Christmas and New Years are not always the most wonderful times of the year, controversial we know. But hands up if you’re feeling and looking tired, bloated, and frazzled – we are.
However, saying no to the fun stuff like boozy parties, or a mince pie or two (ok maybe five, but who’s counting) was no easy feat. And saying no to the not so fun stuff like endless gift shopping, hours of cooking, and visits to extended family were sadly not an option, neither was getting back into our daily routines. So, now that all that has passed, we’ve uncovered the best post-festive fatigue fixers that will revive you from head to toe this January.
Chances are all that fizz in December and New Year’s saw you waking up earlier than usual and not being able to get back to sleep. This is because alcohol can suppress melatonin a key factor in regulating your sleep. And if miraculously you didn’t have a boozy December, late nights alone can leave you frazzled.
Sleep smarter by introducing clever sleep aids, to counteract “accelerated skin ageing,” that occurs after many nights of poor quality sleep, shares consultant dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk.
The 100 per cent natural Neom Perfect Night’s Sleep Face Oil, £42, is rich in repairing, hydrating and nourishing antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and vitamins – working to tackle the results of poor sleep on your complexion. Simultaneously, the added tranquillity fragrance, aids relaxation.
Further harness the power of aromatherapy by spritzing your pillows and sheets with our favourite, This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £19.50. We swear by the award-winning, natural, aromatherapeutic super blend of lavender, chamomile and vetiver, that improves sleep quality according to 92 per cent of users – us included.
If you were partial to wearing heels during the party season and new ones at that, ‘this can play havoc on the feet,’ says podiatrist Margaret Dabbs. “Heels propel the body forward onto the balls of the feet causing pressure and throbbing. New tight shoes can restrict blood flow, which along with gravity causes the blood to pool in the feet as normal circulation is interrupted. Add hours of dancing into the equation and further swelling is sure to ensue. This puts the skin under extreme tension, which is why once the swelling goes down the skin can appear dry, dehydrated and cracked,” explains Dabbs.
Revive your feet this January, thanks to a tag team of foot soothing buys. Start with the Margaret Dabbs Pure Feet Regenerating Foot Oil, £22, on feet and ankles. Hempseed, calendula, jojoba and buriti oils work miracles – reducing inflammation, pain and swelling. Then to readdress dehydration and dryness invest in the Patchology Best Foot Forward softening foot and heel mask, £10.
The innovative insulated booties soak feet in natural skin conditioners such as shea butter, coconut oil, and soothing antioxidant rich Japanese Cypress. Leave on for 10 minutes and you’ll be back on your feet in no time.
Festive stress comes in many forms, but what most of us have in common is how said stress affects our complexions. “Stress hormones such as cortisol, cause the secretion of the neuropeptide Substance P, known to play a substantial role in acne development, shares Kluk. While carb face aka the effects of too much sugar causes major inflammation, resulting in puffy eyes, the disappearance of facial contours, dullness and blotchiness to boot.”
De-puff eyes with 111SKIN Sub-Zero De-Puffing Eye Mask, £65. This cooling hydrogel mask works within 20 minutes to re-energise and de-puff peepers, thanks to cooling seaweed extract and a potent peptide complex.
And while your eyes are being treated, combat dullness and acne with a skin sloughing radiance boosting mask. We love the MZ Skin Radiance & Renewal Instant Clarity Refining Mask, £115, as it deeply exfoliates and instantly brightens tired, dull skin. All thanks to a fruit acid complex that stimulates cell turnover, refines pores and helps to eliminate pigmentation resulting in a smooth, revived and glowing complexion.
A lack of energy is common when post-festive fatigue sinks in, so consider super charging your batteries by way of an intravenous vitamin drip. “Regular IVs boost nutrient levels, strengthening weakened immune system, and boosting energy levels,” shares Doctor Sophie Shotter.
Give her Performance Booster Plus treatment, £250, a go, it will shoot B vitamins and amino acids through your bloodstream to give you some ‘get up and go’. However, if you feel like what your body needs is a dose of relaxation, then try a CBD infused body massage.
Extracted from hemp, CBD is one of the cannabinoids that give the cannabis plant its medicinal properties. Our body is full of cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoids like CBD bind to these receptors, unlocking them and altering how our cells function, which is said to regulate everything from appetite and sleep to inflammation and pain.
The Cloud Twelve Signature Deep Relief CBD Oil Massage offers a natural way to improve body aches and ease festive stress. Using superior grade Kloris CBD oil, this treatment combines the benefits of CBD with a fusion of deep tissue, stretching and aromatherapy massage techniques. A perfect choice for anyone suffering with post-festive fatigue induced aches, pains, stress and anxiety.