What to do with dull and exhausted skin?

Browsing the Internet, I’ve came across this great blog and found and interesting post, written by Annie Atkinson, with some simple, yet effective tips & tricks. Take a look, for I’m sure you will find these very useful in times of need.

“I actually can’t remember when it started, but literally every single morning I wake up saying the exact same thing: “I’m so exhausted.” And I literally am. On average, I would say I get about 7ish hours of sleep a night, maybe, if I’m lucky, but the thing is, there’s a distinct difference between feeling tired, and visibly looking tired. You know the look. Puffy eyes, puffy face, dark circles, larger than life pores, dry skin and facial imperfections that even makeup can’t seem to cover up.

Yesterday was one of those days. I looked in the mirror and thought, ”Do I really look like this? What did I do to deserve this? What can I do to save myself?” It’s days like these show how salt, alcohol or sleep deprivation can get the best of us, and it’s literally painful to look in the mirror. But feeling sorry for myself is not an option.

How do we un-puff the eyes and face and make ourselves look less tired?

1. For starters, drink water! This was one of my New Year’s resolutions and its something that I have to work hard at. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you look tired. Water is the key to life. On a normal day you should drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses, so when you look tired, pump that up! For those that have a water aversion like me, add lemon or emergen-c.

2. Apply a facemask! Make sure you use something nourishing or hydrating, because you want plump up that tired skin. (We at Bliss studio are great fans of Decléor’s Prolagene Gel mask.)

3. Apply an eye mask. Sure, sure you just applied your face mask, but that delicate area around the eyes is one of the telltale signs of fatigue. (Try Murad’s Eye Firming mask!)

4. Get moving. Take a brisk walk or go work out! I know, sometimes exercise seems like a daunting idea, but getting up and moving gives you a rosy and healthy glow.

5. Always keep spoons in the freezer to combat days like this. Frozen spoons on the eyes will work wonders in the de-puff department. Take out of the freezer and leave on your eyes for as long as you can.

6. Splurge on citrus. They’re packed with vitamin C, and can increase energy and alertness. Add lemon to your water or down a ½ grapefruit. Add honey to make it a bit sweeter.

7. Try a massage!

8. Eyedrops!

9. Concealer the eyes. Apply under the eyes and around the nose area and down the smile lines. A color that is slightly lighter than your skintone will brighten your complexion immediately.

10. Luminize. Radiant or luminizing products deflect light and make imperfections less visible. A brighter face makes you instantly look awake. You can either mix in a large dollop in with your moisturizer OR apply directly around your eyes, cupid’s bow, forehead and, of course, the brim of the nose.

11. Invest in a brightening pen.

12. Sunglasses always do the trick.

And do not forget to eat and get enough of sleep!

Photo credits: Beauty-trotter