I’m a grannie. Common’ you know this by now. Who knew that by my mid-twenties I’d feel the effects of alcohol in the same way as my Mum – two drinks and your elbows start to feel floppy, you get giggly and decide that you’ve reached your quota for the night. That is exactly what happened a few weekend’s ago when I entered back into the world of clubbing for one night only for my best mates birthday. I’d had my two So Co, Lemon and Limes and decided I was sufficiently topped up so it wasn’t the drink that did me in, it was the 3am bedtime. By the morning I felt tired, groggy and grey. It was nothing that a Sunday afternoon nap and a few gallons of water couldn’t fix and luckily I had some kick-ass skincare products hanging around that I’ve clubbed together and dubbed the ‘Anti-Hangover/3am Bedtime Fixer Facial’. It. Was. Awesome. This one goes out to all of you who are feeling a bit fuzzy today…
THE SCRUB: Zelens Micro-Refiner Bi-Active Exfoliator. By the far the most expensive cog in this wheel, but probably the most effective step out of the five. I’ve never really been one for manual exfoliators but this hushes up every concern I’ve ever had with them. Gentle, non-scratchy and a texture that sandblasts the skin leaving it looking freshly polished. It almost justifies the purchase.
THE MASK: Oskia Renaissance Mask. Follow your freshly dusted complexion with a thin layer of this and then we’re talking. Of recent times this has been top of my mask pile – think an amped-up version of the REN Glycolactic one. The best bit? It’s quick. Five minutes and it’s done the job.
THE SPRITZ: Caudalie Eau de Beauté. It’s been a while since this has been brought into play hasn’t it? Refreshing and with a definitely zingy feeling after being used post-mask – I found this to really wake me up. The scent soothes as always and it just helps to deliver that final kick into the skin to push it over the awake looking line.
THE EYE CREAM: Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream. Oh I do love this stuff. With just the right levels of emollience and luminescence it does a decent job at diffusing dark circles, puffiness and just making things look less grey and dreary under there. The only eye cream you need to reach for on a Sunday.
THE ILLUMINATOR: Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. I’m struggling to find a difference between this and Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. They’re basically exactly the same thing. A moisturiser designed to illuminate without a hint of shimmer in sight. It’s not greasy, nor oily looking – just sheeny. Fab as a base for makeup or as the final step of a skincare routine when planning to go barefaced. Think brightening in a bottle.
I’ve given plenty of DIY at-home facial line-ups a go, but I think this combination may be my favourite of all. It didn’t aggravate, was surprisingly gentle and my skin was oh-so-soft and bump-free by the end. And I looked awake. And just generally healthy. Screw it. I’m whacking this out every weekend.