12 July 2018

How to Fake Looking Rested

It's summer and it seems like we've been go go go since who knows when. I actually can't remember a time when I sat on the couch and didn't panic about the hundreds of other things I have to take care of. Between teaching yoga, running my blog/Beautycounter side-business AND a Monday to Friday job that requires me to be away from home for 12 hours a day, it's safe to say I am TIRED and it's starting to show.

Our free time always seems to book up faster than I can say "NO"... so it's hard to find time for self-care. But one thing I always make sure I have time for is my skincare routine. As you can probably tell from previous posts I take skincare very seriously. This is because of a lifetime of skin struggles, which still haven't gone away - in fact I would say that this summer they've gotten WORSE and I am wondering if this is because of a lack of rest. *insert sad face here*

I must say, I owe my self consciousness to my nail tech who every 3 weeks tells me "Sera, you look SO tired!" "I AM TIRED, LILY!" I always exclaim to her. So now I've resorted to faking the "rested" look, of course using all of my favourite clean brands. Here are a few of my tricks...

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
Dry skin accentuates any problem areas. So if your skin looks dewy and fresh, you'll be better able to hide the bags and droopy skin that exhaustion bring. It's also nice feeling cold cream on your face when you feel completely exhausted. Consider it a nice pick-me-up. My favourite day cream by Beautycounter can be purchased here.

Use Collagen Eye Masks
Using collagen eye masks 3-4 times a week will deliver a concentrated amount of collagen to the delicate skin under your eyes. Why is this important? Well, the first signs of exhaustion come from your eyes, so hydrating and reducing plumping and dark circles will help make you look bright eyed and ready for your day! I love the KNC Beauty Star Eye Masks. Shop them here.

Use a High Quality Eye Cream
Since under eye masks aren't suitable for daily use, I recommend a high quality anti-inflammatory eye cream for morning and night. Just a small amount goes a long way, and dab it around the eye area (don't rub!). The most amazing eye cream I have used is the Beautycounter Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream. It's got Phytic Acid, which stimlates oxygen and awakens tired eyes. Shop it here.

Use a Jade Roller Morning and Night
Jade rollers should be your new best friend. I now use mine day and night, and sometimes I leave it in the fridge overnight for a nice cooling and calming effect in the morning. Jade rollers help to boost blood circulation, loosen up lactic acid build up and calm redness. The bonus? They are so easy to find now. (I search for months and months for a good quality one, before my Naturopath gifted me one!) You can buy the Skin Gym Jade Roller on Well.ca here.

Remove ALL Makeup
What's worse than dark circles? Accentuating dark circles with morning-after makeup. Ensure all of your makeup is removed entirely before bed so that you don't have double the dark circles under your eyes in the morning. Beautycounter Instant Eye Makeup Remover breaks down pigment with coconut and macadamia nut oils for a gentle and quick makeup removal process. Shop it here.

Use the Right Shade of Under Eye Concealer
Use a lighter concealer than your foundation. Using too dark of a concealer will actually accentuate the dark circles making you look MORE tired. I personally use the Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer in "Light", which has been continually compared to the YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Perfecting Pen (maybe because the packaging looks similar?). Either way, the Beautycounter concealer is FULL COVERAGE, hides imperfections and under eye circles, and doesn't contain harsh chemicals -- which you definitely don;t want near your eyes. Shop it here.

Drinks LOTS of Water
Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration. Whether you are physically active, or sitting all day, your body needs water. Even a slight lost in hydration can lead to a tired feeling. Drink enough fluids to keep your pee light in colour, and enough that you'll need to pee every 1.5 hours. This should help with the look and feel of being TIRED! The first thing I do in the morning is drink 2 cups of water with half of a lemon squeezed into it. And, I carry an insulated water bottle with me so I have no excuses for not drinking water all day. Shop my favourite S'ip by S'well here.

Supplement with Collagen
A great way to supplement for a tired, achy body is to ensure you are getting the right nutrients. One supplement I have found extremely helpful is Collagen. It contains the amino acid Glycine, which helps you fall into a deeper sleep. It is in deep sleep that your body has time to regenerate and the Collagen is able to support your muscles and bones. Because collagen helps you sleep, I normally drink a cup of Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Water before bed. Collagen is also beneficial for skin health! Shop it here (or at Target stores!).

Avoid Sugar
In short, sugar spikes your insulin levels for a temporary high, and then knocks you right back down. Avoid spiking insulin levels as it messes with your hormones, causes dull skin, tired eyes and an over all feeling of BLAH! This isn't new to you though... eat greens instead :)

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