Poor Victoria Beckham, it’s not that often we feel sorry for the posh one but when we saw pictures of her looking absolutely knackered we wanted to give her a hug.
You don’t have to have young children to look like you have a good night’s sleep – although small children and eight hours of sleep (a night) are not normally mutually exclusive.
Water – being dehydrated can give you a slight pallor (we don’t know why it just does) but sipping water can help.
If you can’t stomach water try something like squash, those with added Vitamin C are great because . We like Marks and Spencer’s Cranberry and Raspberry high juice squash, it’s got no added sweetners or colourings in it. It does have sugar but that’s why it tastes no nice. That or Ribena.
Power naps – 20 minutes at lunch time can take the edge off your tiredness – but no longer otherwise you’ll slip into a deeper sleep and feel really groggy afterwards, plus you may not sleep so well later on.
Daylight – a brisk walk or jog (even if you are feeling knackered) can bring a bit of colour back into your face. If you have little ones stick them in the pram and go out for a walk. Not only does mild exercise get much-needed oxygen into your body it can also help you sleep better.
A multi vitamin can help – we’ve found vitamin C and vitamin B supplements got us and our skin through the worst of the full time paid working, full time mum bit – but get your GP’s advice first.
If all else fails
Tinted moisteriser or a BB cream. These can do a double job of giving you a bit of colour and some soothing moisture. Dermlogica does a lovely one and we also like Laura Mercier but it’s a bit expensive. We also like Garnier’s BB cream.
Oh and Mac has a wonderful strobe cream with green tea extract in it, which can give you a bit of a zing too.
Caffeine – but only in the morning. A bit of (fresh) coffee never did anyone any harm, but avoid drinking in the afternoon or you’ll never get any sleep!