I am trying, trying, trying to put a positive spin on the fact that I was up at 1am, 2.30am and 5am. AGAIN. But it is hard. I have verbally abused my husband, kicked a few things around the house and been reduced to tears over emotionally manipulative Christmas adverts - and it is still only mid morning.
Sleep deprivation is a cruel mistress and one that I sense is going to be around for a while. It is also a punishing time for your skin, which is supposed to be boosting its good self whilst you slumber. Which got me thinking at 3am this morning - how can I make this enforced awake time count?
I'd like to think that I could be slapping on masks or exfoliating up a storm whilst I soothe my screaming, sleep fighting monster, sorry, daughter back to sleep. But let's face it: the wee hours of the morning when you are struggling to find your sick encrusted dressing gown and negotiate sodden breast pads IN THE DARK are not the ideal time to get your inner spa on. Yet, I do always wake up with hardened dribble all over my chin and a witching hour intervention is definitely required.
And so, as of 2 nights ago I decided to adopt a 3am spritz policy. Cue the 'Beauty Elixir' by French pharmacy good timers, Caudalie. I bought this product on the back of much hype a few months ago pre daughter and I haven't really given it much use.
During the sweaty, uncomfortable summer months of my pregnancy I used the Neal's Yard White Tea Facial Mist a A LOT. It was given to me as part of a set and I can't say I'd ever really used a spritz before or much seen the point of them. However during the summer months when my skin was an uncomfortable and confusing mix of dry, sweaty and greasy (courtesy of SPF) I found this spritz in the afternoon, pre commute home, a real help. It was refreshing and you also felt that it was giving just a bit of organic goodness back to my poor skin. It is full of antioxidant white tea, calming aloe vera and organic essential oils. £11.50 for 45ml available here.
By the time I'd bought the Caudalie elixir I had bigger fish to fry (the birth of my daughter) and although I RIDICULOUSLY entertained the idea of spritzing my way through labour (honestly, wtf?) I never ended up using it. However, a one handed spritz is the easiest thing to use when holding a child (assuming you don't end up spritzing them too) and is the lowest maintenance skin care routine out there.
And so I've decided to start using this must have mist at night to try and offer a bit of hydration to my skin during my forced nighttime waking. It takes seconds, makes no sound and I just leave it next to the cot (alongside the gin). Grape, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint and a bit of rosemary. What's not to love for your face? I'd like to say it also soothes my daughter to sleep but hey, let's not get carried away. £11.50 for 30ml available here.
I've also taken to using a bit of mummy's other little helper - Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Creme (NOT Valium, although that would be nice.....) Post attacking my skin and leaving it a crusty mass (read about my traumas here) I have needed a round the clock hydration strategy on my chin which is almost more demanding than my daughter's feeding regime. Again, night time application of this multi purpose blitzer has tried to limit some of the damage of my overzealous spot squeezing. £26 for 50ml available here.
So, every cloud has a silver lining. I need to keep repeating this to try and convince myself of its truth. I may not sleep but I do have precious hours to spritz long into the night - bet you are jealous, right?
Oh and finally - my dream, lust after spritz is the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. I know this is more of a daytime, pre makeup application spritz for a Kardashian worthy glow (thanks Jaclyn Hill for the heads up). But I would LOVE to try this both day and night - Vivianna Does Make Up review here. Bit of a pain to get in the UK but Santa, if you are listening?