Wide Awake: How to Make Your Skin Look Like You Had a Good Night's Sleep
Faking a good night’s sleep is like cramming for a test––it will never replace the real deal, but it’s possible (and often necessary) to succeed in a pinch. Everyone has nights when there’s just no time for plan A, and in these cases, we just have to fake it ‘til we make it. Below, we share tips for how to fake the effects of a good night’s sleep.
Avoid Salty Foods
Late nights often lead to not-so-healthy food decisions, which can affect our skin in the morning. A leading culprit? Salt. Eating an excessive amount of salty foods, especially before bedtime, can cause our bodies to retain water. Fluid retention can ultimately result in puffy skin around the eyes, a tell-tale sign of a sleepless night. Skip the sodium-heavy snacks to avoid that swollen look come morning.
Give the Cold Shoulder
If you do wake up with swollen-looking, puffy eyes try to chill out—literally. Cold therapy can decrease blood flow in order to reduce the appearance of swelling. Don’t have chilled cucumbers lying around? Try storing your favorite eye cream in the fridge for an extra-cool treat even when your eyes aren’t puffy.
Hop in a cool shower and wake up your body from head to toe. Gentle exfoliation on certain skin types—sensitive gals may want to skip this step—can help our complexions appear brighter and subsequently more awake. Before hopping in the shower, consider lightly dry brushing skin the skin on your body. This practice may help to increase circulation and leave you feeling (and hopefully looking) more energized. If you’d rather skip the scrub down, give stretching a try. A morning stretch session may help boost circulation, preparing you for the day ahead.
Hydrate From the Inside, Out
Never underestimate the power of getting enough H2O. Mild dehydration (often a side effect of those late, sleepless nights) can cause the skin to lose elasticity and become dry and dull-looking. The quickest fix for minor dehydration is simply drinking more plain water.