Happy Tuesday, ladies and hommes! With Gay Christmas aka Mardi Gras rapidly barreling down on Sydney, my friends have kindly requested some fast fixes to stop weeks of partying with naked dancing boys from playing havoc with their skin.
- Drink lots of water.
- Oil removes glitter from the skin. If you’re desperate, use a bit of Scotch Tape.
- A catnap is better than no sleep at all.
For the past few weeks I’ve been trialling a couple of goodies from Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Line – Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Midnight Recovery Eye. I can safely say that if you’re spending the next month dancing all night and partying all day, this is the simplest duo of fake-it-until-you-make-it skin boosters to see you through.
Midnight Recovery Eye is the newest of the Midnight Recovery team, a nourishing but light cream designed to brighten your peepers and hide the fact that you’ve only had an hour of sleep in the past two days. Lavender oil helps to hide blotchiness and creates a brighter look, Evening Primrose Oil gives your skin a big drink of essential fatty acids and omega-6, and Squalane (from olives) gives a super burst of moisture.
I’m a big slacker when it comes to using eye cream. My only New Year resolution this year was I will use eye cream more than once a month or whenever I remember. I’ve kept my tube of Midnight Recovery Eye on the bedside table and I’ve literally stuck a post-it note on my alarm clock saying ‘USE YOUR EYE CREAM, STUPID’. I pop a quarter of a pea sized drop on my ring fingertip (only precise measurements on this blog!), then gently press it along my orbital bone and under my eyes. It’s nourishing but not thick or greasy, and sinks in quickly without leaving a ‘dry’ feeling on my skin. When I wake up in the morning I don’t exactly look like I’ve spent a night having flawless sleep, but I certainly don’t look as haggard and puffy as I normally do. Big tick.
I’ve also been rocking the original Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a light 99.8% naturally-derived oil that uses the same active lavender, squalane and evening primrose oils to wind back the clock after a day/night/week of make-up, air conditioning, hard partying and far too much wine.
I’ve been using by itself as a night moisturiser, but it can be layered over specialised serums or used underneath a traditional moisturiser. The oil is thin and light to the touch, not thick or fatty like rosehip or apricot kernel oil. My skin is as dry as the desert so I end up using more than the recommended two drops. Three or four drops on my fingertips and pressed into the high points of my face with a gentle ‘press and roll’ motion followed by massaging it across the rest of my skin gives adequate coverage and moisture. Waking up the next morning my skin isn’t greasy or glossy, but plump and fresh looking. Given that I wake up most mornings looking like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, I’m pleased with that kind of result!
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye is AU$44 for 15ml, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is AU$59 for 30ml. If you’re in the market for perky peepers and smooth skin, swing by your local Kiehl’s counter in selected Myer and David Jones stores or visit Kiehls.com.au for free shipping with orders over AU$70.
Midnight Recovery Eye was a kind gift from Kiehl’s. Midnight Recovery Concentrate was my own purchase.