Five fast fixes for exhausted faces

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By Jo Fairley, Co-Author of The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible and The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible.

Even those of us who are normally Duracell bunnies, energy-wise, can start to flag as the year’s finishing line can be seen on the horizon. If you’re anything like me, it’s a l-o-n-g time since you had a holiday or any proper break – and my face is starting to look as knackered as I’m feeling, frankly. (There’s not a morning I don’t give thanks for foundation and concealer, right now.)

But the beauty industry has put at our fingertips all manner of fast face-wakers, actually. Here are some of my Fenwick favourites.

Oskia Renaissance Mask

I’m a massive fan of masks for restoring radiance to skin that’s tired and even grey-looking. From a small British brand, this is much-loved by our Beauty Bible testers: it features very gentle fruit acids and is infused with a beautiful rosy-posy scent; leave on for 5-10 minutes for an effective fast fix. Most of the year I’d use masks at night, in a long, hot bath – but desperate times call for desperate measures and I’m using this right now after brushing my teeth in the morning, a couple of times a week.

Image: Nutri-Active Brightening & Resurfacing Mask, £48.50, Oskia (Available in Fenwick Bond Street)

The Foreo Luna

This intriguing rubbery gadget is generally used with a cleanser, but the vibrating bendy bristles of this sonic cleansing ‘brush’ work brilliantly to boost stimulation. Cleansing brushes are a big beauty buzz but I’m finding this easier than some of the bristle-headed brushes to keep clean.

Image: Foreo Luna, £145,(Available in select Fenwick stores)

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

This has become the go-to primer for my co-author Sarah Stacey and me: just one of many fab discoveries we’ve made from Charlotte Tilbury’s make-up collection. (And we now never walk down Bond Street without nipping into Fenwick for a swoosh of Charlotte’s blusher or bronzer from the make-up pros!) Wonderglow goes on after moisturiser and before make-up, delivering an instant, lit-from-within glow; I use it under foundation and the luminosity makes even the weariest skin appear revived.

Image: Wonder Glow, £38.50, Charlotte Tilbury (Available in Fenwick Bond Street)

Clarins Super Restorative Wake-Me Up Lotion

Everyone knows that beauty classic Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, but this is a more recent innovation that’s a joy to use on a tired face, first thing. It goes on like a toner, swiped over skin with a cotton pad, featuring extracts of green coffee, hibiscus, oat sugars and more to help banish puffiness and sleep lines. A joy to use, too.

Image: Super Restorative Wake Up Lotion, £28, for 125ml, Clarins (Available in Fenwick Brent Cross, Canterbury, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor and York)

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks

The easiest-peasiest product in  the world to use (and winner of the Psychologies Best Makeup for Older Women Award 2014, which says a lot in itself); in fact, you could pretty much put  this on in the dark. Flip open the lid of this go-anywhere compact and just smoosh a touch of blusher onto the apples of your cheeks whenever you’ve glanced in the mirror and seen a wan spectre staring back at you.

Image: Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks, £19, Bobbi Brown (Available in Fenwick Canterbury, Newcastle and Tunbridge Wells)

And one last tip…

Along with drab skin, under-eye puffiness can be a problem right now. I once watched Linda Evangelista smooth her under-eye baggage away by working the puffiness outwards with an ice cube; it was like magic. (Be careful if you’ve a tendency to broken veins, though – but occasionally, in an emergency, this is a brilliant trick.)

By Jo Fairley