Have you been looking into the mirror and thought to yourself “why do I look so tired?!” Let’s face it, the world we live in is physically and mentally taxing. From mom duties to groceries to house cleaning on top of our professional career, who has the time to get eight hours of sleep while handling everything else they have going on? Nobody.
Aside from a lack of sleep, there are a slew of other factors that might make you look more fatigued. It can be alarming to look dull and washed out with no amount of makeup to mask it all. There are a few small changes you can start with today that can make your skin feel fresh and plump.
Cut Back on The Lattes
This one is a no-brainer. Overdoing your Starbucks trips and morning cup of coffee can suck out all the moisture from your body and skin. Limiting your coffee consumption can benefit your skin in the long run. Instead, switch it up with green tea as a terrific alternative with its high antioxidants content, that’s better for you and your skin.
For a quick remedy to banish tired-looking eyes, apply 2 cold tea bags to your eyes for a few minutes. This will help depuff and calm the skin around your eyes. Try it before going to sleep for a relaxing night’s sleep.
Vitamin C is your Best Friend
Sun damage and pollution are the main causes that can make your skin look dull and lackluster. Your secret ingredient to a natural, even-toned glow is a Vitamin C serum. As one of the best anti-inflammatory ingredients you can use to help make your skin look less tired, Vitamin C helps to fade pigmentation and general dullness you might be seeing.
Using a topical serum is the best way to get the most potent benefits in the long run to reduce puffiness. Not to mention it’s the perfect ingredient to improve dark under-eye circles caused by congested blood vessels. Apply every night before bed for the best results.
Regular Work Outs
A consistent exercise routine will help your body and skin look fresh and plump. Whether it’s a 30-minute walk every morning or a quick YouTube workout video in front of your TV, not moving your body will cause more lethargy and drain your energy levels. An added benefit to walking in the morning is getting a dose of Vitamin D to help us not feel lethargic.
Even with a busy schedule, take a few minutes out for a walk around the block, or even take your kids out for a stroll around the park. Once you get your body moving, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll start to feel! Not to mention working out is one of the best stress relievers to get you a peaceful night’s rest.
One of the worst ingredients you’re ingesting that can cause you to look and feel tired is sugar. Having high blood sugar can cause biochemical changes in your skin cells which cause premature aging (i.e wrinkles). We know it’s hard to kick sugar addiction and can cause a significate slump in energy levels with withdrawals. But we can all cut back on sugary treats slowly especially if that’s all your kids are obsessed with.
There are plenty of sugar-free treats that can help curb your cravings. Alternate sugar snacks for healthier options such as fruits, yogurt, granola bars, or nuts. Keep a Ziploc bag with any fruit or nuts with you if you’re out running errands to curb any snacking.
Meditate before Sleep
If you’re having trouble getting a restful night’s sleep, practicing meditation raises natural melatonin levels to help your mind and body fall asleep. By meditating you’ll help lower cortisol, a stress hormone, and raise natural melatonin levels to help you have an easier time falling asleep and help improve sleep quality.
There are multiple types of meditation methods to help relax your body and mind including guided meditation, concentration meditation, and body scan meditation. All of these can prepare your body and mind to calm down before sleeping. These may involve any audio session and breathing cues to help relax your mind.
These small habits can improve your overall health give you a boost of energy and bring back that glow in your skin!