A lack of sleep is a common complaint – up to a third of adults are thought to suffer some kind of sleep disturbance or insomnia. Still, knowing you’re not alone doesn’t help you when you’re wide awake in the middle of the night, and then fall into a deep slumber just before the alarm goes off in the morning.
Sleep problems can have many causes, but you can often have trouble sleeping when you’re worried or stressed. The negative effects of not getting enough quality sleep can be cumulative – and this in itself can cause you additional stress as you feel unable to function properly during the day. Physically, missing out on sleep can take its toll, too. You may develop aches and pains as your body isn’t getting enough rest.
One of the most obvious symptoms of a lack of sleep is in our appearance. Eyes can look bloodshot and the skin can have a dull appearance. While you can take action to improve your sleep, by cutting down on caffeine, establishing a good bedtime routine so that you have time to unwind and relax before going to bed, it may take a while for your sleep patterns to improve. In the meantime, then, what can help improve the appearance of tired skin?
Tips to tackle tired skin:
Start the day with an invigorating shower to wake yourself up and stop feeling groggy. If you can bear it, switch to cold for the last minute as this will tighten the pores in your skin.
Use your favourite moisturizer for your neck and face, then treat the eye area with an eye serum. After moisturising, generously spray some Evian or rosewater mist, such as Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, on your face. This will not only wake you up, but it will also help to hydrate tired skin and provide a great canvas on which to apply your makeup.
If your eyes are irritated and red, use soothing eye drops to take away the burning sensation and reduce redness.
Use makeup as a way to draw attention away from the shadows under your eyes and get people to focus on a bright lipstick colour. If you don’t like coloured lipsticks, then a bit of gloss will have the same effect. Of course, you can still apply the usual foundation, concealer and mascara, but make the focus your lips, not your eyes. You can also use some lip balm on your cheekbones to add a glimmer at any point during the day.
A quick cheat to boost tired skin is to use a light bronzer. Everyone with a glow always looks healthier. And don’t forget to use sunscreen– see if you can find a tinted moisturiser that contains SPF, and reapply every time you’re heading out into the sun.
Protect your eyes from bright light with a pair of tinted sunglasses and they’ll feel less irritated. They will also protect you from inquisition on why you’re looking drained.
Keep hydrated. The more water you can drink, the better, as it will all help in revitalising your tired skin. However, if you’ve spent a while applying lipstick, use a straw to drink so that you don’t need to reapply.
All these tips will help give tired skin a boost after a poor night’s sleep, but don’t forget that you’ll need to address the root causes of your insomnia as well. That way, you’ll not only get better sleep, you’ll also need to do less work to get your skin looking in tip-top condition at all times.
Hope you enjoyed this little Monday cup of beauty tips.