02/10/2012

Sleeping beauty...on a schedule

If there was an option on Facebook to add "Most frequently found at", where others would fill in Harrods, or the office, or even a cocktail bar, I would have to say "a seat in British Airways burinss class". It's just part of my job to travel, and I've long since learned to deal with it. But, between jetlag, the long hours spent in air-conditioned meeting rooms during the day and the endless phone calls in the evening to catch up with the team in London, the very first result of a business trip for me is that my skin looks dull, my eyes are red and I'm looking far from my best. Since I don't have the luxury of heading straight to the spa (instead I am usually back in the office within two hours of landing if I take an aptly called red-eye), I'm usually relie on a few nights of recuperating sleep to get back to my usual self.

The issue is, as I'm no longer 18 (sigh!), it takes more time for me to recover apparently. But, true to my impatient self, instead of waiting, I'm going to use a few little tricks to accelerate the process and make the best out of my short hours of Zzzzz....

Before heading to bed, I give some extra TLC to my skin and hair. Whenever my skin looks like grey paper, I add to my usual routine a misting of Natura Bissé toner, which smells of heaven, before applying a strong moisturiser, such as Crème de la Mer (I am liking the lighter texture they recently introduced). It makes a real difference. My hair also feels rough after too many hours flying so I cover it with Protein RX PM Repair by Frederic Fekkai. It does exactly what it says on the box, and my hair wakes up totally Rapunzelly after a night with this little miracle worker. I get mine from Space NK for £49, it is a little much but one bottle lasts a really long time.


The next step before lying down is to turn to the Toxic Twins... for detox! I'm obviously talking about their fabulous Dream On detox feet patches, which I apply to my soles before sleeping. The herbs draw out the toxins which clog up my system and help me get rid of the bloated sensation faster. It works even better if I eat loads of white grapes during the course. I order a course for 5 days for €24.95, from their website: www.thetoxictwins.com...


Finally, I always have an organic silk pillowcase: it is hypoallergenic, and its smooth texture doesn't wipe the moisturiser out and helps keep my face uncreased all night long (that and it feels amazing, which is good enough for my tired little self!) It also protects hair which doesn't get half as tangled up as with a cotton pillowcase, so that saves me from having to redo my blowdry in the am! You can find silk pillowcases by SilkSkin at Harvey Nichols,  or order them online at www.silkskin.co.uk.

These little tricks will never help me get around with a smooth plump face like a little bit of cosmetic surgery will, but until I'm ready for that, they help a lot!

2 comments:

bodie said...

Great post- think I'll get a silk pillow case for my little granddaughter, who has the most beautiful curls, but wakes up rather frizzy.Then of course, there are tears when its time to tame the curls!

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