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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Now is the time for beauty sleep

ALARM clocks, prepare yourself for battle. Soon you’ll be facing attacks from humans desperate to get their beauty sleep.

While it might seem like bad news that it’s time to set those clock hands back an hour on October 25, signalling the return of gloomy mornings, the good news is that we gain an extra hour of shut-eye – the perfect time to get your beautifying winter sleep routine down to a fine art.

Shut-eye science reveals sleep is the ideal time for cellular renewal and repair, with your skin working hardest at around 2am.

And if you’re not getting enough? “Poor sleep is quite apparent in the complexion,” warnseddermatologist Dr Howard Murad.

“Dehydrated skin, puffy eyes, dark circles, sallow looking skin and under-eye lines are all visual indicators of poor or insufficient sleep.”

Night night

Around a third of British adults regularly sleep less than five hours a night.

Extensive studies on the impact of chronic sleep loss suggest that it may accelerate signs of ageing.

If you have trouble dropping off try a relaxing massage or warm bath with aromatherapy essential oils before bedtime.

TRY: Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Night Health Bedtime Bath Oil, £25 (www.origins.co.uk); Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Comforting Body Night Cream, £20 (www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk).

Sleep tight

Just because you’re sleeping sound doesn’t mean your beauty regime has to rest up. Overnight treatments can work beauty wonders for your skin, hands and nails.

If your face if feeling dull and dry, an overnight hydrating mask works in the same way to replenish your skin and provide intense hydration while you sleep.

FOR SKIN, TRY: Yes To Carrots C Through The Night Night Moisturising Cream, £8.99 (Debenhams).

FOR HAIR, TRY: John Freida Frizz-Ease Overnight Repair Creme Serum, £15 (Boots).

FOR HANDS AND FEET, TRY: Dove Regenerating Night Beauty Hand Cream, £2.73.

Rise and shine

Whether you’re a sleep junkie or night owl, the dark mornings leave us all getting out of the wrong side of bed.

Take a revitalising shower with citrus notes to put a spring in your step .

Don’t disguise a puffy face and dark eye bags by troweling on the make-up. Instead employ an illuminating eye gel with caffeine or ginseng ingredients and create the illusion of well-rested bright peepers.

TRY: Space NK Life NK Kick Jump Start Bath and Shower Gel, £12.50 (0208 740 2085/www.spacenk.co.uk); Dr Nick Lowe Puffy Eyes Gel, £14.99 (Boots); Optrex Eyedew Sparkling Clear Eye Drops, £4.21 (www.optrex.co.uk).

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