WHAT I DO TO LOOK WELL-RESTED

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Looking well-rested and actually feeling well-rested are two very different things. Neither one is easy to come by, our lives can be so busy, but today I'm tackling the looking well-rested side of things because honestly, it's easier.

As I've gotten older and have been getting way less sleep than I should in recent months (hashtag still blessed), I've been feeling a bit puffy even after getting a good six hours hours of sleep. I know, I should be getting seven or eight hours of sleep a night... that's exactly where my inspiration for this article came from.

You want to look awake and glowing? Well right here is where I'm sharing the tips I use almost daily to look more rested.

Before Makeup:

Do A Cold Water Splash: Beauty gurus will suggest dunking your face in a bowl of ice water, but that just doesn't work for me, so I'll splash my face with cold water three or four times. 

Why?: Cold temperatures will instantly improve circulation, tighten pores, and take away that ‘just woke up’ puffy look, especially around the eyes. 

Cucumbers, Tea Bags Or Spoons On The Eyes: Store a few spoons in the freezer. Place the rounded side underneath your eyes and lie down for 5-10 minutes or until the spoon begins to warm. Have cucumbers in the fridge? Take a couple of thick slices, lie down and place them over eyes until they are no longer cool as cucumbers. I've been doing the tea bag method since high school, but I always used regular Lipton Black tea bags, and thinking back, there was always a little stickiness and color left dripping down my face. These days I use caffeinated green tea bags which I steep and let cool. Lie down and place one tea bag under each eye and relax for 10 minutes.

Why?: Again, the cold temps will reduce swelling. If you're trying the cucumbers, they also help reduce the dark circles under the eyes. This skin lightening effect can also make your skin glow. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumbers brings down the water retention in the eyes area. The caffeine constricts the blood vessels under the skin, which reduces puffiness and bagginess.

 

Facial Massage or Jade Rolling: I can do a separate post on this and probably will soon since this is something I've started doing myself and love the results. Giving yourself a facial massage is a great way to relax and get the circulation going in your face when you wake up in the morning. Jade rolling is believed to have been practiced by wealthy Chinese women and jade is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a healing semi-precious gemstone and is considered a sign of power and immortality, which is how it found its way into holistic spas.

Why?: Rolling jade across the skin revs up circulation, de-puffs the eye area, and improves skin elasticity — and since it promotes lymphatic drainage, it’s detoxifying. Facial massages require no tools, just a light tapping of your fingers. You can find jade rollers on Amazon for as little as $10.

Makeup Tricks:

For glowing skin:

Becca Cosmetics foundation is what I wear when I want my skin to look radiant, which is basically daily.

image: Becca Cosmetics

image: Becca Cosmetics

 

The Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation ($44) has a sheer finish that creates a lit-from-within look.

To open up your eyes and make your cheekbones come alive:

Dab a small amount of highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes and right below your eyebrows on the brow bone.

image: Glossier

image: Glossier

 

My new favorite highlighter is Glossier Haloscope Highlighter in Topaz, ($22) which was recommended to me by a friend a few weeks ago. Topaz is in the picture above on the left side, followed by Quartz in the middle and Moonstone on the right. (Alternatively, I like Mixed Chicks Swipe a line of highlighter above your blush and tap it in, and also do a mini hit of this a bit right above the middle of your top lip. The result: more of that luminous glow.