Have you stayed up late working or watching movies? Does your skin look dull and tired? Late nights are inevitable. While a cup of coffee can boost your energy, it won’t help you look fresh-faced. Research indicates that people are perceived as less healthy and less attractive by others when they don’t get enough rest. If you have a job interview or a date the next day, you want to look your best.
Follow these steps to appear less tired and cover up the signs of poor sleep:
Revive Dull Skin
Simply splash cold water on your face to refresh your complexion and look more awake. This simple trick helps improve blood flow, leaving your skin smooth and fresh. For best results, apply a facial toner and remove it with cold water.
Take a short walk or jog outside, do some bodyweight exercises, or stretch your muscles for a few minutes. It’s not easy to get moving after a sleepless night, but it helps. Just pop up some sunglasses and go outside.
Start your day with a big glass of water, a smoothie, or a green juice. Eventually, mix water with lemon, ginger, and peppermint leaves. Add ice cubes and drink it right away. This will increase your energy and help flush out toxins after a night of partying. It’s also a great way to provide your body with vitamins and antioxidants.
Take a Power Shower
Take a shower the moment you wake up. Play with the hot and cold to wash away all tiredness. The cold water will invigorate your body and boost circulation. Use a shower gel with citrus or peppermint scent, take a few deep breaths, and massage your body to stimulate blood flow. Use an exfoliating lotion to cleanse your skin thoroughly and unclog your pores.
Apply Eye Drops
Poor sleep can make your eyes red and dry. For a slight “wake up” effect, apply eye drops first thing in the morning.
Nourish Your Skin
Massage your skin with a moisturizing cream or a vitamin serum. To fully reap its benefits, leave it in the fridge for 20-30 minutes before using it. This way, it will help constrict your blood vessels and reduce swelling. You can also soak a washcloth in cold water or ice cubes, and then press it to your face and eyelids. Apply moisturizer afterward.
Wear the Right Makeup Color
Makeup color can make a huge difference in the way you look in the morning. Black, cast dark shadows, and neutrals are not the best choice after a sleepless night. If your skin is warm-toned, go for deep green, brown, ivory, or orange-based reds. Women with cool-toned skin should opt for shades of purple, pink, blue, pure white, or blue-green. For a touch of radiance, mix foundation with illuminating cream. Apply skin-toned liner on the waterline to make your eyes look bigger.
Make Smart Food Choices
If you haven’t slept too much lately, avoid junk food at all costs. Fats and sodium cause fluid retention, making your face look puffy. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, natural juices, and foods with diuretic properties, such as asparagus and celery. Steer clear of canned foods, chips, ready-made meals, and alcohol. Freshness is key to great looking skin.