Maximise the results of your beauty regime with these buys...
WHY NOW? ‘Fluid retention around the eyes is caused in part by a rush of adrenalin as your body wakes up,’ says Dr Sister at Beauty Works West. ‘It’s more noticeable in this area as the skin near the eyes is thinner.’
TIME TO Flush out excess hormones from your skin with facial massage or exercise to increase endorphins, suggests Dr Cuross Bakhtiar at Harley Street Cosmetic. The Sarah Chapman Facialift, £25, is a gadget that helps boost circulation by increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin, rebalancing hormone levels.
TIME TO 'Take energising B vitamins and vitamin C after breakfast. Potent antioxidants such as lycopene have a protective function (proven to help defend against UV damage), so it makes sense to ingest them before facing the day,' says Norton. Try Nurture Protect Skin Nourishing Supplement, £10.95 or all-rounder Functionalab Advanced Nutricosmetics Hair, Skin, & Nails, £36.
TIME TO 'Drink lots of green tea, and use a high-factor sunscreen,' says Joss. Beauty pro Sylvie Chantecaille warns against using an SPF over an anit-ageing moisturiser. 'The ingredients that carry anti-ageing goodies deep into the skin can pick up toxic sunscreen molecules.' Choose one with added SPF: Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF50, £75, contains white tea to fight free-radicals at your desk. Or try No 7 Anti-ageing Facial Protect SPF50, £11.
TIME TO Freshen up your base by using a foundation that has an in-built mattifier, as well as cooling ingredients and tone correctors. Clinique Redness Solutions Urgent Relief Cream SPF, £24.50, reduces redness and irritation.
TIME TO 'Spritz your face with a hydrating mist,' says facialist Yvonne Martin. 'Make sure it contains ingredients such as rose, lavender or minerals, or it will evaporate.' She uses Keraskin Eau Personnelle, £26, on her clients. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a huge fan of MV Organics Rose Hydrating Mist, £37. For fast hydration, drink Vita Coco Coconut Water, £1.49.
TIME TO Pat a serum with potent antioxidants and hydrating ingredients along your fingers and roll over your make-up. Try Chanel Ultra Correction Lift Concentrate, £100, or Nivea visage Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Skin-Refining Serum, £10.20.
TIME TO 'Use a cleanser that contains antioxidants to eradicate free-radical damage, so skin can start the repair process,' says Marrone. 'The quicker this is removed, the less damage will be caused.' Try The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser, £32.95, or The Sanctuary Skin Renewal Glycolic Peel (part of a kit), £22.50, to clear stubborn dirt and oil.
TIME TO Replenish your omega oils- they're needed to repair damage over-night with Bodyism Omega Brilliance capsules, £40. 'This is also a great time to apply a vitamin A (retinol)- rich product- it will help exfoliation, leaving you with radiant skin in the morning,' says Esther Fieldgrass at EF Medispa. Try Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA Night, £29.50, or potent night-time anti-ager Olay Regenerist Nigth Renewal Elixir, £29.99
TIME TO 'Wash hair before bedtime and rinse with cold water,' says hair stylist Peter Lux, who recommends Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, £2.39. 'Ensure hair is 100 per cent dry, or the water can evaporate and your scalp will create extra sebum, making it oilier.'