6 ways to brighten your tired skin

Did you swap beauty sleep for The Crown again last night and your skin is suffering the consequences this morning? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Everyone knows you need eight hours of sleep a night, but sometimes that just isn’t possible, and lackluster, tired skin seems inevitable.

We all know you should get 8hrs of sleep a night but sometimes, it's just not possible. When you're short on beauty rest, here's how to fix your tired skin.
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That being said, you still don’t want to scare off your barista first thing in the morning because you look like a cast member on The Walking Dead. Dedicate just five minutes of your time to fighting off signs of fatigue and invigorating your skin and you’ll be ready to walk out the door a new, well-rested person (who’s headed directly to the espresso machine).

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Dehydration is one of the worst offenders when it comes to lackluster-looking skin. Not drinking enough water decreases skin blood flow, causing us to look gray and tired. We’re told to drink eight glasses a day, but that’s just an estimate. The real amount you should aim for depends on your height, weight, and activity level.

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Give your skin a fresh flush

Have just five minutes? That’s fine! Look for sheet masks and face products with caffeine that will help to constrict blood vessels and reduce inflammation.

Tula Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm

$28.00

Tula

Glow & Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm

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The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 1 oz/ 30 mL

$6.70

The Ordinary

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 1 oz/ 30 mL

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100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

$29.00

100% Pure

Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

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Sante Naturkosmetik Skin care Body care Homme II Shower Gel Body & Hair 2 in 1 Bio-Caffeine & Açai 200 ml

€4.95

Sante Naturkosmetik

Skin care Body care Homme II Shower Gel Body & Hair 2 in 1 Bio-Caffeine & Açai 200 ml

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Reduce puffiness and dark circles

Are you rocking puffy, didn’t-sleep-last-night eyes?  Try introducing products laden with Vitamin C and Vitamin K to target dark circles. Topically applying Vitamin C reduces free radicals and brightens the skin while Vitamin K stimulates tissue renewal.

Move your body first thing in the morning

Exercising first thing in the morning wakes up your organs, bones, and muscles after sleeping. It also gets your blood pumping, giving you a healthy, awake-looking glow. Don’t have time to hit the gym? Try walking around your neighborhood for 15 minutes before heading to work.

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Hydrate dry, cracked lips

Cracked lips are honestly the worst. Avoid the discomfort and stay pucker-ready with these lip products containing niacinamide, an ingredient that increases the fatty acid levels in your skin and helps prevent water loss.

Patchology Resting Beach Face Soothing Sheet Mask & Lip Gel Kit

$20.00

Patchology

Resting Beach Face Soothing Sheet Mask & Lip Gel Kit

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Paula's Choice 10 Niacinamide Booster

$44.00

Paula's Choice

10 Niacinamide Booster

Delivery: International

e.l.f. Cosmetics Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Fragrance Free Face Cream, 1.7 Ounce, 1.76 Ounce

$12.00

e.l.f. Cosmetics

Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Fragrance Free Face Cream, 1.7 Ounce, 1.76 Ounce

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Omorovicza Silver Skin Savior Salicylic/Glycolic Acid Treatment 1.7 oz/ 50 mL

$99.00

Omorovicza

Silver Skin Savior Salicylic/Glycolic Acid Treatment 1.7 oz/ 50 mL

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Eat citrus fruits

Consuming citrus fruits first thing in the morning works as a pick-me-up for the skin and the mind as they’re packed with Vitamin C, which helps increase energy and alertness. Not a citrus fan? Simple smelling the fruits can trick your brain and wake up your senses.

Wake Up Tired Skin
Milk Makeup Cooling Water Mini 0.21 oz/ 6 g

$15.00

Milk Makeup

Cooling Water Mini 0.21 oz/ 6 g

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Derma E Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches

$24.00

Derma E

Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches

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Garnier SkinActive Glow Boost Fresh-Mix Sheet Mask with Vitamin C, for all skin types, 1 count

$3.49

Garnier

SkinActive Glow Boost Fresh-Mix Sheet Mask with Vitamin C, for all skin types, 1 count

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Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches 30 pairs/ 60 patches

$55.00

Peter Thomas Roth

Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches 30 pairs/ 60 patches

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GlamGlow BRIGHTEYES Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream 0.5 oz/ 15 mL

$39.00

GlamGlow

BRIGHTEYES Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream 0.5 oz/ 15 mL

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GlamGlow Glowlace Radiance-boosting Hydration Sheet Mask By Glamglow for Women - 1 Pc Mask

$6.89

GlamGlow

Glowlace Radiance-boosting Hydration Sheet Mask By Glamglow for Women - 1 Pc Mask

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Borghese Fango Essenziali Treatment Sheet Mask, Mango & Pomegranate, 0.83 Fl Oz

$7.00

Borghese

Fango Essenziali Treatment Sheet Mask, Mango & Pomegranate, 0.83 Fl Oz

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Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Duo

$58.00

Kiehl's

Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Duo

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