How to improve tired looking face

9 Tips So You Don’t Look So Tired and Feel Sleepy

En español | "You look tired" is a phrase no 50-plus woman likes to hear. It's a loud and clear hint we're not coming across as fresh, healthy and attractive to others — and who needs that? Clearly some combination of stress, insomnia, the daily barrage of social media and news, family/work/health issues and a few too many late-night Netflix binges is throwing us serious shade. Here are nine ways to snap out of it with an at-home routine and a 911 fast fix.

1. Cold brew your face and body

No hitting the snooze button. Even if you feel and look like a zombie, a cold shower, steamy suds-up and icy rinse finish will get your senses tingling, smooth superficial creases from your face and lift any brain fog. Prefer languishing in a cozy bath? Do the cold, steamy, cool routine as you wash your face. The heated soothing cleanser part will still steam the lines and the cold will give your circulation a jolt.

2. Moisturize while skin is damp

Timing and technique matter. Think of a "tired" face like a deflated balloon, a "fresh" face like a round inflated one. If you lightly blot your face and immediately apply your hydrating cream or oil, skin gets plumped up. Wait five minutes, or 20, and you've lost that absorption window when emollients work best. Gently massage moisturizer into face, neck and décolletage for two or three minutes. This helps relax tension lines and gets a glow going.

3. Freshen eyes ASAP

The skin here is super thin and dry. It not only shows fatigue first, but amplifies it by going red, puffy, dark-circled and saggy. Clarify the "whites" with fast-acting drugstore drops like Lumify by Bausch & Lomb ($12, Target) or Alcon Naphcon-A Eye Drops ($11, both staples in A-list celeb makeup artist kits. Next a caffeine-packed eye cream like Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller ($8, with vitamin C and caffeine, cool metallic roller tip soothes or Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel De-Puffing Eye Gel with caffeine and cucumber ($10, target. com) — chilled if possible (keep it on call in the fridge) — to soothe and reduce swelling and discoloration. No drops or cream handy? Check the freezer for frozen peas or blueberries and apply the icy bag over closed lids for five minutes. Or try cooled tea bags.


Fake your best skin

When you look tired, stressed mature skin either gets temperamental (sensitive, ruddy and possibly prone to breakouts) or it can go desert dry (ashy, sallow), and expression lines and wrinkles seem to sink deeper. Either way, a creamy, dewy stick foundation with a wide range of 30-40 shades like Flesh Firm Flesh ThickStick Foundation ($18,, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($46, or Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46, pulls your face together fast. Pricey? Yes, but when you're aiming for authenticity instead of a mask, multipurpose coverage pays off. Using fingers, makeup brushes or sponges, dab and blend the foundation stick where and when needed on red, brown, blue or violet discolorations.

5. Blush, don't bronze

Instinct says go sunny and beachy — but hold it right there. Don’t reach for a self-tanner or bronzing powder. That's OK for your best days. But to restore a glow, grab a creamy pink or peach blush like Revlon Insta-Blush ($8, Target) or e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blush ($4 and give cheeks a yoga-class flush in seconds.

6. Lighten up on eye makeup, but don't ignore it

Now's not the time for smoky dark eyes — black liner and dark brown shadows can look sexy at night in dim light, but they'll drag you down during the day. To restore sparkle, choose a nude palette in light to medium shades of mauve, peach and shimmery taupe like Maybelline Total Temptation Eyeshadow + Highlight Palette ($9, or NYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Palette in Soft & Rosy ($8, The combo of muted brown liner and mascara and pale shimmer on your upper lids restores shape and keeps the emphasis there. Skip makeup beneath the eyes, where liner and mascara can emphasize bags and crepey skin.

7. Shake up your hair

Pulling hair back or wearing it up can exacerbate a fatigued look, especially if hair is pulled too sleek and tight. Always let a few pieces float or cut feathery bangs if ponytails are your thing. Keep your hair loose, tousled and free and play up texture, wave or color. Yes, it's a distraction but one that works and makes you look lively, animated. Consider getting highlights around the face — it adds a frame of light just where you need it.

8. Wear cheerful vibrant colors

A white shirt is a classic brightener and black makes us feel slim and chic, but juicy colors like orange, red, raspberry, yellow and bright blue signal an energetic attitude. Ditto to splashy prints, stripes — even in a scarf. When feeling blah, throw on some color. It’s an instant pick-me-up.

9. Wide awake in five?

Let's say you're already at work, a meeting, a party or a restaurant when a "frenemy" delivers the "you look tired" news. Grab an ice cube and head for the restroom. Rub the cube (or pat hands splashed with icy water) over your face right over face makeup. It revs up circulation like a cold shower. Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with fresh water. Yawn to relax your jaw and de-tense facial muscles that exacerbate lines. Bend at the waist, run your hands through your hair and flip it back. Unbutton your blouse or shirt to a V to show more neck and upper chest, roll up your sleeves to show forearms, or take off your jacket or cardigan and go sleeveless — don't let it all be about your face. If possible, take a brief brisk walk. Movement has a caffeine-like effect that makes you look more alert. Breathe deeply from your diaphragm, five counts out and five counts in. Sit and stand up straight — no slouching — to appear more energetic. Add some statement glasses and bling. And smile: instant facelift.

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5 Easy Remedies for When Your Face Is Looking Tired

It’s inevitable. There are just some days - or weeks - when you can’t get enough hours of sleep in a night, or the stress of everyday life has caught up to you. Without a doubt, on one of these days, you’ll bump into a co-worker or friend and get the dreaded, “You look tired.” And that’s when you realize you look as exhausted as you feel.

There’s no way around having days like this every now and then. Getting enough rest isn’t always easy, and unfortunately, it can catch up to you when you want it least. But! We have some tips for helping you get through these tired days without having to hear about it from the lady who works down the hall.

1. Exfoliate the Tiredness Away

Taking one look in the mirror as soon as you wake up can be a shock if you haven’t had a restful night. You can see it all over your face - your skin looks dull, grayish and tired. Luckily, we have just the solution to reveal the glow under all that sleepiness.

You may know that exfoliation can help with a wide range of skin issues, like enlarged pores or fine lines. But the quickest, most noticeable difference you’ll see in your skin after exfoliating will be how all the dull skin was buffed away. Instantly, you’ll see brighter, more awake skin that was hiding just beneath the surface.

Other benefits of exfoliating regularly:

  • Unclogs pores and helps prevent blemishes
  • Smoothes the appearance of deep wrinkles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Speeds up skin cell turnover rate for younger-looking skin
  • Allows your skincare products to absorb better
  • Makeup applies more evenly

The very motion of exfoliating can also help relieve the look of tiredness. Massaging a facial scrub or washcloth around your face can get your blood flowing, bringing a natural glow to the surface of your skin. Not only will your skin wake up, but your face will feel like you just left a relaxing morning at the spa.

Our favorite facial scrub for waking up your face is the Urban Skin Rx® Purifying 2-in-1 Pumpkin Pore Detox Mask & Scrub. It contains powerful ingredients like clay to pull impurities from your skin and Jojoba beads to exfoliate away dull skin. This deliciously smelling mask and scrub will transport you right into fall, no matter the season, and leave you with gorgeous, glowing skin.

2. Goodbye, Puffiness

Nothing gives away how tired you are more than dark, puffy eyes. There are several causes for puffy eyes, obviously including unlucky genetics, but they can also be caused by a lack of sleep or water retention from a salty meal the night before. The hollow area under your eyes allows fluid to settle, causing that classic puffiness we all know and hate to see. A great eye cream can help work wonders with under-eye puffiness, too. The perfect follow-up to rolling under the eye area is our Vitaleyez Retinol + Vitamin C Complex. This cream contains Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid to help wake up and moisturize tired eyes so that you look more rested and ready to take on the day.

3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

This remedy for helping your face look more awake is an easy one: drink some water! Dehydrated skin is tired, dull-looking skin… and you can help fix this issue from the inside out. When you wake up to a face that doesn’t look like it wants to wake up with you, drink a glass of water to get things moving along.

Like we mentioned before, waking up to puffiness in your face can have a lot to do with having a salty dinner or snack before bed. This can cause fluid retention under your eyes and around your face, and the best way to flush it out is to rehydrate your body. Having a glass of water before bed can also help to prevent any water retention if you’ve overindulged in the evening.

Don’t forget; it’s recommended to get at least eight glasses of water a day. Better yet, determine how much you should be drinking by calculating ounces based on your body weight. A well-hydrated body will make you feel and look great, and it’s so easy to do.

Aside from hydrating your entire body, reach for a moisturizer that will help pull in and hold on to moisture after you cleanse your face. HydraBalance Brightening Moisture Infusion is another Urban Skin Rx® product containing moisture-holding Hyaluronic Acid, helping keep your skin from looking dull and thirsty. It also contains a brightening peptide complex to help your skin glow from within, instantly making you appear more awake.

4. Brighten Up

Brightening up is definitely what your face needs when you’re looking and feeling tired. All your dull skin needs is a little glow, and you’ll immediately feel better. Aside from using our HydraBalance Brightening Moisture Infusion™ moisturizer, apply a pretty highlighter or some concealer to help deflect any stubborn dullness.

If you’re going to use the makeup route to look more awake, a little will go a long way. Use just a dab of concealer only where you absolutely need it, and use a lightweight and moisturizing foundation, like a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Layers of makeup finished off with a dusting of setting powder isn’t going to help the situation at all and will just make the tired-looking imperfections on your face stand out even more.

Another easy way to get a little glow to your face is good, ole’ sunshine. Of course, we don’t want to go overboard and want to stay safe by using quality sunscreen, but sometimes sunshine is just what our tired skin needs. Spending a few minutes outside can bring some warmth to your face, and your body will get a good dose of vitamin D.

Spending time outside will not only bring a sunshine glow to your face, but it will also awaken your senses and give you an overall feeling of wellbeing. Again, when you feel good, you’ll look good - and everyone will be able to see it on your face. Being outdoors will also help your body’s natural circadian rhythm, which is exactly what you need for our following remedy.

5. Get Some Rest

Finally, the best way to keep your face from looking tired is the obvious one - get more sleep. We know it isn’t always easy to get to bed at a time that allows us to get the recommended hours of sleep a night, but it’s a goal that we all could work on having.

Getting enough sleep every night allows your skin to recover from the day it had and helps retain moisture and protect against the day it will have tomorrow.

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep so you wake up looking refreshed:

  • Aim for a reasonable bedtime and try to keep it the same every night
  • Put your phone away, and don’t turn on that tv - blue light wires your brain keeping you awake
  • In the evening, stay hydrated with water or a caffeine-free cup of calming tea instead of caffeinated drinks
  • Use a silk pillowcase and sheets that are smoother and more gentle on your skin
  • Wind down with a relaxing nighttime beauty routine before bed A

ll these years, we’ve heard the term “beauty sleep,” and it really is something that we need to get as much of as possible!

No one wants to see the “You Look Tired” face when they walk into the bathroom in the morning. Some days, there’s just no getting around it - we don’t always wake up glowing. But with a few quick and easy tricks up your sleeve, you can be ready to wake up your face the next time you see a tired you looking back in the mirror.

By: Ivey Rogers Aesthetician Educator & Community
Engagement Manager

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But what if the skin is sensitive? “During the winter months, you can try polyhydroxy acid (PHA) toners that exfoliate the skin very gently without drying it out.”

Get a good sleep schedule

“Towards the end of the day, around 9:00 pm, the body begins to prepare for sleep by producing melatonin, an antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory properties,” explains Noella Gabriel. - Melatonin helps to balance the circadian rhythm, prevents inflammation and oxidative stress, which play a key role in the aging process. When lack of sleep, stress or anxiety interferes with the biorhythm, cortisol is released in the body, it interferes with the natural production of hyaluronic acid - the main natural moisturizer. In other words, lack of sleep is a sure way to dry and dehydrated skin.

Moisturize the skin around the eyes

“When my patients complain of a tired look, all the external symptoms are usually concentrated in the upper third of the face, especially around the eyes,” says Dr. Mahto. “Manifestations are different: pigmentation and dark circles, wrinkles from fine to deep, bags caused by loss of volume and, as a result, sagging of the tear troughs.”

According to Dr. Mahto, hydration is the secret to a revitalized appearance. “Make sure that the area around the eyes is always well hydrated, use a quality moisturizer with caffeine or peptides for this, it will make the surface of the skin more uniform and smooth out expression lines at least temporarily. It doesn’t hurt to add a couple of products with vitamins A and C - they will help lighten dark circles by several tones.

Breathe deeply

Take a series of deep breaths - this is the simplest of all the recommendations. “Personally, I am a big fan of the deep breathing technique, it helps to relax the skin and make it softer,” says Gabriel. “Many of us sit hunched over at our desks for days on end and breathe rather shallowly, which is in vain. Breathing - real breathing - is the key to the proper functioning of the whole organism. Digestion, detoxification - all this is impossible without enough oxygen, without it our cells are simply not able to work at full capacity. Skin cells included. When you take a deep breath, the diaphragm moves down to the abdomen, allowing the lungs to expand and fill with air. The lungs saturate the blood with oxygen, and it, in turn, carries it throughout the body to support all life processes.

Don't forget to wash your face

Some people think that if you don't leave the house, then you don't need to wash your face before going to bed. It's a delusion. The air in the apartment is not the cleanest, and in general it is extremely important to cleanse the skin of fat and dead particles. Noella Gabriel advises washing your face in two steps. “In my opinion, cleansing is the key to beautiful skin. Start your ritual with some kind of oil cleanser to remove makeup residue and deep clean your pores, she recommends. - The second step is cleansing, aimed at specific problems of your skin - whether it's dryness or acne. The two-step wash creates fertile ground for the oils and serums you apply after.”

Fatigue type of aging

We continue to cover the topic of types of aging, and today we will talk about one of the most common types - tired type of aging. According to statistics, this morphotype has about a third of the people in the world, both men and women. Therefore, it is more likely that you or someone close to you has this type.

As with any other morphotype, there are certain rules for facial care, recommended procedures and of course things that should be avoided. All these points we will analyze today in the article.

*In our blog you can find an article that briefly characterizes all four types of aging: deformed, muscular, tired and fine wrinkled + combined.

Read the article: Why do you need to know your type of aging?

Signs of a tired face type

The very name suggests to us the main features of this morphotype:

  • dry skin, lethargy, laxity;
  • decreased muscle tone;
  • drooping of the corners of the eyes and mouth;
  • marked tear trough and nasolabial fold;
  • early wrinkles;
  • overhanging in the area of ​​the upper eyelids.

Even at an early age, people with a tired face type can appear much older than their age. All their emotional problems are reflected in their appearance, which is why wrinkles can appear even at the age of 20. As for a more mature age, in the absence of proper care, a person with a tired morphotype looks as if he had not rested for a long time.

This type is often also found in combination with a deformation type. In youth, the features of a tired morphotype appear, and already at a more mature age - deformational.

How to understand that you have a tired type of aging?

Often thin people with an oval face shape have this type. As a rule, signs of a sleepless night or severe stress are strongly expressed on the face already at a fairly young age. This allows you to identify the morphotype already in the student years.

The skin is usually dry and needs to be well moisturized. Also, already at the age of 25, the muscles can lose their tone, which causes the corners of the mouth to droop. Smokers especially often face this problem. Tobacco smoke itself provokes the appearance of wrinkles in the nasolabial triangle, accelerating the natural aging process of the skin.

*If you smoke, you may experience drooping of the corners of your mouth due to this habit, and not due to the type of aging.

Factors that accelerate the aging of a tired face type

1. Overvoltage

Both physical and psychological. The tired type is more affected by the loss of resources than the others. Especially if a person does not follow the posture, nutrition, has bad habits.

*Most surgeons and estheticians consider poor posture to be a factor in facial aging.

2. State of health

Chronic diseases and infections also accelerate the aging process, regardless of your morphotype. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor your health and regularly undergo preventive examinations with doctors.

3. Lack of moisture

As a rule, people with a tired face type have dry skin. It must be thoroughly moisturized to avoid loss of tissue tone. It is also recommended to periodically undergo a course of moisturizing procedures.

4. Poor muscle tone

Tired aging is characterized by low muscle tone. Therefore, it is recommended to constantly increase it. You can start with simple self-massage at home or manual massage courses.

* Despite the fact that the morphotype is largely determined genetically, the aging process itself is most affected by care and lifestyle.

How can I take care of my face at home?

1. Self-massage

This will help increase muscle tone and improve blood microcirculation. We recommend doing massages with ice rollers, which will have an additional effect by cooling the tissues. Also, roller massagers will give a good effect.

2. Tonics

In addition to professional cosmetics, it can be ice cubes. This will help stimulate skin cells and muscles and prevent dry skin.

3. Keep track of your emotional state

Keep track of your emotions and mental health, as these factors greatly influence you. Learn to focus on the good, and accept life's difficulties with a smile. Also, avoid physical overwork and fatigue, adjust sleep patterns. These factors also greatly influence your beauty.

4. Avoid sun exposure

You are advised to always use SPF products to avoid photoaging of the skin, as well as excessive dryness. You should not get involved in the solarium, as infrared rays can also provoke photoaging. It is best to switch to safe tanning methods (cane, self-tanning).

*All recommendations are about lifestyle and personal care. Therefore, we recommend contacting a beautician to draw up a skin care program for you.

What treatments can be done for tired type of aging

1. Microcurrent therapy

Will help increase muscle tone and improve blood microcirculation. The therapy will also help cleanse the skin of accumulated toxins. This procedure is well combined with moisturizing and nourishing masks.

2. Manual massage

The simplest and most affordable cosmetic procedure that has virtually no contraindications. This method of skin toning is recommended for pregnant and lactating mothers.

3. Filler injections

In the case of tired aging, preparations can be used that fill the missing volumes in the tissues. The only thing that is not recommended is injections of hyaluronic acid if the face is prone to puffiness.

4. Mesotherapy and biorevitalization

These procedures will help nourish the skin with useful substances, get rid of dryness and dullness of the skin. Also, the procedure is effective for fine wrinkles, pigmentation, acne, post-acne, scars and stretch marks.

*In our blog there are several articles about mesotherapy and various options for the procedure.

Plastic surgery for tired aging

1. Lipofilling

Replenishment of missing volumes by using your own fat cells. Very effective and safe technique: own cells do not cause rejection. Another method is good because there are stem cells in fat, thanks to which lipofilling improves the structure of the skin.


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