You know what’s the worst? When someone tells you that you look “tired.” It’s exponentially more annoying than “You look sad” or “Are you sick?” because it’s often said with bravado-like compassion and a patronizing head-tilt. The worst.
But now that I’m out of my acne-laden teens (and thank goodness for that!), my biggest skin concerns are dullness and, well, dark circles. They used to be the tell-tale of an all-nighter in college, but these days, I’m prone to puffiness even when I’ve clocked an impressive eight hours. See? The benefits of growing up are endless!
We’ve all spent an entire week trying to get enough sleep in time for a weekend event, especially when we’ll probably be photographed, but Murphy’s Law exists ruin your chances of looking good on Facebook and you’ll probably have to work overtime Thursday night. But don’t worry! This super-eary three-step regimen will have those end-of-the-week dark circles banished just in time to step out with confidence.
Change your pillowcases from cotton to silk — not only do the soft fibers do wonders for frizzy hair, but they don’t pull nearly as much on your delicate skin. Double up on the pillows, too: it’ll stop incriminating excess blood and fluid from building up underneath your peepers. When you wake up, lean back and press (don’t tug!) ever-so-gently around your eye area with your fingertips to get circulation up to speed.
Cut the salt. I know, it’ll probably feel like a mini diet, but excess salt causes some serious bloating. We’re not recommending an all-raw diet, but aim for no more than 2,000 mg per day and be sure to drink enough water (my doctor says to divide your weight in lbs by two and drink at least that many fluid ounces). Keep in mind that just one teaspoon of table salt has more than 2,300 mg of sodium, but processed and prepared foods are the real culprit.
Apply only cool moisturizers to your delicate eye area, and I’m talking temperature, not popularity here. Thursday night, throw your eye cream (or even your facial moisturizer and concealer) in the refrigerator, and apply it as usual Friday morning. The cool sensation increases blood constricts your pores and reduces swelling or inflammation all at once. If you like how it quickly it wakes you up, feel free to store your beauty products in there all the time: it’ll increase their shelf life, too. And if all else fails, throw on fake eyelashes and enjoy your night!
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