Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, Glamglow, £24.99,


I don't hold much truck with all that 'New Year, new you' nonsense. If you are interested in self-improvement, deciding to completely change your habits – be they health and fitness, romantic or financial – in the face of the long, cold month of January feels like setting yourself up for a fall.

So I avoid setting resolutions, apart from a promise to try to be kinder – to myself as well as to others. A bit of pampering is the best way to help soothe a New Year's Day hangover, and to ensure that January starts with more than just the best of intentions.

Brightening sheet mask

£9.99, Masque Bar,

Sheet masks were this year's big beauty trend imported from Asia; they're best as a moisture boost and brightener rather than deep cleansing – which makes them great for winter skin.

Stress relief eye mask

£27, Estée Lauder,

Too many late nights, and the delicate eye area can be the first to suffer – these pre-moistened pads will deal with puffiness and bags while soothing, thanks to aloe and cucumber.


No Clogs Allowed!

£11.50, Soap & Glory,

A self-heating mask might feel strange at first, but that's a small price to pay for clearer pores and a revitalised face. This is great for regular use on easily-congested skin.

Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, Glamglow


An awful name, but don't let that put you off. This will gently exfoliate, brighten and tighten skin in about 10 minutes, leaving a deep, clean feeling without excess drying.

Five minute facial mask

£5.99, Good Things,

Created for younger spot-prone skin, this fruity concoction, which is free from many chemical nasties, has a surprisingly impressive result in just a few minutes.