Beauty

3 Ways to Fake a Good Night's Sleep

Here's how to look well-rested even if you aren't.
3 Ways to Fake a Good Night's Sleep
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In our busy lives, sleep is usually the first thing to go. And our face is the first place it shows. So, until you get back on a regular routine of sleeping eight hours, here are three things you can do to hide and reduce common signs of fatigue.

Exercise for dull complexion If skin isn't allowed time to renew overnight, it can look sallow, ashy, and pasty. "When you don't sleep, your body doesn't have a chance to increase microcirculation, which means it can't deliver key nutrients to the skin, " says Jeanette Graf, M.D., a dermatologist based in Great Neck, New York. Even a short morning workout session can help boost circulation, as will a dry body brushing before you shower.

Teabags for tired eyes Under–eye bags show up when your body can't get rid of excess fluid, which pools in the pockets beneath the eyes. Dark circles develop when your body doesn't have time to strengthen your veins while you sleep: "If vascular tone isn't allowed to improve overnight, then you'll see the dark blood vessels under the eyes that are essentially weak and leaking," says Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine. Placing used, cold (a few minutes in the freezer should do the trick) green tea bags over your eyes can help reduce dark circles by shrinking the blood vessels, and the tea's natural antioxidants help fight inflammation.

Meditation for irritated skin A study published in Biological Psychology in 2006 found that stress causes a significant increase of the hormone cortisol, which is linked to inflammatory skin problems like eczema and acne. And not getting enough sleep can create stress. Meditating for 20 minutes helps put your body in a state of deep rest, which can make up for some of the renewal time your body may have missed at night.