Beauty sleep is a nice goal, but sometimes life (or Netflix) gets in the way. So how do you achieve that well rested glow even when all you can think about is crawling back to bed? Fortunately if you didn’t get the recommended 7.5 hours of sleep there are a few quick fixes you can do in the morning to avoid those rude ‘you look tired’ comments.
It all comes down to one thing - your eyes. Thanks to the thinner, more delicate skin that surrounds them, they’re what give you away when you’re tired. We all know the symptoms: puffiness, dark circles, and an overall dullness that just screams a need for coffee. So when it comes down to it, looking well rested just means masking your tired eyes. The easiest solution is to throw on a pair of sunglasses, but in case you won’t be spending your day at the beach here are some other quick fixes.
Use cold water
Cold water will tighten your skin and make your eyes less puffy. If you don’t like washing with cold water, you can just give your face a few splashes after washing at your preferred temperature. If you don’t mind the cold, you can be a bit more extreme and rub an ice cube on your face. And if you’re very brave, take a cold shower! It’s not a pleasant experience compared to a hot and steamy shower, but it’ll do the trick of waking you up and brightening your skin. Even a blast of cold water at the end of your shower will help.
Avoid redness with eye drops
If you’re looking bleary-eyed, give your eyes some much needed moisture with eye drops. They will make your eyes brighter and clearer, plus they’ll make you feel a lot better after a rough night.
Apply the right makeup
You can always rely on good old fashioned concealer to hide any dark circles under your eyes - or can you? Try an illuminating concealer to kill two birds with one stone. Not only will it hide darkness, it will brighten up surrounding areas. Also consider adding a swipe of highlighter to your cheeks to give your face an overall glow, and a touch of mascara to make your eyes look bigger. Don’t go too crazy though - a heavy face of makeup on a tired body isn’t always the best combination.
Give yourself a little massage
Rub the area around your eyes (temples, forehead, cheekbones) to get the blood flowing, reduce puffiness, and promote firmer skin. You can use a cold spoon as a tool or just your fingers if you’re pressed for time.
And, most importantly, try to get a better night’s sleep the next day!