We all have one of those nights where sleep eludes us. Whatever the reason, be it stress, feeling overtired, or you stayed out too late and had one too many drinks, waking up the morning after from a horrible night’s sleep can leave you worse for wear. We’re talking puffy eyes and sallow skin.
To ease your exhaustion and raise your spirits — hang in there, you’ll make it back to bed eventually — here are some fantastic beauty products that promise and claim to reinvigorate your skin, thanks to ingredients that brighten, soothe, and hide your overdrawn look. We can’t guarantee you’ll feel amazing, but you’ll sure as hell look much better at your 9 a.m. meeting.
1. Avène Thermal Spring Water
First things first: Before you even think about putting any product on your face, as soon as you wake up, “Simply splash cold water on your face,” dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D., tells Good Housekeeping. Fusco says the coolness of the water constricts the blood vessels on your face and gives your skin a more toned and smooth look, something that a lack of sleep robs from your face. To mirror that feeling during the day when you’re at the office, try spraying Avène Thermal Spring Water on your face for that extra boost.
2. Avalon Organics Brilliant Balance Enzyme Scrub
After splashing that very necessary cold water on your face, it’s time to brighten up your dull, pale-looking skin. This enzyme exfoliant from Brilliant Balance will not only help your skin wake up, but it will also make you feel good in the process. It’s organic, vegan, and hypoallergenic. It utilizes lavender and prebiotics and gently scrubs away dull, tired, flaky surface cells to help improve the clarity and luminosity of your skin. You’ll look healthier, and you’ll feel more awake too.
3. Visine Advanced Redness + Irritation Relief Lubricant Eye Drops
For those bloodshot red eyes, using these over-the-counter eye drops from Visine will clear your poor tired eyes right up. Another alternative if you have the time is to apply a warm compress to your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes a couple of times throughout the day to help shrink the blood vessels in your eyes. Just make sure it’s not too hot, or you’ll irritate your peepers even more.
4. Erno Laszlo White Marble Translucence Cream
Slathering on a good cream can do wonders for your face, giving it the needed hydration that a lack of sleep zaps from your face. “With a face balm, any dryness and flakiness will disappear, and wrinkles will be less obvious,” Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a Boston dermatologist, tells Good Housekeeping. Enzo Laszlo’s White Marble Translucence Cream is a luxe cream that works to block melanin production to prevent discoloration. It also employs the use of Chinese plum extract to restore balance, brightness, and your skin’s vital moisture barrier — something that can suffer from lack of sleep.
5. Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
Once you’ve properly washed and moisturized, lets take a look at those under-eye circles, shall we? Peter Thomas Roth’s gel patches are infused with 24-karat gold to lift, firm, and plump that sensitive area around your eyes in just 10 minutes, because when you’re tired, the eye area is the first thing to give you away. The added caffeine in the product helps to reduce the appearance of puffiness, and when you’re exhausted, you need all the caffeine you can get, no matter the source. Alternatively, you can try using a cold spoon or even steeped tea bags.
6. Lab Series Skincare For Men BB Tinted Moisturizer SPF 35
Finish off your routine by slathering on something to brighten your skin. Most ladies are familiar with BB creams (and probably have a favorite), but guys may be a bit unsure. In short, BB creams are a great versatile skin care and makeup hybrid that performs the heavy duty job as moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation, concealer, and so on. In other words, BB cream will instantly liven up and protect pale, sallow skin from lack of sleep. The sheer lightweight formula of Lab Series Skincare provides just a hint of color for a natural finish to nourish a healthy looking, glowing complexion. The product even promises that with continued use, it will even out skin tone and texture, brighten the face, and diminish wrinkles and pores.