15 Ways To Make Your Skin Look Good Even If You’re Tired AF

If you were to ask someone what the key to great skin is, chances are good that sleep–as in, getting a lot of it–is going to pop up somewhere on the list. Between the puffy eyes, ashy skin, and random, unexpected pimples that crop up, you probably already know that your skin looks…not ideal after a long, sleepless night.

But, obviously, getting eight hours of sleep a night (hahahahahaha) isn’t always going to happen, particularly during this time of year, when you probably have finals, end-of-year parties, and the start of summer jobs all vying for your attention. But, inconveniently enough, this is also the time of year when you most likely feel compelled to look good (those prom pictures will never truly go away, after all). So, check out these easy ways to make your skin look good, even if you’re tired AF:

1. Drink a lot of water:


“Drink water” is, like, the herpes of the beauty-and-self-care world. But that’s just because it works–water can help diminish puffiness and dry patches that can arise after a late night. Plus, hydration will make you feel better in general–so drink up.


2. Don’t go crazy with coffee:



Sorry. But coffee is a diuretic, which means that it increases the passage of water from your body, which can make you seriously dehydrated. This won’t feel good, first of all, and your face will also reflect it. If you really need caffeine, try to stick with tea instead.


3. Use eye cream before you go to sleep:


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The skin around the eyes is fragile, which means that it’s more prone to dryness, and, subsequently, puffiness. To diminish this, put on some eye cream before you go to sleep. (And, if you don’t feel like buying eye cream, just put some of your regular moisturizer under your eyes–the important thing is making sure it’s moisturized, not that you’re using a fancy product.)


4. Or use baking soda:



Another way to deal with bags and dark circles is by mixing together baking soda and warm water–if you leave the solution under your eyes for fifteen minutes, the swelling will be reduced.


5. Remember to take a shower:



It might be tempting to skip your daily shower for a few extra minutes of sleep, but try to take a quick one–the water will wake you up and prevent you from looking like you literally just rolled out of bed.


6. Wash your face with cold water:



Really can’t invest time in a shower? Just wash your face with cold water. This will definitely help wake you up and get rid of that just-woke-up face.


7. Invest in a facial spray:

Facial spray is one of those things that, at first glance, seems a little bit like a gimmick. But if you get the right kind (or make your own), it can help even out your skin tone and give it a kind of dewiness that makes you seem less tired. (Plus, it’s fun to spray on.)


8. Curl your lashes:



If your lashes are tilted upwards, this helps your eyes seem more open and awake.


9. Line your inner eyes with white:



This covers up any redness you might have on your inner eyes and also makes your eyes seem more open and less droopy and tired.


10. Don’t forget moisturizer:



Exhaustion can make your skin feel (and look) dry and flaky. Use a good moisturizer to help counteract the dryness.


11. Freeze off your eye bags:


So to speak. If you have some time, take two used tea bags, stick them in the fridge for about ten minutes, then place them under your eyes for fiteen minutes.


12. Sleep with your head on a few pillows:



Apparently, sleeping with your head elevated can help improve your circulation, which can help reduce puffiness the next day. So, even if you’re not getting a ton of sleep, you can maximize whatever shut-eye you do get by sleeping with your head raised.


13. Sleep on silk pillowcases: 


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This will help reduce weird creases and splotches on your skin.


14. Use Vitamin C serum:



Vitamin C serums are great for waking up dull, tired skin–all you need to to is take a few drops and rub it on your face for an instant wake-up. Eating foods with vitamin C in them, like dark leafy greens and citrus fruits, probably won’t hurt either.


15. Use a little bit of concealer under your eyes:



Not too much! Overloading concealer will just draw attention to the puffiness. Use whichever type of color correction is right for your skin tone, then dab a little bit of concealer over it.

Do you have any tips for making your skin look good when you’re tired? Let us know in the comments!

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