In today’s fast-paced modern world, it’s easy to neglect getting a full night’s rest. And when you don’t get enough sleep, you can start to look tired. One of the first places you’ll notice a lack of sleep is actually on the skin, which needs ample time to repair itself overnight. When you don’t get enough sleep, fine lines may start to pop out, the eyes can get puffy, and your skin can generally start to look dull and lifeless. So what can you do to combat looking tired when you haven’t gotten enough shut eye? Read on to see our top 5 amazing tips on how to look less tired!
Tip 1: Try Belotero
If your fine lines tend to deepen when you’re tired, Belotero is an excellent, natural looking filler that can help you look more awake even on your most sleepless days. Belotero is a filler that is specifically designed to blend into the skin, filling in lines while still moving beautifully (and naturally) with your skin. Belotero is also an excellent option for filling deep bags and dark circles under the skin, which can occur due to chronic lack of sleep, aging, or simply due to unlucky genetics.
Tip 2: Ice Away Puffiness
If you’ve had a late or sleepless night, your under eye area may look puffy, which is a dead giveaway that you haven’t gotten enough sleep. Wondering why the eyes can get puffy when you haven’t had enough rest? When we sleep, our bodies evenly distribute the natural fluids that occur in the face. But when you don’t get enough sleep, this fluid can build up in certain areas (most commonly around the eyes and around under eye bags).
If you wake up with puffy eyes, try this simple trick: icing the skin around the eyes. Take an ice cube and gently press it under your eye where you have puffiness. This will cool, soothe, and de-puff the eyes. If you have more serious eye puffiness, you can also try this same trick with ice cubes made up of frozen green tea. The caffeine in green tea can help to stimulate the skin, which will help build up fluid begin to drain from the eye area.
Tip 3: Get a Good Night’s Rest
This tip may seem obvious (but it’s incredibly important!): prioritize getting a good night’s rest every night. Regularly getting adequate rest is crucial for the health of your skin, your body, and your brain. When we sleep, our bodies work hard to repair themselves and ensure the body and brain are functioning correctly. And, in fact, one reason why you look so tired after failing to get enough sleep is because the skin (the body’s largest organ) actually repairs itself overnight. While we sleep, our skin naturally renews itself through cell turnover and oxygenation. But when you fail to get enough sleep, the skin cannot properly repair itself, which can make the skin look dull, tired, puffy, aged, or droopy.
Life can get busy and it can be tempting to think missing a few hours of sleep at night is no big deal. However, studies have shown that sleeping for even an hour or two less than you need each night can dramatically impact your health. Failing to get enough sleep can, of course, make you look tired. But then, a lack of proper sleep is also linked to weight gain, an increased risk for heart disease, poor immune system function, and many other physical and mental health issues. So to improve your overall health and the health of your skin, be sure to always prioritize your beauty rest!
Tip 4: Properly Cleanse Your Skin (And Take Your Makeup Off!)
Most people know that it’s important to take off your makeup and cleanse your skin before you go to sleep. But do you really have to? Is it really that bad to fall asleep in your makeup? Yes! It really, truly is terrible for your skin when you sleep in your makeup.
When you fall asleep while wearing makeup, that makeup acts like a glue that holds dirt, environmental pollutants, and free radicals to your face. This can cause breakouts, dry out the skin, and can cause damage to the skin cells, including collagen cells that help to keep the skin looking fresh, plump, tight, and youthful. When the skin cells become damaged due to wearing makeup to bed, this can cause premature aging! In addition to all these issues, wearing makeup to bed also stops your skin from completing its natural renewal process, which it needs to do each night (this is one reason why you may look more tired the night after sleeping in your makeup).
So to protect yourself from all these skin issues, always take your makeup off before you go to sleep. Every night, be sure to completely remove your makeup and fully cleanse your skin.
Tip 5: Try an Anti-Aging Facial
Another way to revive dull, puffy, or tired-looking skin is to give it a boost by getting a revitalizing facial. One of our favorite facials for tired-looking skin is our Anti-Aging Facial. This facial includes a thorough cleansing, microdermabrasion, a custom medical grade skin mask, and lymphatic massage. This facial is perfect for revitalizing dull, tired skin by deeply cleansing the face, removing dead skin cells, nourishing the skin, draining fluid from the skin, and stimulating collagen growth. The Anti-Aging Facial is a wonderful addition to your regular skin care routine but is also excellent for when you simply need a beauty boost due to stress, lack of sleep, or because you’ve fallen off your skin care routine.
Dr. Michael Zadeh is a Board Certified Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zadeh’s accomplishments in the field of Surgery and Non-Surgical Aesthetics along with his commitment to superior patient care have made him a winner of multiple awards and honors.