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We all know the "good skin" mantra. Lots of sleep, plenty of water and a proper skin care regimen. But if you're running on empty, you can still fake your way to refreshed, beautiful skin, without having to go back to bed. Learn how with these tips.

By now, you probably know that for perfect, flawless skin, you should cleanse, tone and moisturize first thing in the morning and last thing at night, avoid salt and sugar as they can puff up your skin, get at least eight hours of beauty sleep every night and try not to stay up late with a glass of wine. But inevitably, we end up staying up late or getting up early so that we can fit in extra work or go to the gym, and for those times that sleep just isn't an option, you can fake it. Learn how to beat tiredness and wake up looking beautiful by following these tips and tricks. Plus, if you like what you see in the mirror in the morning - despite your lack of sleep - you'll feel happier, as studies have shown that when we like how we look, our brain releases endorphins, which makes us feel happier. Bonus!

 

Do What You Can

If you know that a late night is inevitable, or that you're going to be pretty tired during the next few days, do everything you can to beat those eyebags and dull skin by drinking plenty of water, avoiding salty, sugary or processed foods, and elevating your head when you go to bed using pillows - it'll reduce puffiness. It's also a good idea to use a silk pillowcase, if you can, as it will reduce static, keeping your hair smooth and tangle-free.

Super Charge Your Shower

Sometimes, an invigorating shower can wake you up far more than a nap can!      

Choose shampoos, conditioners and shower gels with fresh, zingy scents to wake up your senses - menthol and lavender shampoos will stimulate your scalp, while orange and lime scents are the perfect way to stimulate your limbs.

While washing your hair, use your fingertips to massage the shampoo into your scalp. You only need a spot of shampoo the size of a dime and if use too much, your hair will be dull. Just dunk your head under the shower to increase lather instead of adding more shampoo. This massage will banish oil but will also help prep the hair for styling - making your blow dry that little bit easier! Wake up your skin and get blood flowing to the surface, making you look more radiant, with a salt scrub.

Preparing Your Skin     

Skin still a bit dull? Apply a face mask while you're brushing your teeth. Choose a formula that contains vitamins and antioxidants, then wash off once you've done your teeth. Dry the face gently using a clean, soft cloth, then pat in a hydrating moisturizer to wake up your complexion for fresh, dewy skin. If your skin is looking a little red, use a chamomile formula, and if it's a little oily, use an oil-balancing moisturizer. If your skin really needs some love, gently pat in a few drops of face oil.

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