If you have had one of these nights where sleep was unobtainable and you've woken up not only feeling but also looking exhausted, fret not. A quick cup of coffee or two will boost your energy levels, and the following tips and tricks will mean you also look like you've slept like a baby. With the right products and the correct techniques, you can transform from ghost to gorgeous in a matter of minutes.
The first step to looking like you've had a full eight hours' sleep is to exfoliate your face; this is one of the quickest ways to revive dull skin and pep up the complexion. When you exfoliate, you are effectively removing a layer of dead skin cells, leading to a smoother, more glowing base.
Tired skin can look dull and grey, but a bit of moisturiser will work wonders as it will plump up your skin and make you look more awake. Try a lightweight moisturiser if you have oily to combination skin. If you're more on the dry side, opt for a nice thick cream or oil. Rosehip oil is very effective for dealing with dehydration and will give your face a much-needed glow, but don't worry if you don't have any on hand. Instead, go and check your kitchen cupboard; olive oil makes a wonderful moisturiser!
Water is essential if you want to look more awake, so be sure to drink plenty of water or herbal tea throughout the day to plump up the skin. You can even go one step further and use a water spray to hydrate your face when it starts to show signs of fatigue. Water sprays are easy to make at home; simply fill a small spray bottle with filtered water and, if you wish, add a couple of drops of essential oil. Peppermint essential oil is a great choice for when you feel tired and groggy, as it thought to have energy-boosting properties.
A little makeup can work wonders on tired skin. However, don't be tempted to paint it on thick. Caked-on, powdery makeup can make you look more tired, not less. Instead, try opening up your eyes with a little mascara, then add a touch of light-diffusing concealer under the eyes and a pop of pink blush on the apples of the cheek. Instant perfection!
For assistance, take a beauty therapy course such as Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College.