Tired of looking tired? Try these 5 simple hacks to help you look AND feel rested (and keep those dark circles at bay!)
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Puffiness, dark circles and fine lines… having tired-looking eyes is one of our most common beauty problems - and is often one of the first areas to show signs of ageing.
Between juggling a hectic family life, busy social calendar and demanding career, it can be difficult to find time to figure out the best way to give yourself a much-needed boost.
Fortunately, we have put together a handy list of surprisingly simple hacks that will help you look and feel your best by tackling tell-tale signs of tiredness.
From easy-to-make lifestyle changes to a brilliant pick-me-up product that will help wipe away your last late night, these tips take a holistic approach to helping you look and feel rested.
So, if you’re tired of looking tired read on - and get ready to feel brighter and look even more radiant…
HACK ONE: HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Drink up! Make sure you're drinking plenty of water throughout the day to help your body maintain a healthy balance
If you want to really feel refreshed then start thinking about the amount of water you drink.
Keeping hydrated is important - your body needs water or other fluids to work properly and to avoid dehydration. This helps your body maintain a healthy balance and can reduce feelings of tiredness, as well as potentially having a positive impact on your skin.
To help combat tell-tale signs of dehydration, make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
If you struggle to fit water into your daily routine then skip the ‘eight glasses’ rule and try carrying a bottle instead and take sips as you go about your day - you’ll probably end up drinking more than you think!
Whilst drinking water helps support your body's normal functioning, one of the best ways to directly target dehydrated skin is using skincare with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is especially powerful because it holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, attracting water to the skin and holding it there.
On the other hand, dehydrated skin will feel tight, look dull in the mirror and might have more fine lines. This is especially true for the area around your eyes where the skin is 3 to 5 times thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face.
Skin that is properly hydrated can look more radiant and feel more supple because the cells are plump and firm... which leads us nicely on to hack two!
HACK TWO: TREAT YOUR EYES TO A WONDER WATER
Your next beauty must-have: Vichy’s Minéral 89 Eyes is a minimal formula with 13 ingredients that works to help hydrate, smooth and brighten the delicate eye area
Want to target dark circles, eye bags and fine lines in an instant? Then it’s time to try expert skincare brand Vichy’s Minéral 89 Eyes - an amazing new hydrating booster, enriched with hyaluronic acid, that works to smooth the appearance of fine lines and brighten the delicate eye area.
This skincare must-have comes from the creators of the phenomenally popular Vichy Minéral 89, which boasts the highest ever concentration of Vichy Mineralizing Water to hydrate the skin, and has become a cult favourite, with over 1,500 5-star reviews!*
DISCOVER THE POWER OF VICHY MINERALIZING WATER
The hero ingredient in Minéral 89 Eyes is its Vichy Mineralizing Water.
The natural active water is sourced from deep within the earth in the volcanic Auvergne region in France.
Naturally rich in 15 essential minerals, this legendary water boasts a dazzling array of skin benefits: strengthening skin's natural anti-oxidant defenses, rebalancing pH levels and stimulating cell regeneration. This remarkable power is backed up by no fewer than 16 scientific studies!
Just like in Minéral 89, Minéral 89 Eyes boasts the highest ever concentration of Vichy Mineralizing Water - maximising its effects.
The same wonder ingredient is the driving force behind Vichy's new dermatologically tested Minéral 89 Eyes, which is packed with 13 ingredients, and formulated specially to help make the whole eye area look refreshed.
Minéral 89 Eyes also contains caffeine and dermochlorella, and helps soothe and hydrate, as well as working hard to improve the appearance of dark circles - for a total eye refresh!
With such incredible ingredients, it’s of little surprise beauty fans have been so impressed with the results. In a recent study**, the majority of women said their eyes felt smoother, more moisturised and looked less tired after using the product - it even helped soothe the skin after make-up removal. What's not to love?
Not only that but the fresh, light texture means Minéral 89 Eyes is super easy to apply and absorbs instantly into the skin, leaving it hydrated but not greasy, sticky or shiny and can fit into every skincare routine.
In fact, it is so gentle that it is suitable for people with sensitive skin and those who wear contacts. For best results, keep reading for hack three!
HACK THREE: DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF MASSAGE
At-home pamper: Get ready to jump-start lymphatic drainage with a massage at home, helping to alleviate any fluid that has pooled beneath your eyes
Body massages are great for helping us feel our best - but it’s face massages that will really give you the skincare boost you need.
Experts believe face massages can help stimulate the blood flow, reducing puffiness and calming inflammation - and the best part is you can do them at home!
To target puffiness under the eyes, use your ring fingers to press gently on the point where the orbital bone - the one around the eye - joins to the bridge of the nose.
Moving your fingers in slow, circular motions, move from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye. Repeat this two to three times. For best results, use this technique to apply your eye-care to boost its effectiveness on puffiness.
This helps jumpstart lymphatic drainage, since fluid can pool under your eyes while you sleep.
You can also try boosting this pamper session by using metal spoons instead of your fingers. For best results place two spoons in the fridge overnight - the cold temperature will help tighten swollen skin - and use the rounded side to massage your eye area.
HACK FOUR: GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
Sleeping beauty! Getting a good night's sleep is vital as it gives your skin cells time to rebuild and repair themselves. Stock image
BOOST YOUR SNOOZE: HOW TO SLEEP BETTER
- Go to bed at a regular time. Set the alarm for the same time each day - even weekends - to develop a regular sleep-wake rhythm.
- Make sure the bedroom is dark.
- No coffee, tea or hot chocolate (they contain caffeine) before bed.
- Try deep breathing, or tensing and relaxing different groups of muscles around the body.
- Don't exercise immediately before going to bed.
We all know nothing screams 'burning the candles at both ends' like tired eyes!
Lack of sleep, or poor-quality sleep, has an incredibly negative effect on the way we feel - and can also impact on the way we look.
That's because when we are asleep, our cells rebuild and repair themselves. If you don't sleep, this function is impaired.
Not only that but if you sleep badly, you may feel more irritable, have a lower mood, and have difficulty concentrating.
So there are plenty of reasons to get those eight hours of beauty sleep!
Use it as an excuse to say 'no' to those late night drinks... or give yourself a bit of a lie-in before work.
This may be difficult at first - but it's worth it!
HACK FIVE: THE ART OF DISGUISE
Disguise tell-tale signs of tiredness: Dermablend Colour Corrector, from Vichy, is designed to camouflage blue veins and under-eye circles, helping you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
Some days, beauty sleep is harder to come by than others.
BRIGHT EYED BEAUTY: HOW TO DISGUISE YOUR DARK CIRCLES
To ensure you get the most out of Vichy's Dermablend Colour Corrector, follow these three simple steps:
- Use before applying foundation or powder to cleansed and moisturised skin. Dab a small amount of corrector with the fingertips below eyes, covering dark circles
- Gently blend and reapply if extra coverage is needed.
- To conceal, apply your foundation or concealer of choice to the desired area and blend in with fingers. To achieve the best result, follow with a thin layer of setting powder to even your complexion.
But don't despair, because this amazing skincare secret will help disguise the biggest tell-tale signs of tiredness in seconds.
Dermablend Colour Corrector in Yellow from Vichy, is designed to camouflage under-eye circles, helping you to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, no matter how much sleep you've had.
The fantastic formula neutralises any blueness in the skin, creating a smooth, even complexion that will help make your eyes dazzle.
Handily, it is also sweat and water resistant, meaning you don't have to worry about how you'll look at the end of a busy day.
Unlike some under-eye products, Dermablend is also super hydrating, making it easy to blend and keeping your look natural - without any cakey cover-up.
Once you've colour corrected, use a concealer or foundation of your choice for a flawless finish. This will help make any dark circles disappear, leaving you with high-coverage that lasts for up to 24 hours, meaning dark circles won't darken your door again for the rest of the day.
All eyes on Vichy Minéral 89 Eyes: What the reviews say...
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*Mineral 89 has over 1,500 5-star reviews on Vichy.co.uk as of 16/07/19. Includes reviews syndicated from Vichy Canada
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