Insomnia and sleeplessness suck, a lot, hearing “you look terrible” or “you look so tired” sucks even more (at least, if you are as vain as I am, it does). At night when we sleep our bodies go through many processes (one of my favourites being cell renewal) that get interrupted and thus slow down dramatically. In addition to all those fun (Not!) things you get dark rings under your eyes, you feel groggy and, you are more likely to fall prey to junk food and sugar laden treats, which in turn exacerbate some of these unpleasant symptoms. In this post I plan to give you, dear reader, tips on how to treat and how to conceal as many symptoms as I can. I do recommend you research how to treat the insomnia and speak to your health care provider. Now, back to the fun stuff:
- Dry, sensitive, lack lustre skin:
- Treat: Hydrating face mask, my favourite is 100% pure Aloe Vera gel. This delightful natural product is great at giving your skin a moisture boost while combating sensitivity. This mask is great for healing break outs, sun burn, and a variety of other skin issues. You can apply it to your skin as is or mix in a little bit of raw honey as an added extra. Just apply this to your skin and leave it for 10 – 15 minutes, wash off and follow with a good moisturiser.
- Conceal: Apply a good foundation, the level of coverage depends on what you prefer. If your chosen foundation has light reflecting pigments, that is even better but you can also reach for your trusty highlighter to bring a healthy glow back to your skin. A bright pink scarf will add a pop of colour to your wardrobe, and will help perk up a sallow complexion or you can simply add a bright coloured fun lipstick in pink or coral to add a touch of brightness to your look and divert attention to your luscious lips.
- Dark circles under the eyes:
- Treat: Dark circles under the eyes are probably the number one give away if your sleeping is impaired. There are many great under eye patches on the market that will combat this problem and will help you to look and feel great. However these may be a bit expensive, so if you are on a budget, or just a lover of DIY I have just the thing for you: potatoes. Yup you heard me right! Potatoes are fantastic for erasing under eye circles, fighting wrinkles and all round moisturising your skin. Simply cut thin slices of potato and place them under your eyes, sit back and relax. You can remove them after about 15 min, splash with water and apply your favourite eye cream.
- Conceal: Concealer is your best friend when it comes to dark circles, simply dab under your eyes and blend in with your ring finger (mind the delicate skin). I personally like to use concealer that is a shade lighter than my foundation for a highlighted effect. If you really like to hit dark circles where it hurts consider using a corrector, a corrector with a salmon or orangey undertone will help neutralise the blue tone of the dark circles and give you a flawless finish.
- Red, tired eyes:
- Treat: Stingy red eyes are a particularly foul card played by sleeplessness. The best thing for this is eye drops. Keep them with you and re apply during the day, as wind and air conditioner always seem to exacerbate the problem. Ask your pharmacist what the best choice will be for you.
- Conceal: Opt for a fun blue mascara over your normal black or brown. This is a little play on colour correction, it will help tone down the “yellow” appearance that red stingy eyes are prone to, it also adds a fun pop of colour that will make you appear more lively when you are tired. Because let’s face it, who has time/energy for blending eye shadow when your sleeping habits are out of whack. A shimmery pop of light eye shadow in the inner corners will help you look awake and make your eyes appear more open.
- Treat: What is worse than a morning having to get out of bed after getting no sleep? Getting out of bed with no sleep and with angry red bumps on your skin! Breaking out is a particularly mean side effect of having a tired and run down system, luckily there are some ways to remedy this. For starters if you are already using a Retinoid it might be a good idea to add another thin layer over your skin once you realize your sleeping pattern is going to disappoint you again. Alternatively apply a 5% solution of Hydrogen Peroxide on budding problem areas ASAP (use a cotton bud for precision because this can be an irritating treatment) or consider adding a product containing salicylic acid to your beauty regimen.
- Conceal: A good concealer is imperative to hiding breakouts and creating an even skin tone, if your skin is very red and angry you might consider trying a colour correcting product in light green, the green tone neutralises the red and when you apply your concealer over the colour corrector you will have lovely flawless looking skin even if you use a light coverage foundation or BB cream. If your skin is particularly textured or bumpy it might be good to leave the highlighters or shimmery blushes in your make up bag as these can really make textured skin appear worse opting for matte products instead.
What are your favourite ways to make yourself look better rested and radiant after a night of bad sleep? Let me know in the comment section below.
Have a nice day (and some sound sleep).