While we all enjoy a late night out with friends, or that all-day-all-night binge watching session of Gilmore Girls, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that enjoys the morning-after feeling. That groggy, heavy-eyed, feet-dragging-through-mud, swimming-through-molasses feeling that makes the work day seem like it’s 7 weeks long.
While there are countless articles out there giving advice on how to wake your body up and get through your day so you can finally drag yourself home and fall heavily on the couch, there’s little information to be found about how to snap your face out of the sleepless slump.
So just how do you perk your face up when you’re lacking sleep? Is there really a tried and true trick to banishing under eye bags and dark circles? Let’s take a look at what goes on behind that tired mask, and what you can do to perk your face back up again.
What Does Lack of Sleep Do To Your Face?
Sleep deprivation can have serious, long-term effects on your mind and body, but it also has a big negative impact on your skin. Some of these effects are short-lived and will resolve the next time you get enough rest, some are more long term.
Beauty sleep really is a thing. No joke.
Lack of Sleep Can Affect Your Skin By Causing:
- Dark Circles. Blood vessels under the eyes dilate as a direct lack of sleep, causing raccoon eyes.
- Bags under the eyes. While under-eye bags can be caused by many things, lack of sleep is a huge culprit. When the skin under the eyes sags or swells, it is usually the result of excess fluid in the body.
- Red eyes. Dilated blood vessels cause the eyes to become bloodshot.
- Breakouts. A poor night’s sleep can anger the Inflammation Gods if you’re already prone to bouts of acne. Lack of sleep causes an increase in your stress hormones (cortisol), which trigger inflammation.
- Wrinkles and drooping. Collagen is the skin’s support matrix and key to elasticity. When you don’t get a full night’s sleep, your body doesn’t have the time to produce new, fresh cells and fix yesterday’s damage, contributing to accelerated aging.
- Inflammation. Lack of sleep decreases the moisture levels in your skin and lowers your pH levels, creating an imbalance. This can trigger redness and dry skin that lacks its youthful glow.
- Thinning hair. Increased cortisol is to blame here, too. Exhaustion and stress from long-term sleep deprivation can, over time, trigger diffuse hair loss across the scalp.
- Weight gain. Studies have shown that lack of sleep increased hunger and decreases metabolic rate. People who get a full eight hours of sleep burned twice as much fat as those who didn’t get enough rest.
How To Help Your Skin Through a Lack of Sleep
The best way to combat the effects of lack of sleep are to actually get enough sleep!
That reality is a little more difficult to obtain. In 2016 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that some 33% of American adults weren’t getting their required amount of sleep.
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to studying sleep, adults between the ages of 26 and 64 need between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. They do concede, though, that not everyone is programmed exactly the same. Some people need as much as 10 hours of sleep a night, while others can still thrive on six.
But what can you do when you don’t get enough sleep?
- Tuck your cleanser and moisturizer in the fridge (before you go to bed, if you think about it). It’s a wake-me-up for you and your skin that isn’t as rude as splashing ice water on your face. It brings a little flush to your cheeks and helps to eliminate any puffiness.
- Grab your tea bags. Green tea, that is. Soak them in hot water for a couple of minutes, then place in the fridge to chill. (Have a cup of tea while you wait!) Lay tea bags over your puffy eyes to infuse them with a dose of caffeine and antioxidants that will send those dark circles scurrying.
- Cold cucumber slices are also good for relieving puffy eyes.
- MDSUN Intensive Eye Gel is formulated with antioxidants to help support natural collagen and elastin, necessary to maintain your skin’s shape and function. It’s packed with special antioxidants that help to reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles significantly so your skin looks much more well-rested.
- Apply makeup carefully. Spot your concealer under your tired eyes in an inverted triangle using a shade that matches your face, not just right under your eyelid. Stay away from heavy eye makeup and highlighter. You don’t want to draw any more attention to your eyes. Use a brighter lip tint to pull attention there, instead. A tiny bit of pink or coral-toned blush on the apples of your cheeks can really help to perk things up. A light dusting of illuminizer all over can brighten your dull complexion.