As a mom, you know how hard a good night’s sleep is to come by. With kids who don’t sleep through the night, sickness keeping everyone up, and the mental stress that comes with keeping up your household, it’s no wonder many moms are chronically sleep deprived. But without having the luxury of sleeping in or taking a day off, we’ve got to find some way to function on minimal sleep without looking like the dead. To help you with this, here are three beauty tricks that will make it look like you got a good night’s sleep even when you haven’t.
Embrace The Cold
One tell-tale sign that your body hasn’t gotten enough rest is an overall puffiness in your face. A great way to reduce this swollen effect, according to Krista Bennett DeMaio, a contributor to Shape.com, is to embrace the cold. We’ve all seen movies where women go to the spa and put cucumbers on their eyes. Well, it’s not the vegetable that helps with the appears: it’s the cold. So whether you have ice, frozen vegetables, or any other cold item you can stick on your face, keeping something cold on your skin for about 10 minutes can help to drastically reduce puffiness.
Pump Up The Moisture
When your body and your mind don’t get the rest and rejuvenation they need from adequate sleep, your skin can start to scream for a little R&R. To help with this, try to give your skin an extra boost of moisture while doing your normal skin care routine. According to Deanna Pai, a contributor to Cosmopolitan, skin serums that contain things like hyaluronic acid and vitamin E can work wonders for putting moisture back into your skin and making your face look fresh and full. Just make sure you find a product that won’t clog your pores or feel too heavy on your skin.
Keep Your Makeup Minimal
Once you’ve got your skin taken care of, it’s time to use a little makeup to hide any imperfections that you weren’t able to fix with a cold compress and some additional moisturizer. But while you might think that the best option is to cake on as much makeup as you can to literally hide the dark circles or flaws in your skin, Julia Guerra, a contributor to Elite Daily, reminds us that keeping your makeup minimal can actually make your skin appear more naturally awake. So rather than using dark colors or pounds of concealer, try going with neutral, matte colors around your eyes and keeping your mascara light.
If you need some extra help appearing like you’re refreshed and ready to meet the day, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you bring out the best in your look even when you’d rather just get back in bed.