Wake up Beautiful

Party season means late nights, and late nights mean tired-looking skin. At this time of the year, why not let your products take the night shift? Here’s how to have your most productive beauty sleep yet.

Applied before bed and rinsed off in the morning, overnight masks moisturise your skin as you sleep. A mask will create a seal on top of your skin, helping the products underneath it to penetrate better. The result? Luminous and dewy skin in time for dawn. 

Night creams focus on moisture and recovery, rather than protection from aggressors like the sun and pollution. If you’re combatting the first signs of ageing then look for a product with glycolic acid, like True Perfection. For boosting firmness try Ultimate Lift night cream or smooth over wrinkles as you sleep with Ecollagen Wrinkle Correcting Night Cream.

”To wake up with well-hydrated skin, cleanse your face to remove makeup and then press a serum into your skin.”

SERUMS  “Serums have a high concentration of active ingredients such as antioxidants, acids and vitamins,” explains Skin Care Expert Melina Galeadi. To wake up with well-hydrated skin cleanse your face to remove makeup and then press a serum into your skin. The light, watery texture absorbs quicker than a moisturiser and penetrates the deeper layers of skin while you rest.

While you slumber, let your skin get to work. During the day you want a fast-absorbing hand cream, but at night pamper hands with a rich, nourishing texture. Look for products enriched with hydrating oils, like macadamia or almond oil that treat dryness. And why not indulge further with moisturising gloves?  

FOOT MASKS There’s something decadent about a foot mask. After long nights in not-so sensible shoes, slipping into moisturising socks can be heavenly – especially when warmed slightly beforehand! Coat your feet in a foot mask that contains Shea butter or beeswax for ultra-smooth results.

Words by: Photographs by: Fotolia & Oriflame