5 Tips To Look Less Tired
With New Years being just around the corner, that means we’re all flooded with the end of year work and faced with one holiday party after another. Naturally, this busy schedule often fueled by one too many cocktails can result in us wreaking havoc on our bodies. Not only do we start to feel the result of our hectic schedules internally but we also begin to see the effects externally through our skin. One of the main complaints we hear from people around this time of the year, other than weight gain from all the holiday goodies, is that people feel and look exhausted. After one too many long days at work followed by a night of socializing and drinks, our skin loses its luster, we develop bags under our eyes and generally begin to have a worn-out appearance. Fortunately, though, there are a few tips and tricks you can follow to combat this. If you are looking for ways to freshen up and look less tired just follow these five tips (when extra sleep is not an option of course).
Place green tea bags on tired eyes
While it is widely-known that green tea has an array of health benefits for us internally, it can also work wonders on tired eyes. The tannins and polyphenols found in the tea help to brighten the skin around the eyes and reduce the appearance of bags while tightening the skin due to increased blood circulation. The caffeine found in green also reduces swelling, and the vitamins and antioxidants help to nourish tired eyes. Brew two tea bags for 5-10 minutes. Place teabags on a plate in the fridge to cool down. Place tea bags on eyes for 10-15 minutes.
Do a coffee facemask
When it comes to looking and feeling more alert, coffee is a one-stop shop. While drinking coffee the morning after a night of drinking may not be the best idea as it acts as a diuretic and can further dehydrate you, applying it to your skin can have the opposite effect. When applied as part of a facemask, the coffee powder can help to soften fine lines, brighten the skin, and nourish it while exfoliating it. Combine one tablespoon of coffee powder (whether you buy it or blend coffee beans, both work) with one teaspoon of water and two tablespoons of honey. Mix all of the ingredients together unit they form a paste and massage into your skin in a circular motion. Leave the paste on for twenty minutes and wash off with cold water.
Brighten the eyes
One of the tell-tale signs of a late night or a hangover is bloodshot eyes. So if you want to look like you are well rested, it is essential to brighten them. Use over-the-counter eyedrops (as long as you use them sparingly you won’t risk developing a reverse red-eye reaction from overuse), and place a cotton pad soaked in soy milk over closed eyelids for ten minutes (constricts blood vessels thus reducing redness). You can also use makeup to help give your eyes the appearance of brightness by using an eyeliner along the lower lid.
Use a chilled moisturizer
It is imperative to hydrate tired skin, but one way to increase the effectiveness of your moisturizer is to chill it in the fridge first. A chilled moisturizer will help to rejuvenate tired looking skin. Place your moisturizer in the refrigerator for twenty minutes and then rub it generously into your skin in a circular motion.
Spritz with rosewater
While you can buy a rosewater spray from the store, you can also make it yourself at home, so you control exactly what goes into it. Just mix half a cup of filtered water with 6 drops of a rose essential oil. Put the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Carry it with you and spritz in on your face for brighter and more hydrated skin.