Missing out on sleep can make you feel miserable, and it can also take a toll on your appearance. We all experience nights when it’s hard to get to sleep, and those nights typically lead to stressful mornings and an onslaught of comments from coworkers about how tired you look. While you should strive to get six to eight hours of sleep a night, there are times when it’s just impossible. The next time you miss out on your beauty rest, try some (or all) of the tricks below, and you’ll be office-presentable in no time!
The Problem: Dark circles
The Solution: While dark circles are not actually caused by a lack of sleep, sleep deprivation can make any darkness you have more obvious because it makes your skin paler. A cold compresses will work in this case too. You can also try gently massaging your under-eye area with a cold, wet washcloth or frozen cotton swab. If that doesn’t work, you can …
Use Brightening Concealer
If you missed out on some major zs, brightening concealer might be your best friend. Apply it sparingly to disguise dark circles, and give your under eye area a glow that illuminates your face. Look for a shade that is a little lighter than your skin so that it will brighten the dark circles and give you an awake look.
The Problem: Puffy eyes
The Solution: A cold compress is possibly the most effective remedy for puffy eyes. Keep an eye mask in the freezer to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes. Cucumber slices, a bag of ice, or frozen peas will also work in a pinch. You can also try soaking applying tea bags to your eyes if you have enough time. Tea has anti-inflammatory effects that will calm the puffiness and tighten the skin around your eyes. Using an eye cream with active ingredients like caffeine will also work wonders for soothing puffy eyes and calming redness.
The Problem: Red Eyes
The Solution: Eye drops like Visine or Liquid Tears can help clear up your tired, bloodshot eyes. Over the counter eye drops usually contain a decongestant that constrict blood vessels; You can also try an eyewash that contains a saline solution. Just be sure to follow instructions carefully with anything you are putting in your eyes, and remember that overuse can cause even more redness in the long run.
The Problem: Dull, Tired Skin
The Solution: Moisturize. If you’ve been up most of the night, you’ll probably head straight for the coffee and OJ in the morning, but caffeine and Vitamin C are also phenomenal for puffy, tired skin. Moisturizers that contain caffeine or Vitamin C serums are perfect for tired skin as they’ll help tighten and brighten your skin, so you look fresh even if you’ve barely slept.
These little tips can help you look great even if you don’t feel great, but if you’re having trouble sleeping regularly, it’s also important to address what is keeping you up at night. Whether you have sleep problems like insomnia or work-life balance issues, getting enough sleep is crucial not only for your skin but for your mental health. A lack of deep, quality sleep can lead to a world of problems, the least of which is your skin or eyes. Insomnia can affect your mood, hormones, metabolism, cognitive performance and more so if you’re having ongoing sleep issues, you should consider seeking help.