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Melanie Grant's Tips for Perking Up Tired Skin

Our skin can really suffer with late nights, lack of sleep and a glass or two of wine, but there are a few tips and tricks that always see me through the festive season when we've all been spreading a little too much Christmas cheer.

1.

Hydrate

Hydration Is The Key

The age old adage always reigns true - hydration is key when it comes to a radiant complexion. If you've had a big night, or just feeling a little flat, start with a big glass of water before you reach for caffeine. I always find warm water is best first thing in the morning, it's gentler on digestion and easier to palette. Adding lemon, mint, cucumber or ginger to a carafe will also help, especially if you're like me and need a little encouragement to top up your H2O intake throughout the day.

For the complexion, Hyaluronic Acid will do wonders - it's comforting, plumping, quenching and combats dehydration and creping. Look for fragmented or multi-molecular iterations that will draw water into the skin on multiple layers, like that found in the Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum.

2.

Chill

The Big Chill

It's no secret by now that I love an ice plunge when I'm feeling particularly tired or lacklustre. It tightens, brightens and alleviates puffiness that always seems to settle in after a few too many glasses of red the night before. There are lots of nifty tools that you can keep in the freezer, though I love an old fashioned approach: fill a large bowl with clean water and three handfuls of ice cubes. Dunk your face in and remove at 10 second intervals for a minute and gently pat dry with a towel. If time is of the essence, a single ice cube will do the trick - just make sure it's wet enough to create slip and glide it over the face, eye contour, neck and decollete for 1-2 minutes.

3.

Flush

Facial Massages

Facial massage is one of the simplest, accessible ways to boost your complexion - and it needn't be complicated. You can do this while you cleanse, or as you're applying your cremes. Simply warm your product between your hands and work over the face, neck and decollete, ensuring you have enough slip. Find your own technique, though make sure the pressure is firm and consistent and you're always working against gravity - "upward and outward". Gua Sha Stones or Jade Rollers can be a fun addition, though often your own hands are the best tools for really working into the facial contours, alleviating tension and flushing stagnant lymph. A little rosiness is a good sign your blood is pumping and flooding the tissues with nutrients from the inside.

I love to use the Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturiser in Original here to really infuse the TFC8©, reduce inflammation, promote collagen and elastin and strengthen and repair

4.

Plump

Short Cuts without Sacrifice

Streamlining things in the morning when you're tired is a must - those extra few minutes of sleep really can feel invaluable. Take a multi-functional approach to moisturiser and makeup by locking in hydration and adding radiance with a breathable formula that reflects light - look for ingredients like Silica, Pearl and Mica. These will blur imperfections without the need for heavier foundations and concealers, which can feel so uncomfortable to wear if you're tired or under the weather. Formulas enriched with EFAs (like those found in Avocado Oil) will also provide deep and lasting nourishment and add a healthy glow to dull and tired skin.

The Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturiser in Golden is perfect for this very purpose - it adds a healthful radiance, unifies skin tone and plumps and lifts without a heavy residue.

5.

Energise

When in Doubt ... Go Bold

If all else fails, an immediate trick for boosting your skin tone and your mood is to apply a bold red lip. If ever I haven't sleep well, or have been a little too merry the night before, I always reach for a bright, blue-based, red lipstick - the POSH Lipstick in Pop is the perfect shade. It always does the trick for adding some vibrancy back into my complexion, as well as detracting from dark circles, puffiness and dullness. You can even dab a little onto the apples of your cheeks to forge a well-slept and virtuous glow. No one will ever know!