The benefits of a good night’s rest are numerous, but sometimes life’s daily demands make a complete night of beauty sleep a rare occurrence. Of course, when we don’t get our eight hours a night, the effects of sleep loss can take a toll on our appearance. Aside from taking a vacation away from it all to catch up on some Zzzs, try our quick tips to beat a night of beauty sleep and restore a more youthful-looking appearance.
A lack of sleep—including a lack of quality sleep—can cause inflammation under the eyes, creating those dreaded undereye bags. To reduce puffiness, apply a slice of cold cucumber over each eye and relax for four to five minutes. (Use this time to take deep breaths and cut stress.) Green tea bags soaked in cold water may also be used to fight inflammation. Antioxidants in the cucumber and tea help to revive skin while the cold temperature soothes and reduces inflammation.
If using cucumber slices to soothe undereye inflammation, don’t toss out the rest of the cucumber! Instead, use it to create a moisturizing mask to brighten a dull complexion. Simply combine one blended cucumber with one tablespoon of yogurt and one tablespoon of raw honey. Apply the mask evenly to the entire face, including the undereye area for an extra boost, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water and bask in that youthful glow.
Dark circles under the eyes are another common symptom of sleep loss that can cause a once-youthful appearance to look years older overnight. The cause is dilated blood vessels that result from the body being unable to cleanse and detoxify overnight. Applying cold cucumber slices or tea bags will help constrict blood vessels and reduce the appearance of dark circles, but for a two-time punch, hide and reduce dark undereye circles at the same time with chilled concealer. Store concealer in the fridge overnight. In the morning, swipe on concealer to form a triangle with the tip pointing downward under each eye and blend in well by tapping with your ring fingers or using a makeup sponge. Add a little bit of black liner to the upper outer corner of each eye for a brighter, wide-eyed effect.
A lack of beauty sleep will always lead to a lack of moisture in the skin. Without deep sleep, the skin cannot restore its ideal moisture levels and utilize all that water you were sipping throughout the day. To boost your skin’s moisture levels and promote healthy cell turnover, opt for a skin care regimen containing niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3. This will rebalance the skin, boost collagen production, and provide a supple, all-day moisturizer—exactly what the skin needs to restore its radiant complexion.
Reducing puffiness with natural beauty hacks and supporting skin health with the right skin care products can help to fake a good night’s beauty sleep. However, depending on how much sleep has been lost, it might not be a bad idea to draw the eyes away from problem areas by adding a little color to the lips. Opting for a bolder statement lip can also add a little pep to your step while drawing attention to your lips, rather than highlighting a dull complexion or fatigued eyes.
Shockingly, sleeping just two hours less for a week is enough to inhibit skin’s collagen production levels, resulting in skin that looks dull with more fine lines and wrinkles. To fight back against these effects on your skin, considering a series of non-surgical anti-aging treatments using radio frequency technology. These extremely comfortable treatments deliver the energy to deeper layers of the skin, producing heat and jump-starting natural collagen production, resulting in firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin.
To learn more about the benefits of radio frequency anti-aging treatments and how they can help with reversing the effects of a sleep-deprived week, locate a provider near you today: