When was the last time you heard the phrase “you snooze, you lose”? When it comes to skincare the exact opposite is true. Sleep is undoubtedly your skin’s best friend. Needless to say you’ve probably noticed the negative effects skimping on sleep has on your face. The bags under the eyes, the sallow, lacklustre skin; they all point to one thing- beauty sleep is real.
Despite being far more time consuming, the multi-step skincare routine that has filtered across from Asia has proven its superiority to the basic 3-in-1 facial wipe Western method. There’s one product that has been a firm favourite in skincare rituals in the Far East for decades that has yet to catch on with the worldwide masses- facial essences.
Most of us are very diligent when it comes to taking care of our faces. We know what works for us and we’re always on the lookout for the latest state-of-the-art treatments that hold the key to eternal youth. But when it comes to focusing our attention a little further south, interest tends to dwindle.
We’ve all been there. You feel fine enough but then you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and you see a tired-looking, puffy-eyed stranger staring back at you. Dark under-eye circles are a widespread problem, especially in the Middle East where genetics (yeah, thanks for that, Mama) and hyper pigmentation due to sun exposure are common causes.
Pregnancy can bring on a flood of conflicting emotions. It certainly did for me. On the one hand I was overjoyed at the prospect of the new life growing inside me; on the other hand I was struggling with my blotchy skin, puffy face and impending stretch marks. I’d love to say that I revelled in the joys of “pregnancy glow” but I’ll be honest- I was just oily.
Finding a suitable beauty regime can be a challenge, as of course, what you put on or in your body can have effects on your baby’s wellbeing.