peace with This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £16.00. Infused with calming essential oils of lavender, vetivert and wild chamomile, this naturally fragrant pillow spray is designed to soothe the body and mind.
Slim while you sleep
Blitz cellulite without having to move from the comfort of your bed? Now you’re talking! Containing firming ingredients such as lotus flower to tackle fat storage, slackened skin and water retention as well as soothing lavender, Bliss Spa’s Fatgirlsleep, £33, works over six hours to offset those mince pies.
If your follicles are feeling frazzled too, treat them to Charles Worthington’s Salon At Home Moisture seal Overnight Ultimate Hair healer, £10.99. Enriched with Argan Oil and penetrating actives, it claims to double hair strength overnight with no greasy residue on your pillow.
Glow for it
Forget turning fifty shades of brown throughout the day and instead opt for James Read’s super-hydrating Sleep Mask Tan, £40, which leaves you with a subtle glow by morning and is also perfect for prolonging your pre-Christmas spray tan.