Looking Good When You’ve Had No Sleep

We all need our beauty sleep. Without it, the body doesn’t have enough time to complete its cycle of detoxing the body – this can leave our face looking pale and puffy.

A lack of sleep can sometimes be a fault of our own and in these cases you should try to make changes to your lifestyle in order to get more sleep rather than compensating with a beauty regime. However, if you can’t get a good night’s sleep because of a newborn or insomnia or a busy period at work and you need to look good the next morning, a few of the following tips could be useful.

Allow time for a morning workout

A workout might be the last thing that you feel like doing after a poor night’s sleep, but it could help to get your blood flowing, helping you to look more rosy-cheeked. Exercise will pump your body full of endorphins that will make you feel better so at the very least you’ll find it easier to smile.

Reduce the puffiness with aloe vera

To get rid of those puffy eyes, it could be worth applying some aloe vera gel to your face. Aloe vera is effective at reducing inflammation, making it also ideal for getting rid of morning puffiness. There are also gels containing caffeine and coconut oil that can have a similar impact.

Exfoliate your skin

Skin can often appear dry after a poor night’s sleep. Washing and exfoliating your skin can help to get rid of this dry layer of skin, helping you to look fresher and more awake. There are many different ways to exfoliate from using a sponge to using a face scrub. This guide at The Cut lists some of the best exfoliation products.

Cover up those dark circles with make-up

Even with the puffiness gone, you may still find that those dark circles remain. These can be hard to shift – particularly if you’ve been getting a poor night’s sleep continuously for some time. Covering them up with make-up is often the best way to disguise them. Brands such as Colorescience provide makeup for dark circles under the eyes. Using this specialist makeup, you should be able to conceal these dark circles and come across bright eyed (but maybe not bushy tailed).

Apply some colour to your cheeks

A good night’s sleep will ensure that you wake up looking rosy-cheeked. However, you can simulate this with the right dose of make-up. Brightening creams are great at giving your face a glow (you may want to avoid powders as they can make an already dry face look dryer). Top this off with some light bronzer to add some colour or some blush to give your cheeks some rosiness. Don’t go too heavy-handed with the make-up otherwise it will be obvious that you’re concealing a tired look – especially if you don’t regularly wear make-up. Nude colours are likely to be some of the best choices for keeping it subtle. 

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