As if Monday’s weren’t dreadful enough already, many of us have the added displeasure of waking up with dull skin, tired eyes and a puffy face. The reason is quite simple – we let loose.
Weekends are the most popular time to indulge, whether it’s in food, entertainment or both leading to long nights, little rest and a diet that leaves us feeling bloated and blah.
So it’s no wonder that after a long work week and a busy weekend, Monday sees us at our worst, and that’s no way to start the week.
Luckily, with a few changes in habit you can avoid the dreaded Monday pout in favour of a fresh face and a positive attitude. Just following these 3 Monday beauty tips.
Eat anti-oxidants at every meal
No matter what your breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner plans are on the weekend, there’s no excuse to go without a daily dose of antioxidants at each meal. Blueberries, nuts, pumpkin, spinach and grapes are all a great source of antioxidants and are easy enough to grab as a snack on the go, or to make into a side dish. In addition to helping fight free-radicals known to cause skin damage, they’ll also help boost your immune system and energy levels while maintaining your skin’s healthy glow through the weekend. Remember, consistency is key so be sure to consume at least one serving of antioxidants per meal.
Reset with a rich night cream
Chances are you get a lot more sun exposure on the weekend than when you’re stuck at work Monday through Friday. Even just a couple days of prolonged sun exposure can wreak havoc on your skin and leave you with a dull, dry complexion come Monday. That’s why using a rich night cream is a must on weekends so that your skin can restore itself and repair the day’s damage. A cream like the Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair helps provide antioxidant protection while evening your skin tone and reducing age spots so you’ll arrive at work Monday with brighter, fresher looking skin.
Set aside some pampering time
A fresh face starts the night before so set aside an hour on Sunday nights to prep your skin and jump-start the rejuvenation process. If you’ve had any sodium rich foods or alcohol over the weekend, try alleviating the puffiness with a caffeine face mask. Alternatively, make a pot of instant coffee and soak a face cloth in it once it’s lukewarm. Rest it over your face for 5 minutes before removing. The caffeine will help stimulate blood flow and relieve some of the water retention in your face. Once you’ve rinsed it off, follow with a cleanser and rich night and creams.